foods and habits to avoid for a healthy heartHeart is one of the most important organs in our body that pumps blood and supplies oxygen and other nutrients to our brain and other vital organs to function. Thus, we need to keep our hearts healthy to live our lives fully. Here are some foods and habits to AVOID for A Healthy Heart:

1. Avoid processed food. Processed foods are high in sodium and basically high in saturated and trans fats. Excessive consumption of these foods can increase blood cholesterol levels and the risk of heart disease. Foods high in saturated and trans fats include butter, cream, cheese, cakes, cookies, whole milk, processed meats like bacon, sausage, salami, and ham, and salty snacks like chips.
Instead, consume healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, poultry, and fish rich in omega 3 fatty acid. Increasing intake of fiber rich-foods also aids in the effective elimination of fat and cholesterol thereby lowering blood cholesterol levels.

Nutri tips for a healthy heartDid you know that the top three causes of death in the Philippines as of 2021 were ischemic heart diseases, cerebrovascular diseases, and cancers? Cardiovascular diseases include:

● Atherosclerosis or the thickening of vessel walls due to cholesterol deposits
● Hypertension or high blood pressure possibly due to narrow vessels from cholesterol deposits or too much blood volume due to high sodium intake
● Ischemic heart disease which is a condition where the heart doesn't receive enough oxygen to pump effectively
● Peripheral vascular disease or when small vessels in the arms and feet do not function effectively leading to poor circulation
● Heart failure or when the heart stops to function efficiently which may lead to heart attacks

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Did you know that one-third of cancer deaths are caused by preventable nutrition and lifestyle factors such as obesity, poor nutrition, physical inactivity, tobacco use, and heavy alcohol consumption? Only about 5% to 10% of cancers are strongly hereditary and most cancers result from the accumulation of toxins and damage to cells during a person’s lifetime. The following are the nutrition and lifestyle related risk factors and their cancer risk:

● Tobacco - Gastrointestinal, lung, pancreatic, cervical and renal cancer
● Alcohol - Gastrointestinal, liver cancer
● Obesity - Pancreatic, colorectal, prostate, gynecologic, renal, biliary, gallbladder cancer
● Low fruit / vegetable intake - Most cancers
● High Fat intake - Prostate cancer, lymphoma
● High processed meat intake - Colorectal cancer

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Most of us may not know it, but our Oral Health is considered to be a window to our overall health. Our mouth is the entry point to our digestive and respiratory tracts and therefore becomes a critical part of our nourishment and defense against bacterial infection. Normally the body's natural defenses and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, keep bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease.

The most common problem caused by improper dental health management is the dental caries or also known as tooth decay or dental cavity. It is caused by dental plaque turning sugar into acid. This can progress to gum diseases or worst, to dental abscesses or collection of pus at the end of the teeth or in the gum. Children are mostly afflicted by this condition and is usually the reason for their low appetite or low food intake that results to undernutrition.

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The Chinese New Year is an annual 15-day festival in China and in Chinese Communities all around the world. The celebration begins with the new moon that occurs sometime between January 21st and February 20th according to the Western Calendars. The holiday is also called as the “Lunar New Year” since the dates of the celebration follow the phases of the moon.

During these celebrations, the Chinese people usually prepare traditional dishes which are eaten during the Chinese New Year for their symbolic meaning. These dishes are considered to be the “Lucky Food” which are believed to bring good luck for the coming year. The auspicious symbolism of these traditional Chinese New Year Dishes are based on its appearance or pronunciation. The way the dishes are served and eaten also bring meaning.

ICCDInternational Childhood Cancer Day is celebrated every 15th of February. This is a global collaborative campaign to raise awareness about childhood cancer, and to express support for children and adolescents with cancer, the survivors, and their families. The event has been founded based on Childhood Cancer International's (CCI) central concept that every child and adolescent suffering with cancer, regardless of country of origin, social class, financial condition, or race, deserves the best possible treatment.

According to the World Health Organization, cancer is the second leading cause of death in the world which accounts an estimated 9.6 million deaths in 2018. It is also one of the leading causes of death among children and adolescents worldwide; approximately 280,000 children ages 0-19 are diagnosed with cancer each year. The Philippine Statistics Authority reports that cancer is one of the third leading cause of mortality among Filipinos which accounts to almost 28 thousand cases or 9% percent of the total deaths in the country.