Elevating Holistic Wellness through Optimal Liver Health

April 21, 2024

Holistic Wellness

LAC, the leading health and wellness supplement retailer in the Philippines, supports World Liver Day 2024

Did you know your liver is a multitasking champion? This largest organ in your body filters blood, absorbs nutrients, removes toxic substances from the body, makes protein building blocks for your cells, and acts as your body's vitamin and mineral bank. However, despite its ability to keep the body functioning properly, liver disease quietly claims thousands of lives each year in the Philippines alone.

Liver disease refers to any condition that affects the liver's structure or function which can develop into four stages: Hepatitis, Fibrosis, Cirrhosis, and ultimately—Liver failure. According to The Global State of Liver Health 2022 Report, liver disease complications resulted in a death rate of 2.65%, with an estimated 16,500 fatalities in the Philippines—a stark reality we cannot overlook. While alcohol is a major culprit, habits like regularly consuming fatty foods, sedentary routines, unhealthy diets, and relying on certain medications for a prolonged time also lead to liver problems.

The Hepatology Society of the Philippines (HSP) states that the risk is especially high for those who are overweight, diabetic, or suffer from hypertension; making over 18 million Filipinos vulnerable to or already struggling with fatty liver disease. However, a surprising number of 11.9% of Filipinos also have the disease despite not being overweight.

This underscores the urgent need for proactive liver care, especially as World Liver Day on April 19th approaches. This global initiative aims to raise awareness about liver-related conditions and promote proactive measures for liver health as liver diseases often go unnoticed. 

Experts emphasize that, alongside necessary tests, adopting healthy eating habits, making lifestyle changes, and considering the potential benefits of supplements can significantly contribute to tackling this growing problem.

Protecting the liver holistically

LAC (Leader in Antioxidative Control™), the leading health and wellness supplement retailer in the Philippines, supports a proactive approach to liver health through LAC Activated Liver Protector™, a capsule supplement containing a blend of Traditional Chinese Medicinal herbs such as Hawthorn Fruit, Oriental Waterplantain Rhizome, and Largehead Atractylodes Rhizome that can prevent and relieve fatty liver, promote healthy liver function and lower bad blood lipid levels. 

“At LAC, our mission has always been to empower individuals on their lifelong wellness journeys—this commitment extends to liver health. Especially with the evolving lifestyles of Filipinos marked by shifts in dietary habits, increased stress, and higher exposure to toxins, maintaining optimal liver health has become imperative to counteract modern health challenges and sustain holistic well-being,” Evelyn Teo, Chief of Marketing at LAC Global, explains.

Recognizing the liver's pivotal role as the body's detoxification powerhouse, LAC understands the importance of protecting, nourishing, and aiding detoxification for holistic wellness. This led LAC to develop LAC Activated Liver Protector™, a potent supplement designed to support optimal liver function. With its blend of herbs that have been used for centuries, the brand is bridging the gap between traditional wisdom and modern solutions–offering a convenient and effective approach to liver health all within one capsule.

Filipinos can take charge of not just their liver health but also their overall well-being through informed choices and high-quality supplements. As a champion of holistic wellness, LAC empowers individuals by providing a comprehensive range of supplements tailored to meet daily health needs at every life stage while promoting a balanced and fulfilling lifestyle.

About LAC Global

Headquartered in Singapore, LAC Global is one of Asia's largest speciality retailers in nutritional supplements, vitamins, minerals, herbal, and other speciality supplements in Anti-ageing and Beauty, Immunity, Weight Management, Sports Nutrition, and Energy.

The Company owns the LAC brand, short for Leader in Antioxidative Control™, a leading health and wellness supplement brand with a global presence. Since its founding, LAC has embarked on a pioneering journey to formulate scientifically-proven ingredients, harnessing the best of eastern wisdom and western technology to fight free radicals, combat ageing brought forth by oxidative stress, and support you daily in looking, feeling, and functioning at your best. Having established a global presence since 1997, LAC’s reach includes Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Philippines, China, Japan, Vietnam, Myanmar, USA, Central & South Americas, and the Middle East. Currently, there are more than 220 LAC branded stores in Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Taiwan ROC. LAC stringently sources ingredients from around the globe, such as USA, Japan, France, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland to ensure utmost quality, and works only with the most specialised partners in developing and manufacturing health solutions.

Its other brands include Xndo Food For Health. LAC Global is dedicated to ensuring consumers stay well, and live life to the fullest. 

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Vitamin sand and sea: A quick beach trip is great for a mental health boost

April 15, 2024

MakatiMed explains why a coastal holiday is an underrated wellness hack

With summer finally here, heading to the beach is a no-brainer. After all, nothing says ‘it’s summertime’ quite like surfing, a quick dip in the ocean, or even just lounging around on the sand. And guess what, all these activities can improve your mental health too. 

“Everything from just being near a body of water to being out in the sun carries noticeable mental health benefits. When you put them together, the holistic experience uplifts your mood, reduces stress, and promotes mental clarity,” explains Jon Edward B. Jurilla, MD, Chief of the Section of Psychiatry of the top hospital in the Philippines, Makati Medical Center (MakatiMed). “Anyone that’s been to the beach and left feeling better knows this is true, even if they can’t exactly explain why.”

So how do you maximize your next beach trip for better mental health? Dr. Jurilla recommends starting by simply taking time to soak in the sun. “Vitamin D from the sun increases serotonin levels, a neurotransmitter in mood functioning. More serotonin means a better overall mood, reduced anxiety, and even better sleep,” says Dr. Jurilla. “It is why Vitamin D deficiency is linked to depression.” 

Numerous studies have found that being in or near water is a game-changer for well-being. “Water has an inherent calming effect which is why gazing at the ocean alters the frequency of our brain waves, inducing a gentle meditative state. The sound of water is also much more calming compared to typical urban noise, allowing your mind and body to relax even further,” shares Dr. Jurilla.

Dr. Jurilla adds that being around water also encourages physical activity. “If you’re near water, you might be encouraged to start swimming, floating, or diving. All of these are good exercises for your entire body, improving your physical health that’s also closely tied to your mental health.”

Once outside the water, it’s also worth simply walking around on the sand. Even a leisurely stroll along the shoreline is enough exercise to release endorphins, known as the feel-good hormones. “These endorphins work to alleviate stress, promoting a sense of calmness and happiness,” says Dr. Jurilla. 

Even just breathing in the beach’s fresh air goes a long way. Beach air is generally cleaner and fresher, with higher levels of oxygen, which carries benefits such as better sleep. “Research has found that the smell of beach air is soothing because it carries negative ions,” adds Dr. Jurilla. “These negative ions help your body absorb more oxygen. More oxygen means improved serotonin levels, adding to the mental health benefits you already get from being in the sun.”

A quick beach trip is a great reminder of what connecting with nature can do for our mental health. “As if you needed any more reason to go to the beach, at least do it as a favor to your mental health,” suggests Dr. Jurilla. 

For more information, please contact MakatiMed On-Call at +632.88888 999, email mmc@makatimed.net.ph, or visit www.makatimed.net.ph. Follow @IamMakatiMed on Facebook and Twitter.
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Cruel summer: What to do when the heat starts making you ill

March 26, 2024

MakatiMed gives practical tips to keep cool

Summer in the Philippines can be cruel and this year we’re expecting twice the heat with El NiƱo spiking up temperatures. As the numbers on our thermometers climb, so does the risk of succumbing to a heat-related illness like heat cramps or heat exhaustion. 

Some people such as children, the elderly, and individuals with chronic conditions are particularly susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Common symptoms of heat-related illnesses range from mild symptoms such as red and itchy skin (heat rash) to more serious ones including nausea, fainting, and muscle pains (heat stroke). For a safe and comfortable summer, Amado A. Flores III, MD of the top hospital in the Philippines Makati Medical Center (MakatiMed) recommends brushing up on what to do when intense heat is making you physically ill. 

Go somewhere cooler. The most important thing to do is seek refuge in a cooler environment. “It’s ideal for you to stay somewhere with air conditioning when you start feeling unwell,” says Dr. Flores. “When that’s not an option, even somewhere with shade is much better than standing in the sun. The goal here is to help your body cool down and lower its temperature.”

Hydrate with electrolytes. Hydrating is also key to bringing your body temperature down so go for a cool beverage like water or even a sports drink with electrolytes. “Electrolytes such as potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, and chloride maintain our fluid balance, facilitate nerve function, regulate muscle contractions, and support numerous biochemical reactions within our bodies. Replenishing electrolytes during a heat wave is important because we lose them when we sweat,” explains Dr. Flores

Cool the body. It’s also important to cool the largest organ of your body where heat escapes through—the skin. Soak a towel (or napkins or even a t-shirt) and dampen the neck, back, chest, and shoulders. According to Dr. Flores the science behind this is that the wet towel will pull heat away from your body, cooling your skin and aiding temperature regulation. “If possible, you can also try submerging your hands and feet in cold water. This is effective because the wrists and ankles have pulse points, where blood vessels are near the skin, allowing for a faster cooling process,” adds Dr. Flores.

But when it comes to heat-related illnesses, MakatiMed emphasizes that prevention is always better than cure. “Stay out of the sun if you can help it, especially during the hottest hour of the day at around 3 pm,” advises Dr. Flores. “If you have to go out then wear light, loose clothing and be careful not to overexert yourself.”

Watching what you eat and drink is also part of staving off heat-related illnesses. Eat food with high water content: pineapple, tomato, celery, cucumber, and cauliflower all go a long way in keeping your body hydrated. You should also avoid drinks with alcohol and caffeine as they act as diuretics, causing your body to shed more water than normal and speeding up the dehydration process. 

For more information, please contact MakatiMed On-Call at +632.88888 999, email mmc@makatimed.net.ph, or visit www.makatimed.net.ph. Follow @IamMakatiMed on Facebook and Twitter.

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Protect your kids from common summer conditions

March 22, 2024

The season of fun is also the time when children catch these ailments. MakatiMed’s Department of Pediatrics explains how to avoid them.

For a family with young kids, summer means three things. The months-long break is forever synonymous with carefree days of sleeping in and waking up late and playing in the backyard all day.

But summer is also the season for ailments and conditions that crop up during the searing weather. 

Don’t let them get in the way of your fun. Top hospital in the Philippines Makati Medical Center (MakatiMed), through its Department of Pediatrics, enumerates summer’s most common diseases among kids and how to prevent your little ones from getting them. 

Skin conditions. Kids who stay out in the sun too long are bound to get one or both of these common skin conditions. “Prickly heat or bungang araw is an itchy and uncomfortable rash that develops when your sweat glands are blocked and sweat cannot rise to the surface of the skin to evaporate,” says Angelica Cecilia Tomas, MD of MakatiMed. “Adults get it, but children get it more because their sweat glands are still developing.” Apply calamine lotion or talcum powder to soothe the itchy, stinging sensation, and keep kids cool by changing them from sweaty clothes to loose, light-colored apparel. 

While outdoor play and more movement is encouraged for kids, it's important to be aware of the hours when sun exposure is more helpful than harmful. "Morning sunshine is still best for outdoor play. Ask your kids to take a break from playing (or play in a shaded area) when the sun’s rays are at their most intense—between 10 am to 4 pm—and have them hydrate regularly by drinking at least 8 glasses of water, “advises Dr. Tomas. 

In case a child develops a painful sunburn, give him a cool bath or apply a cool compress to the sunburned area. "Applying aloe gel or topical moisturizer also helps relieve the burn." 

Food-and-water-borne diseases. “Food poisoning is the result of consuming spoiled food and drinks. It happens more often during summer because bacteria thrive in hot weather and multiply in warm, moist places,” says Dr. Tomas. Unsanitary food handling also adds to the risk of food contamination. 

Upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea and fever are telltale signs of someone who may have eaten spoiled food. If a child exhibits such symptoms, “give him or her plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration,” says Dr. Tomas. And prevent food poisoning from happening in the first place. Make sure the people who prepare the food observe sanitary practices by handwashing, cook food thoroughly and consume it immediately after it’s cooked, and serve and store them in clean containers. If anything looks, smells, or tastes funny, throw it away! 

Measles. Otherwise known as tigdas, measles is a viral disease characterized by large, red flat blotches on the skin. The first signs of measles usually appear after 7-14 days after exposure to a person with the virus. Most common symptoms are high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes or conjunctivitis. The rash would appear after 3-5 days. 

According to Dr. Tomas, “In the Philippines, cases of measles reach their peak in the summer months. “It’s an airborne disease, and when a child infected with the virus doesn’t cover his mouth when he sneezes, the infected droplets spread into the air, contaminating others.” 

Vaccinations protect your kids from catching measles. “Ideally, the first dose should be given at 9 months, the second dose between the ages of 12 and 15 months, and the third dose between the ages of 4 and 6 years,” Dr. Tomas points out. 

Sore eyes. Sore eyes (conjunctivitis) is spread when your child touches his eyes after getting in contact with things (like toys) containing the eye secretions of an infected person. It can also enter your child’s eyes while he’s swimming in a poorly chlorinated pool. Symptoms include redness in the eyes, a watery or pus-like discharge in the eyes, difficulty opening the eyes in the morning, and pain when the eyes are exposed to sunlight. 

“If the conjunctivitis is viral and without complications, it can heal on its own within a week,” she explains. “But if it is bacterial and affects vision, see an ophthalmologist for proper assessment and medication.” 

“Again, hygiene is the best way to prevent sore eyes,” says Dr. Tomas. “Wash your hands regularly, don’t rub your eyes when your hands are dirty, and do not share handkerchiefs and towels.” 

For more information, please contact MakatiMed On-Call at +632.8888 8999, email mmc@makatimed.net.ph, or visit www.makatimed.net.ph.

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ML Moves: Bridging Filipino Families with Seamless Logistics Solutions

ML Moves

M Lhuillier is a household name and a trusted partner in financial services since 1935 in the Philippines. Evolving from its roots in jewelry manufacturing and money lending, M Lhuillier has grown into one of the leading names in the money transfer and pawnshop business. Expanding its services to align with changing market dynamics, M Lhuillier now proudly introduces ML Moves, a comprehensive logistics solution in line with its commitment as the "Tulay ng 'PaMLyang' Pilipino" or the bridge for Filipino families.

Evolution of ML Moves

In response to the evolving demands of the industry, M Lhuillier ventured into logistics retailing in 2015. Operating as an extended business center for third-party logistics partners, ML Moves aims to provide innovative logistics solutions for both walk-in and business transactions.

Optimizing Nationwide Presence

With an expansive chain of branches spanning from major cities to the smallest provinces, ML Moves strategically optimizes its nationwide presence to cater to the diverse logistics needs of the Filipino people. This approach aligns seamlessly with the company's commitment to bridging Filipino families and serves as a practical expansion into the logistics sector.

Walk-In and E-Commerce Solutions

ML Moves caters to a variety of needs, whether for "Walk-In" transactions involving parcel or document shipments to domestic or international destinations or for "E-Commerce" requirements such as Lazada/Shopee branch pick-ups, returns, or seller drop-offs. The service ensures convenience and accessibility for both individual and business customers.

Convenience for Business Owners

For business owners engaged in influencer marketing and brand seeding, ML Moves presents a convenient solution. With nearby M Lhuillier centers acting as drop-off and pick-up points, items can be shipped branch-to-branch or branch-to-door, leveraging the company's extensive network and partnering with reputable local courier services like J&T Express and Airspeed.

Seamless Lazada and Shopee Transactions

ML Moves simplifies the logistics process for Lazada and Shopee customers. For pick-ups, customers can drop off packages at the nearest M Lhuillier branch, providing flexibility in choosing when to collect their items. Returns are equally hassle-free, with customers able to drop off items at any branch, and ML Moves takes care of the return shipping without additional fees.

Empowering Lazada and Shopee Sellers

ML Moves also supports Lazada and Shopee sellers by providing selected M Lhuillier branches as drop-off points. Couriers from Lazada and Shopee will periodically pick up batches of parcels from these branches, streamlining the logistics process for online sellers.

As the Philippine logistics industry experiences increased demand for parcels and deliveries, ML Moves emerges as a pivotal player, offering unparalleled convenience and reliability. Exciting times lie ahead, and ML Moves, with its commitment to bridging Filipino families, is set to play a crucial role in shaping the future of logistics in the Philippines.
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The Daily Ritual You'll Never Want to Skip for a Healthier and Happier You

March 11, 2024

Everybody dreams of having an active and healthy lifestyle. We all want to live long enough to reach all our goals and not be a burden to our families. However, in a fast-paced society, it is easy to get caught with the demands of our everyday life. Often, we juggle different roles such as that of a child, a parent, a friend, a partner, or even a workmate that require us to manage multiple responsibilities at once. As time passes by, we see our commitment to staying healthy weaken. It’s either we find ourselves making excuses to skip our workout routines, we forget to take our supplements, or we just eat whatever’s readily available without regard to its nutrition.

Then one day, we suddenly feel random parts of our body begin to ache, we easily get fatigued, and we can no longer do activities that we did with ease a year ago. This is when we realize that something needs to change with how we manage our lifestyle. But where do we start? How do we squeeze in staying healthy amidst our busy schedules?

If we want to become conscious of our health and what goes into our body, we need to be well-versed with what nutrients our body needs and how much of them we must consume to reach peak performance. It is important to take note that these essential nutrients are necessary for normal body function, growth, and development. However, they are not synthesized by our system, thus, they need to be externally sourced from foods or supplements.

The Macros

Macronutrients are the set of nutrients our body needs to consume in large amounts, specifically proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. These are broken down to provide energy and building blocks for our body’s structure.

Proteins are known as the body’s building blocks, especially for muscle tissue. They are also known to aid in our digestive system through digestive enzymes, improve the structure of our skin by providing antioxidants, collagen, and elastin, and nourish our hair and nails through keratin. Proteins can be sourced from lean meats, poultry, eggs, fish, and dairy. 

Another set of nutrients that our body needs in large quantities are carbohydrates or the body’s go-to energy source. They fuel us throughout our daily activities and during short to moderate lengths of exercise. Carbohydrates are the preferred fuel source for movement, biosynthesis of proteins, brain function, and more. This food group includes bread, pasta, rice, cereal, fruits, and vegetables.

The last set of essential macronutrients is healthy fats which are essential in giving the body energy and supporting cell function. They also help protect our organs and keep our body warm. We can get this from avocado, almonds, nuts, fish, and oils coming from olive, sunflower, and canola.

The Micros

Micronutrients are the set of nutrients that our body needs in smaller amounts but are nevertheless essential to our health. These are minerals and vitamins which are vital in ensuring that our bones, muscles, heart, and brain function properly and efficiently. These are also in charge of making enzymes and hormones. There are various sources for these like fruits and vegetables, lean meats, fish, whole grains, dairy, legumes, nuts, and liver.

The Supplements

But the thing is, it is not every day that we get to cook or consume meals containing all the essential nutrients that we must take in. Our body’s health needs remain constant day by day. So, what do we do? This is where supplements come in. They ensure that we still get the right amount of nutritional supply to eat, sleep, and perform better even on days our diet is insufficient.

USANA Philippines Elite Athletes
USANA Philippines Elite Athletes serve as testaments that with the right balance of nutrition and supplements, our bodies can perform at their peak potential.

This is something USANA is known for. Throughout the years, they took pride in providing consumers with the highest quality nutritional products to provide support in their active lifestyle. Their wide range of food supplements for various lifestyles and ages ensure that necessary support is provided where it is needed. Such supplements include: Cellsentials, MagneCal D, and BiOmega.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a lifelong commitment. But it doesn’t have to be a burden as we go through our daily routines. Knowing the right nutrients and supplements and incorporating them in our daily ritual, a long and healthy life no longer needs to be just a dream but rather a lived reality.
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Have you paid attention to your pelvis lately?

March 08, 2024

pelvic health

MakatiMed shares ways to keep it healthy and strong

It supports your upper body weight, helps you sit, stand, walk, and run, and protects your intestines, bladder, and other organs found in the area between your abdomen and legs. Yet few people realize just how crucial the pelvis is—and how we need to take good care of it—until something goes wrong. 

“The goal of pelvic health is to ensure your pelvic floor muscles are strong,” states Ana Melissa H. Cabungcal, MD of the Department of Urology of the top hospital in the Philippines, Makati Medical Center (MakatiMed). “When your pelvic floor muscles are strong, you can easily contract and relax them, thus allowing you to control when to release or withhold pee, poo, and gas. For women, contracting the pelvic floor muscles enhances sensation during sexual intercourse. Strong pelvic floor muscles are also essential during pregnancy because they support the weight of your growing baby inside your womb.” 

Time and circumstances weaken these hardworking yet often overlooked group of muscles. “Childbirth and surgery can affect pelvic floor muscles’ strength, as can overuse from heavy lifting, coughing, and constipation,” Dr. Cabungcal reveals. “For older women, menopause and aging cause pelvic floor muscles to lose their strength.” 

The weakening of these muscles results in incontinence—the uncontrollable peeing, pooping, or passing gas when you cough, sneeze, laugh, or lift heavy objects. Untreated incontinence could escalate to pelvic organ prolapse, or the protrusion of the uterus, rectum, or bladder in the opening of your vagina.

Now that you know how important pelvic health is, how do you keep your pelvic floor muscles strong and healthy for many years? 

Maintain your ideal weight. “Being overweight places pressure on the organs in the pelvic floor. It also increases your risk of developing incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse,” notes Dr. Cabungcal. Regular physical activity coupled with portion control and smart food choices benefits not just the pelvis but your overall health and well-being.

Do Kegels and other pelvis-friendly workouts. Pronounced “kee-gulls,” Kegels are exercises aimed at strengthening pelvic floor muscles. “There are several whole-body Kegel exercises, but the key to knowing if you’re doing a Kegel right is if you can stop yourself from peeing midstream and passing gas at the same time, and hold them for 3 seconds before releasing,” says Dr. Cabungcal. Apart from Kegels, you can also practice yoga and perform lower ab exercises like bridge and wall squats, and the classic jumping jacks. 

Be mindful of your reproductive and digestive health. Eating fiber and staying hydrated to avoid constipation and using protective measures to prevent sexually transmitted diseases can also benefit the pelvic floor muscles. “It’s also a must to avoid straining or pushing pee or poop too hard. Don’t rush – take your time in the toilet and let nature do its job,” shares Dr. Cabungcal. 

When Kegels can only do so much or if you’re feeling pain or discomfort in your pelvic area, it’s time to make an appointment with your doctor. “Your healthcare specialist can address any infections with medications, offer other ways to deal with your incontinence, and recommend surgery to correct a prolapse,” Dr. Cabungcal underlines. 

“The effects of weak pelvic floor muscles are nothing to be ashamed of. And you don’t have to live with them. Let your doctor help you.” 

For more information, please contact MakatiMed On-Call at +632.88888 999, email mmc@makatimed.net.ph, or visit www.makatimed.net.ph. Follow @IamMakatiMed on Facebook and Twitter.
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