Aneurysm: A Silent Killer

Aneurysm: A Silent Killer

Life is a vapor.

The most recent news that caught the media industry by storm is the recent passing of one of the iconic actresses of all time. She passed away after spending several days at the hospital in a coma.

What came into a shock for everyone is that the cause of her death is so sudden. According to one news article:

“The family never suspected that she would go so soon because she was healthy, a health buff.” “She would sometimes complain of dizziness and headache and the family thought it was migraine.”

The cause of the actress’s death was aneurysm. It was an inherited disease from their parents, but no one suspected her to have it – because she seemed healthy. However, aneurysm is one of those diseases that are clinically silent. Normally, you will never you know you have it until it ruptures.

What is Aneurysm?

Aneurysm is a disease where arteries weaken and bulge. The bulges in the arteries may after some time explode and rupture that causes internal bleeding. Commonly, aneurysm occurs in the following areas of the body:

  • Brain
  • Aorta
  • Legs

Statistically, aneurysm has been the cause of death of 25,000 each year in the US according to the CDC or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Cause of Aneurysm

Aneurysm is known as a silent killer not only because of the fact that it is clinically silent that people will not notice it until it ruptures but also because the exact cause cannot be exactly determined. Several factors play into the development of aneurysm in the body:

  • Unhealthy Lifestyle – Obesity, smoking and inactive lifestyle seems to be one of the obvious reasons why someone will develop bulges in their arteries.
  • Hereditary – In the case of Isabel Granada, her family members had it before, and it seems that it passed onto her.
  • High blood pressure / Hypertension – because the of pressure it places on the arterial walls, it may cause the vessels to weaken and bulge.
Treatments and Prevention

The treatment for aneurysm may depend on where the aneurysm takes place. Since most of the patients suffering from this condition will only realize their problem when it ruptures, the only treatment possible is surgery.

Once aneurysm ruptures, it needs emergency care, without it, the complications will be fatal.

Prevention is better than cure in the case of aneurysm. While no one can predict whether or not ruptures can occur, there are still some preventive measures that we can do to minimize, if not completely eliminate the risk of aneurysm and it’s rupturing.

  • Get checked – One of the preventive measures that everyone should do is to be annually checked. Everyone needs to be intentional about health and the first step usually is the diagnosis or check up before doing any kind of preventive treatment. Consider investing on annual health exams to make sure that your body is in proper shape.
  • Stop Smoking – If you do smoke, aneurysm may not be the first thing you may be worried about. For the sake of your health, stop smoking.
  • Eating right – Obesity can trigger the weakening of the vessels as it forces the heart to pump harder to support the circulation of the blood in the body.
  • Regular Exercise – Exercise doesn’t have to be intense, but it needs to be regular. Exercise helps with blood circulation and reduces the risk of blockages.
    Get preventive remedies – Aneurysm can be prevented if we not only take the right food but also boost our health with some natural and safe supplements. Oleia softgel contains natural ingredients that can help with chronic inflammation. 

Aneurysm may be a silent killer, but if we know how it attacks, we can prevent it from killing us.


About The Author

Cathy spends part of her days wondering how to combine her 2 loves, writing and photography. The rest of her time she spends taking care of her two babies. Sheena, a Labrador retriever & Amanda, a Siberian husky. She’s been an OLEIA user since May.

Win in Life! The importance of reading in every life stage

Win in Life! The importance of reading in every life stage

I am not a reader.

Many people claim this statement as if it’s an honor badge or a title. However, a lot of us miss many things when we decide upon ourselves to avoid reading. Reading is both an art and a science, and it is sad to know that a lot of us lost this wonderful opportunity to learn, to grow and to be inspired by the value of reading.

There is more to reading than words and here are some of the very important reasons why you should learn to read, no matter how young or old you are:

Benefits of reading for children

Getting your children to love reading will reap so many benefits in the future. It is said that a child who reads will have a greater chance of becoming achievers and will also help build their emotional well being. Want some specifics? Here are some of the things your child may get if he learns to love reading:

  • Increase in vocabulary – Reading is about understanding. If you read and did not understand anything, then you did not read, you just wasted time. When children read, they learn to understand and they are exposed to new words. This means that their vocabulary widens and so is their understanding.
  • It helps with their understanding of the world – Depending on the books you wanted them to read, children can learn not only from you but from the books they read what is right and what is wrong.
  • Creativity blossoms when you read – There is a saying which states that reading takes you to places without moving a single inch. Children who reads are more imaginative and this helps their brain develop better and faster.
Benefits of reading for students

Not only does reading makes you pass your subjects, but students that enjoys reading enjoys the following benefits as well:

  • Reading helps in maturity – Reading takes time and today where people want things instantly, learning how to read develops your personality more than ever. It teaches the value of patience which is an attitude of successful and mature people.
  • Continuous learning – Asides from textbooks, students who read fiction and nonfiction books learn more about history, culture and many other things that universities do not even talk about.
  • Fluency in language – Reading a lot in a certain language, English for example will help students to become better at writing and also in speaking. Exposure to books not only entertains but also educates.
Benefits of reading for professionals

One of the saddest realities is that most professionals do not open books after they graduate college. However, after you graduate is the time when you need to take command of your learning. Here is how reading gives you the best chance for success:

  • Successful people has a habit of reading – Successful people like Warren Buffet and Mark Cuban attributes reading as one of their key to success, here are some quotes from them:
  • Mark Cuban – I read every book and magazine I could. Heck, three bucks for a magazine, twenty bucks for a book. One good idea would lead to a customer or a solution, and those magazines and books paid for themselves many times over. Some of the ideas I read were good, some not. In doing all the reading I learned a valuable lesson. Most people won’t put in the time to get a knowledge advantage. Sure, there were folks that worked hard at picking up every bit of information that they could, but we were few and far between.
  • Warren Buffet – Read 500 pages like this (holding a stack of paper) every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will.
  • Books are mentors to help you succeed – People who are successful in life are in demand most of the time. They do talks, they write books and they do a lot of important stuff. Which is why it’s virtually impossible to get a hold of them and learn from them. However, because of books – you now have access to their learning. It’s like being mentored by a lot of people, at your own pace, at your own time.
  • Leaders are readers – There is an unspoken rule that you cannot give what you do not have. But since we are all limited in experience and we can’t be everywhere all the time, our skills can be limited. But that is where reading comes into play. Reading helps you bridge the gap between what you know and what you don’t. If you want to lead better, read better – not only for your benefit, but for the people you are going to impact.
Benefits of reading for adults

Parents, grandparents and the other mature people are exempted, right? The answer is no. Reading is still vital even if you are advanced in years.

  • For parents –
  • Parents are the children’s first educators. They will constantly ask for your advice and will always seek you in times of trouble. Learning to read and loving to read will help you become a better parent, a trustworthy friend and a wise counselor for your child.
  • Parents help their children build reading habits. If you love to read, your child in some way would be interested in what you love to do and what we teach them during their childhood will stick to them for the rest of their life. We model what we want our children to become.
  • For older adults
  • Reading provides mental exercise – Exercising your brain will help you lower the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Reading is both an art and science – Readiscover yourself, level up and learn through the pages.


About The Author

Cathy spends part of her days wondering how to combine her 2 loves, writing and photography. The rest of her time she spends taking care of her two babies. Sheena, a Labrador retriever & Amanda, a Siberian husky. She’s been an OLEIA user since May.

What the Health? Breaking the Myths about Healthy Living!

What the Health? Breaking the Myths about Healthy Living!

One of my favorite shows to watch before is Myth Busters – this show highlighted a fact that most people accept, and they tested it out to find out if it’s true. More than several myths had been busted by this show and today we are going to do just the same. Let’s talk about some of the common myths about healthy living and discover the truths that can really help us to live healthy!

Common health myths busted!

Myth – If you eat after you exercise, then you just canceled your entire workout.

Fact – It is very important to eat after a workout. What most people don’t realize is that when you eat after exercising, it just doesn’t go back to your body as fat right away. In fact, after your work out, your body needs to recover. Eating a highly nutritious meal after your work out will even improve your fitness training.

Myth – When you eat fat, you will get fat

Fact – There is a certain notion that fat makes you fat, however the truth is that eating the right fats is a smart strategy for losing weight. One example of a fat that is good for the body are plant fats. Plant fats are taken from avocados, nuts and seeds. Taking this type of fat has been shown to reduce inflammation and boost metabolism.

Myth – Eggs should be avoided because of their high cholesterol count

Fact – Studies has shown that eating eggs does not really do much in affecting our cholesterols levels. Eggs are even a better source of many nutrients. What is more health risky are the oils used in frying eggs or those foods that are high in saturated fat.

Myth – A shot of alcohol can give you a good night’s rest

Fact – Drinking alcohol does not prove to beneficial at all in the overall health of the body. Moreover alcohol can even destroy sleep and increase the time you get to be awaken.

Myth – Only medicines can help treat pain

Fact – There are a lot of alternatives in treating pain. Painkillers like Ibuprofen can even had bad side effects to the body. Consider using alternative but scientifically proven pain killers such as Oleia Topical Oil. It can relieve pain in as fast as 15 minutes. It contains helpful ingredients such as Omega 3 and Omega 9 Fatty acids that helps cells to heal and regenerate.

There are a lot of other myths that can be detrimental to one’s journey to healthy living. It’s important to always search and know what is right before believing in anything being said to us, especially about health. The key to healthy living is to know the right things, and do the right things!


About The Author

Manuel is a guy who loves books. He enjoys reading and does it whenever he can. If he’s not reading, he spends time with his family and also ministers to teenagers in a local church. He does public speaking and talks about issues concerning the youth and young professionals. An Oleia topical oil user and content contributor.

How To Look Younger

How To Look Younger

I just turned 30 last week. As I looked at myself in the mirror, i realized that I look older than my actual age suggests. Ugh! The pains of being a workaholic and a corporate slave. Or maybe, I have been too stressed after my 20th birthday! Take a look at the pictures above and it will make you wonder, “how can I look younger?”

Meet Chinese Liu Yelin, a 50 year old mother and Singaporean Chuando Tan, a 51 year old photographer! Sometimes, we’d say that celebrities and the ultra rich are the only ones who can look and stay young and that is because of science! Look at them, doesn’t it make you want to know their secrets? Here’s what I learned and it’s no magic or voodoo….

The first thing you should do to look younger is to acknowledge that there are good things in store for you, and you deserve to have those. So it ís all about setting your mind to get to your end. You must value the thought that almost all good things in life are brought into fruition with the right attitude and positive thinking.

So now, are you set to defy aging and look young? If you are, then these age-defying tips will surely help you look youthful easily.

Tip 1

No matter what you do, whether you have a demanding schedule or just being lazy in your cozy home, make sure you are getting enough sleep- and a good one at that. Your eyes will first tell if you have had enough sleep. A pair of eye-bug-free and sparkling eyes definitely makes you look younger. But how many is the suggested sleeping duration?

Perhaps you were brought up thinking that you should sleep at least 8 hours a day. Well, you should not. A new study says that those who sleep 6-7 hours live longer and healthier. Too much slumber is not good for you. In fact, sleeping for five hours is better than sleeping three hours more than that.

To have a good sleep, take some natural soporifics. These are substances that can induce sleeping. Milk is a very good example. Sex and a little aerobic may also help you sleep

Tip 2

Keep you hair short. A long hair puts in more years to your appearance, actually making you look like a tired and worn-down witch. Trying a shorter do can improve your youthfulness. Tell your hairdresser to give you side swept bangs to expose your beautiful face. Adding layers can also make our hair look lively and shinier. A little highlight may also do. Putting on a darker hair (dark brown or black) does not only make you younger, but also coats up those grey hair.

Tip 3

Live in a clean environment. People who live older like the centenarians have some surrounding things in common: little stress, unpolluted air, good water, and unspoiled nature. Planting more trees in your area and planting more plants in your garden can help you provide cleaner air. More plants in the area mean more oxygen to breathe. Remember that what we breathe is the exact thing they exhale, and vice versa.

Tip 4

Do not put a lot of makeup. Yes, makeup can make you look pretty. But its amount, composition, and its style can make or break you. Keeping makeup light won’t make you look like a villain. Use more pastel colors and those with lighter tones instead of the dark antagonistic-like colors. Also try lipsticks with brown shade. These would make you look more natural and a lot of ears younger

Tip 5

Take care of your teeth. Ever notice there are a lot of old people who only have false teeth? This is because as we age, our body absorbs and stores less calcium (which also explains why old women are prone to osteoporosis).

So avoid losing your teeth permanently. Brushing every after meal is the most basic yet the most helpful habit for a good-looking set of teeth. Use teeth whitening products that can make you teeth white and shiny. Coffee and tea can stain your teeth instantly so a brush after is really helpful.

Going to the dentist at least twice a year is very important. And never forget to drink at least two glasses of milk a day, like what we teach to the real young ones.

In summary, though it is inevitable for us to age, the fountain of youth is not really hard to achieve if we work on it. More importantly, the proper balance of eating healthy, doing exercise regularly and having enough rest are key components to look younger.

Look at the mirror and you’ll see a difference from how you look 5 years ago.

At the end of the day, your age made you wiser.


About The Author

Charlotte has tried every buffet restaurant in the Metro and is on the quest to try the ones in the provinces soon. She's an active blogger and you can find her in her think tank in Marco Polo on weekdays. She used to think Oleia Topical Oil can help her loose weight since it's good for inflammation only to realize it's better for after work massages. 

6 Simple yet Effective Ways to Make Your Baby Feel Loved

6 Simple yet Effective Ways to Make Your Baby Feel Loved

Babies are adorable. They smile, they cry, they keep you up at night. According to one biblical psalm, Children are a gift
from the Lord, and they rightfully are. But because they are so young, words cannot be used to tell them how much we
love them. However, the good thing is that love can be communicated in different ways. Here are some proven ways to
show your baby how much you truly love them:

1. Look your baby in the eye – Babies first communicate with their eyes. Even if their eyesight is not that great,
looking at them and establishing eye contact lets them feel secure and loved. That is why it’s important to catch
their gaze every time they look at you.

2. Put the phone away – One major life stealer is our phones. They steal away time that should be spent with
what matters most. Babies can already feel if you are just there but not engaging them when you spend time
looking at your phone instead of talking and focusing on them. Take time off your gadgets and help your baby
understand that she is the most important thing in the world for you.

3. Cuddle your baby – There is no such thing as over cuddling. Babies need to be cuddled as much as possible
because even if they are months old, they are still adjusting to the new world. Cuddling them will enhance their
sense of security and will phenomenally help their self-esteem not only during their childhood years, but on the
years to come.

4. Respond to your baby’s cries – Crying spells are baby’s way of telling you that something is wrong. They can
usually be one of three things: They are hungry, they feel pain, or they are stressed. One wrong superstition that
is being passed down is that you just let them cry because it is an exercise for them. Babies, when left
unattended to when crying may develop future insecurities in their later life. When they are not attended to, they
lose their sense of safety and can end up having trust issues as they grow older.

5. Go nude – occasional skin to skin time with your baby especially in the early months can help regulate their
heart rate and breathing.

6. Massage – there are a lot of benefits in giving babies a massage. Some of them includes enhancing the immune
system and intellectual development. That is why regular massage time with your little one can be very special.

For more fun and relaxing massage time, use Oleia Topical Oil to massage your baby. Oleia is non-irritant and is
made up of all-natural elements that is guaranteed to make you and your baby feel safe when using it.

Investing in loving on your baby now can reap fruits of many blessings later in life. You don’t have to wait till they are
teenagers to express all the love you have for them. Start today!


About The Author

Cathy spends part of her days wondering how to combine her 2 loves, writing and photography. The rest of her time she spends taking care of her two babies. Sheena, a Labrador retriever & Amanda, a Siberian husky. She’s been an OLEIA user since May.