What happens after eating a healthy breakfast

We often hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, do you know what happens to your body after eating a healthy breakfast? Aside from improving your overall heath, eating a healthy morning meal helps you to focus, to make smart decisions and satisfies your appetite to help you avoid overeating later in the day.

“The literal meaning of breakfast is really breaking the fasting period of the night before. The span of time between your dinner and your next meal is long, perhaps 7 to 8 hours. That’s why it’s important to eat breakfast within 2 hours of waking up. In addition to starvation and low-energy levels, skipping breakfast can also make you binge and snack excessively later in the day, which can lead to other serious health problems like obesity, ” said Dr. Nicky Montoya, president and CEO of MediCard.

Here are more reasons why you shouldn’t skip breakfast:

It improves memory and concentration. Eating a healthy breakfast boosts your memory and concentration, especially at work and at school. According to research, eating breakfast leads to better cognitive performance, helping you concentrate more. It also restores glucose levels. Glucose is an important carbohydrate that is needed for the brain to function properly. “A healthy breakfast helps you have better coordination and problem-solving skills,” says Dr. Montoya.

It keeps you energized. Breakfast is the perfect time to fuel your body with vitamins and nutrients to keep you energized through the day. Keeping your energy levels high will help you accomplish all your responsibilities efficiently and eating a nutritious breakfast is essential for this. Try having eggs, yogurt, cereal or fruits in the morning.

It helps lower cholesterol levels. Studies show that people who skip breakfast are more likely to have worse cholesterol levels and insulin sensitivity than breakfast eaters. This is because eating nutritious foods for breakfast helps you eat smaller meals and avoid fatty food throughout the day.

It boosts metabolism and controls weight. While you sleep, your metabolism slows down and burns less calories. A great way to kick start your metabolism is by having a healthy breakfast to allow your body to start burning calories as soon as you start your day. In addition to faster metabolism, eating breakfast also helps you control your weight. When you consume high-protein meals during breakfast, you will feel fuller, hence, avoiding overeating later in the day. Just make sure that your breakfast is loaded with nutrients and not with fat and empty calories.

It puts you in a positive mood. Sleeping for 8 hours or so usually mean that you’re starving when you wake up. Starvation can really put you in a bad mood. That can be easily dealt with by eating a healthy breakfast. Dr. Montoya recommends having mood-boosting food for breakfast like berries (e.g. blueberries or strawberries), whole wheat pancakes and a banana smoothie with nuts and flaxseed.

For more nutrition advice, make an appointment with your doctor or nutritionist. MediCard has numerous free-standing clinics located in key cities nationwide that offer consultations. Visit a MediCard clinic near you or check out their website at www.medicardphils.com for more information.

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What you need to know about heart attacks

Heart attack is one of the main causes of death every year. It happens when there’s a lack of oxygenated blood flow to the coronary arteries because of plaque buildup, causing permanent damage to the heart. Heart attacks can strike anytime and that is why it’s crucial to know what to do when it happens.
Heart attacks can happen anytime, sometimes without any warning. It’s important for people to be fully informed on how to prevent heart attacks, how to accurately identify a heart attack and the steps to take when it happens. Some of the essential things you should know are the symptoms and how to perform first aid when you or a loved one suffers a heart attack. Heart attacks, whether silent or recognized, should not be taken lightly because it can cause sudden death if not treated or acted upon immediately,” said Dr. Nicky Montoya, president of MediCard.
Here’s what you need to know about heart attacks:
The warning signs.Paying attention to warning signs can save you or your loved one. Some heart attacks are sudden and intense while others start slowly. That’s why you need to spot the early warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack: chest discomfort, shortness of breath, nausea or lightheadedness, cold sweat, and pain in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. Even if you’re not sure that you’re experiencing symptoms of heart attack, it is better to consult your doctor about it because patients usually make the mistake of ignoring these signs or waiting too long before they ask for help.
Silent heart attacks.A silent heart attack has more subtle signs wherein a person experiences minimal or unrecognized symptoms or no symptoms at all. It can be as dangerous as a recognized one because the attack often leaves scarring and serious damage to the heart. Signs of a heart attack can easily be shrugged off because they are common aches, like experiencing extreme fatigue, indigestion, flu-like symptoms and jaw, shoulder or neck pain.
People who experienced silent heart attacks realize it only after going through tests like Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or electrocardiogram (ECG). People who suffered silent heart attacks are at risk of having potentially greater and fatal heart attacks.
First aid.Heart attacks, silent or recognized, can happen anytime, and it is important that you know exactly what to do when you or a loved one suffers from an attack. Keep in mind that acting quickly and getting help immediately can help lessen heart damage and heighten the chances of survival. First, call 911, the emergency hotline, immediately. If you are the one suffering a heart attack, do not attempt to drive on your own as this will only endanger you and others on the roadKeep calm and chew an aspirin which can prevent blood clotting if they are not allergic to it. Ithe person is unconscious, administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Heart attack prevention. Dr. Montoya advises several ways to prevent heart attack. These include maintaining a healthy blood pressure, monitoring your cholesterol, quitting smoking, exercising, eating a balanced diet which contains fruits, vegetables, fiber-rich whole grains and fish that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and most importantly, having regular check-ups.
If you are experiencing symptoms of heart attack, consult a doctor immediately. MediCard hanumerous free-standing clinics located in key cities nationwide that offer cardiology consultations and tests. Visit a MediCard clinic near you or check out their website at www.medicardphils.cofor more information.

Fun workouts to do with a partner

Exercise, often viewed as a dreadful task, can be more fun and exciting to do especially with your partner or best friend. Not only it is a great time to bond, but you will achieve couple goals or friendship goals and fitness goals as well!

“Exercising with a partner has many advantages – physically, mentally and socially. Working out with someone has been shown to make you happier and more motivated to achieve your fitness goals. When you exercise with a partner, strenuous physical activities can be more tolerable,” says MediCard president Dr. Nicky Montoya.

Here are some exercises to try with your workout buddy:

Rock Climbing. Want to up the ante of your fitness regimen while getting a total body workout? Try rock climbing. It is a full body workout that pushes you to use your entire body to climb a wall. Rock climbing has loads of benefits – it builds muscle, increases endurance, reduces stress, and boosts brain function. In addition, rock climbing teaches you to trust your partner. He is tasked to anchor you to the ground, give enough rope for you to move on to the next handhold and foothold, and keep you safe if you make a misstep.

Cycling. Make cycling more enjoyable by bringing your partner or best friend along! Did you know that an hour of vigorous cycling can burn between 590 to 930 calories? It’s definitely a great way to help both of you lose weight, increase cardiovascular fitness, decrease stress levels and strengthen bones.

Zumba. Dance your way to a fit body and even better, do it with your pal! Zumba is not only a fun and healthy way to bond, it is also a full body workout that burns fat, boosts your mood and increases confidence. In addition, Zumba also works for every age and is a great opportunity to meet people with the same goal as you.

Hiking. Want to see the beauty of nature and work out at the same time? Then hiking is for you and your significant other. Hiking gives you numerous health benefits such as improved blood pressure and blood sugar levels, increased bone density and a strengthened core. Hiking with a partner for your safety is also a good reason why you need someone to accompany you, especially if you’re going through a remote and challenging trail. On top of that, it is also more enjoyable to have someone to share the awesome views with!

Yoga. For a low-impact and relaxing workout with your partner, enroll in a yoga class. By doing the physical poses of yoga, a stronger and more flexible body can be achieved. Yoga allows the mind to be calmer and more focused. It also provides the means to attune the body, thus improving overall health. Yoga also increases circulation, slows heart rate and lowers blood pressure.

Try yoga at the MediCard Lifestyle Center, one of the most convenient fitness and wellness sanctuaries in the metro, The MediCard Lifestyle Center has Surya Fitness Yoga, which offers hatha, vinyasa, ashtanga, and basic yoga classes.

Visit MediCard Lifestyle Centre at 51 Paseo De Roxas cor. Sen Gil
Puyat Avenue, Makati City or check out their website, http://mlc.medicardphils.com/, for more information.

Give the gift of health with the MediCard online store

Give your loved ones the gift of health as MediCard, a leading health maintenance organization (HMO) provider, introduces the MediCard online store (https://www.medicardphils.com/medicard-online-membership).

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With the MediCard online store, you can buy high-quality healthcare plans and give these as gifts for your loved ones. There’s a Medicard plan that suits every age and lifestyle including MediCard Family/Individual, MediCard VIP, MediCard RxER, MediCard Healthplus,MediCard Kabayan, MediCard Select and MediCard Health Check.

For individuals and families who want to have coverage for hospitalization, outpatient procedures, preventive healthcare, emergency, financial assistance, and dental care, MediCard has the Family/Individual plans. For those who want to have more comprehensive healthcare coverage, MediCard VIP plans are also offered. On top of the extensive hospitalization, outpatient procedures, preventive healthcare, emergency, member’s financial assistance and dental care coverage, MediCard VIP plans also come with healthcare assistance during an emergency abroad.

Designed to give members utmost value and convenience, RXER offers a specialized healthcare maintenance service that covers emergencies for trauma cases, preventive and outpatient care. Best of all, there’s no age limit, no medical check-up required and hierarchy is waived. For the Healthplus plan, members can avail of preventive and outpatient coverage in MediCard free-standing clinics for one year for only P1,100.

Created for overseas sponsors, the Kabayan card provides superior health coverage for beneficiaries in the Philippines. For those who want to have healthcare coverage for minimal access fee, service fee and fixed fund, try MediCard Select, a breakthrough product that takes care of healthcare needs and allows returns of unused fund.

The MediCard Health Check Card gives your loved ones unlimited check-ups for only P500. These include check-ups with MediCard’s primary care physicians and select specialists, 20% discount on labs and tests, plus one-time annual physical exam. This plan is valid for one year at any MediCard free-standing clinic where the card was bought.

MediCard has various accessible free-standing clinics and satellite clinics nationwide, including MediCard Lifestyle Center, MediCard McKinley, MediCard Makati, MediCard Sta.Rosa, MediCard Alabang, MediCard Cavite, MediCard Calamba, MediCard Fairview, MediCard Ortigas, MediCard Clark, MediCard Sta. Lucia, and MediCard Cebu City.

Give your loved ones the best gift  with MediCard’s high-quality healthcare plans. Visit https://www.medicardphils.com/medicard-online-membership. To learn more, check out www.medicardphils.com and https://www.facebook.com/MEDICard.Philippines/. All products are subject to terms and conditions.

MediCard Centris-EDSA extends clinic hours

MediCard, a leading health maintenance organization (HMO) provider, is extending its clinic hours at its Centris-EDSA branch to provide customers with longer service hours.

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MediCard Centris-EDSA will now be open from 7:00am – 10:00pm on weekdays and 7:00am – 5:00pm on Saturdays.

MediCard Centris-EDSA offers consultations in cardiology, dental medicine, dermatology, ENT, family medicine, gastroenterology, general practice, general surgery, internal medicine, nephrology and more. For dental services, it offers oral prophylaxis, TMJ consultations, tooth extractions, restorative consultations, temporary filling, dental nutrition and dietary counseling and gum treatment & adjustment of dentures, among others.

In addition to its wide range of services, MediCard Centris-EDSA also has ancillary services such as ECG, treadmill stress test, spirometry and nebulization; laboratory services including hematology, clinical microscopy, drug test and more. The clinic also offers patients X-ray, mammography, ultrasound and 2D-Echo, minor surgery, annual physical exam, medical evaluation, physical therapy and others.

MediCard clinics also have highly competent and well-trained doctors and medical professionals who can help and present solutions for the health and wellness of their patients.

With numerous free-standing clinics and satellite clinics nationwide, MediCard is committed to bringing the best and accessible medical service to its members.

Other clinic locations include MediCard Lifestyle Center, MediCard McKinley, MediCard Makati, MediCard Sta.Rosa, MediCard Alabang, MediCard Cavite, MediCard Calamba, MediCard Fairview, MediCard Ortigas, MediCard Clark, MediCard Sta. Lucia, and MediCard Cebu City.

For more updates, visit www.medicardphils.com and https://www.facebook.com/MEDICard.Philippines.

MediCard Fairview offers new medical services

MediCard, a leading health maintenance organization (HMO) provider, announces the availability of new medical services and specialists in its free-standing clinic, MediCard Fairview.

In addition to its quality healthcare services, MediCard Fairview now offers executive check-ups, 2D echo, dental services, pulmonary function test and treadmill stress test.

Joining its team of highly competent and well-trained doctors and medical professionals are new specialists, IM-Pulmonologist, IM-Endocrinologist and IM-Oncologist, as well as new specialists in the Rehab Medicine and Orthopedic fields.

To set an appointment, please call (02) 935-0949, (0917) 524-3965, or (0908) 886-4744, or e-mail appt.fairview@medicardphils.com.

MediCard has 13 free-standing clinics located in key cities nationwide that offer laboratory tests and consultations to monitor your health. Visit a MediCard clinic near you or for more information, check out their website at www.medicardphils.com and https://www.facebook.com/MEDICard.Philippines/.

MediCard receives Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand award

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MediCard, a leading health maintenance organization (HMO) provider, has been given the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand 2016 Gold award in the Health Card category. Now on its 18th year, the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands Awards commends products and services most trusted by Filipinos.

Brands were chosen by consumers and were rated on the following attributes: trustworthiness and credibility, quality, value, understanding of customer needs, innovation and social responsibility.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award because it reflects the trust given to us by consumers. MediCard takes pride of its highly competent and well-trained doctors and medical professionals who can help and present solutions for the health and
wellness of their patients,” said Dr. Nicky Montoya, president of MediCard Philippines.

MediCard offers services such as preventive health care, hospital confinement, out-patient care, emergency care, members’ financial assistance and dental care.

It also has numerous free-standing clinics and satellite clinics nationwide, bringing the best and accessible medical care to its members.

To help its patients practice a healthy lifestyle, MediCard also has the MediCard Lifestyle Center which is designed to offer effective solutions for wellness.

With the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand 2016 Gold award reinforcing MediCard’s accomplishments, MediCard continues its commitment to bringing trustworthy and excellent healthcare services to Filipinos