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  • Gentle Reminder, Mom: You Need To Take Care Of Your Health, Too

    With the pandemic still ongoing, you need to care for yourself to power through sickness.
Gentle Reminder, Mom: You Need To Take Care Of Your Health, Too
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  • Dealing with a health crisis on top of everything makes a mother’s work seem endless. Now, you’re juggling housework, job responsibilities, and childcare 24/7 — all while facing the challenges brought by the pandemic.

    Still, remember to make yourself — especially, your health — a priority. It’s not just for your own good but for your family’s as well. To give more and give your best to your loved ones, moms have to power through sickness.

    One important step is adopting habits — such as the five below — that help boost your immunity.

    Be strict in observing health and safety protocols

    As much as you want to keep staying safe at home, there are times when you’ll need to go out for errands or for your job.

    Whenever you have to spend time outside the house, it pays to be extra cautious. Wear your face mask and your face shield, distance yourself from crowds, and always have your sanitizer with you.

    Once you’re back home, make sure you bathe, change your clothes and footwear, and sanitize the things you're bringing inside the house.

    Make time to de-stress every day

    No matter how busy you are, don’t forget to take breaks. When people start disregarding rest, stress piles up and that can weaken the immune system.

    Give yourself little breaks to just breathe and recharge. Allow yourself some alone time, because it helps in recuperating both physically and mentally.

    Waking up a few minutes earlier than usual also works for me-time. Do breathing exercises, meditation, or even write in your journal for some self-reflection.

    Get enough quality sleep

    When you’re deprived of sleep, your body becomes susceptible to infections. For adults, experts recommend getting at least seven hours of sleep every night.

    But, it does not end there. The quality of your sleep is just as important. Deep sleep is connected to reduced anxiety.

    If you’re having a hard time sleeping at night, being consistent with your bedtime helps. Practice good nighttime habits, too, such as keeping your phone away from the bedroom and avoiding coffee and large meals late into the day

    Partner a balanced diet with vitamins

    What a healthy diet looks like differs from person to person. But generally, health experts recommend eating more fruits and vegetables and cutting down on salty, sweet, and fatty foods.

    It’s understandable if you fall short on certain nutritional requirements on some days. This is why it helps if you take vitamins alongside your diet. With regular use and together with proper diet and exercise, vitamins can help strengthen the immune system.

    Take for example Ascorbic Acid + Zinc (Pharmaton Immunity). It has Immuno Defense that, together with a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, boosts antibodies and helps strengthen inner and outer immunity. It has ascorbic acid and zinc, which are essential nutrients in building a strong immune system. And at P12 (SRP) per tablet, Ascorbic Acid + Zinc (Pharmaton Immunity) is budget-friendly, too.

    Aside from eating a balanced diet and taking your vitamins, make sure you stay hydrated as well.

    Squeeze in a few minutes of exercise

    Time and again, experts say that doing regular physical activity is an effective way to boost your health. It even helps reduce the transmission of diseases.

    If a time-consuming, high-intensity workout is not possible at the moment, try brisk walking in the backyard or chair exercises and stretching at home. Even active playtime with your kids counts as physical activity, too!

    Practicing these habits regularly might not come easy in the beginning, especially if you’re not used to prioritizing your well-being. Start small, then gradually level up, and be consistent. You'll gain #PowerKontraSakit that will help you give more to your family.

    Ascorbic Acid + Zinc (Pharmaton Immunity) is available in leading drugstores nationwide, as well as online via Lazada and Shopee. For more information, follow Pharmaton on Facebook.

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    If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.


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