If there is anything the pandemic in the past 20 months has made us realize, it is that we need to take care of our health. The pandemic, for some people, has become a wake-up call to be mindful of their well-being, to take better care of themselves.
“The effects of the pandemic on my patients are different,” Dr. Eca Lorenzo said in Filipino. “The health of some became worse because they were not able to do things they used to do like exercising or meeting with friends; some became better because they were forced to slow down, they no longer had an excuse not to work out or meet (albeit virtually) with friends because they were just at home [and had more time].”
“Half of the people improved their health, half of the people took a dive. It showed that it really depended on the person how they would adapt to the situation,” added the internal medicine specialist and functional medicine practitioner.
Much like how actress and mother of five Ina Raymundo and TV personality and new dad Migs Bustos adapted to the situation to make sure they stay healthy.
Currently living in Vancouver, Canada, Raymundo shared how she was able to maintain her health goals while handling all her responsibilities at home even if she couldn’t go to the gym and had no house-help. Her secret? “Houseworkout”, as in doing housework to work out.
“I don’t have house-help, so I’m constantly moving. You don’t have to go to the gym, you just have to be constantly moving. My favorite is sweeping the floors and cleaning the bathroom,” she shared. To sharpen her mind, Raymundo plays Sudoku; for her mental health, she spends more quality time with her children.
Bustos, a sports television news anchor, has become more mindful of his health after the birth of his first child. “When you become a mom or a dad, your mindset changes, it makes you realize that ‘I have to live better for my family’,” he shared.
Becoming overweight during the lockdown, Bustos put more effort to be healthier, “diet, discipline, perseverance,” were his secret.
“Patients,” Dr. Lorenzo said, “realized during the pandemic that their health was in their hands. There are many things they can do to improve it.”
Dr. Lorenzo, Raymundo, and Bustos shared their insights and the stories of how they keep their health in check to live life to the fullest during “Life Talks”, a web episode hosted by Boy Abunda.
Life Talks also presented Synnovate Pharmaceutical Corporation’s newest line of natural health supplements, Life Food.
“Life Food is a comprehensive line of condition-specific natural food supplements that are high quality and proven to be safe and effective,” said Kimi Abapo, marketing manager at Synnovate Pharma.
The line aims to address common health conditions of Filipinos. It consists of six products, namely Curcumin (manages general inflammation and provides pain relief), Sytrinol (helps lower total cholesterol), Astaxanthin (helps reduce size of wrinkles), Injuv (provides skin hydration), Tonalin CLA (helps reduce up to 9 percent body fat), and Evening Primrose Oil (aids in hormonal imbalance and addresses PMS symptoms).
Life Food supplements, Abapo said, underwent stringent product testing following pharmaceutical standards. They are available at Synnovate’s official stores on Shopee and Lazada, and at leading drugstores and other retail partners.