Old Orchard Cranberry’s Tips on How to Take Care of your Kidneys

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Kidneys are two bean-shaped multi-functional powerhouse organs of the urinary system. They expel waste from the body, balance body fluids, release hormones that regulate blood pressure, and control the production of red blood cells.

With all those jobs to be done, our kidneys deserve attention and care. The National Kidney and Transplant Institute has reported that Kidney Failure is the 7th leading cause of death among Filipinos and close to an estimate of 30,000-40,000 patients yearly undergo dialysis. Kidney disease often cannot be cured, but fortunately, it can be prevented early by taking care of our urinary tract. With the aid of Old Orchard’s resident US nutritionist, Amy Bragagnini, MS, RD, CSO, here are some tips that can help you prevent urinary tract and kidney infections.

  1. Eating Healthy and Exercising Regularly.

                Diabetes and high blood pressure cause most of the kidney problems. When blood pressure is high, blood vessels stretch to allow blood to flow more easily. The stretching eventually injures and weakens the blood vessels, impairing their ability to clean blood properly, including those in the kidneys. That’s why it is always best to follow healthy eating habits such as limiting intake of sodium (2,500 mg) and sugar, and controlling weight and blood pressure through exercise. Watchful eaters should also consider the addition of calcium-filled food (milk, yogurt, calcium fortified cereals, etc.) to their diet. However, Bragagnini notes that one must not mistake calcium supplements as an alternative to the natural food sources, as it could result to kidney stone formation when taken in excess.

  1. Giving up on Smoking.

If you’re smoking, you should quit now as smoking slows the flow of blood to the kidneys. This results to an impairment to function properly which increases risks of kidney cancer by 50%.

  1. Following Directions for Over-the-Counter Medications.

                Your kidneys can only take so much. Overdoing your medications create high toxins level in the body, posing great burden on the kidneys. So as much as possible, limit yourself from too much chemical exposure. If you really need medications, consult with your physician and follow the instructions well.

  1. Having them Screened Regularly.

                If diabetes or high blood pressure is in the genes, it is always ideal for you to have your kidneys tested regularly as part of your routine check-up. A creatinine level higher than 1.2 for women and 1.4 for men is a sure sign of a kidney problem.

  1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

“Fluid intake is another important step to help lower risk of kidney stone formation and urinary tract infection”, stresses Bragagini. Healthy individuals who aren’t suffering present kidney diseases should consume enough water and other fluids of at least 2 liters of fluid per day. Consuming enough fluid helps dilute the urine and helps flush toxins. Bragagini prescribes that pairing a meal with Cranberry juice in moderation is a great way to reduce instances  of irritation in the urinary tract. In fact, Cranberries are power packed fruits that are rich in Vitamin C and a source of Flavonoid and Phytonutrient contents called Hippuric Acid and Proanthocyanidin. These power duo components prevent UTI-causing bacteria from sticking into the wall of the bladder and urinary tract preventing further damage to the kidneys.

Bragagini closes by saying that the most important thing you can do to keep your kidneys safe is to take care of your overall body to reduce your chances of developing diseases that put a strain on your kidneys. Coupled by prevention, it is also aided by continuously doing consultation with your physician or dietitian.

Old Orchard can be enjoyed in three flavors: Cranberry, Apple Cranberry, and Cranberry Raspberry. There are also diabetic-friendly variants that contain 75 percent less sugar and only has 20 calories: Healthy Balance Cranberry and Healthy Balance Apple Cranberry. From health tips to fruity recipes, you can also learn more at oldorchard.com

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SPAM® brand gives Filipinos what it wants and more with SPAM® CAN! campaign

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SPAM® CAN! lets you discover more ways to enjoy your favorite canned meat

(Manila, Philippines) A staple in every kitchen and throughout every meal, Filipinos of all ages attest to their undying love for the SPAM® brand, bringing the brand from the all-time favorite premium canned meat, to an icon of fun and pleasure in every eating occasion.

Inside this little blue can lies the delicious, crave-able meat that bursts endless possibilities – you can chop it, slice it, fry it, bake it, or even make a sisig. This is why its newest campaign, SPAM® CAN!, revolves around all the things that SPAM® CAN! do for you.

The campaign lets you discover all new things that SPAM® CAN! do. Showcasing new ways on how you can enjoy your all-time favorite canned meat through the new SPAM-MAZING™ local recipes. Learn how easy and breezy it is to prepare Pinoy comfort food like SPAM® Tokwa’t Baboy and SPAM® Sisig; and even get to try international recipes such as SPAM® Fried Rice and SPAM® Tacos.

While there’s a lot more to uncover with the SPAM® brand and its line-up of taste-obsessing recipes, we bet it comes as no surprise that the SPAM® brand can actually launch its very own boyband.

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Welcome ALL4SPAM™ as the newest addition to your SPAM® craving needs. A group of four members: SUPREEZY aka the Bad Boy, professing his strong obsession for SPAM® Hot & Spicy; MAD MIC, the goofball, who just can’t get enough of SPAM® Bacon; PEPPER, the pretty boy whom your mom wants you to marry, has always been in love with SPAM® Classic; and lastly, ACE, the lover-boy, who is all sweet and cheesy and just like his go-to, the SPAM® Cheese.

ALL4SPAM™ boyband reinforces the love and preference of the Filipinos for the SPAM® brand. Each members singing and dancing their way to make fans fall in love even more, as they show all things that SPAM® CAN! do.

“The SPAM® team highly recognizes the love that the Philippines has for SPAM® products, and we are truly thankful for the support that we’ve received over the years. We have specifically chosen to launch the SPAM® CAN! campaign in Manila because we see the potential to grow the market of SPAM® lovers by showing consumers how versatile SPAM® products are. And because Filipinos are known to be some of the most talented singers in the world, launching a boyband, ALL4SPAM™, made complete sense to reinforce just what the SPAM® Brand can really do,” says Jaynee Sherman who is the Senior Brand Manager of the SPAM® Brand, Hormel Foods International Division of Hormel Foods Corporation.

The boyband will be officially launched at the SPAM® CAN! event on March 20 at the Glorietta Activity Center, alongside the unveiling of the new SPAM® CAN! TV commercial. ALL4SPAM™ can be seen gracing the online screens in the upcoming weeks.

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The SPAM® CAN! event will be filled with exciting entertainment for SPAM® fans to enjoy. There will be an exclusive cooking demo by Chef Sharwin Tee, SPAM® Can-aoke, SPAM® Dance-off, and special SPAM® dishes for free. The event works in partnership with Children’s Hour through the Make a Hero SPAMWICH™ booth, where all proceeds at the end of the event will be doubled by SPAM® and donate it to the partner foundation.

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A total of Php 100,000 was donated to Children’s Hour that day.

This is truly an exciting time for the brand because with our newest campaign, we offer more reasons for the SPAM® fans to enjoy more dining occasions with our product. We will always keep giving them new things, new ideas, new recipes, because SPAM® CAN! really do a lot of things,” Sherman ends.

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Indulge In The Guilt-free Goodness of The Cookies Factory

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Started in 1989, Madam Lee would bake cookies for her loved ones and friends in her kitchen. But sooner than expected, the cookies has reached Johor Bahur and Kuala Lumpur, and even the nearby country Singapore. Due to the growing demands for the homemade specialty cookies, Madam Lee decided to shift from a manually-handled manufacturing facility to a professionally run, technically-enabled state-of-the-art facility. Furthermore, in order to make it viable for the international market, the brand name The Cookies Factory (TCF) was incorporated.

In 2009, The Cookies Factory has successfully obtained the HALAL certification from Malaysia Halal Development Corporation. In the same year, the company was awarded the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and Good Manufacturing Practice for Food (GMP) certification by the renowned certification body, Moody International.

The Cookie Factory has been rated 4 Stars (SME Competitive Rating on the scale of 5) by the SME Corporation of Malaysia. Each product that comes out of the The Cookie Factory facility has been certified export-ready by the Ministry of Health (MOH),Malaysia.

With more than 22 years of experience in the confectionery industry, The Cookies Factory has grown as a premier biscuit and cookies manufacturer based in Johor, Malaysia,, and is one of the leading exporter to Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and New Zealand.

Currently, The Cookies Factory carries three brands, namely: Skinnie Biscotti, Jaree Finger Biscuits and Town 82K Wheat Biscuits.

The Skinnie Biscotti

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Enjoy the unique taste, light and crispy texture of the thinly-sliced Skinnie Biscotti baked with premium Californian Almonds in a no oil added recipe. The Skinnie Biscotti is a best compliment to tea or coffee. It comes in three variants, which are Original Almond, Apricot & Pumpkin Seed, and Double Chocolate.

Jaree Finger Biscuits

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Jaree Finger Biscuits is a delicious fun snack that the kids and the whole family can enjoy. Each box of this healthy treat contain fresh-off-the-oven goodness in small packs. It’s transfat-free, cholesterol-free and is a good source of dietary fiber. Jaree Finger Biscuits comes in two variants: Roasted Almonds and Butter & Milk.

TOWN 82K Wheat Biscuits

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The TOWN 82K Wheat Biscuits is is a delicious and healthy multi-grain snacks perfect for the vegetarians, as the product is Halal-certified vegetarian. The cookies are conveniently packed and sealed to maintain their freshness, and is also a good source of dietary fiber.

Enjoy the TOWN 82K Wheat Biscuits in Original Wheat, Oat Tea, and Natural Black (made with Natural Bamboo Charcoal), Wholemeal Raisin, Chocolate Almonds, Cranberries Oatmeal, Pecan Nuts Chocochips, Chunky Peanut, Crunchy Hazelnut, Melting Almond, and Nutty Green Peas.

The Cookies Factory products are now available at SM Supermarkets, Robinsons Supermarkets, Puregold, Rustans Supermarkets, Landmark, Metro Gaisano (Market! Market!, Ayala Cebu and Alabang), and in Mercury Drugstore outlets.

The Cookies Factory is locally distributed by Scanasia Overseas, Inc.

Indulge in the guilt-free goodness of The Cookie Factory baked with love. Grab one today!

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PHILIPPINE VOLCANOES PROMOTE COLON HEALTH WITH AUSTRALIA HARVEST OATMEAL

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Philippine Rugby Football Union (PRFU) men’s team sticks to what is healthy, energy-packed, and good for the colon as the national Rugby Football team signs up for another round as Australia Harvest Oatmeal’s endorsers.

Australia Harvest Oatmeal uses the best oats variety from West Australia and packs peak levels of dietary fiber. Zero pollution, haven for growing the best nature-nurtured oats in the world—this is West Australia. Home to nature, the great outbacks, rugby. And Australia Harvest Oatmeal.

“Rugby is one of Australia’s favorite sports; it’s also one of the toughest. In a sport as physical as this, you need to keep your body strong and healthy to win. That’s why our team always starts the day with a bowl of Australia Harvest Oatmeal. It’s made with some of the best oats in the world,” says Team Captain Jake Letts.

It’s Good Down Under

Besides promoting healthy cholesterol levels and better heart health, eating oatmeal daily also promotes stronger body and better colon health due to its richness in fiber. Studies show that having a healthy colon helps us work at our best throughout the day. A clean and healthy large intestine also makes us feel good on the inside plus it reduces the risk of colon cancer.

“It’s packed with energy and keeps us full all day long. Plus, it has all the fiber we need for the day. It keeps us fit and at the top of our game,” Letts remarks.

Australia Harvest Oatmeal Four Aus-some Variants

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Australia Harvest Oatmeal comes in four variants. People on the go may simply add water to Australia Harvest Instant Oats, gulp it down, and get fit—anytime, anywhere!

All-time best seller is the Australia Harvest Quick Cooking Oats — chunky and enjoyable oatmeal that cooks fast. Perfect for health buffs who seek a fuller fill and better digestion.

The chunky and chewy variant, Australia Harvest Whole Rolled Oats is the oatmeal expert’s favorite! It has whole grains and full-packed with all of oats’ beneficial fiber and nutrients.

Last but not the least is the super fiber of oats — Australia Harvest Oat Bran. The outer covering of the oat grain Oat Bran contains the highest level of dietary fiber. It is also ideal for diabetics and people with hypertension.

Australia Harvest Oatmeal is available in all leading supermarkets nationwide, and is exclusively imported and distributed by Ideal Macaroni & Spaghetti Factory, Inc. Visit and like Australia Harvest Oatmeal’s Facebook page for updates, today.