LOOK: A Filipina-led skincare brand that believes all Filipinos deserve a bright and beautiful glow

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Glow Diggers, eyes here! A Filipina-led skincare brand relaunches with a modern look along with brand-new products! The skincare brand, Skin White Solutions, believes that every Filipino deserves to have a #BrighterThanEver skin that radiates confidence – enough to take on the world. 

And for that, they would like to introduce their newest products: Wonder Wash, Talented Toner, and Happy Crush – all made with the finest ingredients from Japan, Korea, and Thailand. 

Skin White Solutions

These exciting new products are made for all skin types to ensure that every Filipino gets a chance to flaunt his or her own unique glow! Guaranteed, each product is made with love and has been carefully crafted to bring your dream skin to life! 

ABOUT SKIN WHITE SOLUTIONS: 

Established in 2012, Skin White Solutions started off as an ambition of a young housewife with a desire to help provide for her loving family while achieving the glowing skin of her dreams. Now, with her 10-year experience in the skin care industry, together with a bright and brilliant team, Skin White Solutions embarks on a another journey to produce new and improved beauty products that will help each #GlowDigger become even more confident and beautiful in their bright and glowing skin!

ABOUT THE PRODUCTS: 

WONDER WASH

Skin White Solutions

Price: Php 149.00

Key Active Ingredient: La flora Ec-12

Skin Type: Good for all skin types; best for acne prone skin, dull skin, and skin that has lost its radiance

Description: This high-performing cleanser removes dirt while protecting the skin’s natural moisture barrier. It is very gentle on the skin, non-irritating, and has the right pH level preventing skin damage and dirt causing acne. It has no parabens, alcohol, and silicon while being cruelty-free and SLS-Free.

How To Use: Wet your face with water and use your fingertips to apply the Wonder Wash. Massage your face gently in a circular motion, avoiding the eye area. Finally, rinse your face with water and gently pat dry with a towel.   

TALENTED TONER 

Skin White Solutions

Price: Php 199.00 

Key Active Ingredients: Fermented Yeast Extract, Neem Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica

Skin Type: Good for all skin types; best for skin that shows multiple signs of aging, lines & wrinkles, and gloomy dry skin

Description: The talented toner removes impurities, hydrates and soothes the skin, and helps prevent signs of aging. This product is cruelty-free, paraben-free, and non-comedogenic.

How To Use: Get a clean cotton pad or cotton ball and soak it with the Talented Toner. Then, gently wipe it around your face, avoiding the eye area.  

HAPPY CRUSH 

Skin White Solutions

Price: Php 119.00

Key Active Ingredients: Passiflora Edulis Fruit Extract, Jeju Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel Extract, Collagen + another slimming active

Skin Type: Good for all skin types; best for puffy face (chubby cheeks), dehydrated skin, or sun burnt skin

Description: This unique cooling ice gel improves and soothes facial puffiness, eye bags, as well as dry, dehydrated, and sunburnt skin. It also slims and brightens the face and can be used as a moisturizer, mask, and after-sun treatment. This product contains no harmful ingredients. It is paraben-free and cruelty-free.

How To Use: Stir the gel mix inside the container with a spoon until it starts looking like crushed ice. Then, scoop out the preferred amount and apply it to the desired area while avoiding the eye.

Do you want to embark on the journey to getting the #BrighterThanEver skin? Then visit their Shopee page: https://shopee.ph/swsofficial to learn more! Be part of the growing community of #GlowDiggers! 


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Staying hydrated helps prevent illnesses during the rainy season

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The sweltering summer days are over as the country’s weather bureau declared the start of the wet season. During this season, we need to keep our guards up because many illnesses emerge.

These include diarrhea, caused by viral or bacterial infection; waterborne illnesses like typhoid fever, cholera, and leptospirosis; and vector-borne diseases like malaria and dengue.

To avoid contracting these diseases, Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI)—the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages in the country—reminds the public to keep hydrated, especially that we are in the middle of a global pandemic.

“It is important that we keep our immune system strong. One of the easiest ways to do this is to stay hydrated,” said PCPPI president and chief executive officer Frederick D. Ong.

To stay fit and protect yourself from diseases, here are some healthy habits you may do.

Eat healthy

What you consume today will have a huge impact on your health in the future. A good eating habit is one of the most basic practices to have a robust immune system.

Making a well-balanced meal is simple – just add more fruits and vegetables, choose whole grain food, switch to low or zero fat options, and cut back on sugar.

Exercise regularly

Exercising remains one of the most effective methods to strengthen your body during the rainy season. You do not have to buy expensive machines or pay for gym subscriptions. You only need at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. To safely exercise at home, you may check various workout videos online. If you opt to do outdoor walk or run, follow social distancing and other safety protocols.

As part of your workout routine, replenish what you lose in sweat with sports drinks like Gatorade. It contains electrolytes that rehydrate your body to avoid dehydration.

Get enough sleep

Getting enough sleep is as important as eating healthy and exercising. A study from the Carnegie Mellon University found that people with poor, short sleep have greater chance of getting sick.

Quality sleep helps uplift your immune system. To get quality sleep, reduce your blue light exposure at night, avoid caffeinated drinks before bedtime, and reduce day time naps, among others.

Hydrate

Proper hydration is vital in having a strong immune system. It detoxifies and flushes out waste materials from your body. It also helps transport nutrients to our organ systems.

Taking in safe water is a must to avoid infection from water-borne diseases. To have a clean drinking water, you need to boil water for at least three minutes or do water chlorination. Or you can drink purified bottled water, like Aquafina and Premiere.

If you’re moving all day and feel sluggish or tired, that’s because you lose more than just water when you sweat.  You lose fluids and electrolytes. With this, it’s important for us to stay healthy and hydrated with an Electrolyte Drink like Gatorade Ion.

“Even during rainy season, we need to hydrate to arm our body from diseases and keep our immunity in top shape. Over the years, PCPPI has been helping Filipinos achieve that with our hydration drinks,” Ong said.

PCPPI is the exclusive manufacturer of well-known beverage brands in the Philippines: Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mug, Gatorade, Tropicana, Lipton, Sting, Premier, Milkis, and Aquafina.

 

 

                           

 

 

 

 

About Pepsi Philippines

Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI) is the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages in the Philippines, with a relationship spanning 70 years. PCPPI’s principal stockholders are Lotte Corporation, Lotte Chilsung Beverage Co. Ltd., and Quaker Global Investments B.V. PCPPI manufactures and sells well-known beverage brands: Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mug, Gatorade, Tropicana, Lipton, Sting, Premier, Milkis, and Aquafina. It has established 14 operations across the country, serving more than 700,000 outlets and providing employment through its extensive distribution network. PCPPI is committed to create a positive impact on society with programs focused on environmental sustainability, nutrition, education, and livelihood. For more information, visit www.pepsiphilippines.com.


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5 Tips for a Better Winter Wardrobe

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The days are getting shorter. The temperatures are getting lower. Is your wardrobe ready to handle a change of seasons? Here are just a few tips for staying stylish when the weather outside is frightful.

1. Buy Thicker Fabrics

Typical winter fabrics include things like wool, velvet and fleece. Not only will they feel luxurious against your skin, but they’ll also protect you from the bite of a snowy night!  If you’re worried about gaining weight during this crazy times and most of your winter clothes aside from being worn out, don’t fit anymore. Don’t fret because online shops like My Sisters Closet Boutique has Plus Size Tops, just make sure that you read the washing instructions and take care of them properly; you don’t want to ruin your knocker shirts because you weren’t paying attention to their labels.

2. Lighten Up

From black jackets to white gloves, many winter essentials come in neutral colors that can be matched with anything. While this is very practical, it’s also very boring! Splurge a little this year and treat yourself to a splashy red coat or dazzling set of metallic earmuffs. With more color in your closet, the skies won’t feel so heavy and dark.

3. Rock the Fur

There’s a reason that our ancestors loved fur coats and fur hoods. They’re deliciously warm! If you have moral objections to using the real thing, faux fur works just as well. In fact, faux fur comes in a dazzling array of colors and patterns that aren’t found in nature, so you’ll enjoy even more fashion options with it.

4. Buy Some Boots

This is especially critical if you live in an area with lots of snow. The right pair of boots will keep your feet warm and dry no matter how much slush you have to wade through to get to work. Look for a “waterproof” label before you buy, and whatever you do, avoid heeled boots if you know that a blizzard is coming.

5. Accessorize

Last but certainly not least, have fun with accessories! You’ll have your choice of hats, scarves, gloves, hoods, tights and socks, and that isn’t even getting into festive holiday accessories like Santa hats and Halloween masks. The sky is the limit when it comes to shiny extras that you can incorporate in your wardrobe in the wintertime. Experiment to your heart’s content!

These are just a few things to keep in mind as you shop for a winter wardrobe. It’s a season where functionality is just as important as fashion, so be careful with your choices! You’ll want to build a closet that’s stylish, appropriate and warm.


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Up Your Family’s Blood Health and Immunity with These 3 Summertime Activities

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The sun is out, and the school break is here, which means that it’s finally the season for family vacations and beach trips. But since the current situation calls for more family time spent at home, the young and active kids might have to spend their extra time getting busy on activities within the confines of your household. And while this calls for activities that require participation and creativity of the adults, the scorching heat presents a significant barrier to stay active.

Low intensity physical activities like long walks are much more convenient but having to spend hours outside these days isn’t the most ideal either. However, physical activity is an important part of building up one’s health, as it can help reduce stress, improve sleep quality, strengthen immunity, and improve blood health.[1] It’s never too late to keep your family moving. Here are 3 fun activities you and your family can bond over at home despite the dry season.

  1. Explore Virtual Fun Run Events

Running and building up your cardio doesn’t always require exploration of the outside world. Since the shift to a new normal lifestyle, brands and events that previously held fun run events have adapted to a safer alternative of previous marathons that were held outside. Now, you can register your whole family for virtual races, choose an appropriate distance everyone is able to accomplish, and flash a video on screen while running in place or around your home. Not only is this exciting but it also helps keep everyone in the family active. And the best part is everyone gets rewarded with a medal for finishing the race!

  1. Groove and Move with a Dance Party

Running around in one place might not be as enjoyable for everyone in the family. If that’s the case, a dance party is also a great way to have the family bond in movement, learning, and connection, while doing physical activity. Music can make any age naturally move and groove to the beat.[2] Just set a playlist of at least an hour with different genres of music that all ages of the family can enjoy, set the lighting according to the mood and get the dance party started, any time of the day! You can also upgrade the dance party by incorporating a theme where you dress up, use props like glowsticks, ribbons, face paint, and color-changing LED lights. The creative possibilities are endless to keep your loved ones active for a boosted immunity and healthy blood.

  1. Peaceful Staycation at Home

Relaxation also strengthens our health just as much as rigorous physical activity. Stress can weaken the body’s immune system leading to people getting sick at stressful and unsure times.[3] While a dance party and an at-home marathon might seem enjoyable to some, for families who prefer activities that don’t require feeling exhausted, or loved ones who have conditions that prevent them to dance or run; a peaceful staycation at home can still help boost their immunity and keep their blood healthy.

A staycation at home can start off with a nutritious breakfast meal with fruits and vegetables, and relaxing music playing in the background. While others prepare for the next meal, the children can be entertained with a short animation film or through a book reading session. Lunch can be setup as a picnic on your backyard, veranda, or terrace. Taking a siesta can help refresh the mind as well. [4] After dinner, a soothing bath can cap off the whole day of relaxation at home.

These 3 summertime activities may help your family moving while reducing stress and building their immunity during the dry season. Yet with age and lifestyle differences of your loved ones, some may need external help to keep their blood healthy that physical activities and relaxation may not be able to provide sufficiently.

Multivitamins + Minerals (Sangobion IRON+) is Your Family’s Blood Health Ally

Multivitamins + Minerals (Sangobion IRON+) is an iron supplement with vitamins and minerals that helps to replenish iron stores and increases red blood cell levels in the body. It has ferrous gluconate, a type of iron salt which allows better absorption of iron in the body, Folic acid, and vitamin B12 which are vital for production of red blood cells and during pregnancy. It also contains Vitamin C which helps improve iron absorption, and Copper sulphate and manganese sulphate that helps in the metabolic processes of blood cell production. [5] 

Recommended intake is one to two capsules daily, during or after meals, or as prescribed by your doctor.

Multivitamins + Minerals (Sangobion IRON+) helps to treat iron deficiency anemia that can lead to weakened immunity and increased susceptibility to infection. Iron deficiency anemia happens when the blood has a lower amount of red blood cells or hemoglobin than normal. This can cause the body to feel weak, tired, dizzy, look pale, and experience headaches. [1]

This year’s summertime activities with the family may be spent at home but the situation can’t stop the fun and relaxation. With a nutritious diet, physical activity, proper sleep, and by taking Multivitamins + Minerals (Sangobion IRON+), you and your family can stay blood healthy all throughout the different Philippine seasons.

If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.

 

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[1] “Lack of exercise is a major cause of chronic diseases” Comprehensive Physiology. https://doi.org/10.1002/cphy.c110025

[2] “Why do we like to dance–And move to the beat?” Scientific American. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/experts-dance/

[3] “Psychoneuroimmunology: psychological influences on immune function and health” J Consult Clin Psychol. https://doi.org/10.1037//0022-006x.70.3.537

[4] “Siestas and your heart: Can you nap your way to health?” Harvard Men’s Health Watch. https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/Siestas_and_your_heart_Can_you_nap_your_way_to_health

[5] “About-Sangobion.” Sangobion, https://www.sangobion.sg/about-sangobion.

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[6] “Iron-Deficiency Anemia.” National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/iron-deficiency-anemia.


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Coffee That’s Really Good For You: Glorious, Isn’t It?

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For decades, coffee had received a bad reputation. Besides allegedly triggering high blood pressure, insomnia, and hyperacidity, the Filipino habit of adding lots of sugar and cream to one’s cup has been said to aggravate diabetes.

While there’s no denying the Pinoy coffee fan his morning cup, there is concern over the amount of sugar present in commercial 3-in-1 coffee mixes. The leading brand has 14.6 grams of sugar in one 20-gram sachet alone. Imagine how much sugar you’re taking in if you drink an average of three cups of coffee a day.

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What About Sugar-Free Coffee?

For health-conscious individuals, especially diabetics, turning to sugar-free coffee mixes seems to be the only option. This meant enduring tasteless cups of coffee just to satisfy their caffeine fix —until Stevia came along.

Stevia is the low calorie, zero sugar sweetener that tastes so much better than artificial sweeteners.

Stevia is an herb with a sweet-tasting extract that comes from the leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana plant. It has been enjoyed since pre-Columbian South America where indigenous people used the herb to sweeten their tea and other drinks.

The plant’s taste stems from steviol glycosides, molecules which are 250–300 times sweeter than regular sugar.

It became popular among health-conscious individuals because stevia has a very low caloric content. This makes it perfect for dieters and people who are trying to lose weight.

Moreover, Stevia makes coffee and tea taste so much better without adding any calories. Aside from beverages, Stevia is also used as an alternative sweetener when cooking or baking.

The Health Advantages of Stevia

Stevia is a safe, healthy sugar substitute that can sweeten up food without the negative health effects of refined sugar. It’s also associated with several impressive benefits such as reduced calorie intake, managed blood sugar levels, and minimized risk of cavities.

Additionally, while other sugar substitutes like Aspartame have been linked with cancer, there’s no evidence linking stevia to cancer since it is a natural ingredient.

This means you can add stevia to dishes and drinks without fear that you’re taking too much sugar, or that you’ll get sick a few years down the road.

For coffee lovers, it’s also good to note that locally-made Glorious Blend coffees and instant beverages have Stevia as its natural sweetener. The blend of natural and healthful ingredients make the drink not only refreshing and safe, but also good for one’s overall health.

The Glorious Blend boasts a full line of healthy drinks, including a 7-in-1 healthy coffee mix. This special blend is made with proven medicinal ingredients like Malunggay, Mangosteen, Calcium, Gotu Kola, and sweetened with Sweet & Fit Stevia. What’s even better is that the Glorious Blend 7in1 Coffee is non-acidic and promotes regular bowel movement.

The Glorious line-up also includes the 3-in-1 coffee mix with Stevia; 7-in-1 choco mix; 4-in-1 coffee with Malunggay; 5-in-1 coffee mix with Brown Rice; and the MaxiTrim coffee.

All Glorious Blend beverages use Stevia which has no calories, no carbohydrates, and zero glycemic index. All of their instant drinks will keep you alert and energized throughout the day.

Also, Glorious Blend products are locally sourced and manufactured. Their company supports local farmers, stevia growers, and other agricultural communities.

So if you’ve been cutting back on drinking coffee because of health problems like diabetes or hyper acidity, Glorious Blend coffee mixes are here to help. You can enjoy all the aroma and flavor of freshly made coffee all day —without the guilt!

Now, you can drink coffee for better health! Glorious, isn’t it?

For more information about Glorious Blend coffee mixes, check out https://www.facebook.com/gloriousblend.


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Fatigue Coping Strategies for Healthy Blood and Immunity

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Staying at one place for a long duration of time is not the most ideal for social beings like us, humans. Migrating all of the activities we used to do outside of our home certainly added more stress to already very uncertain times. Given the new normal setup stress, you may have experienced some symptoms of fatigue.

Fatigue is a sensation of constant weariness, tiredness, or lack of energy for physical and/or mental activities. It is a symptom caused by a combination of lifestyle, social, psychological and general wellbeing factors.  Department of Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire stated the department’s concern in a Laging Handa public briefing, “After so many months of being quarantined, people feel restless; people feel anxious; they’re irritable.” She expressed that people need to develop a coping mechanism and accept the fact that things will not go back to the way it used to be and start to transition to the new normal.

Altering your current lifestyle may sound easier said than done, but these 4 easy and yet effective coping strategies might be what you need to keep a healthy blood and immunity.

  1. Taking Short Walks/Light Exercises

It sounds counterintuitive to go on a walk or do light exercises when you’re already feeling tired for most of the day, but mobility is actually an important component in maintaining a healthy wellbeing as an adult.

Scientists found in a study that exercise boosts your energy level, increases strength and endurance.  Light exercises and short walks also stimulate the production of endorphins — the chemical that reduces pain and relieves stress. Not only does this improve your mobility, but it also boosts your immunity.

  1. Having the Right Amount of Sleep

Practicing a healthy sleeping schedule is vital so the body can recharge.  Your body follows an “internal body clock” known as circadian rhythms which dictate your cycle of sleep, wakefulness, and alertness. This is influenced by external factors like long working hours, shift work, eating habits, and sleep deprivation.

It’s helpful to establish a bedtime routine to achieve the right amount of sleep. Simple cues like putting on pajamas, brushing your teeth, and reading a book helps the body adjust and learn that it’s time to sleep and drift off. Stimulants like caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, and gadgets should be avoided before bedtime.

The recommended amount of sleep for adults is at least seven hours and no more than eight hours. Try to limit the difference in your sleeping schedule so your body is consistent with its sleep-wake cycle.  Your body is programmed to function through habits. By consistent efforts these can greatly help alleviate the feeling of fatigue.

  1. Cutting Down on Caffeine and Alcohol

Alcohol raises the body’s level of epinephrine, a stress hormone that generally stimulates the body, which can keep you up at night even when you’re supposed to rest. Your body might also urinate more than you usually do when you consume alcohol, which can disrupt your sleeping pattern. Meanwhile for caffeinated drinks, it’s best to consume those with less to no sugar content. When sugar is processed by the body, it can cause a rapid rise in your blood sugar. The sudden spike and succeeding instant fall can make you feel exhausted and tired.

Dietary changes are a necessary step to address fatigue since your body runs on the energy that you feed it. If you have a habit of consuming caffeinated drinks or alcohol, you might want to slow down to feel less fatigued.

  1. Take Multivitamins + Minerals (Sangobion IRON+) Your Health Blood Ally, With Proper Nutrition and Exercise

Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms in people who are experiencing iron deficiency anemia — which happens when the blood has a lower amount of red blood cells or hemoglobin than normal. It causes the body to feel weak, tired, dizzy, look pale, and experience headaches.

When unnoticed, iron deficiency anemia can feel like nothing. But as time progresses, the body becomes more deficient of iron, putting immunity and blood health at stake — which intensifies the symptoms and signs of iron deficiency anemia.

Multivitamins + Minerals (Sangobion IRON+) is an iron supplement with vitamins and minerals that helps to replenish iron stores and increases red blood cell levels in the body for those experiencing iron deficiency anemia. It has ferrous gluconate, a type of iron salt which allows better absorption of iron in the body, Folic acid, and vitamin B12 which are vital for production of red blood cells and during pregnancy. It also contains Vitamin C which helps improve iron absorption, and Copper sulphate and manganese sulphate that help in the metabolic processes of blood cell production. 11 With proper nutrition, ample exercise, and by taking Multivitamins + Minerals (Sangobion IRON+), you can maintain immunity and keep your blood health at its peak.

Recommended intake is one to two capsules daily, during or after meals, or as prescribed by your doctor.

The new normal has brought endless challenges and difficult hurdles. As advised by the DOH, we have to accept the reality of the new normal and incorporate healthy coping mechanisms for the security of our wellbeing and immunity. Remember to keep your health in check and practice these coping techniques to lessen the possibility of experiencing fatigue. Keep your blood healthy through proper nutrition, exercise and take Multivitamins + Minerals (Sangobion IRON+).

“About-Sangobion.” Sangobion, https://www.sangobion.sg/about-sangobion.

If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.

 

References:

“Fatigue.” Medline Plus, a service of the National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003088.htm

 “DOH cites ways to avoid ‘quarantine fatigue’” Philippine News Agency. https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1118873

 “Effects of chronic exercise on feelings of energy and fatigue: A quantitative synthesis.” Psychological Bulletin.         https://doi.org/10.1037/0033-2909.132.6.866

“How much sleep do we really need?” Sleep Foundation. sleepfoundation.org/how-sleep-works/how-much-sleep-do-we-really-need.

 “Circadian Rhythms.” National Institute of General Medical Sciences. https://www.nigms.nih.gov/education/fact-sheets/Pages/circadian-rhythms.aspx

 “Sleep hygiene tips.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/about_sleep/sleep_hygiene.html

“Sleep deprivation and deficiency.” National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sdd

 “Pre-sleep drinking disrupts sleep.” ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150117104306.htm

 “The effect of the interaction between glucose tolerance and breakfasts varying in carbohydrate and fibre on mood and cognition.” National Library of Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1080/10284150600955099

“Iron-Deficiency Anemia.” National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/iron-deficiency-anemia.

 

 


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