Saturday, May 26, 2012

Have You Fed Your Brain Lately?

Have you ever wondered what happens to the food we eat every day? Vitamins, minerals and other nutrients from our diet help to nourish our body, passing through blood vessels to our internal organ and skin.

But how about our brain, our body’s nerve center, and the main organ that controls the body’s activities? The human brain is made up of about 100 billion neurons or nerve cells. Each neuron functions by receiving and conveying signals to other neurons. Like the other cells in your body, the brain cells need energy to function properly. If we are to feed our body with all essential nutrients to keep it in tip-top shape, we also cannot neglect the brain for it to remain healthy.

Just like our body, the brain experiences strain every day from many lifestyle factors, with stress being a major culprit. Chronic cumulative stress of normal everyday life can cause a gradual decline in the levels of a particular brain chemical known as serotonin. Healthy levels of serotonin are required for the brain neurons to communicate with each other, improving its ability to perform at its peak. Suppression of serotonin levels is associated with poor memory, depression, anxiety, fatigue and sleep problems.

Given these scenarios, it is important to always keep our brain not just healthy but also fit at the same time. A healthy brain is free from diseases like Alzheimer’s Disease while keeping the brain fit improves its ability to perform at its peak and maintaining it this way for as long as possible.

Scientists at the BRAND’s® Brain Research Center have recently discovered two peptides, Carnosine and ProBeptigen found in BRAND’S® Essence of Chicken which help to keep the brain healthy and fit. A special manufacturing process extracts these two peptides from chicken and makes them as a health food drink to complement one’s diet and nourishes the brain.

Carnosine protects our brain against cellular damage that accumulates as we age, keeping our brains healthy and free from diseases. Absorption of Carnosine into our bodies is best in the morning. Dr Paramjeet Singh, Chief Scientist and Head of BRAND’s® Brain Research Center says: “You may want to take BRAND’S® Essence of Chicken after breakfast or mid-morning to reap optimal benefits.” Researches also showed that Carnosine can suppress secondary complications of diabetes, cancer and other age-related concerns for the brain. The other peptide ProBeptigen®, sustains serotonin levels in the brain. It promotes brain fitness so that peak performance is possible, even when one is under stress.

BRAND’S® Essence of Chicken was discovered in 1835 by Henderson William Brand in order to reverse the failing health of King George IV. With over 176 years of heritage, BRAND’S® has earned the loyalty of many. In the health food industry BRAND’S® has pioneered in investing on scientific and clinical research to prove its product benefits and investigate the mechanisms behind how the products work.  

BRAND’S® Essence of Chicken is a health food drink that is free of fat, cholesterol and preservatives. It is an extract of fine quality chicken in easily digestible form and hygienically processed under high temperature that gives it a unique flavor and is best consumed when chilled.

BRAND’S® Essence of Chicken is sold at Mercury Drug stores and is available in 42g and 70g bottles. For more details, visit

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Operation Smile 30th Anniversary - The Journey Home

Children born with facial deformities suffer in seclusion. They withdraw from school, and withdraw from the world. But it should not be this way. A 45-minute simple operation can change a child’s life forever and restore their dignity as a person. A simple operation can open doors to a child’s future who suffer from correctable deformities.

To repair a child’s face is to rehabilitate not only their smile, but also their spirit. To repair a child’s face is to give that child an opportunity to go to school, to eat a meal, to speak so others can understand.

Once the physical aspect of a deformity is treated, it allows for the emotional healing to begin. This is why Operation Smile sets high goals each year and always stretch to the absolute extent of its capacity to seek like-minded humanitarians, who generously support their missions.

It is estimated that one in every 500 children born in the Philippines will have a cleft lip and/or cleft palate. Hence, Operation Smile encourages private and public institutions to join its efforts to reach out to these impoverished Filipino children through a local mission. It is an investment that will last a lifetime in the face of each child. It is how OSP is “changing lives, one smile at a time”.

Since 1982, through the help of dedicated medical volunteers and generous partners — has provided more than 2 MILLION PATIENT EVALUATIONS and over 200,000 FREE SURGERIES for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities AROUND THE WORLD. As one of the most prominent children’s charities in the world with a presence in over 60 COUNTRIES, we are able to heal children’s smiles and bring hope for a better future.

On NOVEMBER 8 to DECEMBER 2, 2012, Operation Smile will undertake another milestone as it celebrates its 30th year! Operation Smile will celebrate with a special homecoming mission to the Philippines to give back to the country that gave birth to what is now a global children’s medical charity organization. It aims to provide free life medical treatments to at least 6,000 Filipino children and young adults in 24 days through 10 dental and cleft surgical missions sites in various parts of the country, namely, Koronadal City, Cavite, Cebu, Cagayan De Oro, General Santos, Silay City, Manila, Naga and Pampanga.

Operation Smile is looking for more patients with cleft lip/cleft palate for the May 30 to June 3, 2012 schedule at the Ospital Ning Angeles ( Rafael Lazatin Memorial Hospital ) Pampanga Operation Smile Mission.

Interested parties can register through KDF (kapampangan development foundation) Call or Text Benigno Ricafort President - KDF (045) 4580027 / 09175628673

Operation Smile Philippines are in need of the following Medical Volunteers!
Operating Room
Ward Nurses
Speech Pathologist
Biomed Technician
Plastic Surgeon
Medical Photographer
Medical Records Specialist

Volunteers from these areas are most welcome to join in:
 Cagayan De Oro
 General Santos
 South Cotabato

Benefits of a Medical Volunteers Qualified

Credentialed Volunteers will be given proper training and receive certification from American Heart Association (AHA) in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS).

You can't find this training just anywhere and Operation Smile will give it to credentialed medical volunteers for FREE, as Operation Smile Philippines is the first organization recognized as a global and mobile international training organization (ITO) of the American Heart Association. Travel incentives - Operation Smile Philippines was able to send 31 of its volunteers to 10 countries where international missions are held, (China, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Russia, Thailand, East Timor, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Bolivia, Brazil)

Calling for Non-Medical Volunteers

During missions, non-medical volunteers assist in patient mobilization, final screening, patient assistance, physical set-up, photo and video documentation and other non-medical tasks that may be required. You can join Chatters Care For Kids Inc. as a non-medical volunteer as our objective is to help in future missions of Operation Smile especially on the 30th anniversary in November, so if you are living in these areas, Pampanga, Manila, Cavite, Naga, Bacolod, Cebu, Cagayan De Oro, General Santos, South Cotabato, Iloilo, Mindoro and Davao.
Non-Medical Volunteers can include bloggers who can cover the event, photographers and videographers who can document the event, Filmmakers who can make a video for Operation Smile, Masscom students and graduates who can also help in making videos for Operation Smile, Graphic Artists who can make brochures, flyers, posters that will be mass produced by Operation Smile and anyone who have the kind heart and has a will to help change a child's life.

Be a Non-Medical Volunteer - Sign up here - Chatters Care For Kids Inc. is doing a Tinapay at Inumin Campaign where Non-Medical Volunteers can bring bakery products , juices or bottled water that we can give to the parents,patients, and volunteers during a mission..This will help cut down Operation Smile expenses so they can buy more medical supplies and do more surgical operations, instead of using their fund to feed the volunteers. Non-Medical Volunteers can also bring Coloring books and Crayons and play with the patients so they won't worry about their upcoming surgery. If you can't be a volunteer or a sponsor, you can help change a life, by just spreading this news in your blog, into your social networking accounts, and by telling them to your friends, If you have time please like Operation Smile Philippines and Chatters Care for kids Facebook Page as you'll be also spreading the news

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Spa Reflexology

Enjoy the best of both worlds – healing and relaxation in your own tranquil sanctuary at The Spa Wellness.

The Spa Reflexology is a healing massage that focuses on particular “pressure points” of the soles of the feet, where sensory nerves of the internal organs that spread throughout the body are mainly gathered. A different massage experience awaits clients as hands, fingers and a wood stick with cream and oil are used in lieu of the use thumbs, palms and elbows in the conventional message treatments.  Enjoy this 60-minute service for only P550 per session.

If healing is all you want, enjoy a no-frills Reflexology Massage in plush customized chair/convertible bed withsoothing ambiance of The Spa Wellness branches – Acropolis,Trinoma and Greenbelt (Trinoma and Greenbelt soon to open).Cozy rooms with multiple chair/convertible beds equipped with LCD TV screens make it perfect for a Reflexology sparty with friends and loved ones. It’s a sit-and-massage service that lets you begin healing instantly, without the hassle of changing into robes. Licensed and highly-trained therapists work with precision onto the foot to soothe pain and stress.

The Benefits of The Spa Reflexology include:
Pain and stiffness relief caused by too much exercising or using muscle for too long.
Prevention and cure of symptoms such as headache, stress, asthma, constipation, sinusitis and migraine.
Boosts blood circulation in the system.

So head now off to The Spa Reflexology at the following branches:
(Deluxe & Executive Rooms)
L/G, Alabang Town Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa
(+632) 850-3490, 850-6836 | Sun to Thu 1 – 9 pm / Fri & Sat 1 – 10 pm

G/F The Spa Building, 80 E. Rodriguez Jr Ave, Bagumbayan, QC
(+632) 655-0766, 655-0783 | Mon to Thu 1:30 – 9:30 pm / Fri to Sun 1 – 9:30 pm

GREENBELT (soon to open)
G/F Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas, Makati (drop-off entrance)
(+632) 840-1325, 840-1326 | Mon to Thu 12 – 10 pm / Fri to Sun 12 – 11 pm

TRINOMA (soon to open)
3/F, Wellness Zone, Trinoma Mall, North Ave, QC
 (+632) 900-8809, 900-8818 | Mon to Thu 12 – 10 pm / Fri-Sun 11am – 10 pm
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