What is pre-exercise health screening?

“Pre-exercise health screening is a process of identifying people who may have health-related conditions which increase the risk of an adverse event during exercise” (Norton, Eston & Taylor 2018). An adverse event occurs as a consequence of an exercise session resulting in physical harm, ill health, or death to an individual like a sudden cardiac…

Read More

Gut health, microbiome, prebiotics, and probiotics.

How your health is linked to your gut bacteria? The biggest, complex, diverse and most important microbial habitat is our gut! It fights off infections, strengthens our immune system, signals cells, regulates our metabolism, how much energy we burn or how much fat we store. Some scientists even believe that diseases like colon cancer, diabetes…

Read More

Pathogenesis or Salutogenesis?

Health is beyond the absence of disease or infirmity. Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing. It’s a basic human right, essential for a long and happy life, and something we should all strive for. Traditionally in medicine and health studies, pathogenesis works retrospectively from disease to determine how individuals can…

Read More

The differentiation between stress & anxiety

Whether it is in sport, studies, work or recreation, stress is a common experience throughout our human life and not everybody experiences stress the same way. This is what makes stress highly subjective. Imagine six people riding a rollercoaster, some may appear very anxious and fearful while others might be in pure euphoria and excitement.…

Read More

Our brain and food poisoning

In most Asian practises, if you are invited over for food then it is customary to accept the food prepared and served on the table. Of course, allergens should be mentioned beforehand, but it is best to keep personal preferences to yourself. After a recent dining experience trying monjayaki (prepared with fish eggs, cheese and…

Read More

Our Gut Health briefly explained

This week in my Human Nutrition course at university, we are tackling the digestive system’s mechanisms in digestion, absorption and metabolism; as well as the gastrointestinal microbiome, prebiotics and probiotics. One of the course’s recommended content is this video, the Invisible Universe of the Human Microbiome. A very charming animation explaining our gut microbiome. That…

Read More

Cacao, food of the Gods

I love chocolate, but when organizations like Harvard Health Publishing discusses the health benefits (like improved memory) with chocolate consumption, then I am sure you will find more reasons to love Philippine-made chocolate in this article about JN CACAO.

Read More

Portions Please

Last night’s dinner was Shabu-Shabu. We used an induction hob to heat the cast iron sukiyaki pot as we boiled chinese cabbage, negi onions, an assortment of mushroom, tofu and sliced pork meats. After they have come to a boil, we pick up with chopsticks and dip into our sauce bowls and dine. This Japanese…

Read More