Monthly Archives: October 2015

HEALTH Helps: Tropical Ginger for the Joints, Brain, Heart, Skin & Overall Health at 1,000 mg of the Active Anti-Oxidant and Dextoxifier Curcuminoids

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Turmeric Curcumin (1,000 mg curcuminoids) by Whole Vitality

WHY THIS PRODUCT IS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER TURMERIC CURCUMIN FORMULAS: This formulation of turmeric curcumin stands apart due to the high millgram content of 1,200 mg turmeric root extract, which is an anti-oxidant and detoxifier in its basic form. SInce it is 95% concentrated, the effective active ingredient working is 1,000 mg, that’s a lot of free radicals that can be cleared from our system. The veggie caps make it consistently unadulterated with synthetic substances. A different turmeric brand I’ve tried contains only 350 mg of curcuminoids. Because of the high level of curcuminoid of this formula, the dosaging can be reduced from the recommended 3 capsules a day by other brands to 2 or 1 capsule a day with this one. That means savings and convenience from this product.

BACKGROUND FOR THE MAIN ACTIVE COMPOUND: Turmeric is a tuber spice that originates from and cultivated in warm tropical countries like in the region of Asia. It is commonly used in this continent for culinary dishes from as simple as grilling to condiments for coconut-based curries. It is loosely translated in English as “yellow ginger”, and has stronger and more pungent properties than the usual ginger we know in the West. Unbeknownst to the modern world, it exhibits beneficial health characteristics with its anti-oxidant, anti-tumour, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. In Western medicine, clinical trials had been ongoing to test its action against kidney and cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, certain types of cancer, irritable bowel disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and other clinical disorders, though they remain inconclusive from studies as of December 2013. That is because inconsistent results from natural substances arise from the unique make-up of the rootcrop source that is dependent on factors such as soil, cultivation, fertilizer used, sun exposure, etc.

HOW I TAKE IT: This is my belief on this natural supplement. Since turmeric with its active ingredient curcuminoids is a staple spice and condiment in Asia, taking 1 to 2 capsules a day preferably with meals (to avoid gastric irritation) is similar to enjoying an exotic dish or drink (it is also prepared as tea powder, by the way) with health benefits without fear of adding synthetic compounds to my system. This gives me an equal chance to eliminate illnesses where diet and race is a predisposing factor.

MY FINAL WORD: A little of Asian herbal beliefs mixed with my common intake of greasy modern fast-food must be a beneficial neutralizing combination. Since these are supplements (for protection and continuous well-being) and not therapeutic (for cure) in purpose, I know that I am taking care of myself now and of my future overall health with the saying “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure”— better to have some kind of protection than nothing at all. I feel cleaner inside and have a better sense of well-being and health.

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HOME Helps: Quality of Life for My Loyal Fur-Friends

My arthritic remedy is the same as for my furkids. I use glucosamine-chondroitin-MSM, and so do they.

This formula stands apart from what I’ve used on them in the past due to the high-dose, better-absorbing and I presume better-tasting glucosamine (1,600 mg) + chondroitin (1,200 mg) + MSM (1,000 mg in a better absorbing chemical make-up).

My experience in the pharmaceutical industry gives me a grasp of pharmaceutical (drugs requiring prescription) and over the counter (OTC) products, and I use the same understanding when caring for the health of my 6 furkids. This view is solely my opinion from a layman’s point.

I come from a family of arthritis sufferers from as far back as my grandmother. Though at my age and active lifestyle (shopping mostly), I can still attribute the sporadic pain to overexertion (age denial), I have to admit though that I have to manage this eventual knee-debilitating condition. So, I have decided that the earlier I protect the health of my knees, the better it would be for my glorious years. In the same way, I do the same for 2 of my dogs who are now past the age of 10. They are no longer as agile and active as they used to be, and I want to protect them from the agonizing pain that arthritis will eventually bring.

Osteoarthritis is a condition when the normal composition of the cartilage of joints is eroded resulting to pain and inflammation that cause immobility. This is a result of the daily beating the knee and ankle joints receive since the day our pets learned to stand & run, and worsens from the weight it bears as they continue to tip the scale. So, watching their weight is one way to help delay or eliminate the symptoms.

Since they have no option but to be on their paws most of the day, the next best thing to do is to watch what they eat in the hope that it will contribute to the constant repair and good health of their weight-bearing joints. Since it is impossible to feed all the nutritional requirement through diet, oral supplements come into play to augment wherever dogfood left off inadequately. And joint health should not be set aside to promote quality of life in later years.

Funny thing is, I take supplements with the same composition as my lovely furballs, so let me share with you what I believe the dog world gets based on human experience.

Chondroitin sulfate is a natural major component of cartilage cells and works to maintain the structural integrity of the tissues. It is responsible for resisting compression impact taken by the joints through electrostatic repulsion. Osteoarthritis sufferers have diminished chondroitin, so building it up would be a good idea. Taking oral chondroitin sulfate shows a 15% to 24% bioavailability in the synovial fluid and cartilages, right where it’s needed to do its job. I wonder what the bioavailability is for dogs, but I know it wouldn’t be far from that, depending on body weight.

Glucosamine is a supplement sourced from sea crustaceans. It is a precursor of or the component that triggers an essential structural cartilage component. Though taking it orally can make the component up to 20% bioavailable for use in the plasma and synovial fluid, clinical studies show that it is not enough to build new tissues. Yet, looking at the brighter side, helping out our dogs’ joints rehabilitate itself in whatever way we can, moreso the natural way, is better than doing nothing at all.

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), available from plants and in marine areas, has a variety of benefits such as action against mucus-membrane inflammation, stress and allergies. The MSM in this formulation is better-absorbing, and therefore is expected to produce more visible results.

The effect of the ingredient combination is formally noted in the multi-center Glucosamine and Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT) study by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and published on the New England Journal of Medicine by Dr. Clegg and colleagues in 2006, where 67% from the human patient group given the combination of chondroitin and glucosamine produced improvement in pain scores by 20% after 24 weeks of use. This is not far from the pain improvement achieved from taking celecoxib, a pharmaceutical pain reliever, but without the side-effects associated with taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). The combination supplement has the additional benefit of having a direct action on the joints as well, and not limited to pain management. I’m pretty sure my non-complaining fur angels would reap the same benefits.

Unfortunately, this is not for all. Because some components are sourced from shellfish, it is not to be taken by dogs that are allergic to it. It is also not recommended for use when symptoms of pain and inflammation are present, as it does not present a benefit during this period.

My chocolate 12-year old Labrador Retriever “Santino” and my 10-year old apricot toy poodle “Astoria” take a collective dose of 6 teaspoons per day, so 1 bottle is good for five weeks. The addition to their dry food is unnoticeable as they lick their bowls clean after every meal. After having done so for two weeks now, they are more up and about than their old sedentary self, and looking happier, too, as they are more energetic when they greet me… gone are the seemingly painful effort when getting up and prolonged standing.

As for now, I’d rather reciprocate all the love and caring they have shown to me through the years by making our remaining companionship as enjoyable as possible— that is, illness and pain-free. My fur buddies can’t use a walking stick to aid their four legs when the need arises, so I’ll end by saying that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Love them till death do us part for my loyal fur-friends.

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HOME Helps: Keeping my FurBabies Pretty Had Never been Easier

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Grooming Glove by Barnster

This grooming glove is a great add-on to the grooming tools I use to keep my furkids pretty and well-groomed. The bristles are soft and friendly due to the rubber tipped ends, and do not hurt when it hits their skin during use. Its spread over 2 to 3 times wider in terms of surface area, so I got a lot covered with less strokes. It’s a good follow-through to deshedding brushes, when giving that final loving rub to end a gruelling grooming session to take out any sign of trauma.
The glove is designed in microfibre material to further take out the strain when dealing with last-minute sheddings. It also has 2 cut-outs where I can slip my thumb and pinky finger on opposite ends for better grip.

It’s easy to clean. I run a comb transverse to the bristles to take out caught fur, or flex it convexly to loosen fur from the bristles, then weed out the fur balls.

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HEALTH Helps: Pulse Stimulation When Working in 1 Position All-Day

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Electronic Pulse Massager (Programmable 8-mode with Timer) by Santamedical

The thought of getting deep venous thromboembolism and/or pulmonary thromboembolism due to inactivity had been crossing my mind since I got this double desk job which requires me to sit in front of a computer for more than 12 hours, no weekends. This sedentary lifestyle has made 98% of my body parts inactive. The 1% active is my hands which do the typing and minimal eye and neck movements.

This is where this pulse electronic massager has helped me even while working. I attach the nodes onto various parts of my legs and allow it to vibrate at alternating modes and locations to get the numbness out. It soothes my muscles as well as stimulates nerve endings. This programmable 8-vibration modes with timer is perfect as it alarms me to move it to different leg and body parts at variations of 10 minutes to 1 hour.

It works with an internal rechargeable batteries. It is portable at 4” x 2” x 0.5” (about the size of an iPod), easily portable to put in the pocket.

This would also be a good companion for those who suffer from numbness to augment physical therapy sessions. It’s lightweight and user-friendly for easy operability.

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BEAUTY Bonus: Less Puffy Eyebags Means Less Concealing Make-Up

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Vitamin C Serum by Peels & Petals

MY CONDITION: By genetics and habits, my eyes had always had dark puffy eye suitcases, not only bags, and now micro-wrinkles are starting to form going towards 50-ish. I treat it with a lot of homey stuff like cold eye packs, cucumber rounds, and the like. Unfortunately, I still have to hide the dark eye circles with heavy concealer when I put on foundation. But my concern is that I am putting a lot of distress on the skin around my eye area because of brutal handling with concealing make-up. Definitely, this unnecessary handling of skin tissues in this sensitive area can hasten wrinkle formation.

WHAT THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS: This proprietary formulation blends in the natural goodness of aloe barbadensis leaf juice, cucumber, green tea, eyebright and licorice to maintain the windows to my soul and the fountain of my youth. This unique combination of proven beauty ingredients are all combined into one gel formulation, so it’s more of an easily absorbable water-based rather than an oil-based formulation. Nothing touches my most sensitive skin area but nature’s bounty, with the exception of minute fillers and stabilizers.

HOW DID I USE IT: I applied it gently around the eye area with minimum upward outward strokes before a cucumber soak, and at bedtime before putting on my iced eye mask.

THE RESULTS: Since I have done this regularly for 2 weeks now, I noticed that the darkness had diminished, and the puffiness had shrunk. Though it did not completely take these out, it had faded substantially to require less use of concealers, and therefore there’s less distress to my eye area when applying make-up. My eyes look brighter now.

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TECH Tips: Awesome dual connectivity for multi-tasking

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Bluetooth Headset by Soundwhiz

WHAT SETS THIS WATER_RESISTANT BLUETOOTH HEADSET APART FROM THE REST:
simultaneous dual connectivity to 2 devices, ex. listening to my Audiobook while answering a call
separate functional buttons (no more multiple press types to achieve what you want)
ear-holding design that keeps it securely in place (takes out the agitation of using earbuds that constantly fall out of place)

Clear & crisp audio quality, full & robust bass sound, fast & stable bluetooth connection for up to 2 devices, easy-to-press tactile buttons within the earpods ergonomically and separately functional and accessible, long-use batteries (approximately 6 to 8 hours per full charge), resistance from water-damage (still good even when you’ve worked out a sweat), all rolled in an ultra-sleek chic wireless package… I have nothing more to ask from a bluetooth headset.

This tiny audio wonder keeps me entertained with steady & superb music streaming (and listening to my Audiobooks) while my iPhone is tucked charging in a safe & dry place, especially useful when out on a run (while device on a running belt) or when driving out in the heat without airconditioning. The built-in microphone assures consistent high-quality call output necessary during official teleconferences, and easily operates remotely on independent buttons (no more confusion with 1 button with multiple functions) to answer & hang up on calls. The user-friendly buttons also simplify tasking, music selection, volume control and main power on/off switch, no need to get & fumble on the headset deciphering each press type and its audio output effect, or on my phone (when I start getting frustrated with my old pairs) with wet or sweaty palms. For all the convenience it provides me, this big fun sound machine in a small package is well worth its price.

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FASHION Flair & TRAVEL Bug: Water-Resistant Fanny Pack for Smartphone & Valuables

During wet outdoor activities or while traveling, I use this fanny pack whenever I need extra pockets to keep my hands free from my smartphone & other valuables. It is boxy yet streamlined to my body with its polyester-neoprene material combination that prevents noisy juggling of coins and keys, as well as holds my smartphone gently with the cushiony material, yet firmly to avoid shock and drops. It is worn simply by buckling at the back, and easily adjusts from 30” to 44”, which for me is on my first hip over clothing.

When I’m assigned to countries that are seasonally rainy, the water-resistant feature is all-important (that’s for the material and zippers), specially that it holds my iPhone 6+ on the front pocket. I like it that the zipper handles are loops of cords with flat plastic holds, no clunking through airport security and more tactile to use. When worn at night, the reflective bands in front makes it easier to be seen for identity and safety.

On cutouts and loops, it has a hole where you can pass through your earbuds (not through the zippered opening), while the loops keep the earbud cords manageable and secured when in use or secured for easy accessibility when not in use. No more embarrassing entanglement, or constant unzipping and zipping to enjoy your music or audiobook.

Despite being made of thick material, it does not restrict airflow much as I can roll it over my waistline when I need some air. I’ve tried laundering it before use, and the shape of the material had not changed, neither has it bled.

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TECH Tips: Sturdy Nylon Braided Cable with Sleek Aluminum Plug Heads for my Apple Devices

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Lightning Cable (3.2 feet, nylon-braided) by Blumagus

This Apple-certified lightning cable is ready to juice up my Apple devices anytime. It comes in 3.2 feet long nylon material braiding which gives a sleeker more professional look while promising to withstand numerous coiling and decoiling, tugging and pulling, without compromise to output quality.

I keep this cable steady in my car. The length is just right for use in the front or backseat of the car without need for unplugging it from the car charger. It is easy to coil around the gearshift and eliminates getting tangled due to unwanted coiling, all causing undue stress while driving. That’s because the cord can weakly hold the shape you make it into. This takes out the need for tiewires that have to be constantly replaced and once peeled, are dangerously prickly.

This cord also has aluminum plug heads that eliminate electric shock, at the same time, looks cool, light and classy.

The price is right to for this dire necessity. I’ve donned away with my rubber cables, which have now look untidily inked and dirty. What more, a 1-year guarantee is extended by the business, so I’m assured of replacement and customer service until end of 2016. Simple convenience come in inexpensive packages indeed.

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FASHION Flair & TRAVEL Bug: Wrap Pockets for Valuables

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Running Belt for Men & Women by Urban Athletic

I use this product whenever I need extra pockets and/or keep my hands-free without obstructing fanny packs and belt bags, including when traveling. It is streamlined to my body with its lycra-spandex material combination that also prevents noisy juggling of coins and keys, as well as holds my smartphone firmly to avoid drops.

It is worn simply either through the top or from the floor up. It is so discreet that I can wear a tight shirt over it without bulging. This is important when I’m assigned in countries where hold-ups or pick-pocketing is rampant and I plan to bring it along on my next travel.

Despite being made of stretch materials, it does not restrict airflow much as I can roll it over the band of my shorts or pants if need be. I’ve tried laundering it once before use, and the elasticity of the material had not changed, neither has it bled.

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BEAUTY Bonus: My Every Other Day Shampoo to Deter Rapid Hair Loss

Gone are my days of shiny healthy hair. Gotta keep the most of what’s left.

MY HAIR CONDITION PRIOR TO USE: I’m grateful I was gifted with nice shiny healthy hair. Without much grooming effort, I spend less than a minute by simply brushing it straight and I’m ready to go. Unfortunately, age I guess has a toll on it, and I notice the strands are not as plump as they used to be. Even the roots seem to be oilier than before that it contributes further to the limpness. What more, I see more fallen strands on the bathroom, pillows and on the floor and carpeting. And I constantly suffer from recurring dandruff, as well.

MY STOP-GAP METHOD: I use nourishing and volumizing shampoos and conditioners but aren’t happy with the results. It takes out the oiliness, and therefore limpness, but by the end of the day, my hair sticks to my head making me look like Olive Oyl of the Popeye comic series. It has not stopped the falling hair condition and itchiness either.

HOW THIS PRODUCT HELPS: I’m glad I found this fortifying hair loss prevention shampoo. It contains ketoconazole (for fungal infections and dandruff), biotin (for plumpness and to stimulate new hair growth) and emu oil (for nutrition and health for new growing hair). The substances keep it healthy, bouncy and looking full of life, without any damaging side-effects that shampoos and conditioners with harsh components cause or cannot do alone. I also noticed less hair shedding in my shower drain and brush.

RESULTS: Overall, I am happy with the results. Not only that it causes the aesthetic improvement, but with regular hair therapy for two weeks now, my crown of glory seems to be maintained healthy, alive and thicker, too.

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