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RO9 GuavaAn inexpensive and humble food is regarded as one of the ‘superfoods’ that gives us numerous health benefits.  A tropical fruit that is very much available in the Philippines that contains a great amount of vitamin C- the guava. This low-profile fruit is usually eaten fresh or made into beverages, while its skin and leaf are used as a home remedy during various conditions. Most people think that guava is associated with a person getting colds and this may be true. Moreover, these fruits also have health benefits. Guava is also helpful when having dangerous health problems such as high blood pressure, diarrhea, cough and different types of cancer.

RO9 BenefitsofCoffee“Coffee break time!”... The usual thing we usually do or hear during the afternoon where our body tends to lose its energy. But why coffee? Coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages. People drink it for breakfast to help boost that morning energy, during snack time with biscuits, or even during the night to keep oneself awake. Among its ingredients,  Caffeine is the best-known and it has a lot of beneficial effects on the human body that some may not be familiar with. Here are some health benefits of coffee:

1. Coffee boosts your physical performance

Caffeine increases adrenaline levels in your blood. Thus, drinking black coffee about an hour before workout and your performance can improve by 11-12%.

RO9 FruitsIncorporating fruits and vegetables in our diet is essential to our overall health especially that we are continuously battling with the current pandemic. However, it is also important to select and prepare them safely. Sometimes, raw fruits and vegetables may contain harmful germs that can make you and your family sick, such as Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria. CDC estimates that germs on fresh produce cause a large percentage of U.S. foodborne illnesses.

Food can become contaminated at any point from production to consumption. While the primary food safety responsibility lies with food producers, many food-borne diseases are caused by improperly prepared or mishandled food at home, in food service establishments, markets or even in the farms. Everyone is at risk of food-borne illness from contaminated or dirty food, but some people are at higher risk. These people include the elderly, people with chronic diseases, people with autoimmune disorders, children under 5 years of age and pregnant women.

RO9 BumpEyelidFor sure, most of us, if not all, have experienced a bump on our eyelid commonly called “buringgit” in our local dialect. For males, they associate it as a punishment due to voyeurism. But that cause is an obvious tattletale misconception. Eyelid bumps are painful, red lumps at the edge of the eyelid, typically where the lash meets the lid. Bacteria or a blockage in the oil glands of the eyelid causes most eyelid bumps. Most bumps on the eyelid are styes. A stye is an inflamed oil gland on the edge of your eyelid, where the eyelash meets the lid. It is a round, red, swollen bump that appears close to your eyelashes. It is often tender to the touch and can also cause you to be sensitive to light and make your eye watery or feel scratchy.

RO9 PapayaPapaya, also known as Carica Papaya, is considered one of the important fruit crops in the Philippines. It is a good source of nutrients such as vitamins A and C, iron, calcium, protein, carbohydrate, and phosphorus. Unripe papaya contains the enzyme papain which is obtained from the latex and is used as a meat tenderizer, in beer processing, softening of woolens, manufacture of toothpaste, and nowadays it is also widely used as a main ingredient in many whitening products like soap and lotion. The leaves when properly flavored can also be made into a cigarette. The ripe fruit is eaten as a breakfast fruit or as an ingredient in fruit salads. While papaya is a source of numerous health benefits, eating too many may cause side effects, too.

RO9 NMMaterialsPresidential Decree No. 491 in 1974 declared that Nutrition Month shall be held every July to create greater awareness on the importance of nutrition among Filipinos. As mandated by such law, the National Nutrition Council shall coordinate and lead the nationwide campaign. This year’s theme is “Malnutrisyon Patuloy na Labanan, First 1000 Days Tutukan!”.