Upon entry, I was immediately offered "shooters". Of course, it wasn't alcohol. It was a 125ml pack of Anlene's chocolate flavored milk. I was to find out later how powerful that small pack is.
(Boy, can I relate to that!)
I was interested in having my bone scanned but stopped midway due to two reasons. Okay, I'm going to be an airhead and say that it required bare feet. As I have not had a decent pedicure in months, I loathed exposing my piggies. At least for now.
My second reason was that I was kind of postponing checkups till February. I spent Christmas 2010 in the ER, which were still followed by other health problems so I didn't want to jinx my first month of 2011. Still a dimwitted answer, but there you have it.
Rowena instead. Her results showed that her bones are of low risk. I wasn't surprised, really. Ro had always been a milk lover.
Gad, I really have to do that bone scan. I'm afraid for my bones...among other ailments. Ro is a few years older than me but I suspect her body age is much younger than mine.
I downed milk as if it were water as a kid (in fact, I hated water and substituted milk for it), but developing lactose intolerance and introducing myself to coffee as an adult might have done some irreparable damages to my skeletal system.
Anyway, we were coaxed to sample the hi-calcium buffet before the seminar began. My fellow bloggers and I were kind of worried because hi-calcium normally meant kidney trouble. Good thing we were served fresh fruit juices and lots of water. Plus, I was also pleasantly surprised to find that the buffet was actually well-balanced. There were plenty of fruits and vegetables. Nice!
After a while, host Karen Davila began introducing matters of bone health.
- Your bones start to deteriorate at age 25. Meep!
- Women's bones are more fragile than men's. They become even more fragile when women have babies because, as we all know, babies are dependent on their mothers' internal calcium supply.
- Well, the "no cure for osteoporosis" thing is seriously freaking me out, that's why I went back to drinking milk followed by two glasses of water at night.
- Weight-bearing exercises stimulate bone growth. Whoa! More reason to exercise now.
- There are three fun ways to get our body to produce endorphins (the "happy chemicals"): consumption of chocolates, sex, and exercise. Both Sen. Cayetano and Ms. Davila then encouraged everyone to do the three on a regular basis. Hihihi!
She's into Ironman.
(Okay, the geek in me keeps thinking about Tony Stark in the gold-and-red suit but you have to admit, the analogy to Stark's personal battle against health problems isn't too far off.)
What struck me most was her story about her late grandmother, who used to be so independent until a fractured hip turned her life upside down. I know how it feels like to have your independence curtailed by health problems so that really tugged at my heart strings.
I'm very happy that Sen. Cayetano was chosen to be the spokesperson for bone health because I will confess now that I voted for her. It was her stance on women's health, particularly the Reproductive Health Bill, that earned my vote. She admitted during this talk that her fight for the prioritization of health bills can be an awfully lonely road. She pointed out that our budget for health has been slashed to half what the World Health Organization recommends (at least 5% of the GDP). It still pains me to see that our government is cutting down budgets for health and education so...I hear, ya, senator!
Aaaaand this was the yummy Anlene Concentrate chocolate flavored milk that was offered as a shooter.
For a 125ml drink, this provides about 650mg of calcium. That's more than 3/4th of our daily calcium needs. If we don't intake vitamin D and magnesium, however, all that calcium will go to waste. Our bones absorb them better if supported by the vitamin and mineral I just mentioned.
Anyway, when Sen. Cayetano mentioned that she will begin using Anlene for her coffee, I thought that the idea isn't half bad. Maybe I should start doing that, too.
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