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by Mary Jane O. Velasquez

For the past six months, we have witnessed the impact of the New Normal in our lives. We have practiced the COVID-19 regulations such as physical distancing, wearing of face masks and face shield, applying alcohol onto our hands, and limited exposure from outside our homes. These precautionary measures and the possibility of being infected by the virus also let us give importance to our health more by engaging in a healthy food regime.

Aside from giving priority to our health, there is also a major innovation brought by the pandemic – it is the flourish of the digital world. People began to think of a solution to their businesses, and brought it online. This was to the advantage of both the entrepreneur and the customers because sellers can still deliver their products through the effort of couriers or their own means of transportation by promoting their businesses online, and on the other hand, satisfy the cravings or orders of their customers. The digital businesses were also explored upon by people that were unemployed due to the crisis by finding remote jobs.

But among the advantages of the online scheme is also the gradual effects of its negativities to us. The abrupt shift to online classes posed great stress and anxiety to students and teachers. Since August, students are still coping to the bombardment of assignments online, while teachers are also rushing modules and adjusting to the synchronous and asynchronous classes, not to mention the disruption of classes due to typhoons, urgent meetings, no internet connection, and personal matters. Both struggle to finish tasks on time, working in front of the laptop or computer for hours, straining their eyes in the process. After the tasks are done, they feel fatigue and burn out.

We tend to spend more time in social media, making night into day and day into night, having insomnia. The extra hours we allocate for our gadgets every day slowly damages our eye sight that also leads to migraine. It also has a negative effect in our critical thinking skills and reaction time. If a person is sleep deprived and has a lot of tasks to do throughout the day, their concentration is disrupted and will tend to feel groggy and light-headed.

As we were used to the strict quarantine protocols, most of us do not give time for exercise. The daily walks and morning exercise before are replaced by lying down every hour. The consequence of this action is that we easily get tired in walks and strenuous activities that we did not find hard before.

We might be hopeful and pamper ourselves for a day, do one activity to be productive, just to bring back the feeling of being in the world before pandemic, but we end up wasting the effort that we gave ourselves by going straight into our idle state again. This is a real struggle, but it is also this action also inhibits us from reaching our lifelong goals. Aside from that, we are also risking our health the most.

A number of unhealthy conditions were also mentioned above as to the negative effects of embracing the online world. The following are their brief explanation:


It is a common sleep disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep, or cause you to wake up too early and not be able to get back to sleep. You may still feel tired when you wake up. Insomnia can sap not only your energy level and mood but also your health, work performance and quality of life.


A migraine is a throbbing or pulsing pain felt on one side of the head. It also comes with the symptoms of nausea, vomiting and becoming too sensitive to sounds and light. It can attack for hours or days, with the pain very painful that you can’t go with your daily tasks.

Strained eyes

Eyestrain is a condition wherein the eyes are exhausted from intense usage, like driving or staring at the laptop screen and other gadgets for hours.


Anxiety disorder is expressed with having excessive, strong and tenacious feeling of worry and fear throughout every day happenings. It can lead to an abrupt feeling of worry and terror that causes panic attacks.


It is a feeling of extreme tiredness or lacking the energy to will oneself to do a task. It can either be felt physically, mentally or both.


It is a condition when a person’s mental, emotional and physical aspect is exhausted. They felt overwhelmed, emotionally empty and disappointed with not meeting continuous demands.

All of the said illness originated mostly from one source: it is being under stress.

Dr. Renato U. Paragas, the WATERDOK of the Philippines, the medical director of VER1REV Enterprise, and the author of three books - “The #1 Reason Why You’re Sick”, “The #1 Reason Why You’re Diabetic”, and “The #1 Reason Why You’re Hypertensive” – explained in his online article entitled “THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH” on how water with minerals is important in giving the body its proper nutrients to not feel a disease, including stress.

“There are six basic essential nutrients the body requires. These are carbohydrates, proteins, facts, vitamins, minerals and water. Of these, minerals and water are the most ignored and neglected. When there are deficiencies of these essential nutrients, their vital functions cannot occur. For minerals, these functions are: M – maintain electrical nerve impulses, I – improve muscle actions, N – neutralize stress, E – extracts toxins out of the cells, R – regulate water contents of the body, A – activate enzymatic functions, L – load out to strengthen the immune system, and S – sustain cell life. For water, their vital functions are: W – works to keep body cells toned, A – assists in weight loss, T – transports nutrients and oxygen throughout the body, E – Eliminates acidic metabolic wastes and toxins out of the body, and R – Regulates body temperature. If one or more of the functions stated above are interrupted, disease occurs.”

The N in MINERALS is stated as “Neutralize stress.” According to Dr. Paragas’ 1st book, “The #1 Reason Why You’re Sick”, he explained in physiological terms that stress is neutralized when the amount of dehydration in our body is quenched. “Stress of any form is due to the lack of neurochemicals that influence the proper functioning of the brain cells. Neuronal synapses require adequate chemicals to smoothly transmit nerve impulses. Deficiencies in these chemicals cause stress and may become worse if the lack of minerals is not addressed. Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj cited that the number one cause of stress to the human body is dehydration. Minerals play a vital role in distribution and absorption of water into the cells.”

Stress also triggers our rash emotions of irritability, easily getting angry and builds a lot of pressure that we tend to overthink that clouds our decision-making state. IONIQUE Mineral Drops with water is also a great tranquilizer. Your thoughts will be refreshed and you will feel the energy suddenly pumping into your brain, leading you to managing your stress, doing tasks in your best state of mind and health, and most importantly, you would not unintentionally release your stress on your loved ones and friends.

Let IONIQUE® Mineral Drops and water fight off the stress that you are feeling today.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (PROVERBS 3:5-6)


Suffering from anxiety

Troubled thoughts

Repulsive attitude

Excessive fear

Sudden emptiness

Sudden tiredness

Transform into being energetic

Optimistic in challenges

Devoted to serving the Lord

Amiable to your loved ones

Youthful-at-heart for loving yourself



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Paragas, R.U. (2020, August 10). The Wages of Sin is Death. Ionique Minerals. Retrieved from

Mayo Clinic. (05 October 2016). Insomnia. Retrieved from conditions/insomnia/symptoms-causes/syc-20355167

Mayo Clinic. (16 January 2020). Migraine. Retrieved from conditions/migraine-headache/symptoms-causes/syc-20360201

Mayo Clinic. (28 August 2020). Eyestrain. Retrieved from conditions/eyestrain/symptoms-causes/syc-20372397

Mayo Clinic. (04 May 2018). Anxiety disorders. Retrieved from conditions/anxiety/symptoms-causes/syc-20350961

Healthline. (29 March 2020). Fatigue: Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment & More. Retrieved from

Melinda Smith, M.A., Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., and Lawrence Robinson. Burnout Prevention and Treatment. HelpGuide. Retrieved from recovery.htm

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