Feeling weak and sick? You might be lacking these vitamins

Do you often feel weak, fatigued, or sick? Was there ever a time when muscle and joint pains kept you from doing your work? You may be lacking vitamins. 

 “Vitamins play vital roles in bodily functions such as metabolism, immunity and digestion. Without sufficient vitamin intake, a person may feel lethargic, be vulnerable to infection and develop other serious complications that can endanger his/her health and life.” MediCard president Dr. Nicky Montoya stated. 

Take note of these essential vitamins that your body needs to function properly: 

Vitamin A. Vitamin A plays a crucial role in bone growth, reproduction, and immune system health. Vitamin A also improves vision, reduces the risk of heart disease, and may slow skin aging. However, lack of vitamin A can cause night blindness and compromises the immune system. Vitamin A can be found in organ meats, some types of fish (e.g. salmon), carrots, and sweet potato. 

B Vitamins. The B vitamin family is made up of eight B vitamins: Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6, Biotin, Folic Acid and Vitamin B12. These vitamins help maintain metabolism, muscle tone, and a sharp mind. They also help form red blood cells. Poor absorption of B vitamins can result in fatigue, confusion, and anemia. Skin rashes can also occur. Foods that are full of B vitamins are seeds like chia and flax, asparagus, and oats.  

Vitamin C. Also called ascorbic acid, Vitamin C is good for strengthening blood vessels, giving the skin its elasticity, anti-oxidant function and iron absorption. It is an antioxidant that promotes healthy teeth and gums. People who don’t get enough Vitamin C often experience bleeding gums, feeling lethargic, bone pain, and joint pain. Another sign are wounds that don’t heal or break open after they appear to have healed.  Good sources of Vitamin C include citrus fruits, bell pepper, and cucumber.

Vitamin D.Known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’, vitamin D can be produced in the body with mild sun exposure. Ten to 15 minutes of sunshine three times a week is enough to produce the body’s requirement of vitamin D because it stimulates Vitamin D production. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which is needed for the normal development and maintenance of healthy teeth and bones. Apart from spending a few minutes out in the sun, vitamin D can also be found on eggs, fortified milk, fish such as tuna, and mushrooms. 

Calcium. Almost all calcium is stored in bones and teeth, where it supports their structure and hardness. Calcium also helps the blood clot, nerves send messages, and muscles contract. When a person doesn’t get enough calcium, he/she increases the risk of developing diseases such as osteoporosis and calcium deficiency disease or hypocalcemia. Aside from milk, calcium can also be acquired in yogurt, cheese, sardines, and soybeans.

Vitamin K. This vitamin plays a key role in helping the blood clot thus preventing excessive bleeding. Vitamin K is also important for developing essential proteins for the blood and bones. However, insufficient dietary intake, inadequate absorption and decreased storage of the vitamin due to liver disease can cause Vitamin K deficiency. Hence, eating foods that are high in Vitamin K such as leafy greens (e.g. kale, spinach, and broccoli) are recommended.
MediCard has 12 free-standing clinics nationwide that offer consultations, diagnostic tests and specialty medical services for young and adult patients. For more information, visit a MediCard clinic located near you or check out their website at www.medicardphils.com.

Butterfly Twists’ Foldable Rain Boots - Stay Stylish This Rainy Season

These Boots Are Made for Rolling
Stay stylish this rainy season with Butterfly Twists’ foldable rain boots

With our country’s unpredictable weather, getting dressed for the day can get quite tricky. Blistering morning heat can turn into afternoon thunderstorms in an instant. This bipolar weather polarizes people’s style game as well specially now that the monsoon season is looming upon us.

When in comes to rainy days, there are two kinds of: those who sacrifice style for comfort and those who stay stylish and put together even in the midst of a downpour. Something as simple as choosing the right footwear can help you transition from the former to the latter, no matter the weather.

Wellington boots are a staple of every woman’s wardrobe. These rubber rain boots are lifesavers if you need to get around on damp days. Get yours from Butterfly Twists for a pair that is not only functional, but comfortable and fashionable as well.

Brighten up your day and stay warm in their fleece-lined Windsor wellies. Perfect for the young and the young at heart, its contrasting neon soles and cuffs will surely put the pep in your step.

The sleek and cool crocodile-patterned Carlisle boots are perfect for those looking for a more refined and glamorous look. Make the streets your catwalk with its stylish texture and muted, chic shades.

Long known for their comfortable flats, Butterfly Twists assures the same comfort in their boots. These stylish boots also feature smooth and foldable lightweight rubber material, making it easy for packing and tucking away should you need to change to dressier footwear. Co-founder Frank Eribo says, "Not only is it comfortable, but it's also stylish. It's perfect for those extremely gloomy days the rainy season brings.”


About Butterfly Twists
Butterfly Twists collection of folding shoes and folding boots are redefining style, comfort and fashion. We have a wide selection of affordable and practical ballet pumps that can be worn for everyday use and are perfect for almost any occasion from driving to clubbing and shopping to traveling. All of our ballet pumps and boots designs are innovative and include different colors and styles making sure that your foldable shoes always stand out from the crowd. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ButterflyTwistsPhilippines and @BTwistsPH on Twitter.