Top 5 Health Tips For OFWs By Dr. Willie Ong

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Working abroad can be both physically and mentally challenging. This is the reason wy you, as an overseas Filipino worker (OFW), should always be mindful of your health.

Keep in mind that you will be away from your family for long periods of time – which means you will have no one to take care of you just in case you get sick.


Here are top 5 health tips you should observe to avoid potential health problems while you are employed abroad.

  1. Maintain a well-balanced diet.

As we all know, proper diet is crucial in staying healthy.

You should be aware of this especially if unhealthy food is available in abundance. For example, avoid excessive consumption of meat. Besides, doing so may lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, and other serious health concerns.

Eat meat sparingly and be sure to include fruits and vegetables in your diet. Also, drink 8 to 10 glasses of water everyday to protect your kidneys.

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  1. Exercise regularly.

Be physically active by engaging in sports such as basketball, swimming, or others.

In case you’re too busy for that, exercising at home can be an option, too. Watch video tutorials online so you can get ideas for different exercises you can do at home. Buy simple equipments you can use such as a dumbbell, jumping rope, or others.

  1. Stay away from vices.

Although occasional drinking is acceptable, make sure that it doesn’t become a habit for you. Some OFWs turn to drinking as their way of fighting homesickness but that can be a bad idea. Besides, regular drinking can lead to weight gain and sicknesses. It may also affect your productivity at work.

  1. Bring your medical records and medications.

If you are taking medications, its better to bring some supplies with you as you leave the country. Some medicines may either be hard to find or expensively priced abroad.

Have copies of your medical records at hand (including your CBC, x-ray, and 2D echo, if any) so you can present it to a physician in the moment that you get sick. This will help them determine your history and be more effective in treating you.

  1. Don’t forget to pray.

Last but not the least is prayer. Whatever your religion may be, praying to Deity for guidance, protection, and good health should always be a part of your day.

via : philstar

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