Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Why do we need to be tested with HIV?

As reported by the Department of Health or DOH 7 last month, the state of HIV Cases in the Philippines most especially Central Visayas is alarming. Based on DOH 7 records, there were 8,104 people living with HIV in the region in 2018, and there is a seven percent increase in the first five months of 2019. If this trend continues, by 2022, there will be an estimated 10,279 people living with HIV in the region. (sunstar.com.ph) How can this be stopped? One thing can block the rise by knowing your HIV status. You can help by joining us on June 15, the National HIV testing day!




DEFINITION OF IMPORTANT TERMS

What is HIV?
According to HIV.gov, HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS, if not treated. Unlike some other viruses, the human body can’t get rid of HIV completely, even with treatment. So once you get HIV, you have it for life.

What Is AIDS? 
AIDS is the most severe phase of HIV infection. People with AIDS have such badly damaged immune systems that they get an increasing number of severe illnesses, called opportunistic infections.



WHY DO WE NEED TO BE TESTED WITH HIV?

1.  We can stop the increase in HIV cases. 

If we are tested positive in HIV, that means we can eliminate or lessen the risk of transferring the virus to another person with sexual acts. And this means we will be more careful and be a responsible individual starting on.

2. We don't know what to do if we are tested positive.

Actually, this is what I was thinking when I was drafting this article. I haven't had an HIV testing before but I encourage my inner me to do it this weekend. I heard if tested positive, there's a free drug and treatment from our government. Here in Central Visayas, there are 13 treatment Centers that offer free meds and consultancy. And if in doubt, we can always call DOH or any City Medical Center for inquiries or call Love Yourself White House at 0927 873 7575 for details.

3. If we are tested positive, what will people say?

Personally, I'm in the stage of my life that I really don't fucking care! My apology for the word but seriously, it's our health and not theirs. And the best thing when you get tested this Saturday is that results are between you and the health worker. It will be kept secret and confidential. In addition, all volunteers or health workers are obliged never to disclose this information.

4. I've been a blood donor ever since so I guess I don't need to be tested with HIV.

WRONG! When you donate blood, it is more on donating blood and not for HIV testing purposes. Did you know that health worker needs your consent or permission prior to testing your blood for HIV? That means, during your bloodletting time, your blood was not tested with HIV at all. So, it's not safe to say you are confident. It's best to be tested.

5. I am not active in SEX but when I do, I always use a condom. So I am safe?

Safe yes but sometimes we tend to forget. Adding HIV testing as part of your sexual health routine is recommended.

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach Official supports the #HotNursesOfPinas National HIV Testing Day! 
WHERE TO GET TESTED FOR HIV THIS JUNE 15? You can register here for free HIV testing or check out the following centers nationwide.

National Capital Region (NCR)
- Blumentritt, Manila at LoveYourself Welcome
- Gil-Puyat-Taft, Pasay City at LoveYourself Uni
- Libertad, Pasay City at Victoria by LoveYourself
- Mandaluyong City at LoveYourself Anglo
- Paranaque City at Lily by LoveYourself x Decent Image of South Signal Association
- SM Aura, Taguig City at Kalayaan Hall (8am to 4pm only)

LUZON
- Bacoor City, Cavite at Hero Community Center by Cavite Positive Action Group
- Cavite City at CPAG Community Center by Cavite Positive Action Group-The JCH Advocacy Inc.
- Imus City, Cavite by AVES Love and Light
- Mabalacat City, Pampanga at LAKAN Community Center by Juan Posi+ive Movement
- Puerto Princesa City, Palawan at Amos Tara by Project H4

VISAYAS
-Cebu City at LoveYourself White House
-Iloilo City at Rajah community center by Family Planning Organization of the Philippines - Iloilo Chapter.

MINDANAO
- Cagayan de Oro City at ORO PIA by Kagay-an Plus-Preserving Life, Uniting Society
- Davao City by Olympus Society of Davao
- Zamboanga City by Mujer-LGBT Organization


Monday, June 10, 2019

Shangri-La Mactan Celebrates Global Wellness Day 2019

Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu said yes to healthy lifestyles by celebrating Global Wellness Day on June 8 with a series of healthy cuisines, fun fitness hustle, an exciting corporate social responsibility activity, and a unique chocolate spa treatment. Guests in the five-star resort had an array to choose from, whether inside the restaurants, at the beachfront or at the gardens — all of which are dedicated to positive and mindful living.




Fitness buffs enjoyed the sunrise cycling with GM RenĂ© D. Egle around Cordova area, morning jogging with RM Joost Folkers at the jogging trail, fitness boxing at Treasure Island, and circuit training at Adventure Zone garden. Dance enthusiasts were energized as they danced their way to fitness in Aqua Zumba at the Main Pool. CHI, The Spa’s skillful therapists held a special chocolate spa treatment at the Cacao Garden, and an aerial yoga instructor began and culminated with sunrise and sunset aerial and mat yoga at the scenic Paradise Island.








Healthy dining is also a highlight and the chefs are more than ecstatic to present their masterpieces. The beachfront breakfast at Breeze Bar featured healthy cuisines such as the potato tart, the taho (sweetened flavored tofu with pearls) and whole wheat spinach wrap among others. Tides proudly showcased recipes made using organic and sustainably-farmed ingredients, while Cowrie Cove prepared a fresh seafood feast.




One unique activity the resort included for this year’s celebration is the coral planting at the Marine Sanctuary. Led by our resident marine biologist, guests were coached about marine conservation and were taught how to plant corals at the beach. The planted corals were then placed at the Marine Sanctuary and will serve as a new home to our aquatic pals. Wellness also extends to looking after the well-being of our community and environment, and this is our simple way of bringing awareness about saving the ocean.



Indeed, one day can change your whole life. By participating in Global Wellness Day, everyone is invited to celebrate better lifestyles not just on June 8, but throughout the year.  All are encouraged to join in the growing community by tagging #ParadiseWithin and #GWD2019 when sharing inspirational stories online.



For inquiries on Global Wellness Day, interested guests may call Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu at (63 32) 231 0288. For other resort updates, they may log on to facebook.com/shangrilamactan or follow @ShangriLaMactan on Twitter and Instagram.



Monday, March 18, 2019

What Are The BEE-nefits Of HONEY for our Health?

Everybody loves Honey, right? Naah, not the "honey" that you are thinking right now - I mean the real-deal Honey! It has rich sweets that our tastebud wants! And for a sugar-clingy person like me, Honey is the best alternative for refined sugars if consumed moderately. We are just so blessed to have an authentic Honey-inspired Cafe and Shop here in Cebu. Thanks to Mr. Jun Pales and Mr. Dean Ang for founding the Purple Bee Shop & Cafe where we can savor and enjoy raw and healthy Honey every day!



This part of the cafe is also my part, they have different kinds of pasalubongs for tourists too!

You can also hold a meeting here in Purple Bee Cafe and Shop! So quiet in here.

Honey has health benefits to our Body. Try replacing sugar with Honey and you would see the difference internally and externally! It started in ancient times that people use Honey for food and for medical purposes. In this era, Honey is also a huge part of some beauty products, especially on Skin and Face. But have you wondered what are the benefits of Honey for our Health? Here is a summary!

1. Honey has nutrients.



According to National Institute of Health, some of the vitamins found in honey include ascorbic acid, pantothenic acid, niacin, and riboflavin; along with minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Now, do you need those expensive daily vitamins?

2. Honey is rich in antioxidants.



Just to be clear, we mean raw honey is rich in antioxidants. What are these antioxidants? Antioxidants help to protect your body from cell damage due to free radicals. Honey has as many antioxidants as some fruits and vegetables.

3.  Honey can help lower blood pressure


Because Honey has a lot of antioxidants, therefore it can help lower blood pressure.

4. Honey is a good substitute for Sugar.

You can ask to add honey instead of sugar.
You can actually ask any expert, they would surely choose Honey than any refined sugar out there. Why?  According to medical news today, sugar is higher on the glycemic index (GI) than honey, meaning it raises blood sugar levels more quickly. This is due to its higher fructose content, and the absence of trace minerals. But honey has slightly more calories than sugar, although it is sweeter, so less may be required.

So basically, it is still dangerous to consume a lot of content of Honey daily but when consumed moderately, it can help a lot in our health factors.

5. Honey has Antibacterial and antifungal properties  



As reported by National Insitute Of  Health, Honey has been widely accepted as food and medicine by all generations, traditions, and civilizations, both ancient and modern. For at least 2700 years, honey has been used by humans to treat a variety of ailments through topical application, but only recently have the antiseptic and antimicrobial properties of honey been discovered. Honey has been reported to be effective in a number of human pathologies. Clinical studies have demonstrated that the application of honey to severely infected cutaneous wounds rapidly clears infection from the wound and improves tissue healing.

6. Honey helps in digestive issues.


Famously, Honey is one of the best home remedies in terms of some kinds of digestive problems such as Constipation, Lost bowel movement (LBM) and ulcers. If you happen to have an issue on pooping, try put honey to your tea. It will surely work. Thanks me later!

ABOUT Purple Bee Shop & Cafe

You can buy wine gifts here too!
Here in Cebu, luckily we have Purple Bee Shop & Cafe which has been opened to Cebuanos in the year 2016. You can actually visit them at Bridges Town Square, Mandaue City from 7AM to 10PM on Mondays to Saturdays and 7AM to 8PM on Sundays. You can check below map for your reference or if you have inquiries, please contact their social media and phone numbers.


Yep yep! They serve delicious dishes here. Here's Purple Bee Chop, their signature dish! Love the pork chop here.
Check out Purple Bee Shop & Cafe in Social Media:
Facebook: @purplebeenatural
Instagram: @purple_bee_shop
PHONE: (032) 272 9799
Email for inquiries: pbhanpi@hotmail.com
For orders:pbhanpi-marketing@hotmail.com




Thursday, December 27, 2018

Top 5 Tips : How To Burn Post Holiday Fats?

Guilt! This is what I was feeling when I indulged myself to every menu and food served in our table during the Christmas and Holiday season. But I did not feel sorry to myself. In fact, I am more determined to lose these gained fats with my own exercises and activities which can surely be followed and executed even at home.


So, are you excited to know how to burn those celebratory calories? I've been doing research before writing this article. I clicked on my favorite Reader's Digest and WebMD sites and put all needed info into one. Now check this out!


1. Drink More Water



Water has been very useful in everybody's diet. Keep dehydrated and drink more water, thus you might consume less food. Also, a lot of cravings are felt during the Holiday Season but sometimes we mistake thirst for hunger. So I believe next time you get hungry, try to grab a glass of water first and then you'll realize you just need liquid than solid.


2. Shop Till You Drop



You might find this funny but when I read this in WebMD, I really think this is helpful. Shopping from one Store to another really takes a lot of effort and I even see myself in sweat standing and walking from stall to stall. This means calorie burn, right? A little step for a bigger goal!

Enjoy shopping my friends!


3. Walk and Set a Daily Exercise Routine


Walking has always been our easiest and probably the effective way of losing weights. Walking to the nearest store to buy something. Walking to the gym from home. Walking with your dog around the community during Holidays. Just do walk if you can. If you keep up a moderate walking pace, expect to burn 250-300 calories hourly.



Of course, Daily Exercise! I personally recommend Jumping Jack. Buy a jumping rope and get yourself jumping at home with it.  Per WebMD research, Jumping rope is a great calorie-burner. "It's certainly good for the heart," says Peter Schulman, MD, associate professor, Cardiology/Pulmonary Medicine, University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington. "It strengthens the upper and lower body and burns a lot of calories in a short time, but other considerations will determine if it's appropriate for an individual."



4. More Protein Eats!



I read a story about eating more protein means less hungry next meal. Also, protein helps build muscles and fewer fats. So go for protein diets such as chicken, peanuts, low-fat soy drinks, and oatmeal.


5. Less Soda, Easy on Alcohol

According to RD, "Soft drinks are a major source of empty calories in the American diet." which means we drink a lot of soft drinks but they won't satisfy our appetite. In addition, go easy with Alcoholic drinks as they got a lot of calories. Say, for example, a 12-ounce beer has 150 calories and how much more for a margarita which has a bigger calorie punch. Generally, if you crave for some liquid, always grab water or any juices - they are a better alternative.


Enjoy the remaining days of Holiday my friends but don't forget to take it slow!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Why should we choose Kaiser Medical Center for our Healthcare?

As what the famous and overused quote said, "Health is wealth." Indeed, our health is the greatest wealth that anyone can be proud of. There are people out there who got all the money in the world but is struggling or fighting for a certain disease. My point is we should always take good care of ourselves no matter what. But how can we do such if don't have the knowledge and equipment on what are the happenings inside this biological body of ours? Then here comes Kaiser Medical Center.



Check out this teaser for their SM City Cebu Branch


Why should we choose Kaiser Medical Center for our Healthcare and Medical needs?

1. Kaiser is one of the top most healthcare company in the Healthcare Industry in terms of capitalization and market share.

Kaiser is fully compliant with the regulatory requirements. Their Kaiser health plans are designed by a Licensed Actuary not only to ensure compliance with established government regulations but also to make sure that their products are financially sound and stable.

2.  World-class types of equipment.


3. Kaiser Medical Center offers various services for Short-term care.
4. Kaiser Medical Center partners with at least 11 Hospitals in Cebu!



5. Kaiser can help you online! Just a file a ticket in their Support Center.


6. Their website www.kaiserhealthgroup.com offers random healthcare tips for free!

This might not be a big benefit but reading those rolling healthcare tips of Kaiser in their website can guide and remind you to be healthy at all times.


CONTACT DETAILS IN CEBU:

PLDT
(032) 383 2017
(032) 383 2018

GLOBELINES
0925 3019 888
0925 3053 888

WEBSITE: http://www.kaiserhealthgroup.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kaiser-International-HealthGroup-Inc/286145417199
Twitter: @KaiserVISMIN

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