High Blood Pressure is a disease often affected majority of the elderly. When it is left undiagnosed, it poses a great threat to their health which is often the predisposing factor to a lot more complicated health issues. This is oftentimes called a silent killer as it may or may not be sympotomatic, thus a person may never know he/she is already hypertensive. 

Santé International, a global player in the manufacturing and distribution of premier organic health and wellness products and services, listed five ways that you can prevent high blood pressure.



Reduce sodium intake 

Cutting down on sodium can help lower your blood pressure in weeks. In fact, reducing your sodium intake to as little as 6g per day can improve your heart health and reduce the risk of high blood pressure.

To lessen sodium in your diet, make it a habit to read food labels and avoid eating processed foods.  Instead, opt for low-sodium alternatives of the foods and beverages you usually buy. 

If you ever find yourself having a hard time about drastically reducing sodium from your diet, try doing it gradually. This will allow your palate to adjust over time. 

Follow the DASH diet

The “Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension” or better known as DASH, is a diet specifically designed to lower blood pressure. This diet encourages you to reduce sodium in your diet and eat a variety of foods such as fruits and vegetables, nuts, low-fat and non-fat dairy, lean meats, fish, and poultry, mostly whole grains, and heart-healthy fats. 

The diet, when accompanied by exercise, may also help with weight loss, lower cholesterol, and manage or prevent diabetes. Similarly, people with cholesterol problem can benefit from a balanced DASH diet. 

Limit alcohol consumption 

A study conducted by Dr. Michael Roerecke Ph.D., et. al, found that reducing alcohol intake lowers blood pressure in a dose-dependent manner. It also suggests that effective alcohol interventions in people who drink more than two drinks per day would reduce the disease burden from both alcohol consumption and hypertension.

Drinking more than the moderate amount of alcohol can result in a rise in blood pressure and reduce the effectiveness of blood pressure medications. Consider lowering the alcohol consumption to two glasses per day for men and one glass per day for women. 

Exercise regularly 

Regular physical activity is an excellent way to deal with high blood pressure. It makes your heart stronger. A stronger heart can pump more blood with less effort, causing the force on your arteries to decrease. This can result in a lower blood pressure.

Regular exercise also helps you maintain a healthy weight—another important way to control blood pressure. Consider doing a physical activity such as swimming, running, biking or even walking, and see your efforts pay off in no time. 

Eat superfoods 

One of the most important elements to lower your blood pressure is to eat superfoods that are known to have a positive impact on them. 

Considered to be the most balanced nutrient profile of all the green plants, barley grass is a “superfood” that contains vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, which help boost the immune system and improve the cardiovascular health. 

Fortunately, one can get all of its benefits by drinking Sante Barley, a pure organic young barley grass powdered drink. It is rich in chlorophyll, a green pigment found in plants that absorbs energy from light through photosynthesis. It helps eliminate excess cholesterol, triglycerides, and other lipids (fats) in your body. 

Santé Barley also contains arginine, which makes the blood vein more elastic. This component helps clean the plaques or fats in blood vessels. Thus, blood circulation becomes better and will result in normalized blood pressure. 

In trying to prevent hypertension, it always pays to take a look at your lifestyle then make the necessary changes if needed. Conquer small goals by practicing good habits until they naturally become a part of your daily routine. By managing and controlling the factors that contribute to high blood pressure, you can keep your health in check and drop the risk of having complications later in life.

Others:
·         Santé Barley comes in both powder and capsule form
·         Alkaline
·         Okay for vegans
·         Certified organic by BioGro of New Zealand
·         Gluten-free

If you want to know about them more, you may visit their website here: https://main.santebarley.com/ph/


Many of us have the impression that storing our foods in the refrigerator will keep them fresh and safe. But, not having your appliance set at the right temperature can create a breeding ground for harmful bacteria to grow and flourish, which can result in an unsafe environment for food storage for you and your kids.



Improper food storage and sanitation can lead to a high risk of foodborne illnesses, especially this rainy season. Among these diseases is listeriosis, a serious infection caused by eating food with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeriosis can be dangerous to pregnant women, newborns, children, and elderly, and can result to   fever, muscle aches, or even gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea.  

As such, refrigerating a food contaminated with Listeria can cause it to spread to other food products inside the refrigerator that may be making your child prone to sickness.

The good news, however, is that there are various ways we can do to reduce the risk of listeriosis at home by raising an awareness on proper refrigerator care to help improve the quality of food that you and your kids eat.

Consume Use-By Date food products immediately

Use-by date refers to the final day by which perishable goods should be consumed.  After the recommended date, food quality is likely to go down and the food safety is lessened.
Therefore, it is important to make sure that food products are eaten before their use by date and not after.

You may realize that use-by date products spoil easily. Thus, it is crucial for you to follow storage instructions. However, take note that you should follow the use by dates on unopened ready-to-eat food products and not storing food packages after they have been opened. Storing opened food products in the refrigerator can increase the risk of Listeria to grow. 


Clean your refrigerator regularly

It is important to wipe food spills immediately to keep Listeria from growing and spreading to other foods. You can clean the inside walls and shelves with hot water and a mild liquid dishwashing detergent then rinse it thoroughly.

Likewise, make sure to throw old and spoiled foods that may cause growth and spread of bacteria. Try moving older foods in the front part of your fridge to make it more visible so that it can be consumed before it gets spoiled.


Keep raw meat, poultry, or fish, which may contains several bacteria, from cooked meals. Also, make sure that raw meats are at the bottom part of the shelf to avoid it from dripping. However, it is still better to have them sealed in a tight container.

Properly sanitizing your refrigerator can avoid different types of bacteria like Coliforms, Vibrio, salmonella, e-coli, Botulinum, and Pseudomonas—all of which harmful to the human health—from growing on foods such as raw meat, milk, fish, and more.

Keep your refrigerator at the right temperature

Having your refrigerator at the proper temperature can avoid or slow the growth of Listeria. To check if your refrigerator is at the right temperature, put an appliance thermometer inside and make the necessary adjustment in the temperature control. Makes sure that your refrigerator register at 40°F (4°C) or below and your freezer at 0°F (-18°C).

Refrigerating below the recommended 4℃  will significantly slow the growth of bacteria. But as the temperature rises, the bacteria can grow at a faster rate, which can result to spoilage, wastage, and food poisoning.

Your refrigerator plays an important role in keeping your food safe and free from any bacteria that can result to foodborne illnesses. In fact, operating at the wrong temperature can leave room for the bacteria to get the nutrients and temperature it need to grow inside your refrigerator.

While refrigerators can be a breeding ground for foodborne illnesses, Beko Refrigerator’s Active Ioniser neutralises the bacteria that cause effluvia to create an antibacterial effect to keep the refrigerator from harmful pathogens such as Listeria. Also, Its Blue Light Technology allows for a continued process of photosynthesis, allowing fresh produce to maintain their natural flavors and nutritional value for up to 30 days.

On top of that, the Beko Refrigerator’s new age of NeoFrost Technology keeps the humidity of their refrigerator at an optimum level of up to 90 percent in the cooler for longer freshness. It also makes for a more stable and faster cooling for both the cooler and the freezer compartments at A+ energy efficiency level. Moreover, its independent cooling systems also helps in preventing odor transfer in between the compartments to keep the quality of the air inside at maximum levels.

To know more about Beko and Beko Philippines, like the Beko Philippines fan page (@BekoPH) or visit the website at www.beko.ph.

ABOUT BEKO

Beko is the global home appliances brand of the Arçelik Group and belongs to the Koç Holding – one of the largest conglomerate in Europe, ranking among the first 250 on the Fortune Global 500 list. Beko set out in 1955 – with one washing machine. And with one goal: Bringing smart products to everyone.

Today, we are the second largest brand within the European white goods sector. It’s because we are always driven by the constant desire to innovate for a better life. Thanks to this approach, we have become one of the leading home appliances companies in the world. And within the last five years, we have been rising as the fastest growing white goods brand in Europe – with 25.000 employees, 14 global production sites and products sold in more than 130 countries.

But no matter where our success stories begin, each and every one of them starts with our inspiration to keep on changing for the better. And the reason why we are always trying for the better is people. They have been shaping our vision, setting our course and helping us to navigate to our goals. Their actions, enthusiasm and spirit are, in truth, what has been inspiring us today as in yesterday, for more than 60 years.

This belief is our common ground. And together, we can turn this new chapter into another long term Beko success story – to create smarter ideas and better solutions, now and for the future.
If there is one thing I missed during my single and carefree days was a trip to salon and derm clinics. I usually get pampered every two weeks to relax and unwind myself from work. It was during those times that I felt like a queen for having a well maintained skin and body. 

Then, three kids. No yaya. Drowning with chores. 

Imagine what life has become now. Don't get me wrong, I love being a mom but there are just those moments where I miss being pampered. But then again, I thought to myself, why not do it in the comforts of my home instead? I know I can do that. Right?


I have been searching for gadgets to help me achieve pampering session at home. Believe it or not, it may be hard but at least I am willing to do it, to relax. Then I found this HomeMedic Facial Cleansing Sauna at HMR Philippines. I know this is what I need to do facial at home, so without the brink of an eye, I bought it. After using it for months now, it feels like I went to derm clinics to get my facial, only that I stay at home with my kids. 


This gadget claims to cleanse and improve skin texture and tone for a healthy glow. It refreshes your face with a warm steam mist. It opens pores, giving your skin a clean and healthy glow creating a softer, more radiant complexion with each use. 


Key Features:

1. Adjustable Steam Control. It has two levels to achieve desired steam pressure. 
2. Contoured Facial Mask. It makes resting head and face comfortable. 
3. Inhaler attachment. Helps steam away sinus pressure and pain. 

How to use it:

1. Pour 50 ml of water in the reservoir. 
2. Attach the contoured facial mask.
3. Switch on the desired level of steam. 
4. Let your face rest for at least five minutes. 

I usually do it right after shower and before bedtime for my night skin care routine. After cleansing my face, I let my face sit on the steam for at least three minutes and wipe off excess moist. Remove some white/blackheads and apply cold face mask right after to close the pores. The next morning, my face feels like refreshed, supple and healthy. 


This gadget is highly recommended for mommies like me who cannot leave the house because they have no nannies and who are just simply busy moms. You can still take care and achieve healthy looking skin in the comforts of your home. I got this from HMR but you can have yours at Lazada, just like this Face Mist Spa

Happy pampering! 



Of all the make-up products I have in my vanity, the most number of products goes to foundations. I tend to splurge more on foundations above anything else. Because I believe in good base alongside with good skin to be able to have a decent looking make-up. Agree?


In this blogpost I will be reviewing one of the most raved foundation from Loreal which is their Infallible Pro Matte. I am not sure the exact date of release here in the Philippines. I got mine from a make-up group several months back. They said this one is a dupe for Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able foundation.

Coverage: This one has medium to full coverage. I don't like layering this product so much though because it tends to cake on my face. I am good with medium coverage as it just makes my skin look flawless.

Product when blended

Consistency: The product is not runny nor watery. It blends really well when used with beauty sponge as well as brush. But if you want flawless looking face, I suggest you use a beauty sponge.


Longevity: The product lasts long for 4-6 hours especially during summer days. However, what I don't like about it is that the product tends to get blotchy after blotting. You can touch up with pressed powder to be able to last at least 6 hours or more. This is when you are in extreme hot summer conditions.

Scent: It doesn't have that strong scent (ie. rubber, chemical) which I really appreciate it may be quite overwhelming as you are applying this as the first layer on your face.


Price: This product belongs to the affordable spectrum and if you want a cheaper alternative for the brands Mac and Marc Jacobs, then this one is the right product for you. I got this for P500+ and retails for $12.99 in Ulta.

Overall: This foundation claims to be matte so I suggest to moisturize your skin really well especially to those who have combination to dry skin as it really tends to settle on the dry patches of your face.

That's it for my review. Have you tried this one yet? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.


For reference, I have combination skin and NC 37-40 in Mac. 

This extreme summer heat causes my melasma . So this summer, I really stocked up on mositurizers, sunscreens and alot of skin care products but I must admit I rarely put them on since I am drowning with chores. But there is one tinted sunscreen that I have been dying to try but is always out of stock in every drugstore I visit. But thankfully, I saw it in one of the branches of Watson's near me. 



Belo tinted moisturizer comes in two sizes, I only got the small one because I just want to test it out anyway. Also, I have so much foundation and moisturizers in rotation too. Their products are pretty promising and at par with the Korean cosmetics and skin care products that I have tried. 

Swatch of medium to deep tinted sunscreen

The product claims to protect your skin while achieving the "no-make-up" look everyday. It can be used alone or layer it under your favorite foundation. It is paraben-free, non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested. I even got my mom one too who is sooo allergic to almost all kinds of skin care products and make-ups. 

Blended on my arm. If you can notice the whitish product near my wrist, that is how it looks like. 
PROs:

Scent. I like that it doesn't have that annoying smell, it even smells good which resembles to those Korean skin care products. I can be either sensitive nor tolerant to the scents of skin care products depending on my nose situation. For those who have rhinitis, you all know what I mean. 

Coverage. This claims to have that "no-make-up" look so, do not expect that it will cover the imperfections of your skin. If you want to use this alone, you may use concealers if you are quite particular in hiding your blemishes. 

Matte Finish. This is also good to those who have oily skin as it dries to a matte finish. However, it really doesn't last that long because my face literally oiled up within two hours. However, if you probably have that decent primer on, then it might help this last longer or if you just layer this with your long lasting foundation. 

Hypoallergenic/Paraben-free/Non-Comedogenic. I am not quite keen to this since when I was younger, I never cared for my skin. But it is only now that I appreciate this since I get a lot of breakouts after giving birth to my third child. Hormones really get crazy post pregnancies. Also, my mom told me she never had bad allergies when she used this. So plus points!

Tone Adapt Technology. Being in the darker shade, I had to look for foundation that will really blend my skin tone really well or else I will look like walking powder. This maybe light on swatch but it surprisingly blends a tad close to my skin color. I just put a good bronzer as well as set it with a setting powder.

CONs:

It is quite hard to purchase or probably it is just not available in the malls near me. Hyped perhaps? No idea. Also, I hope they can come up with a bit darker one since medium to deep is quite dark still for me. I have known ladies who have darker skin shades than me. 

Price point. The price is so-so. I cannot say that it is affordable nor expensive so as long as it does the job well. 

Final thoughts. I strongly recommend this to everyone who is not a fan of foundation. It has already the sunscreen we all need everyday and also tinted that you can use it alone. This is good for those ladies who doesn't like to put alot of skin care just like my mom and are always in a hurry. 

Belo Tinted Sunscreen 10ml P169.75
Belo Tinted Sunscreen 30ml P499.75

If you want to know more about their Sunexpert line, go visit them here: Belo Sunexpert

Have you tried this yet? Share your thoughts. 

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