Saturday, November 30, 2019

Digestive Health Relies on Healthy Diet, Lifestyle

When provided with a healthy diet, the digestive tract is well-designed to take care of things naturally. The foods you eat and the lifestyle you lead have a huge impact on the health of your digestive system.
Your digestive system is truly remarkable - and when you take a moment to think about how much it does for you, you might be more inclined to take better care of your digestive health. Your digestive system has a huge job - it breaks down the foods that you eat in order to make nutrients and energy available to the body, and it is responsible for steering unwanted waste out of the body, too. On top of that, your digestive tract is a key player in immunity, because the cells lining your digestive tract help protect your body against bacterial and viral invaders that could make you sick. And yet, many people abuse their digestive system – by filling it with highly processed foods, or eating too much, or eating too fast – and tend to pay little attention to it until something goes wrong.
A nutrient-rich, balanced diet helps to nourish all of your body’s cells, including those in your digestive tract. So you’ll want to provide your system with plenty of fiber, and make sure that you get adequate fluids and plenty of exercise to help keep you regular. You’ll also want to ensure that you get a source of probiotics. These are beneficial bacteria found in certain foods that help maintain the proper balance of the microorganisms that live in your digestive tract.
  • Fiber
Fiber is the structural portion of a plant, and is found in whole fruits, vegetables, beans, and grains like oats and brown rice. Adults should be eating in the neighborhood of 30 grams a day, but the average grownup only eats about a third of that. Our busy lifestyles contribute to the problem - when we’re on the go, we’re less likely to eat the high fiber fruits, vegetables and whole grains that are more typically found at home.
Different types of fiber have different effects on the body, and it’s important to get plenty of fiber from a variety of sources. Some fibers – such as those found in foods like apples, oranges, potatoes, oats, barley, and beans – produce a feeling of fullness, while the fibers found in vegetables and whole grains help move food through the intestines, so they are particularly helpful in preventing constipation.
  • Fluids
Proper bowel function relies on adequate fluids to keep your system running smoothly. Fluid helps the fibers in foods to swell, which adds bulk to the stool and aids elimination. You also need water to produce saliva and digestive juices, and to transport nutrients to your cells, so taking in adequate fluids every day is vitally important to not only your digestive health but your overall health, too. Aim for about 8 glasses of liquid daily - water and other calorie-free beverages are preferred (and yes, tea and coffee count towards your daily fluid intake).
  • Probiotics
Your digestive system houses tens of trillions of microorganisms, including a huge variety of species of bacteria. Taken together, these organisms are termed probiotics, and the entire colony is sometimes called the “gut microbiome”. These helpful bacteria serve a variety of functions. They help your body extract nutrients from your food, they help with the production of certain vitamins, and they protect the health of the digestive tract by keeping out dangerous foreign invaders. But this mini-ecosystem residing in your gut may do even more – there is evidence that your gut microbiome may also influence your body weight, memory, and mood, too, although it is too early to draw conclusions from the little research published so far.
Probiotics in your foods can help promote the right balance of the various bacteria residing in your digestive tract. (And, certain dietary fibers – called “prebiotics” serve as a food source to the beneficial bacteria). One of the most common strains of probiotic bacteria that reside in your intestines is Lactobacillus acidophilus, which is found in yogurt. Aside from yogurt, “good” bacteria are found in other fermented foods, such as fermented soy products (miso or tempeh) as well as pickled foods like cucumber pickles or fermented cabbage (sauerkraut or kimchi), as well as probiotic dietary supplements.
Regular exercise supports digestive health in a couple of ways. As your muscles contract and your breath deepen during activity, the natural contractions of your intestinal muscles are stimulated, too, which helps to move food through your system. Exercise is also a well-known stress reducer, so it can help reduce digestive upsets that can occur in response to negative emotions. This connection between your gut and your brain suggests that keeping your digestive system in tip-top shape is vital to your sense of well-being.
  • Putting it All Together
The diet and lifestyle steps you take to keep yourself healthy are the same ones that promote digestive health, too. A diet that includes plenty of fiber from colorful fruits and vegetables and whole grains, adequate hydration, and regular exercise are all key factors. And don’t forget to drink plenty of fluids, and to include sources of probiotics in your daily diet. If you feel you can’t meet your fiber or probiotic needs, you can add a supplement to your diet. Lastly, take the time to enjoy your meals. Slow, mindful eating won’t tax your system, and you’ll be less likely to experience indigestion that often comes from eating too much, too fast.

Herbalife Nutrition has more than 8,300 employees worldwide. To learn more, visit

About Herbalife Nutrition
Herbalife Nutrition is a global nutrition company whose purpose is to make the world healthier and happier. The Company has been on a mission for nutrition - changing people's lives with great nutrition products and programs - since 1980. Herbalife Nutrition offers high-quality, science-backed products, one-on-one coaching with an Herbalife Nutrition independent member, and a supportive community that inspires customers to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle.
Herbalife Nutrition’s targeted nutrition, weight-management, energy and fitness and personal care products are available through its independent distributors in more than 90 countries.
Herbalife Nutrition supports the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation, a non-profit organization that assists community organizations focused on providing good nutrition. Herbalife Nutrition is also proud to sponsor more than 190 world-class athletes, teams and events around the globe.


Tanduay Continues Int’l Expansion with Presence in Guam

Most recently, Tanduay was declared Brand of the Year by the World Branding Forum, a global non-profit organization dedicated to advancing branding standards. This is the fifth year that the company won the prestigious award.
Tanduay, the world’s number one rum according to Drinks International, continues its aggressive international expansion. Most recently, the 165-year-old Filipino brand partnered with one of Guam’s leading spirits distributor, TITAN Imports, for its distribution in the U.S. territory.
“We believe that the brand will grow in the state of Guam having a lot of Filipinos residing in that state who’re familiar with the brand, and the locals of Guam themselves who’re looking for quality products.” ~Paul Lim, Tanduay Senior Vice President for Marketing
.The event included a brand education seminar conducted by Tanduay Business Development Manager and TITAN managing director John Antenorcruz.
A bartending competition followed, where contestants where challenged to create drinks using Tanduay Dark Rum, Tanduay Asian Rum Gold, and Guam’s freshest ingredients.
A cocktail event was also held in another venue, The Atrio, to celebrate the distribution deal with F&B directors, restaurant managers, hotel owners, and business decision makers in attendance. They were provided with entertainment along with specialty drinks and exciting prizes from Tanduay.
For the past three years, Tanduay has been aggressive in opening new markets for its quality rums in countries outside of the Philippines. In 2018, its volume in the US grew by 114% year-on-year, from the first half of 2018 versus the first half of 2017.
Its overall product sales grew by 3% in 2018 from 2017, making it the world’s best-selling rum for two years running. According to Drinks International, Tanduay 20.1 million 9-liter cases in 2018. It is the only rum brand to reach the 20 million mark for that year

Sunday, November 24, 2019

FITFIL and National Youth Commisision FitFil Youth Against Drugs supported by NOVUHAIR

Can regular exercise make your hair grow? Although hair growth never comes as a direct cause by exercise, mental and physical health challenges may interrupt the hair’s normal growth process which may lead to hair loss. However, regular cardio exercise for example, can help improve your health and mood — discouraging any breaks in the natural hair growth cycle.

Coach Jim and Toni Saret, The National Youth Commission (NYC), ABS-CBN Star Hunt Academy artists, together with the leading hair loss treatment in the country NOVUHAIR, nature’s answer to hair loss, officially launched “FITFIL YOUTH AGAINST DRUGS (and Obesity)” at SM Mall of Asia By the Bay last November 16, 2019. The challenge for a 2-hour Dance Fitness Marathon was attended by more than 3,000 youth delegate and representatives from various government sectors. NOVUHAIR conducted free hair and scalp analysis to help attendees achieve overall wellness starting with their crowning glory.


Highlighting the event, The National Youth Commission headed by Commissioner Ryan Enriquez, pledged to donate 2 million pounds of excess fat from Filipino youth! This challenge is FITFIL’s way of rallying humanity to become more proactive in fighting lifestyle-related diseases responsible to almost 70% of all Global illnesses including deaths.
Flex those muscles and add a zest to your life by following this tips on how to make yourself happier and healthier through exercise in 6 Ways:
1. Control your weight
No matter how busy your schedule is, try to allocate time to go to the gym or just do some routines at home on a regular basis.
2. Fight health conditions and illnesses
Exercising regularly prevents many health malaise and concerns. These include stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, arthritis and a number of types of cancer.
3. Enhance your mood
Uplift your emotions simply by taking a brisk walk or a brief gym session. Engaging into some physical activities will help trigger different brain chemicals to make you feel more happy and relaxed.
4. Boost your energy
An exercise brings oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. What’s more, it aids in making more efficient your cardiovascular system. A well-functioning heart and a healthy lung will enable you to do your daily chores.
5. Promote better sleep
If you’re having a hard time to snooze, a physical activity can make you fall asleep quicker and achieve quality slumber.
6. Bond and have fun


Beyond the health and physical gains, it’s more fun doing an exercise! For one, it allows you to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or just engage yourself in activities that bring you happiness. Second, it also serves as a bonding moment with your family or friends. Consider a dance class, hiking or enlist in a sports team. Look for a physical activity you’re interested with and just enjoy doing it. You’ll never know what you will discover about yourself in the end.


Make that move. You’ve got nothing to lose.

Friday, November 22, 2019

AIM MBM '95 to hold first-ever Notables at AIM speaker series

(L-R) Jeoff Solas, Executive Board Director of LGBT Chamber of Commerce ; Gretchen Diez, LGBTQ+ Advocate; Dindi Tan, National Secretary-General of LGBT Pilipinas; Dr. Corazon Angela M. Cuadro, Adult Psychiatrist and representative from the Philippine Psychiatric Association; Ian Paradies, President of Napa Gapa Beverages Corp. and Co-founder and President of Dark Wing, Inc.; Atty. Sandra Coronel, professor at the UP College of Law; Atty. Anthony Abad, Founding Partner at Abad Alcantara and Associates Law; Mr. Marc Ablaza, AIM MBM ’95 Batch Representative.
"It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals." ~Emma Watson
The Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Master of Business Management (MBM) Batch 1995 has launched Notables at AIM, a non-traditional speaker series hosted by an array of luminaries with expertise and insight on relevant topics. Through leaders and captains of industry are invited to engage not only with the AIM community but with the public in attendance as well. The speaker series kicks off Thursday, November 28 at Fuller Hall, AIM, Makati City.

"It provides a much-needed arena for informed and purposeful exchange on relevant issues. The third out of the seven fundamental human needs is the need to belong or connection. It comes after subsistence and security; and growth and understanding Inclusivity addresses and fulfills that need. How do we achieve it? We temper if not altogether do a way with discrimination. How do we go about it? We start with intelligent discourse. This is why and how Notables at AIM came to be. We are going to talk about inclusivity in the work place for increased productivity; in our institutions and industries for growth, and in our communities for general wellbeing. Inclusivity is a critical yet complicated humanitarian issue. Let's start engaging with it." ~Marc Ablaza, MBM '95 Natch Representative

AIM MBM Batch '95 organized Notables at AIM to further the renowned international management school's advocacy in providing quality education. The batch also hopes to raise funds for scholarships.

To register for the FREE event, visit For more information about Notables, you may visit their social media pages at,,


Monday, November 18, 2019

Timog Avenue Newest Hotel Sogo Branch


The newest Hotel Sogo Timog Avenue Branch is Set to cater young professionals, digital natives, travelers, and families, Hotel Sogo Timog is the haven of affordable lodging tied with modern yet inviting interiors, distinctive lighting, and outstanding accommodation. Truly, a perfect place when you’re looking for a second home.

Hotel Sogo, the largest hotel chain in the Philippines, continues to expand its hotel services to patron guests, travelers and families who are looking for a quick stop from the hassle and bustle of the metro with its 39th branch perfectly situated in a district brimming with life.


 Strategically located in the heart of South Triangle, Quezon City, Hotel Sogo Timog Avenue branch is your gateway in experiencing top of the class service, authentic Filipino hospitality and comfortable lodgings at exceptionally affordable rates.
 With more than 100 rooms, the hotel takes pride as it showcases a refreshing look of its lobby and the first Hotel Sogo branch to introduce the self-check-in kiosk. The kiosk is part of Hotel Sogo’s modernization and is designed to allow guests a digitized and more discreet transaction of their hotel stay.  Transactions are then processed and checked at the front desk.

Hotel Sogo Timog Avenue also boasts the new state-of-the-art red and white fa├žade which symbolizes the company’s passion and commitment to cleanliness, courteous service and positivity in all aspect of its services.


Visit the stylish and relaxing atmosphere of Hotel Sogo Timog Avenue with your love one or family and friends anytime soon.

Monday, November 11, 2019

SM Megamll's Christmas Lightning with Santa's Crystal Castle

SM Megamall opened the doors of Santa's Crystal Castle at the Mega Fashion Hall for the coming Christmas season.
"This year, to light up your Yuletide celebration, we will bring Santa's Crystal Castle here at SM Megamall. The 40-ft. Christmas centerpiece and exciting events will give our shoppers a one-of-a-kind English Christmas experience." ~Christian Mathay, AVP of Operations for Premier 2 Malls
A 40-feet Christmas tree is the main show stopper  inspired by the bright streetlights of London.

Santa's Crystal Castle is adorned with a string of gems, crystals, snowflakes and metal ornaments, with red telephone booth and toy soldier ornaments.

Kiddie shopper, Thomas and Friends will perform Holiday dance numbers at the Event Center of Mega A from December  to 12. Plus, experience exciting games, costume contests, amazing raffle prizes. Plus, experience exciting games, costume contests, amazing raffle prizes! In partnership with McDonald’s, SM shoppers will get a chance to win 1 out of 3 Thomas-themed birthday parties and more.

In partnership with Canon Philippines, SM Megamall's Christmas centerpiece will open its doors to the public to our first ever interactive Crystal Room that has over a thousand fairy lights where all shoppers can experience and capture interactive moments.

#MegaBrightChristmas await shoppers at Santa’s Crystal Castle at SM Megamall 
For updates, visit or forllow SM Supermalls and SM Megamall at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @smmegamall @smsupemralls 

Andi Manzano-Reyes on making the Smart Organic Choice

Deciding what’s best for the family is a struggle for every mom. Andi Manzano-Reyes is no stranger to this – although she considers herself a smart homemaker, she still struggles sometimes when it comes to making choices for her family’s health.
Having her first daughter, Olivia, was what motivated Andi and her husband GP to make a lifestyle check.  she said. Health and nutrition became a priority for her, and it became increasingly important that she becomes more meticulous especially with the food that she prepares for her daughter.
Andi was inspired by her fellow moms who lead a healthier and more natural lifestyle, and this is where she was also introduced to organically sourced food. Organic products follow a strict standard that ensures there are no artificial pesticides, growth hormones, and synthetic antibiotics used during its production process.
“For me, being a mom has changed the way I make decisions. There’s this concern that some products might be made with a lot of chemicals that aren’t going to be helpful for your child’s development-- there’s always that fear. We don’t always go organic but when we have the chance to do so and it’s available, we do it. Choosing organic food gives me peace of mind knowing that whatever we ate, drank or put in our body was straight from the ground and has no chemicals.” ~Andi Manzano-Reyes
Olivia, now 4 years old, loves fruits and vegetables – food that Andi regularly includes in her diet. Since Olivia is very adventurous when it comes to food (especially spicy ones!), she and Andi make preparing food a fun time for them. They usually cook Filipino dishes and make homemade fruit ice popsicles or salads together.
Although Andi doesn’t always serve organic food to her family, she chooses smart when it comes to Olivia’s milk. She wants to make sure that Olivia gets the best available milk that provides age-appropriate nutrition with the assurance of organic.
After doing thorough research and consulting fellow moms, Andi discovered Promil Organic and choosing it for Olivia’s milk was an easy decision for Andi. Firstly, Promil Organic is made by Wyeth Nutrition, the leading formula milk manufacturer in the Philippines with over 100 years of scientific expertise.
Secondly, Promil Organic is made with 100% organic milk sourced from certified organic dairy farms. It is certified organic by the Organic Certification Center of the Philippines (OCCP) Inspection & Services Inc, following strict organic requirements.
Lastly, Promil Organic is the only organic formula milk in the Philippines intended for preschoolers aged 3+ that contains DHA & AA – important nutrients that help support a child’s brain development.
Just like Andi, all moms can make a smart organic choice when it comes to their children’s nutrition. To know more about Promil Organic and its other benefits, visit

Jessica Zafra author of the Twisted series latest book is now available at Fully Booked, Shopee, and other stores

From the author of the Twisted series comes a collection of 27 stories from the last 27 years. The Collected Stories of Jessica Zafra contains award-winning fiction from Manananggal Terrorizes Manila (1992) and The Stories So Far (2014), plus new stories and an introduction by Don Jaucian.
“Jessica is a natural short story writer, and I don’t know anyone else in the Philippines writing in English who does it as well as she does. The fact that she’s a Filipina couldn’t matter less. She would be recognised anywhere on earth that good English is read. But of course in this fatuous world the unmerited hegemony of “English” literature (including of course American, Canadian, Australian, etc. etc.) reminds us that it still fancies itself as the arbiter of the Real Thing. But plenty of us round-eyes know that’s baloney, and JZ provides us with ammunition to stand up in public and say so.” ~James Hamilton-Paterson, Whitbread Award-winning author of Gerontius, Playing With Water, Seven-Tenths, Ghosts of Manila, and the bestselling Cooking With Fernet Branca and Empire of the Clouds
From the author of the Twisted series comes a collection of 27 stories from the last 27 years. The Collected Stories of Jessica Zafra contains award-winning fiction from Manananggal Terrorizes Manila (1992) and The Stories So Far (2014), plus new stories and an introduction by Don Jaucian.
The Collected Stories of Jessica Zafra is published by Ateneo University Press. SRP P345. Now available at Fully Booked stores, Solidaridad, Popular Bookstores, the Ateneo University Press bookshop, Loyola Bookshop, and on Shopee. Coming soon at Mt.Cloud Bookshop in Baguio and other outlets.
Book signings and author talks will be announced soon. Follow @jessicazafrascats on Instagram and the JessicaRulestheUniverse Facebook page for announcements and updates.

Sunday, November 10, 2019


Herbalife Nutrition (NYSE: HLF), a premier global nutrition company, recently announced the launchof the Nutrition for Zero Hunger global initiative, pledging $2 million to help end world hunger, ensurepeople have access to good nutrition and address rising obesity. The initiative, with the assistance ofnonprofit partners, will focus on providing access to healthy foods, improving nutrition education, identifying sustainable food resources and raising awareness of the global crisis. In conjunction with the launch of the initiative, the Company also announced its partnership withFeed the Children,  a nonprofit  organization  committed  to  defeating  childhood  hunger worldwide. Feed the Children has designated September as Defeat Hunger Month and as a lead partner ofNutrition for Zero Hunger, Herbalife Nutrition will support their programs to help end hunger aroundthe world.
“The  Nutrition for Zero Hunger  initiative addresses key pandemic problems and through our workwith our partners, like Feed the Children, we hope to build a world where everyone has access toquality food and nutrition.” ~Alan Hoffman, Executive Vice President, Global Corporate Affair
As a leader in the global nutrition, Herbalife Nutrition was founded, nearly 40 years ago, on theimportance  and   value of   good   nutrition,  providing  a  reliable  source   of nutritious  food  through anetwork of independent distributors to customers worldwide.
“Feed the Children is proud to partner with Herbalife Nutrition to address the important issue ofchildhood hunger. The problem cannot be tackled alone. We know that when we combine our efforts, we will have a greater impact on thelives of families who need us most around the world. We have seen how healthy nutrition impacts people’s lives, and we are committedto supporting this critical need to vulnerable populations all around the world.” ~Travis Arnold, Feed the Children president and CEO
Feed the Children is an organization that is dedicated to supporting families and communities by providing   food  assistance  and   resources   to   help   achieve   stable  lives   both   in   the   U.S.  and internationally in 10 countries. In 2018, Feed the Children distributed 88.6 million pounds of food andessentials, working with community partners to support 6.5 million people globally.

In addition  to  supporting  strategic partnerships,  Nutrition  for  Zero  Hunger  aligns  with the  UnitedNation’s Sustainable Development Goal #2, which calls for bold action to end hunger in all its formsby 2030, as well as solutions to achieve food security and improve nutrition worldwide. Through the$2 million pledge, the Company will:
  • Partner with organizations addressing hunger, food security and malnutrition.
  • Provide in-kind donations of nutritious food and nutrition products to vulnerable people.
  • Deliver resources to support nutrition education.
  • Engage and educate communities globally through integrated campaigns Hoffman added.

To   learn   more   about   Herbalife Nutrition,   visit  To   receive   the   latestcompany updates from Herbalife Nutrition, follow us on Twitter: @HerbalifeNews. 

About Herbalife NutritionHerbalife Nutrition is a global nutrition company whose purpose is to make the world healthier andhappier. The Company has been  on a mission  for nutrition - changing people's lives  with greatnutrition products and programs - since 1980. Herbalife Nutrition offers high-quality, science-backedproducts, one-on-one coaching with an Herbalife Nutrition independent member, and a supportivecommunity that inspires customers to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle. Herbalife Nutrition’s targeted nutrition, weight-management, energy and fitness and personal careproducts are available through its independent distributors in more than 90 countries. Herbalife Nutrition supports the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation, a non-profit organization that assists community organizations focused on providing good nutrition. Herbalife Nutrition is also proud tosponsor more than 190 world-class athletes, teams and events around the globe. Herbalife   Nutrition   has   more   than   8,300   employees   worldwide.

To   learn   more,   visit

About Feed the ChildrenAt Feed the Children, we feed hungry kids. We envision a world where no child goes to bed hungry. In the U.S. and internationally, we are dedicated to helping families and communities achieve stable lives and to reducing the need for help tomorrow, while providing food and resources to help them today. We distribute product donations from corporate donors to local community partners, we provide support for teachers.

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