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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Head of the family: not just a provider but a father

Imagine working in a world where time seems to just past by and where almost everything changes instantly. Think of having to keep up with an environment where it costs a lot to stop or even slow down for a while. Sound taxing, right? What more of prioritizing the welfare of everybody in the household on top of it all.

But every head of the family doesn’t mind about it. Fathers are said to be the pillars of our homes. They toil sun up to sun down to give our needs and desires.

Some of them go abroad with tears in their eyes because they will be physically separated from their families. However, there is a certain joy in their hearts knowing that they will be able to provide for their loved ones back home.

To honor these gallant paternal men and let them feel how extraordinary they are and important their sacrifices are for their families, Father’s Day has been a yearly universal event. As we mark again this special occasion on Sunday, June 18, 2017, our applause and recognition will never be enough to show them how grateful we are to have them in our lives.

Our dads, together with our moms, take good care of us the moment we’re born. They are the ones who provide everything we need for our everyday lives. From infancy up to adulthood, they feed and clothe us.

As we take our initial baby steps, our patriarchs guide and lead us in the right direction. When we stumble and fall, they assist us to rise and move on. In times of danger or any threat, they shield us from any harm.

All of these, they do out of unconditional love. Their selflessness, though, has its own toll. Working tirelessly could lead to high levels of stress constantly and problems not only mentally, but physically, too. So better watch out for the signs.

Has tatay been constantly complaining about losing strands and strands of his hair every day? Or maybe has he been searching for a way on how to get them to grow back?

According to the hair loss statistics conducted by Statistic Brain in the year 2016, 40 percent of men experience noticeable mane vanishing as early as age 35. And as per the American Hair Loss Association, there are a couple of different factors that cause excessive hair fall, one being extreme degree of stress.

Nutramedica Inc. introduced a revolutionary product that aims to address this problem: NOVUHAIR, nature’s answer to hair loss. Being the only topical scalp lotion in the country that is made from 19 natural herbs, essential oils and co-factor nutrients all working synergistically, it’s perfect for all the heads of the family out there, be they biological or not.

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NOVUHAIR is proven effective and safe to help prevent and stop the progression of hair loss and, at the same time, help promote locks’ growth. Simply spray a liberal amount of NOVUHAIR topical scalp lotion onto the scalp and massage for 5-10 minutes. Voila, it penetrates deeply into the roots, which helps rejuvenate, nourish and maintain the natural moisture of the hair.

Still have no idea on what to give him on his big day? Well, NOVUHAIR might not be the most expensive gift to impress him, but the most valuable present he could ever have. This nature’s answer to hair loss provides him the chance to be ahead already in preventing his “crowning glory” from receding in the near future.

So, head on to all leading stores nationwide and get a dose of this breakthrough product. NOVUHAIR is also available in shampoo and conditioner formats to further complement the benefits of NOVUHAIR topical scalp lotion. NOVUHAIR is available at Mercury Drug and other leading drugstores nationwide. You may also order NOVUHAIR online at www.lazada.com.ph. For inquiries, you may call 413-6570 or 0922-8830575, and visit www.novuhair.com.

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Every Dad

Enjoy Free Shipping and Cash on Delivery with Shopee

Show your appreciation and love for your dad on this Father’s Day by surprising him with a gift that fits his personality. Shopee, the largest eCommerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, provides you a gift guide to make Father’s Day shopping easy, hassle-free, and affordable.

Shopee’s features, such as Popular Products and in-app Chat, allow you to find great deals on the best and most popular gifts for dad on this special day. You can also enjoy Cash on Delivery and Free Shipping with your orders.

From menswear and gadgets to sports equipment and accessories, there’s a gift for every dad on Shopee!

For the Stylish Dad

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Add swag to Dad’s vocabulary with a sleek watch or a new pair of polarized sunglasses. Protect his skin and keep him forever young with Ellen’s pigmentation removing cream and anti-aging serum, Ciracle eye cream, and Belo SPF Sunscreen Mist.

For the Techie Dad:

shopee fathers day giftIf Dad is into gadgets and tech, he would surely enjoy a new Oppo F3 Plus phone. Get him up-to-date with the latest tech trends by buying him a drone and a VR headset. A dash cam or a car phone holder are also great options as they come handy when he’s driving.

For the Working Dad:

shopee fathers day giftIf you’re still unsure, be practical and give your dad something he can use daily like a sling bag or a laptop bag. A leather wallet or a Samsung Gear smartwatch are also perfect accessories that won’t go out of style.         

For the Sporty Dad:

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Sporty dads would appreciate a new gym bag and find sports towels really useful. A Gold Toe Powersox Cycling Socks or a water jug would be perfect for his basketball and jogging sessions with fellow titos! Get him the MyKronoz fitness band to help him keep track of his heart rate and daily calorie burn while doing his gym and sports activities.

Shopee is available for free on App Store and Google Play. For more information, please visit https://shopee.ph

 

 

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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.

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Home Credit named “Employer of the Year” in PH, APAC

Research group Aon Hewitt cites employee engagement as key driver for HCPH

Home Credit, a Prague-based company that offers in-store financing of gadgets, appliances and other goods, has been recognized by Aon Hewitt, the global talent, retirement and health solutions business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), as a 2016 Aon Best Employer in the Philippines and in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Aon Best Employers program measures and recognizes employer excellence worldwide, comparing organizations to identify those that strive to create a competitive advantage through their people and become employers of choice.

Under the program, Home Credit Philippines (HCPH) was assessed on several measures, including employee engagement, leadership index, performance culture index, and employer brand index. HCPH scored high marks across all categories based on employee surveys, along with other Home Credit offices throughout APAC.

“When we did our rebrand earlier this year, we said that we are transitioning from a product-focused company into a people-focused company. And by people, we don’t just mean our customers; just as important, we put even greater focus on our own people, underscoring the important role that employee engagement plays in achieving our goals,” remarked Annica Witschard, CEO of HCPH.

“This award illustrates Home Credit’s strong commitment to growing together with its workforce, and we are thankful to Aon for this recognition,” she added.

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“The Aon Best Employers program recognizes the outstanding achievements of organizations that demonstrate excellence in the workplace and consistently deliver strong, sustainable business results,” said Neil Crawford, partner, the Aon Best Employers Program leader, Aon Hewitt. “These exceptional organizations stand above the rest because they empower results through high employee engagement, a compelling employer brand, effective leadership and a high performance culture. We congratulate Home Credit Philippines on being recognized with this distinct honor.”