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EXPERT ADVICE

Live a healthy life the natural way


NOVEMBER 2011

Being healthy and fit doesn’t mean spending thousands on a gym membership or jumping in on the latest diet craze. Here are some tips which can help you stay strong, healthy and happy:

• Boost your energy with Malunggay

Malunggay has always been known to be a good source of nutrition. During and after pregnancy, women are encouraged to take as much of these leaves as they can, more specifically for its rich iron and nutrient content.

Recently, it has even helped maintain energy levels throughout the day. Including Malunggay in your daily diet is equivalent to taking vitamin A, calcium, vitamin C, protein, potassium and iron all at the same time.

• Lose weight by eating the right kind of food

If you want to lose weight, starving yourself is not the solution. You can also eat the right kind of food to help lose those few extra pounds. Carbohydrates, especially the complex ones are not easily digested by the body, which may end up accumulating as fat. Incidentally, white kidney beans have been shown to have weight loss abilities that work by blocking an enzyme which prevents carbohydrate absorption. This allows the excess carbs to just pass through our bodies without being converted into fat.

• Build stronger bones with calcium

As you age, decreased levels of hormones estrogen and progesterone, make the bones brittle and more at risk for fractures. During this stage, calcium becomes essential for proper bone development despite the aging process. A certain dietary nutrient known as Ostivone has been proven to increase the good effects of estrogen on bone tissue which is essential for bone health. Make sure to include dietary sources of calcium too, like milk, dairy products and green leafy vegetables.

• Have a diet rich in antioxidants

We all know that fruits and vegetables are important sources of antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E. Recently, Pycnogel, a product derived from grape seeds was discovered to be antioxidative, helping defend against free radicals that damage the skin cells and connective tissue due to excessive sun exposure. Anti-oxidants also help defend the immune system from these radicals that attack cells ensuring health that shows through radiant and fairer skin.

• Control your weight and blood sugar level at all times

When controlling diabetes, what you eat can be crucial to your health. Even if you don’t have it, you always have the risk of acquiring it if you have an unhealthy diet. Avoid those unwanted sweets and eat veggies like ampalaya! Ampalaya and banaba plants have both been proven to help lower your blood sugar. Incidentally, the banaba has the ability to help lower your blood cholesterol as well.

• Drink lots of water to maintain healthy skin

Wrinkles and lines are normal characteristics of aging. It is a result of losing water within the skin layers, which is why when maintaining skin’s moisture, hydration is always important. A substance found on the surface of the skin, hyaluronic acid, helps retain water to prevent your skin from looking dull and wrinkled. Drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water a day, avoiding excessive sun exposure and eating the right kind of food, will help your skin look and feel young.



About the speaker/author:

Dr. Christina Galvez is a medical oncologist at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Global City, Taguig, Cardinal Santos Medical Center and Veterans Memorial Medical Center.







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