Cumin is Cuminum cyminum, a spice that I associate with shawarma, that Middle Eastern dish that hit the Philippines as a fad streetfood back when I was in medical school. I remember not taking to cumin and shawarma at first, as one of my classmates grossly described the aroma as funky and somewhat like BO.… Read More Cumin — health benefits and cooking tips
Summer is here and it’s that time of year when the kids clamor for some time — or times — at the beach. If you think giving them happy, summery memories is the only reason for caving in to their clamor, think again. The sea is good for them — from the crown of their… Read More Sea escapade — 12 reasons why it’s good for you
Negative ions or anions just may be the most positive that can happen to you. Most of us have heard about negative ion generators or the so-called ionizers and the plethora of anion bracelets and charms being peddled online, but are negative ions true? Do they exist at all? Are they really good for us?… Read More Negative ions or anions — what are they and are they for real?
Corn may not be a staple in my household — as we’re rice lovers, irrevocably — yet we regularly consume corn in the form of corn coffee. However, in the course of my readings I have come across, not a few times, news about the widespread propagation of genetically-modified corn (GM) in the country, which… Read More Is Philippine corn genetically modified (GM)?
The leaves of the chili or cayenne plant are, contrary to their fiery-hot fruits, not hot at all but have a mild flavor and delicate texture. Chili leaves are actually my tween daughter’s favorite leafy vegetables, especially when they’re swimming in broth made of native or free roaming chicken stew or wallowing in the thick… Read More Chili Leaves or Dahon ng Sili — local greens that trump imported ones
Lemons are quite visible on social media today as some sort of cure-all for most every illness, including the big C. Let’s look at the facts. Lemons in the Philippines go by the names of calamansi, lemonsito, agridulce and kalamonding are commonly used as lemonades, marinade, or salad dressing. Lemons were first catapulted to medical… Read More Lemons, Limes, Lemonsito — why you should never run out of them
Medicinal herbs have been the Filipinos’ inexpensive treatments for a variety of illnesses since time immemorial. Some of these have been nothing more than folkloric treatments that had little or no medicinal value while there are others which have yet-undocumented therapeutic properties. In 1992, the then Department of Health Secretary Juan Flavier spearheaded the Traditional… Read More 10 DOH-approved medicinal herbs in the Philippines
(This giveaway is closed. Congratulations, Ms. Steffy Tabora for winning a free month of membership to the Curves Eastwood fitness centre!) A few days ago I received an invitation via email from Curves Eastwood branch for a 30-minute fun workout at their gym, with the request that if I blog about it, they would be… Read More Win a free month of membership to Curves Eastwood Fitness Centre!
A very close family friend of ours gave us a big bottle of flaxseed oil capsules and so I decided to research about it. Here’s what I found. Flaxseed oil, also called linseed oil, has been around for more than 7 centuries, having been used in many formulations, notably balms to calm down skin inflammation… Read More Flax seed oil benefits
(This is a guest post submitted by Julie Roy from Manchester, London.) Your skin is constantly being assaulted with environmental toxins, the sun and weather and dirt and grime. While a great skincare routine is highly beneficial, you also need to treat your skin from the inside out. What you eat plays a major role… Read More 7 Vegetables For Glowing Skin