Who doesn’t want to live longer? Life, as they say, is short so why make it shorter? Yet modern lifestyle subjects our health to a probable early demise; unknowingly through our bad eating habits, lack of mental and physical activities and becoming a willing victim to stress. No wonder that the average life expectancy of Filipinos born from years 2000 up to 2012 is at age 70. Surely, this age is still considered young by any standard.

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Isn’t it that when we plan our weekly menu, we make sure there are chicken, beef or pork in it, while the vegetable dishes, usually sautéed, are given just a day in a week? If the veggies get lucky they’d be included in a main dish made of pork or chicken; but then again they aren’t the “star” of the meal. Worse, we often treat the veggies as the humble “food extender” so we’d use less meat in the dish and therefore would cost us less to cook for the family. And isn’t it that we’d just include vegetables in our grocery list and just let them sit in the fridge for days and days until they are ready to rot before finally deciding to cook it, as again, a “side dish” and not as a main course? For the many, many health benefits vegetables give our bodies, how come they always only play second fiddle to the meats and fish that are served at our dinner table?

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We sincerely praise the works and efforts of agencies and private groups that continue to promote healthy lifestyle – surely, “wellness” and “LOHAS” (or lifestyles of health and sustainability) both have gone a very long way! These movements have made people re-think healthy eating and lifestyle.  These movements are actually asking you to fight for your health and right to live a longer life. Question is, while they do this for you, are you up for it?

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Cancer has taken over most people’s health like a plague. It’s quite scary to think that this disease will one day become too prevalent as the common cold. Recent statistics say that cancer has become a major threat in human life; you’d be surprise to know it is predicted that in the future, one in four will die of some form of cancer. A hard, bitter pill to swallow isn’t it? Are you at risk? Let’s find out . . .

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