Not My Week

Forgive me for my lack of posts,  but I was feeling rather poorly since Saturday last week.  Menstrual cramps were bugging me while I was trying to register for a pilgrimage I will be attending this February. The cramps subsided a bit after two days.

Luck is still not with me because  I was down with fever,  cough and colds next.  I was down and out for the next three days just lying down,  feeling weak.  I had to force feed myself or else I wouldn’t have the strength at all.

While I was sick,  I noticed that I easily burned off all the food I ate. I was hungry after two hours that in the early morning,  I had to get a slice of bread and juice. All the food I ate went into helping the body repair itself.

When I woke up this morning,  it was the worst hunger pang I ever had. Have you tried  waking  up in the morning so famished,  your mouth is dry, and you’re just downright irritable?

And the worst?  Anything I eat tastes bitter.  My dinner tonight consists of oatmeal and pesto bread.  It’s all I can tolerate.  My favorite black rice doesn’t smell right and feels hard on my palate especially when I chew. I am on soft diet galore.  As I am speaking I am having difficulty swallowing because I feel that my throat is sore from too much coughing.  Drinking lots of water to hydrate myself.

What is the point in all this?  Even when things are not going your way, you got to find a way to overcome it.  In my case,  if I don’t force myself to eat, I won’t have any energy whatsoever. I wanted to boost my mood too,  and the the trick to raising those endorphin levels?  Watching cute animal videos, and in my case,  watching cute,  cuddly,  and clingy baby Pandas 🐼🐼🐼🐼sticking to their caretakers like glue.  I felt happy after that.

I have gained a bit of strength that’s why I am blogging.  However don’t want to abuse my body by sleeping late.  I will sleep after I finish this post.
Giving you some more good news before I go, dear readers. I saw my Facebook feed today and I saw a photo of my niece . She met the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker- Bowles and shook hands with her.  My sister on the other hand saw Prince Charles.  They waited for hours for them to arrive.  So lucky!!!! 😍😍😍😍

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I am on the way to recovery till next week. Please keep your fingers crossed.  Have a great day everyone!

Source:

Panda YouTubeVideo link courtesy of iPanda YouTube

Photo courtesy of Cheryl King

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Sambong Leaves Tea for Menstrual Cramps

First of all, I would like to say that this is not a paid or sponsored post. I am doing this for personal reasons. I am in search of a remedy to ease my menstrual pain. For the last few months, I have noticed that my periods are getting painful. I am planning to see an OB- GYN next year to have myself checked. But I need to be well rested when I start to see one. I thought I will be relaxing this Christmas, but in reality I can’t. There’s just so much to do, and it’s so hectic that I need to just unwind after all this is through.

I know I should not be relying on Ibuprofen to ease the pain, but it can’t be helped. My menstrual pain feels like the left side of my pelvis being pricked with something sharp, then a dull and heaviness felt afterwards. Sometimes, I can feel my uterus contracting and it’s just so painful. I can’t sleep at night when this happens too. Aside from that, I am also craving for something sweet like cookies, and hot chocolate drink.

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I have been trying to look for alternatives aside from Ibuprofen to ease my menstrual cramps. The following remedies helped like: warm compress, and eating a healthy diet. My family is starting to eat more fish, and brown and black rice. We get fish delivered to our house because there’s this couple who sells fresh fish on a daily basis.

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My mother suggested that I take Sambong tea from ABS Herbs Company. I did further research on Sambong and I found from an article by Dr. Haider called “13 Health Benefits of Sambong.” and he mentioned that it’s  in” helping in PMS”. With that in mind, I said to myself, ” Why not give it a try?”

Generally, Sambong tea is recommended for those with kidney concerns. It also has antioxidant properties. However, please consult a doctor especially if you’re having any illness whatsoever.  I won’t suggest Sambong tea for pregnant and breastfeeding women. For further information about ABS Herbs Sambong Tea, feel free to visit the online store and  ABS Herbs official website. 

I am having my period now, the second day to be exact, and it’s at this point when I feel the cramping the most. Aside from the cramping, I am having a slight headache too. After following directions from the label of ABS Herbs Sambong Tea, I drank it. There’s no bad aftertaste or anything. But I did notice a decrease in pelvic cramping afterwards. The headache slightly decreased too. I did not experience any adverse reaction to the tea because it says from the website medicalhealthguide.com that it may bring about an unwanted effect to people allergic to ragweed and its counterparts. Since this tea has a diuretic effect, it reminds the users to take 8 to 10 glasses of water.  I think I will continue to use this even when I am not having my period. I want to take advantage of the fact that sambong leaves have the antioxidant effect.

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Source:

Photo of Sambong leaves from Pinterest

Sambong Blumea balsamifera Herbal Tea from medicalhealthguide.com

13 Health Benefits of Sambong by Dr. Paul Haider

Photo of ABS Herbs Sambong tea

 

Christmas Beauty Gift Ideas

The holidays are coming. While it’s still November, now is the time to get that shopping list and look for that perfect gift for your friends. The stores at this time are still not crowded so you can waltz your way as you scour the aisle for presents and singing , “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” in your best Alvin and the Chipmunks voice. I am just kidding.

Most of the products listed here are available in the Philippines. These are merely suggestions, and it’s up to you to choose what to give your friends. Of course, you have to know what your friends preferences and likes are before choosing any gift to give to them.

I like receiving shower gels, lotions, perfume, and of course, makeup.

Here are some cool gifts that you can get for your beauty savvy friends in no particular order:

PINK SUGAR PRODUCTS

Pink Sugar is a brand here in the Philippines that caters to makeup. Yes, these products are getting good reviews from beauty bloggers here. So far, I like their Sugar Tint Lip and Cheek Tint. I am trying out other colors aside from the nude liquid lippie I have in the Honey Bunny Shade shown below. You may visit their website here. Yes, Pink Sugar is  a cruelty- free as well.

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SHEET MASKS FROM WATSONS 

Watsons is a beauty and drug store here in the Philippines. Yes, they sell sheet masks of all brands, and variants. You’ll find affordable masks ranging from the least amount of 60 Philippines Pesos to more expensive ones. I can stay inside this store all day, and just look around at the different products that they’re selling.

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SPANISH COLOGNE NENUCO

Your friends who love Nenuco will surely love this. When you put this on you, the smell  stays all day long, even on your clothes.

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BURT’S BEES PRODUCTS

I love Burt’s Bees products especially the Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream. They smell good and  they’re handy too. The products are perfect to bring when you go to work, or travel and you don’t want a makeup bag that’s bulky.

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HAND SOAP FROM WATSONS

These are affordable liquid hand soap from Watson’s.  These are available on a buy one take one basis. The Green Tea scent is what I like the best. Aside from these, their shower gels are also awesome. You may visit their official website in this link

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BOXES OF TWININGS TEA

Personally, I prefer the Earl Grey tea flavor (Aside from the fact that it’s the name of my bunny too). I love the aromatic smell it produces when I pour hot water over the tea bag. Aside from that, I can add milk and it becomes milk tea. I got this Pure Darjeeling variant when I attended a wedding reception at Vikings Luxury Buffet Restaurant here in the Philippines. You can visit the following sites here below:

Twinings Philippines

Twinings UK

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Earl Grey the bunny
My bunny Earl Grey when he was a baby. He’s going to be three next year!

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Photo Credit (Most photos are mine, except when indicated)

Earl Grey Tea photo from Lazada.com

 

That Thing Called Brown Rice

Yes I can’t live without rice. When you live here in Asia, rice is a staple in all meals. Recently, my family switched from using white rice to brown rice. It’s my mom, my sister, and who eats brown rice. My dad prefers rice white still. I wish he could brown rice like us to. Older people tend to have problematic guts once they reached their senior years.

I like brown rice because when you’re chewing it, you can feel textures and you enjoy your meal even more. I can still feel the hull, and the bran tumbling inside my mouth. Previously with white rice, I am just wolfing it down like there is no tomorrow. However with brown rice, I am enjoying meal time more.

 

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Brown rice for sale at SM Supermarket

 

We’re currently getting the Dona Maria brand of Brown rice called Jasponica. The label says, ” Combined qualities of Jasmine and Japanese rice.” It’s brown rice, yet it’s a bit sticky at the same time.

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The Dona Maria Jasponica Brown Rice when cooked afterwards. The ratio  for cooking is for every two cups of water is one cup of the rice.  It will vary with other brown rice variants so make sure to read the label first for cooking instructions.

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Benefits I have experienced and seen in myself when I started to eat brown rice. I have observe the brown rice’s antioxidant and therapeutic effect which are:

  1. I don’t feel sleepy even if I have ingested brown rice. This is the stark different with white rice. I feel bloated and lethargic after eating white rice that all I can do is sleep and not move an inch.
  2. I feel strong already with just eating it. I consider it my therapeutic food.
  3. My periods are less painful.
  4. My bowel movement is better. I poop at least once a day, especially in the mornng. The effects are devastating when you haven’t moved your bowels at all.

Vegkitchen.com names a few reasons why brown rice is healthy like the fact that it’s rich in nutrients like selenium, and manganese. I like that I get these nutrients whenever I eat brown rice.

For more information about the Dona Maria rice, please visit their website here ,or their Facebook page here.

 

Sources

10 Health Benefits of Brown Rice from vegkitchen.com

One Step Closer to My Goal

I want to apologize. This is not what I am suppose to be blogging today, but I just got the surprise of my life today. But before all that, I want to start off  with this. We all have one common link, and that is we all have a  dream.

Yes, we all have dreams that we want to come true. It can be anything. Your own house. A new job. Meeting the love of your life. For the longest time, I have been wanting to pursue my Nursing career again.

Yes, one step closer. I am suddenly reminded of a favorite song called A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. My favorite part of the song is when she sings, ” One step closer, one step closer. I have died every day waiting for you. Darling don’t be afraid, I have loved you for a thousand years. I’ll love you for a thousand more.” All it takes is one step closer. Don’t be afraid to take baby steps. Hurrying things up will lead to disaster. I am reminded again of what my fave CSI character Gil Grissom says. “If you want to go faster, go slow.”

OK, so now I spill the beans.  Drum roll sound effects please. And here it goes. Today, I found out that I was one of the thirty winners of a free training from FDM Training Center.

I was so lucky. Anway, I will call the institution and let them know the free course I will take. I will all keep you posted on this training I will take.

Personally, I encourage all of you to attend at least one health course near you. Who knows when that knowledge will come in handy. I really recommend you guys to take BLS or Basic Life Support courses. It helps to be prepared in case of an emergency within your work, or family.

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Well, I just hope that all your dreams come true. Please keep your fingers crossed for me. Have a great day every one.

Photo Credit:

Winner list photo taken from FDM Training Center

Feature image of nurse from canstockphoto.com

Sunday and the Menstrual Blues

 

Hi everyone.  Hope you’re doing well.  Just an FYI, I am currently blogging Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. But due to some changes in my schedule, I have opted to write instead on a Sunday beginning today. My Saturdays are fully booked with activities so I have limited time to blog.

My Sunday right now is not so okay because of my painful menstruation. Prior to this, I was feeling cranky a few days earlier so forgive me for that. Every woman has this scheduled “monthly visitor” coming on a regular basis. It’s also called the red days. It’s best to prepare for this in advance. Lucky are those women whose periods are not painful. Some of my married women friends say that the pain diminishes when they got married to their husbands. I have yet to see that. But I know that they meant well.

Here in the Philippines, pads are the popular choice though tampons, the menstrual cup, and the washable pads are available already. Currently I am using this one by Charmee Feminine Pads Cottony. How I wish this pad was longer and a bit thick. I  usually get  three to four packs of these monthly and used two pads. One pack costs approximately 25 Philippine Pesos, but it may be even priced slightly higher. Aside from Charmee, I am also using Sofy and Jeunesse Anion pad.

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For painful episodes, I am taking Medicol Advance Ibuprofen in 400 mg usually only when needed.

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However, Buscopan has a new line called Buscopan Venus made specifically for dysmenorrhea. I bought only one because I haven’t tried it yet. Buscopan Venus so I only got one. It’s a bit expensive, and costs 29 Philippines Pesos per tab. On the other hand, the Medicol Advance Ibuprofen 400 mg only costs 10.50 Philippines Pesos. I will give my feedback about Buscopan Venus on next week’s blog post.

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I also plot down the dates I had my period in the Menstrual Calendar portion of my Belle de Jour Power Planner. It’s very important to track this information so that when you visit your OB- GYN, you can show the calendar to the doctor. There are also apps for your smart phone that can help you track your period. The one I am currently using is Period Diary. It’s available for Android and iOS platforms. I posted the links below. Click on the underlined words of Android or iOs:

Period Diary Android

Period Diary iOS

 

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Hope you can share with me what are some preparations you do before your menstruation arrives. Hope you’re all having a great day. Have a happy Sunday everyone!

 

 

The Basics of Reading Medicine Labels

 

There are so many medicines out in the market today.  However, there is this one thing we forget to do:  that is to carefully read the label of the medicine that we are buying. Not only that, we usually throw away the inserts that come with the packaged medicine. Regardless if it’s prescription or over the counter, it is our responsibility to at least familiarize ourselves with what the contents of the drug that we’re taking. Here are some terms to remember when reading medicine labels and the package inserts:

Generic Name

Medicinenet.com  defines generic name it as “a term referring to the chemical makeup of the drug rather than the advertised brand name under which the drug is sold”. An example of a generic name is Ibuprofen, a common pain reliever for women having menstrual pain. Usually products sold using a generic name only are sold cheaper than their branded counterparts. Even so, they are also effective even if they are sold without a brand name.

Brand Name

The website Scientific American defines brand name for drugs as “A brand-name drug product is originally discovered and developed by a pharmaceutical company. In order for the company to market and sell their product they must first gain approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by submitting a New Drug Application. In this documentation the company submits data to establish a drug’s clinical safety and efficacy.” The laws will vary country per country so it’s important to know the legal aspect of this. An example of  a brand of Ibuprofen is  Advil.

INSTRUCTIONS

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The instructions for use are usually found at the back of the bottle, in the boxes where it came in, or the paper inserts. They will usually the following basic info such as:

Active Ingredient

This portion will list the contents of the drug to let you know what chemical is making the product work. Knowyourotcs.org says,”The “active ingredient” section lists the therapeutic substance or substances in an OTC medicine that make the medicine work.”

Uses 

In some packaged inserts, this is listed under the word INDICATIONS. It will list the diseases or illnesses the drug is intended for.

Warnings

In this part, it will give precautions or advice as to being careful when taking the drug. In some labels or packaged inserts, it will be listed under CONTRAINDICATIONS. It lists the limitations of the medicine such as:

A It will tell you who should not take the drug

B It will give you an advice to seek doctor’s advice if you have preexisting conditions. For example if you have certain illnesses such as kidney failure, thyroid problems and the like.

Directions

Directions gives a guide on how the drug is to be taken. It also list the dosages to be taken depending on the age of the person who is to take the medicine. It also gives the right way to take the drug if it’s by mouth or if it’s going to be inserted, or injected by a qualified medical practitioner like a doctor or a nurse.

Some will also include information on how the medicine is to be stored. Some will only last a few days if not placed inside a refrigerator. Some medicines need to be stored away from direct light, hence some are stored inside amber colored bottles.

EXPIRY DATE

Please also consider the shelf life of the medicine. All medicines have an expiry date that you must take note of. It’s important to check the date in order to ensure that the drug or medicine you’re taking is still new. Don’t take the medicine anymore if it’s already beyond its expiry date.

Practices will vary from country to country how you will be able to purchase medicines regardless if it’s prescription or over the counter. Nevertheless, it’s always  best to consult your trusted physician when in doubt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

Definition of Generic drug

Definition of Brand name from scientificamerican.com

How To Read a Drug Facts Label  article from knowyourotcs.org

 

Photo:

Sample photo of drug label at www.knowyourotcs.org

Feature photo of medicine from redbrick.me