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Turmeric and Ginger

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For those who have been following me since day 1, I have talked about endometriosis a couple of times in the blog. A topic so personal and is never easy for me to open up. After my laparoscopy which was both a diagnostic procedure and an excision, I was told that I have endometriosis 😦

Since then I have been in endless hunt for herbal medicines, homeopathic and natural supplements. Supplement meaning not to replace any prescribed medicine or therapy.

Two distinct ingredients came up – turmeric and ginger.

Interestingly, both have been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments, ranging from migraines to chronic inflammation and fatigue.

Turmeric & Ginger – Healthline

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From an article by PubMed, turmeric is a plant in the ginger family. Native to Southeast Asia primarily in India. Historically, turmeric was used in Ayurveda and other traditional Indian medical systems, as well as Eastern Asian medical systems such as traditional Chinese medicine. In India, it was traditionally used for disorders of the skin, upper respiratory tract, joints, and digestive system.

It is believed that turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, promoted to be a dietary supplement for various conditions listed below;

  • arthritis
  • chronic inflammation
  • digestive disorders
  • respiratory infections
  • allergies
  • liver disease
  • depression

and even with corona virus, we have heard turmeric’s benefits resurfacing and becoming popular.

The use of natural or alternative medicines has increased rapidly over the years. Here in Cebu particularly, we have a variety of herbal supplements in the local market. Mostly in capsule or tea formula. I have taken quite a few but in my opinion, simple ingredients from our pantry like turmeric and ginger is the most underrated, cheap and readily available ingredients we can start consuming for better health.

Ginger contains many bioactive nutrients from its pungent and spicy property. The primary pungent ingredient that is believed to exert a variety of remarkable pharmacological and physiological activities.

Like turmeric, ginger has several health benefits as follows;

  • immune booster
  • against respiratory tract infections
  • relief from nausea & vomiting
  • antioxidant
  • anti-cancer
  • anti-inflammatory
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Vitamin C & Health

Vitamin C, or technically L-ascorbic acid, is an essential water soluble vitamin known to exhibit antioxidant properties.

It is the most famous of all vitamins and was discovered in 1932 when scurvy killed 2 million sailors between year 1500-1800. Unlike most animals, humans are unable to synthesize vitamin C so it is considered to be an essential nutrient.

Roles of Vitamin C

  • protects cells and keep them healthy
  • biosynthesis of collagen, l-carnitine and certain neurotransmitters
  • involves in protein metabolism
  • wound healing
  • powerful antioxidant
  • promotes iron absorption

Benefits

  • boosts immunity
  • neutralize free radicals
  • help manage high blood pressure
  • lower risk of myocardial infarction, stroke, cardiovascular diseases, chronic diseases
  • reduced risk of gastric cancer and other cancers
  • may reduce blood uric acid levels and help prevent gout attacks
  • prevents cataract
  • protects memory and thinking
  • prevents plaque formation

Deficiency

  • bone pain
  • fatigue
  • lethargy
  • easy bruising
  • anemia
  • scurvy
  • gum disease
  • mood changes
  • general malaise

Humans depend on external or dietary sources of vitamin C to cover requirements. The following is the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C.

AgeMaleFemalePregnancyLactation
0–6 months40 mg*40 mg*
7–12 months50 mg*50 mg*
1–3 years15 mg15 mg
4–8 years25 mg25 mg
9–13 years45 mg45 mg
14–18 years75 mg65 mg80 mg115 mg
19+ years90 mg75 mg85 mg120 mg
SmokersIndividuals who smoke require 35 mg/day
more vitamin C than nonsmokers.
https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-HealthProfessional/

* Adequate Intake (AI)

Due to its function as an antioxidant and its role in immune function, vitamin C has been promoted as a means to help prevent and/or treat numerous health conditions. Supplements are most common in the form of ascorbic acid. which has equivalent bioavailability to that of naturally occurring ascorbic acid in foods, such as orange juice and broccoli. Other forms of vitamin C supplements include sodium ascorbate; calcium ascorbate; other mineral ascorbates; ascorbic acid with bioflavonoids.

You should be able to get all the vitamin C you need by eating a well balanced diet. But due to lifestyle and busy schedule and vitamin c being water soluble meaning heat sensitive -you may not meet the daily requirement and opt for supplements. Please keep in mind the dosage and talk to a health professional for further advice.

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Why do you need B-Vitamins?

B-Vitamins are water soluble vitamins.

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/vitamins/vitamin-b/

B-Vitamins or B Complex are essential vitamins that contribute to your overall health and well-being. There are eight B Vitamins – B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyroxidine), B9 (Folate), B12 (cobalamin).

These eight micronutrients play vital roles in many organs and bodily systems. They have dual functions – work together and/or carry out individual works in the body.

  • essential in synthesis of neurotransmitters such as acetylcholine, serotonin & dopamine
  • cellular health
  • blood cell formation
  • converts fats to glucose
  • promote energy levels
  • good eyesight
  • brain function
  • nerve conduction
  • fats and hormone synthesis
  • cardiovascular health
  • muscle tone

In women

B vitamins are essentially important for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Particularly Folic Acid – that aids in fetal development and prevent birth defects.

Folic acid fortification is one of the most successful public health initiatives. With 19-55% decreased in neural tube defects.

And for expectant mothers, B vitamins may boost energy levels, ease nausea, and lower the risk of developing preeclampsia.

In men

B vitamins help in testosterone levels in men that decrease with age. Helps in muscles and overall energy level.

In vegetarians/vegans

American Dietetic Association recommends Vitamin B12 in particular. Since Vitamin B12 is mainly found in animal products, fish, meat and poultry.

How much B vitamins do you need?

For women, the recommended daily intake is:

For men, the recommended daily intake is:

One cannot single out which B vitamin is the best because each has its own unique function and purpose. Depending on our body condition and pre-existing illness or nutritional levels, we may or may not be able to meet the daily requirements of B vitamins.

Best to talk to your trusted doctor, dietitian or health care provider.

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An Article that saves lives

As I’m currently taking up courses in Nutrition and Health, this is one article worth sharing.

Prof. Ronald Mensick together with Prof. Martijn Katan of Wageningen University – leading scientist in this article

Read in this link.

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Dirtiest Things You Touch

Trigger Alert!

Dedicated to all germaphobes and to make our Covid19-War strong!

Here are the worst and dirtiest things you touch everyday.

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Cellphone

It goes with you everywhere – even in the bathroom. It can be 10x dirtier than your toilet seat. In fact, it can be contaminated with fecal matter. Gross! So please use disinfecting wipes or spray alcohol in a clean towel and wipe it!

 

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Remote Control

 

Obvious, remote control is being touched more than 3x a day. And when not in used it’s either on the floor or stuck in between the sofa cushions – a perfect home for bacteria and viruses to grow.

 

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Purse / Money

Just like cellphone, our purse is a harbor for very tiny microbes. That includes our credit cards, money and coins.

 

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Face Mask

There’s a valid reason why mask is supposedly disposable. But due to scarcity and high demand, we need to use it over and over again. Pathogens like bacteria and viruses can live on cloth fabric for longer than one may think — up to 8-12 hours. So part of wearing a mask is washing and using it properly.

 

cheerful ethnic man using ticketing machine at subway station
ATM

People from everywhere and anywhere touch the buttons on the cash machine. It would be wise to wash your hands or sanitize after touching one.

 

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Towel & Dish Sponge

It’s self explanatory. From towels to dish sponge, it might be the dirtiest thing in the house. It is constantly wet and absorbent.

 

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Door Handles

When we open the door, we turn the handle with dirty hands.

 

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Buttons & Counter

Including kitchen sinks, counter, refrigerator doors and buttons, they are all covered with bacteria.

More nasty areas or things are enlisted in the pictograph below. Make sure to clean them more than once daily. During these pandemic days, we are more obsessed in staying away from dangerous germs. Hope this helps…

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Cost of Covid19 on Business Establishments

Business Resiliency is being tested in the most extreme ways. The impact of this pandemic particularly here in the Philippines is so great that it continues to pull down the economy and left many unemployed.

For the first time in 22 years, the Philippine economy slowed down and contracted 0.6% in Gross Domestic Product.

Listed below is the added operational expense on every establishment following mandatory requirements to flatten the curve of Corona Virus. Figures are inconsistent and depends on each store.

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  • Hand Sanitizer / Alcohol – P520 per gallon. Consuming 2 gallons per week = P1040

  • UV lamp / Air Sanitizer – P3000 minimum market value

  • Basic Face Mask & Face Shield – P170/set. Multiply to the number of employees e.g x 10 = 1700

  • Disinfectant / bleach – P 450/gallon. Using almost 3 in a week = P1350

  • Shuttle/Delivery Service

  • Lodging for Employees

  • Non-Contact Thermometer – P1200

  • Test Kits

Operational cost of P8290 which does not include the variable expenses of shuttle, board and lodging, test kits, rental, manpower expense like hazard pay, and so on.

Weekly basis may reach upto P5000 and an average of P20,000 per month. That brings the operational cost to P80,000 since March.

This article is not to discourage start-up entrepreneurs rather help by giving a glimpse on what to expect on surviving a pandemic.

Entrepreneurship is about survival, which nurtures creative thinking. Business is not financial science, it’s about trading – buying and selling. – Anita Roddick (UK entrepreneur)

 

 

References:

cnn.philippines

pttc.gov.ph

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ECQ, MECQ, GCQ, MGCQ – Simplified

Confused about these quarantine levels? You’re not alone!

Here’s an easy-to-understand chart to compare the four levels.

 

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TERMS

  • ECQ – Enhanced Community Quarantine

  • MECQ – Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine

  • GCQ – General Community Quarantine

  • MGCQ – Modified General Community Quarantine

More to remember;

ECQ is the highest level so it means it has the most strict regulations. No movement regardless of age and health status. While in MECQ and GCQ, there’s limited movement within the containment area or buffer zone you are located and in obtaining essential needs.

Essential workers (doctors, nurses, grocery personnel, etc.) are allowed to go out. Non-essential workers will only be allowed to go out of their homes if they have to purchase groceries and other necessities.

In MGCQ, the period is a transition or preparation for the “New Normal”. Socio-economic activities are permitted with certain Health guidelines.

Still puzzled? Just remember the two main categories – ECQ and GCQ. All these levels are focused to help flatten the curve of the pandemic. Following above guidelines will help us stay safe from Corona Virus and help our frontliners as they are getting overwhelmed.

For details on each, go to this website – https://covid19.healthypilipinas.ph/ 

Stay Safe!

 

 

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Covid-19 Infographics

Sharing Infographics you may use for free.

No registration needed. From reputable sources like WHO World Health Organization and CDC Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The Most Common Covid-19 Symptoms

Know the symptoms of Covid-19 that range from mild to severe cases varying from one patient to another. This serves as a guide only and it is important to seek professional help if symptom worsens.

Top 3

1. Fever

2. Cough

3. Shortness of breath or Difficult Breathing

The next 6 are the new addition to common symptoms of Covid-19 or Novel Corona Virus Disease.

1. Chills or Shaking

2. Fatigue

3. Sore throat

4. Muscle Pain

5. Headache

6. Loss of taste and smell

These may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with mild symptoms should self-isolate immediately to avoid further spread of the virus.

Serious Symptoms

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • Chest Pain or pressure

  • Loss of speech of movement

Above list does not include all possible symptoms.

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Thanks for reading.

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How to Stay Healthy during Covid19

As of this writing, almost 9 million confirmed cases of Corona Virus Disease worldwide are recorded. Sadly, there’s currently no vaccine available.

Is it possible to stay healthy during Covid-19 pandemic?

yes!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent contracting it is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

It is frightening indeed but don’t fret just follow these – 5 simple steps that summed up everything you need to know:

1. Social Distancing

– also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home.

To practice social or physical distancing stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.

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2. Wear Mask

– this is one of the best tools to protect yourself or other people from Corona Virus.

A campaign called “Wearing is Caring” – now circulating across the globe to promote the importance and responsibility of wearing mask and other safety measures to halt or minimize the virus spread.

In a study of 94 patients from China, they found that patient with Covid-19 released the most virus at initial onset or before symptoms become apparent. And that a great proportion of transmission occurred before the first symptom appeared. Hence, wearing of face mask is being required by many local government & establishments across the globe.

3. Practice Frequent Handwashing

– during Covid-19 pandemic, keeping hands clean is especially important to help prevent the virus from spreading. It is recommended to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

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What’s the best Time to Wash Your Hands?

  • Before, during, and after preparing food

  • Before eating food

  • Before and after putting or removing your mask

  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea

  • Before and after treating a cut or wound

  • After using the toilet

  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet

  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste

  • After handling pet food or pet treats

  • After touching garbage

 

4. Stay Home

The whole purpose of quarantine is for people to stay home and refrain from non-essential travel. There are exceptions though like essential workers, buying groceries and medicines and those who need medical care. When going out make sure to remember steps 1-3 and carry with you a bottle alcohol or sanitizer that contains at least 60% of alcohol.

5. Improve Your Immune System

– Our Body’s Immune System is our first line of defense against any illness.

Our immune system is an intricate network of cells, tissues, and organs that band together to defend your body against foreign invaders – things like germs, viruses and bacteria.

There’s such a thing as “Viral Load”, also known as viral burden, viral titre or viral titer, is a numerical expression of the quantity of virus carried by an infected person. This medical term is emphasized given that thousandths of frontliners succumbed to Covid-19 and many died from it.

These frontliners are exposed to higher amounts of Corona Virus everyday. Making themselves more vulnerable on getting infected.

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Photo by CDC

Here enters the importance of having a strong immune system. Supplements like Vitamin C, antioxidants and zinc work wonders with our immune system and help it function effectively. Enough rest and at least 7 hours of sleep is equally significant in strengthening our bodies.

With frontliners getting ill, sleep deprivation is another probable cause.

“Evidence supports the need to sleep for seven to eight hours each night and suggests that those who regularly sleep less than this are at higher risk of serious health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke.”

Covid-19 is fatal, and a strong immunity can guarantee a recovery. Half of the persons infected don’t develop symptoms (asymptomatic) while most patients have only mild symptoms.

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As we continue our collective battle against this dreaded Covid-19, it is important to establish a routine and shift to health-promoting behaviors.

Let us remember the simple Five Steps listed above. 

Stay home if possible and Stay Safe.

Thanks for reading.