Work Related Stress May Reduce Quality of Work, Life, Hypertension and Stress are Usually Directly Related

While the essence of hard work earned many individuals success, prosperity and recognition in their chosen field of endeavor, the inability to balance work and life may increase stress levels, reducing the quality of their output and more importantly, make them more prone to many maladies like hypertension and heart disease.

The Grant Thornton International survey reported that 76 percent of Filipino business owners are highly stressed, pointing out that taking on heavy workload often is the most significant driver.

“Prioritizing work over quality of life could only do harm than good,” said Tomas Marcelo G. Agana, III, President and CEO of Pharex Health Corp. “The quality of your work, for one, will be affected. When that happens, everything will follow.”

Several studies emphasized that an employee’s lifestyle affects his or her work output. In fact, a research conducted in 2010 revealed that unhealthy lifestyle choices make workers less productive and even increases work absenteeism.

Agana added, “When the quality of work goes down, chances are, your job will be affected.  Poor quality of work will only result in poor output and this will affect everyone, be it your employees or your customers.”

But more than just the output, work-related stress could also lead to a host of health concerns like hypertension, which is a risk factor for heart disease.

In the Philippines, 28 percent of adults have hypertension, a known chronic disease which causes the heart to work harder than necessary to pump blood to the rest of your body. It quietly damages the body, causing poor quality of life and can even lead to a fatal heart attack.

“Stressful situations like overworking yourself may cause the blood pressure to spike,” Agana said. “While it is unlikely for people to stop working, steps can be taken to mitigate the effects of stress at work like improving sleeping habits, eating healthily, and drinking alcohol moderately.”

Agana added, “Every Filipino, regardless of his or her age, is at risk of hypertension especially when they are subjected to stress at work every day. This is why working people, most especially those who are building their careers, should bear in mind that maintaining a healthy work habit is imperative to save lives.”
For people who are already diagnosed with hypertension and other chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, maintaining a healthy work habit is enough to prevent illnesses.

“Being diagnosed with hypertension or cardiovascular disease is not the end of the world. People with these diseases only need to take care of themselves more by following their doctors’ advice, especially when it comes to taking their medicines,” Agana said.

With this, Pharex HealthCorp., the most prescribedgeneric brand,ensures that Filipinos in the working group—particularly those who have chronic diseases—have access to affordable healthcare through high-quality medicine.

“People with hypertension or heart disease should learn to comply with their medication schedule to improve the quality of their lives,” Agana emphasized. “For them to continue giving their families a better life, they should start improving theirs.”

Pharex, short for Pharmaceutical Excellence, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pascual Laboratories, Inc. which offers affordable medication to Filipinos. The company serves as the exclusive marketing, sales, and distribution arm of Pascual Laboratories, Inc. (Pascuallab), one of the country’s fastest growing pharmaceutical companies for the past decade.

To date, Pharex is gaining ground as an advocate of consistent healthy living, highlighting the importance of high-quality medication made for every Filipino regardless of his or her work priorities.

Agana concluded, “If you want to improve your lifestyle, you need to balance all aspects in your life. Then, you’ll be surprised how your stress-free work translates to more business opportunities in the future and more importantly, the quality of life you deserve.”


Healthway Medical Introduces FIT, a test to detect food intolerance

99% of Filipinos suffer from food intolerance
Healthway Medical introduces FIT, a test to detect food intolerance

Reactions to certain foods are quite common. However, some reactions go unnoticed until certain abnormal manifestations occur – internally (physiological) or externally (physical, i.e. on skin).Where food ALLERGY has almost an immediate reaction, food INTOLERANCE, on the other hand, does not immediately manifest. Sometimes, it takes as much several months or as short as days for symptoms to be obvious.

According to Nutrition and Lifestyle Counselor Ginny Sinense-Marksl, RND, food intolerance often occurs in people who eat normal or even very common food substance (rice, egg, dairy, wheat) that they are highly sensitive to. These foods cause inflammations in their body that could manifest as allergy-like reactions such as diarrhea, bloating, stomach cramps and at times, skin rashes that almost never seem to subside.Also, it could be one of the major reasons why it is difficult to manage any weight problem.
Food intolerance may involve some or all the same symptoms as food allergies. “While food allergies are acute reactions to a particular food substance and can cause life-threatening symptoms, food intolerance is chronic and less severe but, nevertheless aggravating to optimum health,” said Marksl.

A number of reactions surface when a person is found to be intolerant on a specific food item. However, some people could still eat small amounts of food they are “intolerant” to without any immediate physiological or physical reaction.

Though minimum to no immediate reaction occurs, chronic exposure to a food substance a person is intolerant to can be potentially hazardous to health due to constant presence of inflammation in the body as Marksl further explained.

Food Intolerance is a type III food item that occurs when the body produces Immunoglobulin (IgG) as a reaction to allergenic food. 

Immunoglobulin are a class of proteins that function as antibodies produced by the immune system in response to foreign bodies that enter the body. Various studies reveal that if food with high IgG levels are eliminated from the diet, symptoms can be reduced. 

“Not knowing where you’re intolerant to could lead to chronic diseases such as abdominal bloating and fluid retention, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine, and asthma,” said Carmie De Leon, vice president for sales and marketing of Healthway Medical. “This makes a Food Intolerance Test all the more important.”

Healthway Medical, the most trusted and preferred mall-based clinics in the Philippines, recommends every children and adult alike to undergo a Food Intolerance Test (FIT) or Food Print Test to identify which food groups are safe to eat.

FIT is the most advanced and comprehensive laboratory service that detects the presence of igG-food specific antibodies to a wide range of food people consume every day.

Healthway’s FIT is inclusive of a consultation with nutritionist to guide you through the FIT service and to explain the findings of the test.

“Not having your test now can be potentially dangerous since some people have high IgG levels but do not experience the symptoms,” De Leon said. “There are others who even feel better short after they eat food at which they are intolerant to, but continuing to take these food groups may re-grow the symptoms to much worse cases. Still, once symptoms occur, it is recommended to avoid all other members of that food group unless tested negatively.”

De Leon concluded, “Early detection of food intolerance will go a long way in ensuring one’s optimum health. If you want to achieve a quality life, make sure to add sleep, right food intake, exercise, and de-stressing as part of your daily routine. When you start living a healthy life, everything else will follow.”

If you think you have the symptoms of food intolerance, visit Healthway Medical Clinics at the Alabang Town Center, Edsa Shangri-la, Market! Market!, Festival Mall, Healthway Manila, SM The Block and Greenbelt 5. 

For more details, please contact (02) 751-4929 or visit www.healthway.com.ph.


Join The Beauty Junkee’s 6th Anniversary MEGA Giveaway!

Hi beautiful people! Just a quick shout out. One of my favorite beauty blogger, Martha of The Beauty Junkee is having a MEGA giveaway to celebrate her 6th blog-niversary.

Wondering why its called a MEGA giveaway? Well, the prizes and goodies are over Php200,000. Whoa! Can you imagine?! This is a giveaway with massive proportions! Teehee :) Here's just a few of the goodies she's giving away:

Congratulations Ms. Martha and cheers to many more years of blogging and may you never get tired of sharing your insights and stories with us ;)

Without further ado here's the link to join the giveaway. Join the fun and may the odds be ever in our favor!


Gluta White and Firm's Ready Selfie! Contest

Hi everyone, happy hump day!

Join Gluta White and Firm's ready selfie! contest. 3 fabulous prizes are up for grabs :)

Joining is easy! Just follow the simple steps below to qualify:

     1.  Take a selfie with any Gluta White & Firm products.
     2.  Complete this phrase: I love using Gluta White & Firm because _________
     3.  Send the photo with your complete name to AngeloE@jlcmiller.com.ph
     4.  Photos will be judged based from the following criteria:

    • 15% Creativity and Uniqueness 
    • 30% Brand Visibility
    • 30% Love for Gluta White & Firm 
    • 25% Number of Shares

NOTE: Submitted photos must not be digitally enhanced or manipulated.

Here are the wonderful prizes up for grabs:
    1st prize:   Wensha Spa gift certificates for 2 + gift packs
    2nd prize:  Yakimix Weekend buffet for 2 + gift packs
    3rd prize:   Starbucks gift certificates for 2 + gift packs

The promo runs until August 30, 2014 and the winners will be announced on September 5, 2014.

Visit Gluta White & Firm’s Facebook page for more info. Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favour!


Sunday Link Up Vol # 011

Happy Sunday!

If you haven't joined my giveaway yet, you should! LOL :) I'm giving away 3K worth of prizes, one winner will get to take home everything.

Here's my favorite blog reads this week:
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and may you have a wonderful week ahead!

What's your favorite read this week?


Beauty Colada's 2nd Blog Anniversary Giveaway!

As I've teased about this in my Facebook Page that I will be hosting a giveaway to thank YOU my lovely readers and here it is! Its #BeautyColada 2nd Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway! woot! woot!

Yes, Beauty Colada is two years old now. June was actually the anniversary month which also happens to be my birth month however I decided to do a month long vacation from my blog. That means, no blogging whatsoever for the whole month! It is due to the fact that I started to return to work and I need to keep my focus straight. I've been on leave for 3 and a half months due to the unfortunate accident that happened back in February. I just wanted to stay focused to help me adjust to my "usual" routine before the accident. I'm happy to say that it worked! Well, more or less. I still have some minor limitations that I'm still trying to get used to but overall everything is a-ok :)

And this is my way of showing that I thank you all for your kind words during my recuperation period and to show my gratitude for keeping this blog in your read list. Let me share this blog's milestone by having a giveaway party! Blogging has always been my source of release, my best friend, and I thank you that you joined me in my journey exploring my way of being kikay without being judged in the process. I love that I can talk about a lipstick and other kikay stuff to others who equally have the same interest in beauty as I do. Enough talk let me show you what you can take home. *drum roll please...*

Yes, you've read that right. You may win a bag full of goodies worth ₱3,000plus and everything is from my pockets ;)

Here's the breakdown of the prizes:

  • Hayan Aesthetic Vitamin C Serum 
  • Celeteque Sun Care Soothing Lip Balm with SPF 15 UVA/UVB

  • Celeteque Celeteque Dermoscience Multi-Benefit BB Cream with SPF 15
  • Maybelline Clear Smooth Shine Free BB Stick with SPF 21 PA+++  (just a little disclaimer here: I accidentally dropped this after the photo was taken, don't you worry, I've already wiped and sanitized it clean. Sorry though...)
  • Avon True Color Eyeshadow Quad in Chocolate Sensation (I'm so sorry I swatched this! *there's my finger print haha. I can't help it it, this looks so pretty. I'm gonna get one for myself teehee)
  • Colour Collection Colour Intense Blush on Duo in Dusty Rose
  • Avon Glimmersticks Eyeliner - 3pcs Black, Violet, and Blue 
As always, joining is simple. Log-in on Rafflecopter app which is embedded below and make sure to ALL steps below to qualify. Please strictly follow all the tasks as I’ll be checking them one by one. Tip, there are tasks that that you can do everyday to earn additional points. Remember: more points, more chances of winning! 

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Giveaway is open until August 31, 2014.

To all my supportive reader and friends, I thank you from the bottom of my heart ~ ♥♥♥

Join in the party and may the odds be ever in your favor :)

*Open to Philippine residents only*

I'm a proud mom, a corporate slave, a book worm, a dancer, a skin care junkie, a late bloomer when it comes to makeup, a house cook, and a musician. I'm passionate for everything lovely and beautiful. I call myself a jack of all trades but master of none. For business purposes email me at jaja@beautycolada.com

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