Old Orchard Cranberry’s Tips on How to Take Care of your Kidneys

Kidneys are two bean-shaped multifunctional powerhouse organs of the urinary system. They expel waste from the body, balance body fluids, release hormones that regulate blood pressure, and control the production of red blood cells.

With all those jobs to be done, our kidneys deserve attention and care. The National Kidney and Transplant Institute has reported that Kidney Failure is the 7th leading cause of death among Filipinos and close to an estimate of 30,000-40,000 patients yearly undergo dialysis. Kidney disease often cannot be cured, but fortunately, it can be prevented early by taking care of our urinary tract. With the aid of Old Orchard’s resident US nutritionist, Amy Bragagnini, MS, RD, CSO, here are some tips that can help you prevent urinary tract and kidney infections.

 

  1. Eating Healthy and Exercising Regularly.

                Diabetes and high blood pressure cause most of the kidney problems. When blood pressure is high, blood vessels stretch to allow blood to flow more easily. The stretching eventually injures and weakens the blood vessels, impairing their ability to clean blood properly, including those in the kidneys. That’s why it is always best to follow healthy eating habits such as limiting intake of sodium (2,500 mg) and sugar, and controlling weight and blood pressure through exercise. Watchful eaters should also consider the addition of calcium-filled food (milk, yogurt, calcium fortified cereals, etc.) to their diet. However, Bragagnini notes that one must not mistake calcium supplements as an alternative to the natural food sources, as it could result to kidney stone formation when taken in excess.

 

  1. Giving up on Smoking.

If you’re smoking, you should quit now as smoking slows the flow of blood to the kidneys. This results to an impairment to function properly which increases risks of kidney cancer by 50%.

 

  1. Following Directions for Over-the-Counter Medications.

                Your kidneys can only take so much. Overdoing your medications create high toxins level in the body, posing great burden on the kidneys. So as much as possible, limit yourself from too much chemical exposure. If you really need medications, consult with your physician and follow the instructions well.

 

  1. Having them Screened Regularly.

                If diabetes or high blood pressure is in the genes, it is always ideal for you to have your kidneys tested regularly as part of your routine check-up. A creatinine level higher than 1.2 for women and 1.4 for men is a sure sign of a kidney problem.

 

  1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

“Fluid intake is another important step to help lower risk of kidney stone formation and urinary tract infection”, stresses Bragagini. Healthy individuals who aren’t suffering present kidney diseases should consume enough water and other fluids of at least 2 liters of fluid per day. Consuming enough fluid helps dilute the urine and helps flush toxins. Bragagini prescribes that pairing a meal with Cranberry juice in moderation is a great way to reduce instances  of irritation in the urinary tract. In fact, Cranberries are power packed fruits that are rich in Vitamin C and a source of Flavonoid and Phytonutrient contents called Hippuric Acid and Proanthocyanidin. These power duo components prevent UTI-causing bacteria from sticking into the wall of the bladder and urinary tract preventing further damage to the kidneys.

Bragagini closes by saying that the most important thing you can do to keep your kidneys safe is to take care of your overall body to reduce your chances of developing diseases that put a strain on your kidneys. Coupled by prevention, it is also aided by continuously doing consultation with your physician or dietitian.

Old Orchard can be enjoyed in three flavors: Cranberry, Apple Cranberry, and Cranberry Raspberry. There are also diabetic-friendly variants that contain 75 percent less sugar and only has 20 calories: Healthy Balance Cranberry and Healthy Balance Apple Cranberry. From health tips to fruity recipes, you can also learn more at oldorchard.com

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Vegan Take on Filipino Dishes by Marriott Hotel Manila

Filipino cuisine has gained its rightful global position to be “the next big thing”. How it has evolved while keeping its authentic roots is the secret ingredient. But this is just the beginning. Marriott Hotel Manila takes the Filipino cuisine to a new level – Vegan level on that note. The hotel took inspiration from the growing vegan or plant-based eating community in the country. It’s a culinary treat catering to various, if not all, cravings such as foodies, vegans, healthy seekers and any appetite who’s up for something new.

“We thoroughly studied and searched for quality plant alternatives that provide the same aroma, texture and flavor to replace the meat.”

adds their Executive Chef Meik Brammer.

They challenged the popular “meaty” dishes such as Bicol Express, Sisig and Bacolod Inasal to an all-vegetable makeover. Substituting the pork in Bicol Express is a variety of mushrooms such as portabello, shitake and Tagaytay’s oyster mushroom. Mushrooms already are rich and meaty textured perfect to combine with their homemade spicy coconut cream.

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Bicol Express (using mushroom) Vegan Take on Filipino Dishes by Marriott Hotel Manila

Sisig turned into a hearty fare by using banana hearts (puso ng saging) and breadfruit (kamansi) instead. These are tasteful ingredients and can easily be mistaken as pork with eyes closed.

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Sisig (using banana hearts and breadfruit) Vegan Take on Filipino Dishes by Marriott Hotel Manila

For Bacolod Inasal, they chargrilled high-protein alternative tofu to be dipped in traditional Iloilo vinegar, sinamak.

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Bacolod Inasal (using tofu) Vegan Take on Filipino Dishes by Marriott Hotel Manila

Marriott’s fresh take on the local cuisine makes it more available and fascinating. Vegan or not, indulge in a buffet-style for only Php 1,950 on lunch every Saturdays to Fridays and Php 2,100 on dinner every Sundays to Thursdays. Enough reason to take pride in local and healthy eating.

Cru Steakhouse is located at Marriott Hotel Manila’s G/F and is open from 6pm to 10:30 pm on Sundays to Thursdays and 6pm to 11:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays. While, Marriott Café Bakery is located at the G/F and is open from 6am to 10:30pm. For inquiries, call (02) 9889999 or visit manilamarriott.com. To keep up on their latest offerings, follow @marriottmanila at Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat and, @manilamarirott on Instagram.

Sponge Cola for Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass

Sponge Cola for Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass

Philippines’ first and leading wheatgrass brand has recently signed one of the most admired Pinoy rock bands Sponge Cola as its newest endorser. The first and only wheatgrass brand that uses leaves to the roots that’s cleansing, alkalizing, and nourishing, it’s also most prized for its abscissic acid, a powerful antioxidant that helps to eliminate free radicals and reduce risk of cancer. “Easy Pha-max Wheatgrass is the most trusted wheatgrass brand that powerfully preserves its proteins, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and chlorophyll.

“With Sponge Cola’s well-rounded personality and active lifestyle, Easy Pha-max Wheatgrass health enhancing benefits helps them be at their best while inspiring the wellness-conscious millennial market”,

says Wheatgrass CAN International Inc. President Edward Ling.

Sponge Cola for Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass

Standing (L to R) Sponge Cola bassist Gosh Dilay, Wheatgrass CAN International product manager Armi Rose Montano, Sponge Cola drummer Ted Mark Cruz, Phil-US registered dietitian-nutritionist consultant Cheshire Que, Wheatgrass CAN International Inc. licensed nutritionist-dietitian Babyruth Balderama, and Sponge Cola guitarist Erwin Armovit. Seated (L-R) Sponge Cola band manager Saul Ulanday, Sponge Cola vocalist Yael Yuzon, Wheatrass CAN International Inc. President Edward Ling and Sponge Cola PR representative Ernestina Magboo.

Easy Pha-max Wheatgrass is FDA-approved and comes in original, honey, and lemon flavours and available in all Mercury Drugstores, S&R, Watsons, and other leading supermarkets nationwide.  For order and inquires, contact Customer Service Hotline at (02) 8901111 or 09055757799 and follow social media pages: Wheatgrass C.A.N on Facebook and ilovewheatgrass on Instagram and Twitter.

 

Marriott Manila Joins Earth Hour with Dinner in the Dark

Marriott Manila Joins Earth Hour with Dinner in the Dark

As the whole world turns off lights on March 25 for Earth Hour, Marriott Hotel Manila brings back their illustrious Dinner in the Dark at Cru Steakhouse. Due to popular demand, this unique dining experience returns in the most perfect and darkest night.

Marriott Manila Joins Earth Hour with Dinner in the Dark

Dinner in the Dark first came to the Philippines at Cru Steakhouse last October 2016. It returns this year with a 4-course exceptional fete for only Php 2,500 per person. How does it work? Blindfolds are provided to be worn as you take a seat and finish the last dish. Dishes are kept hidden for you to unfold by your tasteful judgements.  A guide stands by for basic instructions and desciptions of what’s on your plate. Without the sense of sight, all your other senses will awaken to appreciate every flavor of the food and your ability to see.

Marriott Manila Joins Earth Hour with Dinner in the Dark

Don’t just hide yourself in the dark on Earth Hour. As nature takes rest, jump up your appetites for this rare dining experience. Hit the dial button and see you in the dark!

Marriott Manila Joins Earth Hour with Dinner in the Dark

For more information, please call 988 9999 or visit www.manilamarriott.com. To join ongoing conversations, like Facebook.com/MarriottHotelManila, follow @marriottmanila on Twitter and @manilamarriott on Instagram.

Make your summer days a Happy Day with Rauch Orange Juice

With summer fast approaching, everyone tries their best to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Consumers are now on a constant hunt for thirst quenchers that will also nourish their bodies.

 As the weather gets warmer and warmer, a glass of Happy Day 100% Orange Juice will surely refresh you in the summer days. Unlike the other juices available in the market, a liter of Happy Day 100% Orange Juice contains about 2.5 kilos of sun-ripened oranges. A glass of Happy Day meets the required daily dose of Vitamin C that our body needs.

 Vitamin C is a vital nutrient as it transports “oxygen and hydrogen” to the different parts of our body, catches free radicals, and improves the absorption of iron and other minerals. As a matter of fact, it also helps protect the body from the development of diseases. Aside from Vitamin C, B-vitamins, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, beta-carotene, cell defense substances, bioflavonoids, and selenium are also generously found in every glass of Happy Day Rauch 100% Orange Juice!

           Talk about being always on the go! Happy Day 100% Orange Juice is also available in ready-to-drink tetra packs so you can always cool down and recharge. It’s also a wholesome alternative to calorie-laden, carbonated and artificially flavored fruit juices.  It is so refreshing! This will help you ready your body when you soak under the sun.

 If you are looking for other flavors that the whole family will like, kids and adults alike will surely love other Happy Day variants available in 1L packs like Apple, Cranberry, Multivitamin, Orange Juice Bits, and Tomato.  Happy Day 200ml Apple and Orange flavors are also perfect daily treats for the kids when they go to school or summer classes.

 Prepare for summer and change for the better. Choose tasty but guilt-free beverages like Rauch Happy Day 100% Orange Juice with the purest nutritional benefits.