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Explore ways on how to use food, sleep, exercise and nature as medicine as discussed by our Functional Health expert, Doc Oyie.

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Many of the active cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country consist of individuals with mild symptoms, which can be managed at home.

Of the 290,938 COVID-19 cases recorded in the country on January 17, 277,020 (or 95.2%) are mild, meaning these patients experience fever, colds, cough, body pains, headache, and/or sore throat.
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The battered tourism industry can pivot to a different business model. Countryside farm and accommodation enterprises, for example, can be transformed into a wellness oasis to address the growing demand for a healthy lifestyle.

For 23 years, Sonya’s Garden has always been a refuge for weary souls and travelers seeking to feel good. We have previously partnered with a functional medicine expert, Dr. Oyie Balburias, who advocates prevention and addressing chronic conditions to boost the immune system—touted as still the best defense against any type of virus.

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Crisis fatigue kicks in when stressful events happen for an extended period. Sekaya, a Filipino plant-based brand produced by Unilab’s natural products company Synnovate Pharma Corporation, explains that the human body is built to deal with bouts of stresses with the help of stress hormone cortisol, which can help fight inflammation, manage blood pressure, and protect overall health and well-being.

According to Dr. Rolando Balburias, a General Internal Medicine and IFM Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, while exercising, meditating, and establishing a daily routine can help us lower our stress levels and manage fatigue, we should also factor in what we eat. “It’s not just the hormones that are responsible for making us feel burnt out.
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A lot has been said about the need to boost your immune system to enable you to fight the Covid-19 virus. According to Dr. Rolando “Oyie” Balburias, a Functional Medicine Practitioner, the best way to boost your immune system is to eat right, sleep well and exercise.

It is also best to check your vitamin C, Zinc, vitamin E, fatty acid and amino acid levels because “those are the ones that are important to know whether your immune system can fight off any infection. “I just don’t manage and prevent your disease because what I can do is that I optimize the management of your health,” he explained.

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General internal medicine and Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)-certified practitioner Dr. Oyie Balburias said food as medicine had been around and attributed to the great philosopher Hippocrates.

“It’s nothing new, it’s been there and our body is not just pieces of organs. Our body is made up of energy and information fields and it’s functioning as a system,” said Balburias.

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Do you know that there is such a thing called, Nature Deficit Disorder? If there is, how does it affect our health?

The nature-deficit disorder is the idea that human beings, especially children, are spending less time outdoors and the belief that this change results in a wide range of behavioral problems.

One company here in the Philippines developed a line of products that will help urban dwellers bring nature back to their lives. Recently, they have invited two experts to talk about how Nature-Deficit Disorder can affect our behavior and what can we do to manage them.

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