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Rediscovering the Salts of the Earth

While all for health, the over-emphasis on supposedly only using iodized salt for consumption makes us forget the other salts actually exist – and these, many abounding in the Philippines, are truly worth discovering. Introducing the organic coarse rock sea salt of General Santos City, organic coarse rock sea salt of Mindoro, and fine sea salt of Ilocos.

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Introducing the organic coarse rock sea salt of General Santos City, organic coarse rock sea salt of Mindoro, and fine sea salt of Ilocos.

Like many, I grew up knowing of only two general types of salt: the “good” salt, and the “bad” salt. Much of this concept (of what’s good or what’s bad) is based on the existence of Republic Act 8172, otherwise known as the “Act for Salt Iodization Nationwide” (or ASIN Law) – a somewhat older law that many may have heard of, but we do not exactly lengthily discuss even though it affects our day-to-day living (at least for as long as we eat).

Enacted in 1996 to help eliminate iodine deficiency disorders (IDD, the leading preventable cause of mental and physical retardation in the world) in the Philippines, the ASIN Law mandates the addition of an iodine fortificant to salt intended for human consumption, based on specifications prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – a move considered to be a sustainable (since it is cost-efficient) strategy to address iodine deficiency among people.

Growing up Filipino, therefore, meant being familiar with (mainly only) iodized salt used as table salt – a development that somewhat automatically (and somewhat sadly) created the “good” salt versus “bad” salt dichotomy.

While all for health, however, the over-emphasis (on supposedly only using iodized salt for consumption) makes us forget the other salts actually exist – and these, many abounding in the Philippines, are truly worth discovering.

Introducing the organic coarse rock sea salt of General Santos City, organic coarse rock sea salt of Mindoro, and fine sea salt of Ilocos – all offered by Makati City’s The Ritual at The Collective.

No, salts are not all – plain and simple – salty. In fact, salts are… complex, largely because they could taste differently, depending on where they come from; with the differences in tastes, therefore, they may be used for various purposes.

Take for instance the organic coarse rock sea salt from General Santos City. Coming in bigger than usual rocks, this tastes at first like… there’s nothing there; and then, after a while, the saltiness surfaces. As such, numerous chefs prefer using this for steaks, or grills, with the saltiness surfacing as the meats are getting cooked, thereby adding to the flavors. Because of the “delayed” surfacing of flavor, too, this is good for salads, again adding to – not overwhelming – the taste of the goods to be had.

The sun-dried organic coarse rock sea salt from General Santos City sells for P95 per 350 grams.

Then there’s the organic coarse rock sea salt from Mindoro, somewhat like the “typical” salt being used, sans the “pait” (or bitterness) left by iodized salt in the mouth. In not so many words, this one is a clean-tasting salt, and only slightly briny. This is preferred by many when preparing cuisines with “sabaw” (broth) – think “sinigang” and the likes.

The organic coarse rock sea salt from Mindoro sells from P75 per 200 grams.

And then there’s the fine sea salt from Ilocos, prepared with the sea water first filtered through sand, and then evaporated via wood heat. No iodine is added, resulting in a clear flavor (again, sans that “pait” that iodized salt leaves in the mouth). Maybe it’s just me, but this salt is somewhat… sweetish, considering it’s salt. As such, it’s great for sautés (think vegetables and all). Or use with chocolate, coffee beans, and baked goods.

The fine sea salt from Ilocos sells from P70 per 100 grams.

Who’d have thought rediscovering salt can be… palate-awakening?

So go check to discover.

The Ritual is at The Collective, Malugay St., San Antonio Village, Makati City. For more information, call (+63 2) 400 4326; or visit www.ritualshop.com.

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Can health insurance be sustainable? 44% of Filipinos agree

In an earlier report by Nielsen, it showed that almost three-fourths of consumers around the world would change how they shop “to reduce their impact on the environment.”

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When it comes to conscious choices, it appears Filipinos do care about what they add to their carts. A recent survey by Allianz PNB Life found that about 42% of consumers are more likely to shop sustainably.

In an earlier report by Nielsen, it showed that almost three-fourths of consumers around the world would change how they shop “to reduce their impact on the environment.”

“What we are seeing now is ‘the rise of the conscious consumer.’ People are now more likely to favor products marketed as eco-friendly and/or having a significant impact on the communities around them,” said Allianz CEO and President Alexander Grenz.

According to the study by Allianz, 51% of respondents recognized the challenges of environmental issues like climate change and how it can negatively affect them and future generations in terms of health, wealth, and relationships, among others.

Respondents consider responsible shopping, together with education and environmental justice, to be among the three most important ways to achieve sustainability globally. Additionally, 34% said they are willing to spend more (P5,000 and up) for sustainable products, while 44% would stick to a brand that promotes sustainability.

In terms of which specific products they bought, 70% of consumers said they always went for sustainable food and beverage. This was followed by services (65%), fashion or apparel (46%), and gadgets (29%).

“Filipinos clearly want to be as sustainable as possible with the different products they buy daily,” said Allianz Chief Marketing Officer Gino Riola. “For example, a good number of people would be willing to patronize services like insurance if it were sustainable.”

Among those surveyed, 44% agreed that health insurance can be green and sustainable. Forty-three percent said they were likely to purchase this kind of insurance. To address this growing demand, Allianz PNB Life adds more insurance solutions to its growing portfolio of sustainable offers.

Allianz Healthbox provides all-in-one access to various healthcare services. These include teleconsultations, medicine delivery, mental health wellness, laboratory services, and ambulance booking from trusted providers like KonsultaMD and Generika Pharmacy. With easy-to-avail benefits and exclusive freebies and discounts, Allianz Healthbox is a holistic approach to healthcare in the pandemic and beyond.

For nature lovers who prefer more visibility with their pledges, Allianz Protect is a simple yet comprehensive plan that can help secure the future of both Filipinos and the planet. It provides full-spectrum protection in case of death, dismemberment, and disability, and comes with flexible, budget-friendly renewal terms. It also comes with a Sustainability Protection Rider which allows customers to make a yearly contribution to the World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF) Foodshed Farming Enterprise Project.

In a recently concluded roundtable discussion, Allianz doubled down on its commitment to its sustainability with more initiatives this 2022. Earlier this year, they partnered with SOS Children’s Villages to deliver aid to Typhoon Odette victims and kickstart the YouthCan! mentorship program. Last April, the insurer also launched the first leg of its financial literacy program, Allianz Kaagapay, in Pangasinan.

“Our survey results show that Filipinos are becoming more mindful of the future and taking more holistic steps in preparing for it. Allianz PNB Life acknowledges its major role in this journey by making sustainability a more active and accessible practice for Filipinos,” Grenz added.

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Why Santé Barley and Santé Daily-C are your partners in this cold, rainy season

To gear up yourself during the ‘Brrr’ months, here’s how you can prepare with Santé.

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It feels nothing but joy to realize that the holiday season is just around the corner because, finally, we can start using our sweaters and jackets and get cozy with our holiday hot drinks. The Ber Months mark the start of the joyful season and the start of colder nights. But are you prepared to face these times?  

It is only fitting to prepare yourself for the holiday season because it is best to celebrate it with your loved ones in your best shape. And for Santé, a premier natural health and wellness product, and services provider, celebrating the holiday season healthy is one of the greatest joys they can provide for people. With the COVID-19 pandemic and other health risks like the common cold, it is easy to get more exposed during the colder season.  

According to an article, cold, rainy weather is not the reason people get sick; the viruses get stronger during the cooler temperature. These viruses spread faster, which increases the chance of exposure. To combat this, your immune system needs to be stronger than ever.  

To gear up yourself during the ‘Brrr’ months, here’s how you can prepare with Santé.  

Take your vitamins  

One of the easiest ways for viruses and illnesses to enter your body is when you have a weak immune system. During the cold season, it is vital to strengthen your immune system to fully combat all viruses and bacteria that can cause cough, flu, cold, and more. While you can get a good number of vitamins and nutrition from the food you eat, it is also essential to take vitamins to support your body. 

Vitamin is one of the important vitamins you should get for yourself because it is essential for your growth and boosts your immunity. If you want to get your daily dose of Vitamin C, it is time to include Santé Daily-C in your daily routine. 

Santé Daily-C is the perfect vitamin for you and your loved ones in the ‘Brr’ months. It’s a non-acidic vitamin C that contains 568mg of Sodium Ascorbate. Since it’s a Sodium Ascorbate, it’s gentler on the stomach and safer for daily use. With Santé Daily-C, you can get the most out of this vitamin source without experiencing acidic pain. Santé Daily-C is available in three variants: Daily-C 500mg, Daily-C 750mg, and Daily-C Plus. 

Switch to healthier eating habits  

Of course, vitamins will not work on their own. You will need a good eating habit that will support the other vitamins and nutrients your body needs. If you are looking for a sign to go green and eat more vegetables and fruits more often, this is it.  

Instead of eating junk food whenever you are stressed, try eating healthier snacks like salads. Moreover, if you love soft drinks, artificial juice, and drinks with too much sugar, it is also time to drop them and switch to a healthier alternative. Santé Barley is the best healthy drink that you can try.   

Santé Barley is a pure barley grass powdered drink rightly mixed with stevia, one of nature’s most potent sweeteners. Santé Barley used barley grass harvested in New Zealand and is certified by BioGro as organic. This is best to take before meals and is also easy to prepare. You can adjust the taste of Santé Barley according to your liking by adjusting the water. Available in 3g sachets or in 200g canisters, Santé Barley is sure to complete your balanced diet.  

Restock your medical supply  

Because you will be more susceptible to viruses and illnesses during the cold season, restocking every medical supply needed in an emergency is crucial. One of the essential things to replenish is your go-to medicine for cough, colds, and flu. It is also vital to restock your sanitation kits like alcohol, disinfectant sprays, anti-bacterial soaps and wet wipes, and more that you can use to eliminate germs and viruses on any surface.  

You can also restock some supplements to keep your body healthy in your medical supply. Aside from getting more stocks of Santé Daily-C, you should also include Santé Barley™ capsules in your medical kit.   

Santé Barley™ capsules are a 500-mg pure barley grass powder packed in vegetable capsules, and this is best to take before meals. Once you add this capsule to your routine, it will help increase your stamina and energy, strengthen your immune system, and give you more benefits that will keep you healthy during the cold season.  

Take a pause and rest 

Usually, during Ber Months, people are busier than usual. There are many factors why and sometimes, it is so easy to get caught up with the hustle culture that we tend to forget to take a pause and rest for ourselves.  

Remember, the holiday season is about spending time with your loved ones. And you probably cannot do it if your body is too tired from all the external stress you encounter. Now that the weather is colder, it is time to take all the warm hugs from your loved ones and treasure every moment.  

While resting, it is also vital to include the vitamins and supplements from Santé to regain all the energy and nutrients you lost. Santé believes that to prepare for the cold season, you should also take care of your body. Using products with natural ingredients will surely make your Ber Months merrier.  

“At Santé, we believe that spending the holiday season healthy is the greatest gift you can give to your loved ones. As a prime mover in the health and wellness industry, we always believe that these products should be more accessible to everyone so that every family and friend can always enjoy a healthy body,” said Joey Marcelo, chief executive officer of Santé.  

Santé Daily-C and Santé Barley are natural health and wellness products offered by Santé. Dedicated to developing a comprehensive selection of everyday wellness products, Santé designed all its goods to improve people’s quality of life, to live more, and do more.   

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Shinagawa launches diagnostic and preventive care center in Taguig, BGC

The Shinagawa Diagnostic and Preventive Care Center is set to open in the first quarter of 2023, featuring the company’s support to uplift the Philippine healthcare industry.

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Leading Lasik provider in the country, Shinagawa Lasik & Aesthetics announces its first-of-its-kind Japanese standard diagnostic center, focusing on advanced preventive and overall medical care for the public. 

The Shinagawa Diagnostic and Preventive Care Center is set to open in the first quarter of 2023, featuring the company’s support to uplift the Philippine healthcare industry. The newest establishment is poised to also heighten health and prevention awareness among Filipinos through round-the-clock check-ups and examinations, encouraging the public to subscribe to a preventive approach to caring for their well-being.

The diagnostic center is a testament to the company’s commitment of bringing “Health and Wellness for All” as aligned with SDG Goal #3. The Shinagawa Diagnostic and Preventive Care Center will be operating under a separate subsidiary of the Shinagawa Healthcare Solutions Corporation (SHSC), specializing in advanced yet affordable preventive treatment for its patients.

“With the Shinagawa Diagnostic and Preventive Care Center, we get to promote a preventive medical approach and improve accessibility for our expertise in a specialized facility. As we expand our business, we also bring advanced technological support, specialized testing, and even same-day test results all housed in our brand-new diagnostic center. This improved medical management likewise elevates the standards of Philippine healthcare and preventive medicine as a whole,” said Masako Uemori, President of Shinagawa LASIK and Aesthetics, Philippines.

Offering advanced diagnostic solutions

Shinagawa recently partnered with Philips, a leader in health technology, for precision diagnostics imaging solutions supporting preventive medicine. By collaborating with Philips, Shinagawa’s diagnostic center can offer advanced testing equipment for a more seamless patient experience.

The diagnostic center is expected to include the Philips MR 5300 which will be the country’s first helium-free MRI Technology. This MRI machine also utilizes Philips’ IntelliSpace Portal, an Advanced Visualization solution for diagnostic confidence and advanced analysis needs. Through this helium-free MRI scanner, Shinagawa offers a redesigned MRI machine with upgraded image quality.

Shinagawa will also be having the Philips Ultrasound System 3300, another imaging instrument that offers an ergonomic design for healthcare professionals to view images with ease, prioritizing patient comfort. This highly versatile machine allows multi-level XRES to fine-tune images and can be used for multiple clinical settings – from general, obstetrics, gynecology, to cardiovascular. 

At the Shinagawa Diagnostic and Preventive Care Center, future patients can experience the Japanese standard in preventive medicine with technologically advanced and innovative healthcare machines. 

Individuals who are interested may check out Shinagawa’s official Facebook page @ShinagawaLasikCenter or the official website at www.shinagawa.ph to book an appointment hassle-free. Shinagawa branches are located at Ore Central Tower in BGC, The Enterprise Center in Makati, and Hanston Square Bldg in Ortigas Center.

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