Managing my Atopic Dermatitis

For the past two years, I have been living and working in Tokyo, Japan. But in March 2022, I returned to the Philippines, and for the past six months I have resided here, the heat, humidity and dusty environment has triggered my atopic dermatitis (also known as eczema). Not to mention the water quality of…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Philippines vs Japan handling COVID19

Personal space dictates how one communicates, works and lives, especially in Japan, far more than in any other country worldwide. I was predominantly raised in Asia, specifically in the Philippines, and for a majority of this year, I have been living in Japan and with the wave of this coronavirus crisis, I have a few…

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