Huwebes, Hulyo 2, 2015

Athlete’s nutrition

Fiber is an essential part of an
athlete’s diet, says POC nutritionist

Donning the Philippines’ colors in the biggest sporting event in Southeast Asia—the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games), which recently concluded in Singapore—Filipino athletes showed that they can slug it out with the best athletes from neighboring countries.

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) has new programs for the SEA Games representatives in order to realize their full potential and ensure that they are at their peak condition during this much-hyped event and other international sporting events in the future.
The Philippines’ foremost sportsmen successfully translated these programs into more wins after improving the country’s seventh place standing during the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar, to a sixth place finish, bagging 30 more medals in this edition of the Games.
POC enlisted the help of professionals in the fields of sports science, sports psychology, sports vision, sports rehabilitation, sports training, and nutrition in order to whip the athletes into shape and to achieve their optimal fitness level.
Before heading to Singapore, athletes from different sporting events went through rigorous training and special programs that rendered them more competitive than usual.
Ngayon mas naging doble yung hirap na ginagawa namin compared sa ibang international competitions; mas mahirap talaga yung training for SEA Games. Parang gusto na naming sumuko minsan pero pinipilit namin kasi para ‘to sacountry,” said Olympic Rowing representative Justine Vinas, who missed the podium after settling for fourth place.
Emmanuel Escote, who is the spiker of silver medalist Sepak Takraw team, said they trained intensely to top their successful performance in the recently concluded King’s Cup Sepak Takraw World Championship in Thailand. “Mas binubugbog namin ‘yung sarili namin ngayon! Siyempre kung ano ‘yung skills mo ngayon, kailangan mo pang higitan.”
While athletes have varying motivations for playing for the national team, they share one cause—to bring home a win and make their fellow Filipinos proud.
Para sa ’kin, masarap i-represent ang Pilipinas. At saka yung karangalan na maiuwi mo yung mga medalya sacompetition moisang malaking bagay na yun e!—isang malaking karangalan,” declared Escote, who is now on his 4thplaying year in the national team.
Magandang opportunity po ‘to! Masaya kasi hindi ka lang nagbibigay ng pride sa bansa mo kundi pati kay God—‘yungtalent ko ginagamit ko sa magandang bagay,” Jesson Ramil Cid, the country’s silver medalist for Decathlon, affirmed.

SEA Games silver medallist for Decathlon Jesson Ramil Cid says he had to do his best during training to make sure the he performs well in the SEA Games.



Sepak Takraw standout Emmanuel Escote, whose team won silver in 2015 SEA Games, says POC’s newest nutrition program helped him improve his diet.

POC nutritionists Luningning Caravana and Yancy Liwanag say that sports nutrition is an integral part of an athlete’s overall performance.

Philippine Olympic Committee enlisted the help of professionals in the fields of sports science, sports psychology, sports vision, sports rehabilitation, sports training, and sports nutrition in order to whip the athletes into shape and to achieve their optimal fitness level. (From L-R: SEA Games sepak takraw silver medallist Emmauel Escote, POC nutritionist Luningning Caravana, SEA Games decathlon silver medallist Jesson Ramil Cid, POC nutritionist Yancy Liwanag and Rowing representative Justine Karyle Vinas)


With the growing popularity of sports in the country, Filipino athletes are drawing increasing national support, which inspires them to do better in the international arena like SEA Games. (From L-R: SEA Games sepak takraw silver medallist Emmauel Escote, Rowing representative Justine Karyle Vinas, and SEA Games decathlon silver medallist Jesson Ramil Cid)


Coach Jim Saret who is heading POC’s newest program says that C-Lium Fibre is a very good and convenient product to reach the required daily fiber intake.


 

Coaches Jim and Toni Saret believe that fiber is one of the most important nutrients that the body needs.

Philippine Olympic Committee partnered with C-Lium Fibre in order to help athletes achieve the required daily fiber intake that their body needs. (From L-R: POC nutritionists Yancy Liwanag and Luningning Caravana, coach Toni Saret, 2015 SEA Games sepak takraw silver medallist Emmauel Escote, Rowing representative Justine Karyle Vinas, and coach Jim Saret)

Athlete’s nutrition
Acknowledging the important role of good nutrition in an athlete’s performance, POC created a sports nutrition program to make meal plans for the athletes depending on their specific needs.

In the process, POC nutritionists learned that many of our national athletes are constipated and lack an understanding of proper nourishment in achieving optimum health.

To address this issue, the POC partnered with a leading supplement brand in the country, C-Lium Fibre. With the tie-up, fiber was incorporated in every athlete’s meal plan in order to reach the 25 to 30 grams of recommended daily fiber intake. Athletes were asked to take C-Lium Fibre in husk form mixed with water, first thing in the morning.
’Nung dumating kami, many of them are constipated kasi unang-una sa lahat hindi nila alam kung ano ‘yung mga dapat nilang kainin. Ang ginawa naming approach is to make sure na balanced ‘yung kinakain nila at ma-achieve nila ‘yung required daily fiber intake with the help of C-Lium,” said POC nutritionist Luningning Caravana.
Ang fiber naman kasi, in general, ay tumutulong para mailabas ‘yung dumi sa katawan natin, mapababa ‘yungcholesterol, and, at the same time, nakakatulong sa weight management para mas makapag-perform ng maayos ‘yung mga athletes natin,” she added.
After just a couple of weeks on the program, athletes readily reported experiencing regular bowel movement and no longer suffering from bloating or other signs of digestive disorder.
SEA Games first-timer Vinas claims that the bloating of his stomach disappeared after he started POC’s nutrition program. “Regular na ’yung bowel movement ko! Personally, nakatulong talaga ‘yung nutrition program ng POC—maymeal program sila for us and we consume the required daily fiber intake —kasi nga mahirap mag-training pag may nararamdaman kang discomfort sa tiyan. Ngayon wala na akong iniisip, training na lang talaga.”
The Sepak Takraw standout, on the other hand, revealed why POC’s newest program has been a tremendous help. “Nagbabawas ako ng timbang kasi feeling ko ‘nung last game mabigat pa ang katawan ko. From personal experience,nakatulong ‘yung nutrition program sa aking bowel movement so feeling ko it helps na rin sa pag-maintain ng weight ko.With the help of the program, nare-reach namin ‘yung required daily fiber intake.”
C-Lium Fibre—available in husk and capsule formats—is made from natural psyllium plant, which is a good source of soluble and insoluble fiber.
According to the National Fiber Council, the soluble fiber in psyllium absorbs water, turns it into gel, then attaches to food, sugars, cholesterol, and fats in the stomach. It then helps to expel these from one’s digestive system. A high-fiber diet also helps lower the risk of developing life-threatening diseases such as heart disease, certain forms of cancer, diabetes, and stroke.
“I think it’s one of the most important supplements we need to take as individuals. C-Lium Fibre is actually a very good product and it’s very convenient and so there’s no excuse for you not to be able to get the right amount of daily fiber because it’s so accessible,” said Coach Jim Saret.
Coach Toni Saret, who is co-heading POC’s program with her husband Coach Jim Saret, said that nutrition also plays a big role in an athlete’s performance.
“You cannot work out with poor nutrition. Fitness and sports are always tied up with proper nutrition; you cannot have one without the other or else you cannot attain your optimal performance as an athlete,” said the female coach.
With new partnerships such as that with C-Lium Fibre, POC has high hopes that our representatives will perform better in different international sporting events like the Olympic Games and this will translate into medals for the country.
 “You can never question the Filipino spirit. We will always fight; they will always continue to fight despite the odds and being the underdog; lalaban at lalaban pa din ang Pilipino. So that makes me really proud to be a part of this program,” said the Coach Jim Saret.
C-Lium Fibre is a product of Pascual Laboratories, Inc., and is available in major drugstores nationwide.

Acupuncture as medicine

“ACUPUNCTURE: THE TIME HONOURED-HEALER”

Has anybody heard what Acupuncture is? 

Well, for the Chinese folks it awakens aching and tired nerves. It can ultimately rejuvenate any imbalances which were caused by environmental, emotional, and even physical aspects of humanity. 

As for us humans, we cannot deny the fact that there is no such thing as “invulnerable soul” because our brain is always transmitting unusual channels of feelings that can build us or even tear us apart and as a result, our life energy becomes blocked and the perfect relationship that our body has with it’s components will eventually get damaged. 

Imagine your heart says that it no longer wants to deliver oxygen to your brain because of the intense pressure and great depression that it feels? 

If our body fails to maintain harmony, balance and order, surely wide range of diseases will work it’s way up to deteriorate our health but thanks to the overwhelming benefits of those therapeutic needles, we can now just lay back and reassure ourselves for a miraculous relief that acupuncture can offer.

Would you mind if we’ll go back in time where acupuncture has existed?  

Acupuncture is a time-honoured medicine not just for Chinese but for people from a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds. It has built its name after delivering satisfactory healing results to various kinds of disorders. 

It is now pretty much considered as one of the oldest and most long-standing health care system in the world. No wonder, acupuncture is a medical term nowadays for comfort seekers.

Who would have thought that the practice of acupuncture began during the Stone Age when stone knives or sharp edged tools, described by the character 'Bian', were used to puncture and drain abscesses? In fact, the Chinese character 'Bian' means the 'use of a sharp edged stone to treat disease', and the modern Chinese character 'Bi', representing a disease of pain, is almost certainly derived from the use of 'Bian stones' for the treatment of painful complaints. Acupuncture is indeed a relevant history of mankind where you can find yourself grasping relaxation and calmness from within.

If you are now convinced to this all natural medicine, I will make you more convinced by illustrating the WIDE RANGE OF CONDITIONS   THAT ACUPUNCTURE CAN HEAL: (some conditions respond well too)

ü NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS  such as:
-HEADACHES
-MIGRAINES
-DIFFICULTY IN SLEEPING
-NERVOUS TENSION
-STROKE
-SOME FORMS OF DEAFNESS
-FACIAL AND INTER-COSTAL NEURALGIA (painful disorder of the nerves that run between the ribs, and is caused by damage to one of the nerves and/or loss of function of the nerve.)
-TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA (severe facial pain)
-SOME FORMS OF PARALYSIS
-SEQUELAE OF POLIOMYELITIS (characterized by muscular atrophy (decreased muscle mass), muscle weakness and fatigue, muscle and/or joint pain.)
-PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY (a result of damage to your peripheral nerves, often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in your hands and feet.)
-NOISES IN THE EARS
-DIZZINESS
-MENIERE’S DISEASE (a disorder of the inner ear that causes spontaneous episodes of vertigo - a sensation of a spinning motion -along with fluctuating hearing loss, ringing in the ear (tinnitus), and sometimes a feeling of fullness or pressure in your ear. In many cases, Meniere's disease affects only one ear.




ü CARDIOVASCULAR DISORDERS such as:
 
-HIGH OR LOW BLOOD PRESSURE
-FLUID RETENTION- (signifies an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the circulatory system or within the tissues or cavities of the body. Water is found both inside and outside the body's cells.)
-CHEST PAIN
-ANGINA PECTORIS- (a condition marked by severe pain in the chest, often also spreading to the shoulders, arms, and neck, caused by an inadequate blood supply to the heart.)
-POOR BLOOD CIRCULATION
-COLD HANDS AND FEET
-MUSCLE CRAMPS- (a sudden and involuntary contraction of one or more of your muscles.)

ü RESPIRATORY CONDITIONS such as:

ü BRONCHIAL ASTHMA (a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways that causes periodic "attacks" of coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness.)
ü ACUTE BRONCHITIS (is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, the major airways into the lungs. It may be caused by a variety of bacteria and viruses.)
ü CHRONIC BRONCHITIS (is defined as a cough that occurs every day with sputum production that lasts for at least 3 months, two years in a row.)
ü ACUTE TONSILITIS (refers to inflammation of the pharyngeal tonsils (glands at the back of the throat, visible through the mouth that tends to be bacterial in nature.)
ü RHINITIS- (inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nose, caused by a virus infection (e.g., the common cold) or by an allergic reaction.)
ü SINUSITIS (inflammation of a nasal sinus.)
ü COMMON COLD
ü LARYNGITIS (inflammation of the larynx, typically resulting in huskiness or loss of the voice, harsh breathing, and a painful cough.
ü SORE THROAT (a condition marked by pain in the throat, typically caused by inflammation due to a cold or other virus.)
ü INFLUENZA (a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory passages causing fever, severe aching, and catarrh, and often occurring in epidemics.)
ü HAY FEVER (an allergy caused by pollen or dust in which the mucous membranes of the eyes and nose are itchy and inflamed, causing a runny nose and watery eyes.)
ü CHRONIC COUGH (is usually defined as a cough that lasts for eight weeks or longer.)

ü DIGESTIVE SYSTEM DISORDERS such as:
ü TOOTHACHE
ü POST-EXTRACTION PAIN
ü GINGIVITIS (inflammation of the gums)
ü MOUTH ULCERS (are sores that appear in the mouth, often on the inside of the cheeks. Mouth ulcers, also known as apthous ulcers, can be painful when eating.)
ü HICCOUGH (an involuntary spasm of the diaphragm and respiratory organs, with a sudden closure of the glottis and a characteristic sound like that of a cough.)
ü SPASMS OF THE ESOPHAGUS (are painful muscle contractions that affect your esophagus, the hollow tube between your throat and your stomach.)
ü GASTRIC AND DUODENAL ULCER (Stomach ulcers, also known as gastric ulcers, are open sores that develop on the lining of the stomach. Ulcers can also occur in part of the intestine just beyond the stomach - these are known as duodenal ulcers.)
ü GASTRIC HYPERACIDITY (is a medical condition in which the stomach secretes a lot of acids. It can be caused due to various medications, stressed lifestyle and spicy foods.)
ü GASTRITIS (inflammation of the lining of the stomach.)
ü HEART BURN
ü WEIGHT CONTROL
ü FLATULENCE (the accumulation of gas in the alimentary canal.)
ü DIARRHOEA
ü CONSTIPATION
ü HIATUS HERNIA SYNDROME (this condition may present with gastroesophageal reflux symptoms, and it may also trigger asthmatic bronchoconstrictive episodes.)
ü PARALYTIC ILEUS (Obstruction of the intestine due to paralysis of the intestinal muscles.)
ü COLITIS (inflammation of the lining of the colon.)
ü LIVER AND GALL BLADDER DISORDERS
ü HAEMORRHOIDS (a swollen vein or group of veins in the region of the anus.)
ü NAUSEA AND VOMITING

ü UROGENITAL DISORDERS such as:
ü CYSTITIS (inflammation of the urinary bladder. It is often caused by infection and is usually accompanied by frequent, painful urination.)
ü PROSTATITIS (inflammation of the prostate gland.)
ü ORCHITIS   (inflammation of one or both of the testicles.)
ü LOW SEXUAL VITALITY
ü URINARY RETENTION (inability to completely or partially empty the bladder.)
ü KIDNEY DISORDERS
ü NOCTURNAL ENURESIS (involuntary urination that occurs at night.)
ü NEUROGENIC BLADDER DYSFUNCTION (is a problem in which a person lacks bladder control due to a brain, spinal cord, or nerve condition.)
ü GYNAECOLOGICAL  AND OBSTETRIC DISORDERS  such as:
ü PRE MENSTRUAL TENSION
ü PAINFUL, HEAVY OR IRREGULAR MENSTRUAL FLOW
ü ABNORMAL UTERINE BLEEDING OR DISCHARGE
ü HORMONAL DISTURBANCES
ü DIFFICULTY WITH CONCEPTION
ü MORNING SICKNESS
ü PROLAPSE OF THE UTERUS OR BLADDER
ü MENOPAUSAL STAGE
ü DYSMMENORHEA


ü SKIN CONDITIONS such as:
ü ECZEMA (A general term that describes inflammation of the skin.)
ü PSORIASIS (a skin disease marked by red, itchy, scaly patches.)
ü DERMATITIS (is a skin rash or irritation caused by touching something. It could be an allergic reaction or skin damage.)
ü HERPES ZOSTER (a herpes virus that causes shingles and chickenpox.)
ü ACNE (the occurrence of inflamed or infected sebaceous glands in the skin; in particular, a condition characterized by red pimples on the face, prevalent chiefly among teenagers.)
ü SCAR TISSUE
ü NERVE RASH
ü RESULTANT ADHESIONS
ü HAIR LOSS
ü DANDRUFF

ü EYE CONDITIONS such as:

ü VISUAL DISORDERS
ü ITCHY OR WATERY EYES
ü SIMPLE CATARACTS (is when the lens of the eye gets cloudy.)
ü CONJUNCTIVITIS (inflammation of the conjunctiva of the eye.)
ü CENTRAL RETINITIS (macular inflammation that causes loss of the central vision.)
ü MYOPIA IN CHILDREN  (nearsightedness)

ü MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS such as:
ü OSTEOARTHRITIS (A type of arthritis that occurs when flexible tissue at the ends of bones wears down.)
ü SCIATICA (describes leg pain, numbness or weakness that starts in the low back and travels down the sciatic nerve in the leg causing sciatica pain.)
ü LOW BACK PAIN or LUMBAGO
ü SHOULDER AND NECK PAIN
ü WEAK BACK
ü RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS (is a chronic inflammatory disorder that typically affects the small joints in your hands and feet.)
ü FROZEN SHOULDER (A condition characterized by stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint.)
ü TENNIS ELBOW (An irritation of the tissue connecting the forearm muscle to the elbow.)
ü TENOSYNOVITIS (inflammation and swelling of a tendon, typically in the wrist, often caused by repetitive movements such as typing.)
ü GOUT (A form of arthritis characterized by severe pain, redness, and tenderness in joints.)
ü  CERVICOBRACHIAL SYNDROME (is a general diagnosis used to describe a combination of symptoms such as neck pain with numbness, tingling or pain down the arm or into the shoulder.)


ü SPORTING INJURIES such as:

-       SPRAINED ANKLES AND KNEES
-       CARTILAGE PROBLEMS
-       CORKING AND TEARING OF MUSCLES
-       TORN LIGAMENTS
-       BRUISES

ü PSYCHOLOGICAL CONDITIONS such as:
-       DEPRESSIONS
-       PHOBIAS
-       EMOTIONAL DISTURBANCES
-       ANXIETY
-       NERVOUSNESS
-       SMOKING ADDICTIONS

*IMPORTANT NOTE:

 The disorders above which appear in bold have been recognised by the World Health Organisation (December 1979) as having been successfully treated by acupuncture. The disorders which do not appear in bold above are other common disorders which have been found to respond well to acupuncture.

As a natural form of healing, acupuncture has the following benefits:

-       provides drug-free pain relief
-       effectively treats a wide range of acute and chronic ailments
-       treats the underlying cause of disease and illness as well as the symptoms
-       provides an holistic approach to the treatment of disease and illness, linking body, mind and emotions
-       Assists in the prevention against disease and illness as well as the maintenance of general well-being.

Through 350 acupuncture points in the body, these meridians and energy flows may be accessed. Illness is said to be the consequence of an imbalance of the forces. If needles are inserted into these points with appropriate combinations it is said that the energy flow can be brought back into proper balance---EXPERIENCE ACUPUNCTURE, EMBRACE WELLNESS. 

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