Estrada's health regimen: 30-minute sauna every day

Estrada’s health regimen: 30-minute sauna every day
The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Former President Joseph Estrada said he doesn’t believe in botox and plastic surgery to defy aging, and does not use any skin care products on his face, “not even sunblock.”

Estrada, who took the hot seat and gamely answered questions from editors of The STAR Friday night, said his health regime is a 30-minute sauna every day, which he has been doing for the last 50 years.

“I don’t take vitamins. I just have my sauna once a day for 30 minutes. I’m doing that for more than 50 years, that is why I don’t get sick,” said Estrada, who at 72 claims he is in perfect health.

“I’m in perfect health. The result of my executive check-up at the Cardinal Santos Hospital (in San Juan City), I told my physician to open the records to the public,” he said.

Coming from a whole day of campaigning in Northern Luzon, Estrada joined editors for a late dinner that included his favorite lechon (roast pig) and chicharon (pork crackling). The company nurse then took his blood pressure, a reasonably healthy 130 over 80.

“You see, I’m pretty healthy,” he declared with delight.

Estrada had knee replacement surgery in Hong Kong four years ago due to osteoarthritis, and he now proudly boasts of being a “bionic man” because of the titanium replacements.

He admitted that he smokes one pack of cigarettes a day, and had no intention of cutting down or quitting if he becomes president again.

He also admitted that he used to drink hard liquor such as Black Label and Blue Label whiskey, but decided to give it up when he was elected vice president.

“I just drink (red) wine now,” he said, although the editorial dinner only had bottled water and iced tea.

The ProPinoy Project