8 Incredible Tips for Younger, Healthier Looking Skin

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Youthful and vibrant-looking skin: we all want it, and we spend billions each year in our attempts to get it. The stores are full of anti-aging skin care products, while every magazine headline touts the best ways to stay looking young. However, the real secret to great skin is about a lot more than the topical products you use; it’s about how well you take care of yourself. By following these tips, you can have the healthy, glowing skin you’ve always wanted.

Use Non-Toxic Sunscreen

In the past, we’d slather on the baby oil and lie in the sun to get a deep, dark tan, but that’s not the healthiest idea. Almost 90% of skin cancers are caused by sun exposure, and sunscreen will protect your skin from damage that brings other problems such as wrinkles and premature aging. Be sure to select a non-toxic sunscreen, as some common chemicals may trigger an allergic reaction or affect hormone levels.

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Be Part of Mag Pinggang Pinoy Tayo Campaign

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The country has been facing the rise on the number of underweight and overweight Filipinos for more than 20 years. The World Health Organization (WHO) defined this phenomenon as the “Double Burden of Malnutrition” or the “prevalence of both undernutrition and overweight in the same community, nation, or region.”

To address this problem, our government launched the Pinggang Pinoy® campaign in 2014. Pinggang Pinoy® is an easy-to-understand food guide showing proper food group portioning on a per-meal basis. This reflects the principles of MOderation, VAriety and BAlance (MOVABA) to promote healthier eating habits.

Solving the Philippines’ Double Burden of Malnutrition should be a collaborative effort between the public and private sectors as it is not an easy feat. With this, Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation partnered with government agencies to conduct education programs to raise awareness and promote the practice of Pinggang Pinoy® in malnutrition hotspots, where incidences of Double Burden Malnutrition are high. This training was given to homemakers/mothers who have malnourished (underweight, stunting, wasting, overweight and obese) school-aged children.

The pilot run resulted to improvements of the knowledge & attitudes of households related to the practice of Pinggang Pinoy® within target areas. However, behavior changes towards healthier eating habits remains to be a challenge. The program uncovered a number #MalnutritionTraps that some Pinoy households easily fall into. The following #MalnutritionTraps provide a picture of how unhealthy eating habits may lead to Double Burden of Malnutrition:

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5 Warning Signs that suggest Your Loved One Has a Drug Problem

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In today’s world, it has become easier and easier to obtain any type of drugs. Everything from pot to cocaine to opioids can be found not only on every street corner but in almost every home.

Opioids are a prescription drug, used to ease pain, that is widely given to adults with anything from minor to chronic pain. These are highly addictive drugs, which is how the United States found itself in an epidemic drug abuse problem.

If the adult who was prescribed the medication doesn’t finish it and become addicted, there is a high probability that a teen in the house will take them. And if that teen doesn’t take them, they may sell or trade them with their friends.

Drug rehabilitation centers are filled with adults who had an accident and was prescribed heavy-duty painkillers and became addicted. It is that simple. These adults come from every walk of life, men and women, younger and older. These drugs do not discriminate.

If you or a loved one needs help, read more here.

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UnlockingYour Inner Strength: 8 Ways to Restore Your Self-Esteem After Giving Birth to aChild

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Having a baby can be the most wonderful, but hardest, thing a woman will ever do. Growing a child in your body means giving up what’s best for you and focusing on what’s best for that baby for nine and a half months.

But once you give birth, it’s easy to continue to neglect yourself in favor of nurturing the tiny being that you helped to create. Yet what many moms forget is that your self-esteem and confidence extends to the baby, so it is important to find that inner strength that is inside you and unlock it to teach your child how to be happy, too.

Your self-esteem is crucial to your happiness and success as a parent, but how do you manage to find the time, energy, and drive to bother with yourself when you are so busy and exhausted from taking care of your baby?

Here are 8 simple ways you can restore your self-esteem after you have a child.

8 Ways to Boost Your Confidence After You Give Birth

1. Fake it ‘til you make it. A lot of being a confident mother is in understanding and accepting that you don’t always know what you are doing, and that’s okay. Even the most seasoned of parents come across brand new scenarios that they don’t know how to handle, because every child is unique.

Instead, those parents who look like they know what they’re doing have simply mastered the “fake it ‘til you make it” technique, or the knowledge that sometimes you just have to be flexible, roll with the punches, and learn the lesson for the next time whatever happened happens.

2. Give yourself more credit and more time. Moms are often expected to put their bodies through the trauma of nine months of carrying a child and hours upon hours of labor, and then jump right in and be a perfect, loving, patient mother.

This is not only unfeasible, but it’s also downright dangerous. Your body just went through the equivalent of a trainwreck. You need to give it the credit it deserves for surviving such a shock and give it more time to heal before you expect to even halfway know what you’re doing.

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A closer look at your child’s milk

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Aside from a well-balanced, nutritious diet, giving your child a glass of milk has been shown to help support your child’s well-being. Aside from being a source of calcium, a glass of milk can also provide essential and important nutrients for growth and mental development.

As parents, however, it is important to take a closer look—beyond the promises—at the nutritional values, ingredients, calorie counts, and even the sugar content of your child’s milk to better understand how it factors into his or her nutrition. One way of doing so is by getting accustomed to reading the labels.

According to Food Scientist Dr. Lotis Francisco, milk labels provide the necessary information that would allow you to check and balance the ingredients and other nutritional facts of the milk.

“By taking time in reading and understanding the label, it helps you make smart choices in identifying the best milk for your child,” added Dr. Francisco.

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How To Treat Swollen Legs At Home

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I always thought it was one of the scary signs of aging, when your feet, and ankles start to swell. It can happen after long periods in one position, or after sudden weight gain. But peripheral edema can come at any age and have a variety of causes. Sometimes, hormonal changes, especially those associated with pregnancy can cause swollen legs, feet, or ankles. Standing for long periods of time, rapid weight gain, or a change in medication all cause the swelling of your lower limbs. It may also be the sign of serious medical problems, like a clot or cardiomegaly and other heart conditions. If swollen legs come with any of the following symptoms, see a doctor immediately:

  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fainting or dizziness
  • Coughing blood

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How “Cheesy” is Keto Diet?

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Diet is hard because it limits almost every single of your favourite food, from barbeque to ice cream. If you’re used to those fatty, sugary, high calorie food all the time, adjusting your daily diet sounds like a torture method coming straight from hell. But, what if I tell you there is one diet that defy that no meat, no fat rule?

Ketogenic diet, often shortened keto diet, is the answer you’re looking for. This diet is originally developed to help children with epilepsy, with striking success. It is this success that prompt other people to pick up the diet for various reason, from maintaining health to losing weight.

Keto diet is low-carbs, medium-protein, and high-fat diet. When your body is depraved of carbs and protein, it goes into a state called ketosis, where it release a chemical called ketones that can change fat into energy. This is why keto diet is appealing for many people who wants to Continue reading