Tag Archives: women’s health

Health Updates

It’s been a while since the last update on my health blog, Project:Fit. I have a new post there now. It’s about my ECG results that sent me panicking and/or emoting. I’m so relieved it’s just a case of a “misread” test. Whew. Read the story here.

In anticipation of the hectic schedule that come with the Holidays, I froze my Fitnes First account. That means no workout for the whole month of December, boohoo! By freezing my account, I will not pay the whole monthly fee, which I am sure I won’t be able to use anyway. Instead, I will only pay a minimal P400.00. What’s it for? I’m not sure. But at least it’s better than paying the whole fee. I saved Php1597! Continue reading Health Updates

Weekly Question # 14: Beauty Basics

This week’s question from Julie:


What are your facial or beauty regimens that you do before you go to sleep?

I’ve come to realize the value of caring for my skin a few years ago, before I left the oh-so-young-and-sweet-sounding twenties stage. I probably picked it up from my mama, whom I fondly remember slathering her face with Nivea cream (used to come in those blue tins) and Oil of Olay (the light pink fluid). Whenever I smell a lemony cosmetic, I’d always remember her massaging her face with Pond’s cold cream. Not surprisingly, my mama looks young for her age. (Check out this post.)

While others have complicated nightly skin rituals and some need to get the best acne treatment, my skin regimen is quite basic –  cleanse, tone, moisturize. For cleansing, I use Dove facial foam and water. To tone, it’s Pond’s White Beauty Toner. To moisturize, my current night cream is Nivea Visage. In the recent 2 years, I’ve added the regular use of an eye cream – Nivea’s anti-wrinkle Q10 Plus.

After applying these youth potions (and crossing my fingers that they work!), I kiss my four babies (the fourth being the biggest baby of all) good-night, whisper my prayers, and de-clutter my mind of the day’s negatives. Yes, these too are part of my beauty regimen. 😉

Let’s check and compare with others’ night skin rituals here.

Weight Loss and Detox Methods

Among the many benefits of detoxification, many people employ its techniques for weight loss. Detoxification is a form of alternative medicine which utilizes natural forms such as herbs and essential oils to cleanse the body of toxins. Proponents of alternative medicine claim that by eliminating these toxins, the body’s ability to function efficiently is restored, thus making recovery from certain illnesses faster. Obesity is one such illness.

There are several ways of performing detoxification. For weight loss, the most common is by preparation of high-fiber drinks from blended organic vegetables, grains and herbs. Then there are colon cleanser tablets, used by many celebrities for weight loss and over-all health improvement. Popping the tablet, of course, is more convenient than preparing vegetable shakes.

Whatever detox method you are interested in trying, always remember to read up first. There are certain preparations that should be done prior to detoxifying.

My say on detox? Nothing beats the practice of moderate, healthy living. As my weight loss experiences taught me, the best methods to ensure long-lasting weight loss are still the basics – healthy eating and physical activity. Fad diets and pills will come and go, but these two will always remain.

Sounds like bad news to some, eh? 😛

Progesterone for PMS

I’ve had my share of pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS). The most evident symptoms I get are mood swings, irritability, cravings for salty chips (!!!), back pain and migraine. But I’ve never really looked into getting medications for it because I feel like these symptoms come naturally around that time of the month.

But then again, some women I know don’t get PMS at all, while there are those who are severely debilitated by it. For those who get severe PMS symptoms, there used to be synthetic progesterone-like drugs. But now, there are natural progesterone medications in cream form. Many experts on women’s health recommend these bio-identical creams over the synthetic forms of progesterone for the obvious reasons that natural is always better. And, progesterone cream works just as well in preventing menopausal symptoms.

Hmmm… I’ll keep this info in mind for future reference.