Lifestyle Change: Simple Steps for a Healthier Liver

May 17, 2024

Dealing with fatty liver can be challenging, but the good news is that there are simple remedies that can help manage and even reverse this condition. I am guilty of overindulging since the lockdown. I have gained weight and I know that I need to make some lifestyle changes and incorporate natural remedies to support my liver health effectively.

Understanding Fatty Liver

Before diving into the remedies, it is important to understand what fatty liver is. Fatty liver occurs when too much fat builds up in the liver cells. While it can be caused by excessive alcohol consumption, known as Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (AFLD), the non-alcoholic version (NAFLD) is more common and linked to diet, lifestyle, and other health conditions.

Here are some simple steps I have started for a healthier liver:

Adopt a Balanced Diet

I now eat more fruits and vegetables. These are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can help reduce liver inflammation. When it comes to whole grains, foods like brown rice, oats, and whole wheat are rich in fiber, which helps in maintaining a healthy weight and reducing fat buildup in the liver. I also started incorporating sources of healthy fats like avocados, nuts, seeds, and olive oil. 

Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of water helps the liver function optimally. It aids in detoxifying the liver and flushing out toxins. I now limit my soda intake and drink at least a liter of water everyday. I work from home and it helps to have a water bottle on my desk to encourage me to drink more.

Exercise Regularly

Physical activity is one of the most effective ways to reduce liver fat. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise, such as brisk walking, cycling, or swimming, most days of the week. My goal is 5,000 steps a day. 

Limit Sugar Intake

High sugar consumption, especially from sugary drinks and snacks, can lead to fat accumulation in the liver. Opt for natural sugars from fruits and minimize processed sugar. But the best really is just to drink water.

Herbal Remedies

When it comes to herbal remedies, the first thing that comes to my mind is traditional Chinese Medicine. Good thing I have discovered LAC Activated Liver Protector. It contains extract of raw herbs that provide benefits for me to achieve a healthier liver. After meal, I take a capsule twice daily with warm water.

LAC Liver Protector

LAC Activated Liver Protector is formulated to prevent and alleviate fatty liver disease, a common issue due to poor diet and lifestyle choices. The blend of herbs like White Peony Root, Hawthorn, and Turmeric work synergistically to enhance liver function and promote detoxification. This supplement also helps lower levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides, contributing to improved cardiovascular health. By maintaining healthy blood lipid levels, it supports overall metabolic functions. The inclusion of ingredients such as Hawthorn aids digestion and enhances metabolic efficiency, helping your body process nutrients more effectively. Regular use of LAC Activated Liver Protector can lead to better energy levels, improved skin health, and enhanced immune function, making it a comprehensive solution for holistic health.

Manage Stress

Chronic stress can negatively impact liver health. Practice relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, or deep breathing exercises to reduce stress levels. There are lots of videos available on Youtube that can help you relax.

Avoid Alcohol

If you have fatty liver disease, it’s crucial to avoid alcohol as it can further damage the liver. I only drink alcohol occasionally. But if you can totally avoid, it will be the best for your liver.

Get Adequate Sleep

Good sleep is essential for overall health, including liver health. I always aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night. 

Monitor Progress 

Make sure that you have regular check-ups with your healthcare provider are important to monitor the condition of your liver. Blood tests and imaging can help track improvements and ensure that your liver is getting healthier.

Lifestyle changes can have a significant impact on managing and reversing fatty liver. By adopting a healthy diet, staying active, and incorporating natural remedies, you can support your liver health and overall well-being. Always consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new treatment, especially if you have existing health conditions. Remember, small steps can lead to big improvements in your liver health!
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A source of strength through thick and thin

May 15, 2024

Life is full of uncertainties, and cancer is one of the toughest challenges families can face. Here, we share the story of one of our policyowners who found a lifeline in the form of insurance. For Cerila Espidillon, her insurance plan not only provided financial assistance but also served as a source of strength for her and her family, enabling them to confront the ordeal without worrying about the added burden of debt. 

Espidillon shares her story of resilience and PRU Love:

“I have been insured by Pru Life UK since 2013. I come from a poor family and saw people borrowing money when they got sick, and people who relied on their children to take care of them. I told my husband that I don’t want our kids to worry about us when we grow older.

I knew I made the right decision when I was diagnosed with breast cancer on Valentine’s Day in 2022. Strangely, I didn’t worry and continued with my work here in Dubai. My biggest concern was my kids seeing me sick.

My friend and agent, Peach, helped me process my claim. It was so fast. I didn’t need to follow up because not long after I gave all my documents, the claim was already in my account.

The claim not only helped me pay my hospital bills without going into debt, but also made me feel at ease knowing I am financially covered. I felt the care that Pru Life UK has for its clients. Now I can focus on my recovery and my kids.

Insurance policies offer peace of mind and financial protection, especially from unforeseen incidents. If we want a better life, we need to get insurance.”

Espidillon’s story is just one example of how crucial life insurance can be for families, offering peace of mind during difficult times. 

To keep families protected, Pru Life UK launched PRUHealth FamLove, a yearly-renewable protection plan that shares the critical illness coverage to up to four family members in one policy. 

To know more, visit or contact a Pru Life UK financial advisor.
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4 Ways to Give Mom the Gift of ‘Time’

May 09, 2024

LAC, the leading health and wellness supplement retailer in the Philippines, delves into a unique celebration of a mother’s love that extends beyond traditional gifts and flowers.

Mother's Day goes beyond showering our moms and the mother figures in our lives with gifts, it's about nurturing our connection with them and showing appreciation for the invaluable role they play in our lives. 

The most priceless gift we can give them is time -- time well spent with their loved ones, time to show our appreciation for everything they do for us, and time spent on themselves and their passions as they age gracefully.

As we celebrate Mother’s Day, here are four heartfelt ways to give Mom the gift of time and honor her love, strength, and unwavering dedication.

Time to Say “Thank You”

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it's easy to overlook the countless sacrifices and selfless acts of love that our mothers make for us each day. This Mother's Day, let's take the time to express our heartfelt appreciation to them. Whether it's through a heartfelt card, a handwritten letter, or simply sending a text with a few words of gratitude and taking the time to acknowledge everything she has done and continues to do will mean the world to her.

Time to Treat Mom

As moms, they juggle a lot of responsibilities and obligations – keeping up with work, her family, her friends, and maintaining a household, just to name a few. There’s a tendency for mothers to neglect their own needs and well-being. On this special day, let's encourage Mom to carve out some much-deserved time to unwind. Whether it's booking her a spa appointment, indulging in her favorite hobby, or simply taking her to a nice cafe, giving Mom the gift of time to relax and decompress can work wonders for her overall well-being.

Time to Embrace Wellness Together

For mothers, who often prioritize the needs of their families above their own, their personal needs and even their health take a backseat. LAC (Leader in Antioxidative Control™), the leading health and wellness supplement retailer in the Philippines, believes we can also give our moms more time by supporting and encouraging them to maintain good health. So to celebrate Mother's Day a little differently this year, LAC encourages families to engage in activities that promote holistic wellness together, from going for a swim, to practicing yoga, or simply going on a nature walk. By doing an activity, you’re reminding moms to prioritize their health and how much you value their overall well-being.

Time to Revitalize Her Youth

In today's fast-paced world, mothers encounter challenges that may cause stress, accelerating the aging process. Aging impacts every aspect of well-being, from appearance to function. LAC believes incorporating high-quality supplements can support holistic well-being and slow down the aging process. 

LAC StemC® is the perfect choice for mothers seeking rejuvenation. Derived from premium thoroughbred horse placenta and synergistic ingredients, it offers cellular regeneration and improves physiological health to support recovery from the demands of motherhood. Its potent blend developed in Japan promotes skin elasticity, elevating vitality and restoring strength, ensuring that mothers feel their best inside and out.

Additionally, incorporating supplements like LAC FullCal® which contains a Calcium Magnesium ratio 2:1 for optimum absorption with co-nutrients such as Vitamin D3 and more. This convenient on the go melt-in-the-mouth powder for strong bones and teeth helps ensure optimal nourishment, supports healthy muscle function, and aids muscle contraction and relaxation, making the journey smoother for experienced moms. LAC Joint Protec™ Glucosamine Chondroitin + Collagen, on the other hand, can provide daily relief with Glucosamine and Chondroitin, essential for managing the physical demands of daily motherhood activities and boosting mobility and flexibility crucial for active and agile mothers caring for their families. Its jelly form makes joint health support easy and enjoyable for busy mothers, offering a convenient alternative to caplets. 

Our goal is for moms to feel their best every day, so what better gift to give them this Mother's Day than the gift of vitality?

This Mother's Day, let's celebrate the extraordinary women who have shaped our lives by offering more than just greetings or material gifts. Let's take the time to remind them and show them how much we genuinely appreciate their strength and timeless love.

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The Perks of Pregnancy

May 07, 2024

Perks of Pregnancy

From weight loss to improved intimacy, MakatiMed says the pluses of having a baby are many

For women on the family way, pregnancy is a cause for celebration. Sure, there are some things most moms-to-be would rather avoid such as “morning sickness” (which isn’t confined to just the morning) and raging hormones that are to be blamed for “pregnancy nose” and other hyperpigmentation and hair growth issues. 

Thankfully, they’re temporary, and for all these less than pleasant effects of pregnancy, the top hospital in the Philippines Makati Medical Center (MakatiMed) points to the many perks of having kids besides the obvious (cute babies!). 

According to Martin P. Manahan, MD of MakatiMed’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, some changes driven by childbirth are great for the mom’s body and mindset. “Since the health of the mom highly affects that of the child, most women also take this time as an opportunity to modify their lifestyle into a healthier one,” says Dr. Manahan. “The responsibility of motherhood and the desire to ensure the health of their baby motivates moms to adopt better choices and behaviors.” 

What else are the pluses of pregnancy? 

Easier periods. Many women find that they get less painful menstrual cramps after giving birth. “Dysmenorrhea goes away with pregnancy, regardless of the type of childbirth, " says Dr. Manahan. 

Improved intimacy. Mothers-to-be aren’t the only ones unleashing hormones at this stage. “That little bun in the oven is producing the sex hormones estrogen and testosterone,” reveals Dr. Manahan. “Together with its mom’s hormones, it may explain the ramped-up sex drive.” For moms, knowing that they’re already pregnant eases any tension, allowing them to fully enjoy intimacy with their significant other. 

Lower risk of disease. “From breast, ovarian, and endometrial cancers, to multiple sclerosis, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, pregnancy is said to reduce your chances of developing these life-threatening diseases,” shares Dr. Manahan. “When you’re pregnant, you get your period less, which cuts your exposure to estrogen and progesterone, hormones that trigger cell growth, boosting a woman’s risk of cancer. The immune system also adjusts itself to prevent it from ‘attacking’ the baby. This change lessens inflammation that may cause nerve damage.” 

Better mood. After the hormone-powered journey that is pregnancy, most women find that their moods tend to stabilize. Dr. Manahan notes, “The hormone oxytocin plays a big role during mom and baby bonding. You’ll likely feel surges of love or just have positive, wonderful emotions whenever you hold or nurse your baby.”

Pregnancy doesn’t just result in the eventual birth of a baby. It means the birth of a mother too. “The process of becoming a mother is known as matrescence,” Dr. Manahan explains. “It’s at this stage that a woman begins to reflect on her life, specifically the choices she made and her long-held beliefs. Matrescence can signal a new chapter in your life, a chance to be and do better for yourself and your family.” 

For more information, please contact MakatiMed On-Call at +632.88888 999, email, or visit Follow @IamMakatiMed on Facebook and Twitter.
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Key Factors Filipinos Need to Consider When Choosing the Right International Remittance Service

May 03, 2024

International Remittance Service

Did you know that there are 2.33 million Filipinos working overseas and around 11% of the total population of the Philippines live abroad? International money remittance has become an essential service for our kababayans sending or receiving funds to/from family members and choosing the right international remittance service is crucial. 

With an abundance of options available, it is important to understand what to look for to ensure a seamless and secure money transfer experience. Here are some key factors to consider when selecting an international money remittance service:

Exchange Rates and Fees: Compare the exchange rates offered by different remittance providers, as well as any associated fees. Even small differences in exchange rates and fees can significantly impact the amount received by the recipient. Look for transparent pricing and low transaction fees to maximize the value of your remittance.

Transfer Speed: Time is often of the essence when it comes to international money transfers. Consider the speed at which funds can be transferred to the recipient's account. Some remittance services offer instant transfers, while others may take several days to process transactions. Choose a provider that aligns with your urgency requirements.

Security and Reliability: Security should be a top priority when selecting a remittance service. Ensure that the provider employs robust security measures to protect your sensitive financial information and transactions. Look for compliance with relevant regulations and industry standards to ensure reliability and peace of mind.

Global Reach and Accessibility: Check the remittance provider's network and reach to ensure that funds can be sent to the desired destination. Consider factors such as the number of countries served, availability of pickup locations, and accessibility through online platforms or mobile apps. A provider with a broad global network can offer greater convenience and flexibility.

ML Kwarta Padala

Are you seeking a reliable solution for sending money across borders with ease? Look no further than ML Kwarta Padala International Remittance service. 

With an extensive network of almost 70 partners worldwide, Not only can customers send money abroad, but partners overseas can also facilitate the transfer of funds back to recipients in the Philippines. This two-way remittance capability ensures seamless money transfers for both senders and recipients, regardless of their location. 

Receivers abroad can claim the transferred funds in their local currency, making it convenient for them to access the money without the hassle of currency conversion. Additionally, recipients here in the Philippines can claim at any of the M Lhuillier branches nationwide and have the flexibility to receive funds in either Philippine pesos or US dollars, depending on the sender's currency preference.

M Lhuillier prioritizes the security and reliability of every transaction. With stringent security measures and compliance with regulatory standards, customers can have peace of mind knowing that their funds are in safe hands throughout the remittance process.

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5 ways to establish mental wellness in the workplace

May 01, 2024

MakatiMed reminds: Small changes make a huge difference

Ninety thousand hours. One-third of your life. That, according to industrial-organization psychologist and data scientist Andrew Naber, is the amount of time the average person will spend at work over a lifetime. With so much of our waking hours devoted to our job, isn’t it only fair to expect our workplace to be a safe, comfortable, and toxic-free environment, one that supports employees’ mental health and wellbeing? 

Yes, says Jon Edward B. Jurilla, MD, chief of the Section of Psychiatry of the top hospital in the Philippines Makati Medical Center (MakatiMed). “Companies that prioritize the mental health of their workers can expect inspired productivity, sound decision making, and harmonious interactions among colleagues. When employees feel at ease in the workplace, they perform better, are motivated to get up in the morning, and are less likely to be depressed or suffer from burnout. It’s a win-win situation for all.”

In the Philippines, employers in the private sector are mandated to implement mental health workplace policies and programs through the comprehensive and ever-evolving guidelines by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). What else can companies do to champion mental health and wellness at work? Little things make a huge difference, and MakatiMed suggests implementing these five small but significant changes:

Make counseling accessible. “Oftentimes, people want to express what’s troubling them but are wary about confiding in a colleague or don’t have the funds to see a specialist,” shares Dr. Jurilla. “Get a life coach or organizational psychologist on board so staffers know there’s a professional who can help them deal with their mental health concerns objectively and free from judgment.” 

Promote flexible work schedules. If possible, let them continue a work-from-home setup with an option to work at the office. “Such arrangements have been known to lower stress and make employees more productive,” suggests Dr. Jurilla. “You take away the tiring commute, giving them the freedom to work wherever best suits them. This allows for work-life balance. Injecting ‘me’ time in between banging out reports or meeting a client on Zoom can refresh the mind and spirit.”

Create quiet spaces. “Convert an extra room in the office into a meditation or quiet corner. Hire a yoga or tai-chi instructor to hold one-hour classes for the staff (a video session works too!). The silence and slow, gentle movements will surely calm frayed nerves and clear an anxious mind,” Dr. Jurilla points out. 

Stay away after office hours. If you get the urge to text, call, or email an employee after she or he has gone home for the day, the weekend, or on leave—stop yourself, stresses Dr. Jurilla. “These people already gave most of their hours and efforts to their jobs. Respect their personal time and let them enjoy their time away from work.” 

Be open. How do you know if your employees are truly happy with their jobs? Ask them “Perhaps someone is saddled with too much work, or another feels underutilized,” says Dr. Jurilla. “By consulting your team, addressing their concerns, and involving them in the decision-making process, you’ll make them feel relevant. Heard. Like they matter. And that’s the first step to promoting mental wellness at work.”

For more information, please contact MakatiMed On-Call at +632.88888 999, email, or visit Follow @IamMakatiMed on Facebook and Twitter.
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Sleep Matters: 4 Tips to Improve Quality Rest

April 26, 2024

Most people are familiar with the ways in which a healthy diet and active lifestyle can impact their physical well-being, but proper sleep doesn’t get the credit it deserves.

Starting from a young age, we’ve all stayed up to watch just one more episode, pulled all-nighters to work or study, or even stayed out late just because we can.

Improving sleep duration and quality is essential to adapt to the demands of life. Losing sleep from things like time changes, travel and general stress is all too common, so it’s important to know how to bounce back quickly and get good rest. Keep reading to receive the inside scoop of the importance of sleep and factors that can improve it. 

But First, Why Sleep Matters

Sleep is essential to nearly every one of the body’s processes and plays a critical role in keeping us mentally and physically well. Still wondering why we should make sleep such a priority?

Sleep is important because it:
  • Benefits brain function, including cognition, concentration, productivity and performance 
  • Can play a role in maintaining or losing weight, as well as maximizing fitness performance 
  • Supports healthy immune function 
  • Influences the ability to regulate emotions
1. Eat Well to Sleep Well 

Did you know that what and when you eat can affect your sleep? It’s best to avoid heavy meals right before bedtime, as well as caffeine, alcohol and acidic, spicy, sugary or high-fat foods.

Of course, everyone is different, but consuming these types of drinks or meals late in the evening can leave most tossing and turning as their digestive system works to process everything.

Instead, try the following to make the most of your nightly snooze:
  • Eat your heaviest meal at lunch 
  • Stick to a balanced, nutrient-dense diet 
  • Kids should limit sugar intake 
  • Adults should cap caffeine and alcohol consumption in the afternoon and evening, swapping them for a calming cup of herbal tea
2. Exercise for Better Sleep

A lack of exercise can also contribute to a problematic cycle of sleeplessness. Little to no movement can increase stress, which can keep you up at night. In turn, that inability to sleep makes it difficult to be active due to increased daytime fatigue. From there, the cycle continues.

Because there are so many benefits associated with exercise, try to move your body daily. When it comes to getting better rest, simple, moderate-intensity exercises like walking and yoga will do the trick. Kids should definitely enjoy daily playtime, and long walks as a family are just one of the ways you can reap the benefits of movement together.

3. Practice Good Sleep Hygiene

Curious what sleep hygiene is? It means creating an environment and adhering to routines that promote the most consistent, restful slumber. Sleep hygiene matters for everyone across the board, but kids and young adults stand to benefit the most, as it sets them up for success throughout life.

Set a schedule: Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day, as this creates a rhythm of efficient sleep

Wind down before bed: Allow yourself and your kids 30 minutes to an hour to take part in activities that create a state of calm before bedtime (e.g., meditating, journaling, reading, listening to soothing music, etc.)

Maintain your sleep space: Cool, dark, quiet environments that are free of electronic distractions are best for rest. Go ahead and silence cell phones and turn off the TV.

Avoid daytime naps: If unavoidable, keep napping to short bursts of 30 minutes or less so as not to interfere with sleep at night

4. Create a Routine that Works for the Whole Family

Creating a sleep routine for you and your family can bring about a healthy sense of order. It creates a dynamic where “sleep time” is shared throughout the household, thus likely making it easier for everyone to fall asleep. It will also keep you and your family’s already-chaotic schedules more organized. Make sure to practice a new sleep routine until it’s habitual.

For example, let’s say a family is preparing to return from vacation, consequently dealing with jet lag and returning to work and school. They should begin establishing a sleep routine that will work for their incoming schedules while using the tips above to readjust quickly.

A good sleep schedule is a powerful tool for success, so use the advice in this article for the sake of you and your family’s health and prosperity.

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