Category Archives: nutrition

Alaska Kicks-off Batang Alaska School Milk Program  

According to the 2015 Updating of the Nutritional Status of Filipinos developed by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Philippines, one out of every three children in the Philippines aged five to 10 is suffering from stunted growth and is underweight.

The World Health Organization defines stunted growth as the failure to reach one’s full potential for growth.  Poor nutrition is one of the many causes and as a result, a child weighs less than the average of their age and height.  If not addressed early, stunted growth may lead to lost productivity, opportunities, and to nutrition-related diseases later in life.

Aware of these facts, Alaska Milk Corporation introduces the new Alaska Fortified Powdered Milk Drink which is loaded with Vitamin D, calcium, iron, and protein, essential nutrients for growing children. Consequently, the fortified milk drink combined with proper nutrition and an active lifestyle will help children reach the tamang tangkad at bigat (right height and weight) for their age.

School children enjoying during the launch of the Batang Alaska School Milk Campaign. Photo / by Alaska

The Batang Alaska School Milk Program will hold a series of activities promoting the importance of proper nutrition all throughout a child’s development years.  Taking the lead in this campaign are Alaska’s new Nutrition Advocate three-term senator, Sen. Loren Legarda, and renowned actress, singer, TV host, and Mom ambassador Jolina Magdangal-Escueta.

Puregold, one of Alaska’s key trade partners, supports this campaign by announcing an exclusive promo that will make buying a pack of Alaska Fortified truly of superior value for consumers.

For more information about the new Alaska Fortified Powdered Milk Drink, visit www.alaskamilk.com.

Fuel Performance With Biobalance

For some active people, “increase or improve performance” may mean eating the right food to enhance energy and performance. What do you do? You eat right. You exercise. You hydrate.  Yet you still feel “off”.  

At times, you wake up with brain fog and feel tired the whole day. So you force yourself to exercise hoping the body fog will go away, but it doesn’t.  Could it be that you are really eating right? Probably. But are the levels of essential nutrients that you are getting from food adequate? Probably not.

Swim coach Joseph Mark gets technical and finds out how intercellular medicine can aid swim performance.
Swim coach Joseph Mark gets technical and finds out how intercellular medicine can aid swim performance.

To others, it may mean resorting to scientifically-developed products eg energy bars, sports drinks, gels, nutritional drinks, or doing research to take the “right” vitamins and supplements. Despite these efforts, your body may still be deficient or in excess of several vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fats. 

But how will you know what you need and how much to take? BioBalance Institute (Philippines) now provides a personalized nutritional solution that allows you to know specifically the right kind and amount of essential nutrients to keep you nutritionally balanced.

Health enthusiast, runner, and Spin.ph writer Bobby Go, tries the InBody body composition analysis at the Institute.  The machine determines how muxh muscle, body fat, water, and bone minerals the body is carrying
Health enthusiast, runner, and Spin.ph writer Bobby Go, tries the InBody body composition analysis at the Institute. The machine determines how muxh muscle, body fat, water, and bone minerals the body is carrying

BioBalance knows that each body has a unique nutrient and metabolic profile. It is determined by age, genetics, lifestyle, environmental exposure, and even disease predisposition among others.

So in nutritional intake and supplementation, one size does not fit all.    “What we do is both simple and complex.  Simple, in that we detect and correct subtle deficiencies and borderline toxicities. Complex, because nutrients interact with each other and with the rest of the body in a networked manner, such that correcting one deficiency may correct three others,” explains BioBalance Institute co-founder and chief science officer Dr. Ted Achacoso.  

Dr. Ted Achacoso asked, "Are you healtht or are you just fit?"
Dr. Ted Achacoso asked, “Are you healtht or are you just fit?”

Dr. Ted is double-board certified in Europe in Anti-Aging Medicine and in Nutritional Medicine.   “A nutrient deficiency or toxicity signals an imbalance in your body way before illness sets in,” he further explains. “When this remains unaddressed, the body can still function at sub-optimal levels for months, even years. When this imbalance progresses, however, it will eventually manifest in signs and symptoms that may lead to serious health conditions.”  

Don’t Guess Test!  

Have you ever been to a doctor where all of your diagnostic tests—from X-rays to MRIs to CT scans to blood work to urine tests—have come back normal and yet you still feel “yuck”? 

Different from the usual clinical tests during executive check-ups, BioBalance through their exclusive partnership with a US-based laboratory Genova Diagnostics,  uses advanced technology to [see] inside the cells and measure levels of vitamins, minerals, co-factors, amino acids (from breakdown of protein), omega fatty acids (from ingestion of essential fats), and pyruvate (from breakdown of carbohydrates) among many other substances including those that reveal the inner workings of the mitochondria and the neurotransmitters of the brain.  

BioBalance helps identify nutritional and metabolic imbalances, which can be the root cause of health conditions experienced by each client.  Measuring nutrient and metabolic status allows BioBalance to personalize the recommendations for each person on dietary changes and supplementation. In other words, no more guessing!    

Just like illness medicine doctors run diagnostic tests before giving any drugs, BioBalance Health Optimization Medicine or HOMe® Doctors recommend nutrient and metabolic tests before giving any supplements. This practice is called Measured Wellness® of BioBalance,”shares Dr. Ted.  

The Measured Wellness® approach removes the guesswork on specific nutrients your body needs.  You can be assured that you’re taking the right food and vitamins and other supplements to achieve optimal health and to support management of any current disease or disease predispositions.

The solution is 100% tailored for you.   “We aim to change mindsets when it comes to health.  This is the reason why we established the first ever BioBalance Institute in the country,” notes BioBalance Institute general manager Alex Fernandez. “Health should be beyond curing diseases.  It should be about taking measurable, concrete steps in monitoring wellness,” he adds. 

All that you need. None that you don’t.
The BioVital daily wellness packet contains multivitamins, multiminerals, co-factors, phytonutrient blend, Omega-3, amino acid complete
The BioVital daily wellness packet contains multivitamins, multiminerals, co-factors, phytonutrient blend, Omega-3, amino acid complete

For more details, please visit BioBalance Institute.  You may also call +63 2 650.5858 or 0917.521860.       

Women’s Health Magazine July Issue on Staying Fit and Best Packaged Food for Women

I had the chance to attend once again the Women’s Health Are You Game event at the Music Hall of Mall of Asia last June 1.  It was a day of beauty, wellness, fitness, and other cool activities.  Thanks to Karina of Summit Media for reserving me a slot to try one of the six workout classes called Flexibility Not Required (FNR), a fun way of doing beginner’s yoga without having to worry of not being strong or flexible enough.  Though there were some moves I found very challenging, but my experience in Bikram yoga helped a lot.  

Anyway, I’m sharing with you here the press release of Women’s Health with sisters Toni and Alex Gonzaga on the cover of the July issue magazine.  It also features their top 100 pick of best packaged food for women which you can get from the supermarket without ruining your diet

Alex and Toni Gonzaga talk to Women’s Health
on staying fit and on their love lives
Alex and Toni Gonzaga arrived at the Women’s Health shoot in coordinated outfits and with ease between them that shows they make up a good team—in their family, in their industry, and in their pursuit for a healthy lifestyle. From their amusing banter to their mutual admiration, Alex and Toni exhibit a certain closeness that brings joy to their sisterhood.  Women’s Health quizzed the Gonzaga sisters on their relationship as sisters and on how they maintain their physique.
It’s a mix of Bikram yoga, Vinyasa yoga and Pilates for Alex; while it’s ballroom dancing for Toni. Alex goes easy on the rice; while Toni eats everything in moderation. Each has her own style, each has her unique qualities.
Toni believes in keeping things balanced. “I don’t want to sacrifice my health just because I’m busy with work. It’s very important that you don’t lose that balance. I work hard, but I also want to look good and feel good.” Alex gets motivated when she sees the outcome of her workouts. “Kapag nakikita ko kahit konting results, lalo na when I see my arms getting toned, mas nakaka-motivate. Parang ‘Ay! Malapit ko nang ma-achieve ‘yung gusto ko!”
But when it comes to matters of the heart, the sisters take two different roads. Alex enjoys being single and decides not to rush things. “Yung lalaki na para sa iyo, whatever happens, he will pursue you. Kahit anong gawin mong alis or layo sa kanya, babagsak at babagsak kayo talaga.”
On the other hand, Toni is in a relationship with director Paul Soriano. So, what’s her advice for women in relationship? “Respect is very important,” says Toni. “Put God in the center of the relationship, that makes it stronger because your foundation is solid.”

Know more about these sisters as they talk about their take on the road to success and reaching the top in the July issue of Women’s Health.  You can download the current issue and past issues of Women’s Health online here.  You may also like WomensHealthPhilippines on Facebook and follow @WomensHealthPH on Twitter and Instagram.

Ensure to Endure Run 2, October 21

Yes, you’ve read it right.

Abbott, a leading global health care company and manufacturer of adult health products like Ensure Adult Nutritional Supplement, brings back the second edition of Ensure to Endure Run this year and it is happening next month.  

The fun run is open to all but only adults 18 and up are qualified to place in the top 3 finishers. Registration is now ongoing.  To register for FREE, simply present your official receipt of Ensure products dated September 1–October 19, 2012 at any of the following registration sites:
Toby’s Sports, SM Mall of Asia – G/F Entertainment Hall
Toby’s Sports, Trinoma – G/F Trinoma Edsa
Riovana,   Bonifacio High Street – G/F Active Fun Building
Riovana, Katipunan – Unit 305 Regis Center Building
  
Purchase requirement per race category:
Category
Purchase Requirement

15k
1 FREE registration for 15k for every P800 worth of Ensure products in a single or accumulated receipts.

10k
1 FREE registration for 10k for every P700 worth of Ensure products in a single or accumulated receipts.

5k
1 FREE registration for 5k for every P600 worth of Ensure products in a single or accumulated receipts.

3k
1 FREE registration for 3k for every P500 worth of Ensure products in a single or accumulated receipts.
Upon registration, you will get a race kit with a BIB number and a singlet.  Cash prizes will be given to the top 3 finishers for every category.  Special prizes will be given to top finishers, ages 50 and up, for each category.  
Join the 2nd Ensure to Endure Run on 21 October 2012 at the Bonifacio Global City.

Race Category

Assembly Time

Gun Start
3k
5:15 AM
5:50 AM
5k
5:00 AM
5:40 AM
10k
5:00 AM
5:30 AM
15k
4:30 AM
5:15 AM
 Per DOH-FDA Permit No. 0502 series of 2012

Women’s Health “Are You Game?”

Quench your thirst for something new this March! Register to Women’s Health (WH) “ARE YOU GAME?” event and you can tag along a friend for FREE! Pre-registration is valid until March 21 only!

Just simply follow these pre-registration procedures:
1. Email your full name/e-mail address/age/name of your friend to whareyougame2012@gmail.com.
2. Subject of the e-mail should read:
    a. WH Are You Game – Facebook (if you found WH AYG on Facebook)
    b. WH Are You Game – Subscriber (if you found WH AYG via email/SMS)
    c. WH Are You Game – Office Bulletin (if your office is one of our WH office tour partners)
3. Wait for the reply from WH about your pre-registration confirmation.
So easy, right?  See you there ladies!