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Apotheca Integrative Pharmacy provides modern solutions to women’s common health concerns

Let’s take a look at some of the health concerns women continue to face and how these can be addressed through these modern solutions.



The Filipina is undeniably exceptional. Young or old, a professional, a student, a beauty queen, a blue-collar employee, a homemaker, she exudes beauty, intelligence and strength wherever she sets foot in the world. But no matter her courage and strength, she remains vulnerable.

Many Filipinas ignore health issues to focus on family or work. To help women look after their well-being and address any health concern, medical experts have developed modern solutions. One of these is compounded medicines, or medicines produced through the pharmaceutical process of compounding or customizing medicines based on a patient’s needs. Apotheca Integrative Pharmacy (AIP), the pioneer specialty compounding pharmacy in the Philippines, is helping Filipinas look after themselves more easily and effectively through its wide range of compounding medicines and services.

Let’s take a look at some of the health concerns women continue to face and how these can be addressed through these modern solutions.

Thyroid Issues

Thyroid disorders continue to affect many Filipinas today. These often-neglected disorders, which include goiter, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, thyroid cancer and thyroid nodules, affect more women than men, with incidence among women three times higher than for men.

Thyroid disorders and iodine deficiency are considered public health threats because when left untreated they can lead to more serious problems such as thyroid cancer, goiter, reproductive failure and even mental deficiency. Thyroid cancer, for one, is the most common cancer among women 15 to 24 years old, based on Department of Health (DoH) data.

Goiter, another common disorder in the Philippines, is linked to overproduction of thyroid hormones, called hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism can lead to a stroke, congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation if left untreated or undertreated.

Women with thyroid issues can also experience menstrual irregularities. Because the thyroid controls many parts of the body, too much or too little thyroid hormones can make a woman’s period too light, too heavy or irregular, which can then affect a woman’s ovulation and make conceiving difficult.

AIP’s thyroid medications can address thyroid issues by stabilizing blood pressure, improving endocrine function and reducing hyperthyroid symptoms.

Using thyroid medications to treat menstrual irregularities and problems in conceiving birth can also help improve emotional disorders and fertility.

Hormonal Imbalance and Menopause
Many Filipinas silently suffer from hormonal imbalance or do not realize they have it. Polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS affects about 4.5 million Filipinas and is a major cause of infertility among women. Besides irregular cycle and weight gain, Filipinas with PCOS experience bloating, hyperpigmentation and baldness.

Meanwhile, the imbalance of hormones related to menopause creates harsh physical changes and can affect a woman’s mental health. During this stage, women experience hot flashes, vaginal dryness, sleeplessness, fatigue, memory loss and weight gain.

Women often turn to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to treat these symptoms. One form of HRT, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) or the process of replicating hormones using natural resources, supplements the body with the hormones it lacks. AIP’s BHRT replicates hormones such as liothyronine, levothyroxine, progesterone, melatonin, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and pregnenolone. 

Undergoing BHRT can increase the core temperature and basal metabolic rate, reduce gall bladder activity, normalize blood clot and vascular tone, strengthen the immune system, and improve mood, vision, energy, clarity of thinking and overall well-being. It also assists in thyroid function, slowing natural changes that occur in the body with age and building up bone and muscle strength.

Weight Management

Obesity remains a major health issue among Filipinas as it can lead to other more serious concerns. The adult obesity increase rate in the country has been experiencing “very rapid growth,” according to the March 2021 report of the World Obesity Federation, with the growth rate among women between 1995 and 2015 at 3.7 percent.Obese women are at a high risk of developing diabetes, coronary artery disease, low back pain and knee osteoarthritis.

Compounded medicines are also used to treat obesity. AIP’s portfolio of weight management solutions includes Phentermine, Phentermine and Topiramate, Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG), Methionine Inositol Choline (MIC), Methionine, Inositol,Choline, L-Carnitine and Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12).

These solutions can cater to different concerns such as obesity related to diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure. AIP’s weight management services help patients lose weight easily by burning and breaking down fats within the liver to lower cholesterol, assisting the metabolism of fats and supporting the liver in excreting chemical waste products. Some medicines promote the health of cell structures and reduce blood cholesterol or boost overall metabolic rate, assist in burning stored body fat and regulate sleep, appetite and energy.

Skin Problems

Acne, dry skin, hyperpigmentation and dark spots are just some of the common skin problems that Filipinas face. Having sensitive skin is a major concern for many as it can also mean having to be very picky with skin care products to use. Compounded dermatological preparations can cater to a patient’s hiyang and consider which ingredients might trigger allergies or negative reactions from a patient. These medicines can also be tailored to achieve the patient’s desired results.

AIP’s compounded dermatological preparations include tretinoin, vitamin C serum, glutathione and hair  loss dermatology related products such as minoxidil, minoxidil with finasteride. There are solutions to replace older skin with new skin and treat acne, whiteheads and blackheads, wrinkles, dark spots and rough skin. Other treatments produce a smooth and glowing complexion, promote collagen production, tighten the skin, provide hydration and antioxidants, treat hair loss and neutralize free radicals.

AIP hopes to make a difference in Filipinas’ lives through its range of compounded medicines and services. Among its 13,000 patients, 63 percent are female. AIP houses female doctors who specialize in gynecology, endocrinology and dermatology. It also has integrative and functional doctors.

“Everyone should have access to better healthcare,” said AIP Managing Director Sophia Lista. “We want to make it easier for our fellow Filipinas. Apotheca Integrative Pharmacy empowers women through better and accessible health. Through this advocacy, we hope to become a significant part in their journeys.”

AIP works closely with doctors and its customers and considers factors such as patient age and allergy history in order to customize medicines to a patient’s needs. The pharmacy believes in the pharmacy triad or finding accountability with doctors, patients and pharmacists to provide superior pharmaceutical care, strengthening patient confidence and compliance.

To learn more about Apotheca Integrative Pharmacy, visit and follow AIP’s FacebookInstagramYouTube and LinkedIn channels.

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Through its latest Citadines property in Quezon City, The Ascott Limited invites guests to an unparalleled urban lifestyle experience. Situated in a thriving business district, this property is the ideal pick for those seeking to fully engage in the dynamic and vibrant essence of city life, thanks to its prime location and outstanding amenities.

The property stands as a premiere Citadines property in Quezon City, setting the standard for upscale accommodations and event facilities in the area. At the heart of its allure lies its exceptional banquet facilities, carefully designed to cater to a diverse range of events, parties, and gatherings.

What sets Citadines Roces Quezon City apart is its commitment to providing a seamless and stress-free hospitality experience. By offering banquet facilities alongside its accommodation packages, the property ensures convenience and comfort for both hosts and guests. This unique provision lets event organizers effortlessly coordinate every aspect of their gatherings, from booking venues to arranging accommodations, all under one roof. Guests, in turn, benefit from the convenience of attending events and retreating to the comfort of their rooms without ever having to leave the premises.

The property’s strategic location offers easy access to a multitude of corporate offices, entertainment options, dining establishments, and bustling shopping centers, like SM North EDSA and Ayala Malls Trinoma. Whether guests seek cultural immersion, culinary delights or simply wish to explore the vibrant city streets, Citadines Roces Quezon City serves as the ideal starting point for every urban adventure.

“We are excited to introduce Citadines Roces Quezon City as the epitome of city living. With our prime location and exceptional amenities, we aim to provide our guests with a truly immersive experience in the heart of Quezon City,” said Thea Peregrino, Citadines Roces Quezon City’s Assistant Residence Manager. “Our mission is to create a vibrant and dynamic environment where guests can feel at home while enjoying everything this bustling city offers.”

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For those seeking the perfect blend of work and play, Citadines Roces Quezon City offers a social lounge equipped with modern facilities, services, and equipment to accommodate all the needs a professional may have, from working spaces to socializing stations.

Citadines Roces Quezon City invites guests to embrace the vibrant city lifestyle and discover the hidden gems of Quezon City. Whether for a short-term stay or an extended visit, Citadines Roces is committed to providing a home away from home that captures the essence of city living. Citadines Roces Quezon City opened its doors to the public in January 2024.

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5 Ways to enhance family wellness during rainy days

These tips will help you navigate the rainy season with ease and joy.



As the weather turns wet and chilly, your family’s health and happiness is of utmost priority. From creating an inviting environment at home, to seeking ways to boost the family’s immunity, these tips will help you navigate the rainy season with ease and joy. 

1. Create a Cozy Indoor Environment

There’s surely nothing better than being in a warm and inviting environment on a rainy day. Bring out some blankets and pillows and pair these up with fun activities that the whole family can enjoy at home. By creating a cozy ambiance, you’re sure to achieve a soothing atmosphere that promotes overall well-being and reduces stress. 

Additionally, keeping your family’s beloved space clean and clutter-free helps reduce allergens and creates a healthier living environment. Keep in mind that a cozy indoor setting can transform rainy days into cherished moments of connections for a healthy and happy home. 

2. Emphasize Quality Sleep

A full night’s rest is essential for good health. Set up  a bedtime routine for the family and ensure everyone gets sufficient sleep as this is vital for a strong immune system. Make the most out of the weather and let the soothing sounds of nature aid you in encouraging the entire family to bond over rest and relaxation. 

With quality sleep comes a healthier immune function, regulated mood levels, and overall better mental health. This gives your family a natural defense against seasonal illnesses and stress. 

3. Encourage Physical Activity

While outdoor activities are limited during this season, it is still important to keep the family active even inside the home. There are numerous indoor exercises and activities that the family can enjoy together, such as dancing to your favorite tunes, doing some light yoga, or engaging in indoor sports. Regular physical activity helps in releasing endorphins, reducing stress and uplifting spirits. 

Moreover, having a healthy and active lifestyle promotes cardiovascular health, strengthens muscles, and supports weight management. By making time for physical activities, families can stay active, energized, and connected, even when the rain keeps them indoors, fostering a sense of well-being and togetherness all throughout the season.

4. Maintain a Nutritious Diet

Rainy weather usually leads to cravings for comfort foods Pinoys love. While it’s okay to give into cravings once in a while, be sure to balance these with healthy, nutrient-rich meals to support overall immune function.

Maintaining a nutritious diet is essential for boosting family wellness at this time of the year as well as providing the much-needed nutrients to support immune function and overall health. Incorporating a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins into meals helps strengthen the body’s defenses against the common cold or cough. Nutrient-rich foods, such as fruits packed with vitamin C and leafy greens, are particularly beneficial for boosting immunity during colder months. 

Also keep in mind that staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water helps flush out toxins and keeps the body functioning optimally. By prioritizing nutritious eating habits, the entire family can stay healthy, energized, and well-nourished, ensuring they can fully enjoy indoor activities and stay healthy throughout the rainy season.

5. Boost Immunity with Supplements

Rainy days usually come with the occasional cold and flu so be sure to strengthen your family’s immune system with high-quality supplements and multivitamins. Go for the ones that contain vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc, and probiotics to enhance overall health.

Supplements like LAC TriAction C1000 Timed-Release offers 3x the benefits of regular vitamin C and ensures continuous immune support and antioxidant protection while LAC ImmuGuard Junior with Probiotics helps maintain good resistance against common infections such as colds and flu and promotes fast recovery so children can quickly get back on their feet through its enjoyable jelly format and great tasting lychee flavor. 

By offering a wide range of products tailored to each family member’s unique needs, LAC ensures that the entire family can maintain optimal health and vitality at every life stage.

Implementing these essential strategies will not only keep your family safe and dry but also foster a sense of togetherness and well-being during the rainy days. By prioritizing immunity, creating cozy indoor spaces, encouraging physical activity, maintaining a nutritious diet, and taking in immune-boosting supplements, you’re equipping your family with the tools to thrive through whatever season.

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One of the distinguishing features of the property’s studio units is the inclusion of fully equipped kitchenettes. Far surpassing the limitations of standard hotel rooms, these kitchenettes empower guests to enjoy the convenience of preparing their meals, adding a touch of home to their stay. Whether whipping up a quick breakfast before a busy day or indulging in a cozy dinner for two, guests can savor the freedom and flexibility afforded by their own culinary haven.



The Ascott Limited invites guests to experience the epitome of comfort with its newest property, Citadines Benavidez Makati. Located in the heart of the bustling city of Makati, Citadines Benavidez Makati and its signature studio units are poised to revolutionize the concept of hospitality in the heart of Metro Manila, all while offering value-for-your-money accommodation.

Nestled within a premiere area in Legazpi Village, Citadines Benavidez Makati stands out with its commitment to offering guests spacious accommodations that surpass the confines of typical hotel rooms. Designed to cater to diverse guest needs, whether solo travelers, couples seeking a cozy retreat, or business professionals requiring functional yet comfortable accommodations, each studio unit comes with adaptable living spaces, making it easy for guests to seamlessly transition between work and leisure.

One of the distinguishing features of the property’s studio units is the inclusion of fully equipped kitchenettes. Far surpassing the limitations of standard hotel rooms, these kitchenettes empower guests to enjoy the convenience of preparing their meals, adding a touch of home to their stay. Whether whipping up a quick breakfast before a busy day or indulging in a cozy dinner for two, guests can savor the freedom and flexibility afforded by their own culinary haven.

“Citadines Benavidez Makati seamlessly complements the pulse of the fast-paced life in Makati, where every moment is a delicate balance between ambition and repose. As our guests step into the refined embrace of our prime address, they can expect a sanctuary that harmonizes the demands of the dynamic city with the art of indulgence,” said The Ascott Limited’s Cluster General Manager Cecille Teodoro.

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Guests can elevate their meetings to new heights with the property’s state-of-the-art meeting room, strategically perched on the roof deck. Not only does this give one plenty of space for collaboration, but it also offers an unparalleled view of the city, transforming ordinary meetings into extraordinary and meaningful experiences.

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