RO9 RamadanAndPregnancyRamadan is very special time of the year for our Muslim family and friends – including pregnant and breastfeeding women. Fasting during this period is one of the five pillars of Islam, although pregnant women are exempted if it poses a risk to their health. Whilst pregnant and breastfeeding women are not expected to fast, for some women, this can be a hard adjustment.

When you are used to fasting every year and family/friends around you are all fasting, it’s understandable to feel a little sad at missing out. According to Dr. Ian Fergusson, an obstetrician at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, the exemption from fasting is to protect you and your baby, to keep you both well and safe. 

RO9 ProteinEvery individual essentially needs food to grow and to survive as our body is not capable of producing the necessary nutrients. Unfortunately, most Filipinos believe that satisfying hunger is enough, disregarding one of the most important nutrients --  PROTEIN. It is needed for growth, repair and building of body tissues, allows metabolic reactions to take place and coordinates bodily functions, provides your body with a structural framework, maintains proper pH and fluid balance and finally, it keeps your immune system strong, transport and store nutrients and can act as an energy source, if needed.

RO9 DiabetesandPregnancyPregnancy can be one of the most thrilling and most daunting times in a woman's life.  As soon as you see that little line on the pregnancy test, the worry seems to set in. As much as possible, a woman in her reproductive age must be extra careful on her diet and habits before it leads to complications during pregnancy such as gestational diabetes. Pregnant Women with gestational diabetes are at an increased risk of complications during pregnancy and at delivery.

The World Health Organization defines Gestational diabetes as hyperglycemia with blood glucose values above normal but below those diagnostic of diabetes. Gestational diabetes is diagnosed through prenatal screening, rather than through reported symptoms.

RO9 GeneticallyFor years, the Philippines has been one of the countries around the globe striving for food production and resolving food security issues in consideration to the increasing number of malnutrition prevalence. The Department of Agriculture (DA) as the major national government’s implementing body to primarily monitor and ensure enough food supply in the country provided a solution to augment the supply of foods through innovatively producing genetically modified food variants. This scientific strategy duplicates and modifies the genome to make plants more resistant to diseases as they grow and produce more. This process is also applied in livestock such as those of chicken and pork.

RO9 backyardSince the pandemic started, a lot of people now find interest in planting their own plants and flowers in their very own garden or backyard. They even call themselves plantita or plantito. Taking care of plants is not only a good way to de-stress oneself as part of maintaining a good mental health, but it also makes one’s house beautiful. With many people starting to take interest in planting, why not start having your own backyard as your own vegetable garden? This will not only assure you food security, but also this can be a good management of stress as well!

There are many suitable vegetables to grow in the Philippines. With our tropical climate, it really helps vegetables grow well.

RO9 ConstipationAccording to the Gastroenterology Division at McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences Assistant Professor Dr. Maria Ines Pinto Sanchez, et al, Constipation is physically and mentally troublesome for many individuals and can significantly interfere with their daily living and well-being. Chronic constipation can affect from 2% to 27% of the population. Although, only a proportion of individuals with constipation seek medical care, most of them use prescribed or over-the-counter medication to improve their condition.

How would you know if you are constipated? Medical News Today states that a person having fewer than three bowel movements a week may have constipation. Constipation can happen for many reasons, such as when stool passes through the colon too slowly. The slower the food moves through the digestive tract, the more water the colon will absorb and the harder the feces will become.