Sparkle Bites: What I Learned From My BioBalance Visit With Hindy Weber

A few months ago, I attended (and co-hosted) an event for BioBalance Institute. I first heard about this place through my friend, Alyanna. She said she was going to the institute to help manage her stress and figure out how to take the right supplements for her body.

Learning about health and wellness with Hindy Weber and BioBalance's Dr. Stan Chua.

Learning about health and wellness with Hindy Weber and BioBalance’s Dr. Stan Chua.

I’m normally iffy about places that sell supplements or “wellness” in general because we’re at an age where everyone’s coming up with their own formula. But I actually trust Hindy’s dedication to healthy living (I mean, she did move to the province to grow her own food!) and Alyanna’s recos (seriously, this girl can make me buy anything because it’s usually worth it).

Taking the InBody test! It determines things like the muscle-fat ratio in your body, how hydrated you are, and how much fat is surrounding your organs.

Taking the InBody test! It determines things like the muscle-fat ratio in your body, how hydrated you are, and how much fat is surrounding your organs.

During the intimate event, I got to chat with Hindy and learned so many things about how BioBalance can help you take care of your body. They have several tests you can take to analyze what’s really going on in your body (check them out here), but my favorite would have to be the Nutrient and Metabolic test. It analyzes the specific level of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals in your body (view the detailed list of what they’ll test here—you’ll see why it’s worth it!).

Post-gabbing session with Hindy! Our background? BioBalance's wall of supplements!

Post-gabbing session with Hindy! Our background? BioBalance’s wall of supplements!

Before BioBalance, I was guilty of self-diagnosing my supplements. When I needed to sleep, I’d take melatonin. Dealing with hair fall? Then load up on Biotin. But guess what? Your body might actually have enough of these nutrients and you just don’t know it! Or maybe, your body just can’t absorb what you’re feeding it either. You can’t really know for sure, so if you feel like you’re doing everything you can health-wise and aren’t getting the results you want, then it may be time to take an actual test.  Continue reading

Guest Post: 5 Things to Help your Flow

ED’S NOTE: Remember my sister, Camille? She’s a certified yoga instructor and a nutrition coach, so I asked her to attend an event about wellness and your monthly flow for me. I thought we could all learn something new about how to handle that time of the month better and see how it can also affect our skin. I hope you like this little addition to Sparkle Bites as much as I did (my fave tip is #3!). —N.

As women, we face many challenges whenever our monthly visitor arrives. The breakouts, the bloating, the crummy mood, and the over all tiredness—it can all be tortuous at times. That’s why it was quite refreshing to learn how to manage Aunty Flo through healthier choices. Here are three of my favorite (among the many!) tips that Jeunesse Anion shared during their 4th year anniversary celebration:

Tip #1: Yoga is awesome for your period.
There are a lot of health benefits that come with practicing Yoga regularly such as increased muscle tone and strength, better circulation, and reduced stress. It’s great for detoxifying the body as well as the mind and the spirit. At the event, we got to experience an Ashtanga Yoga class led by Bubbles Paraiso. She claims that that Yoga “helps to clarify your skin and brings out that inner glow.” All these benefits of Yoga definitely lead to more comfort (and confidence!) during our periods.

Fellow yoga instructor, Bubbles Paraiso, helping me out with Downward Facing Dog. It's a great pose for releasing tension in the back and legs.

Fellow yoga instructor, Bubbles Paraiso, helping me out with Downward Facing Dog. It’s a great pose for releasing tension in the back and legs.

Tip #2: Hide your junk food stash
According to Philippines and US registered dietician Ms. Cheshire Que, RND, RN, RDN, what we eat greatly impacts how we feel, especially during those red days. Apparently, the food that we normally indulge in such as desserts and extra salty snacks are the very culprit of the usual bloating, mood swings, and sometimes, even breakouts. Healthier choices (such as fruits, veggies, and lots of water) can help keep your energy balanced and your mood positive.

More tips on how to handle your monthly flow and avoid those PMS-related breakouts after the jump! Continue reading