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Fibroids – Natural Remedies, and the Healing Powers of Ginger

Fibroids – Natural Remedies, and the Healing Powers of Ginger

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Fibroids are a form of (abnormal) growth in the womb; they are benign tumours containing fibrous tissue and especially located in the uterus of the woman. And so fibroids are non-cancerous growths or tumours that sometimes also form outside the uterus, and usually during menstruation. Sometimes they can be painful and causing heavy bleeding during the woman’s monthly period, but not usually life threatening according to experts. Many at times women with fibroids who want to get rid of the problem resort to surgery, but scientific research has shown over time that invariably after spending so much money and going through the painful experience, fibroids usually make a comeback after a while. But modern research has also come with a big relief for this category of women in that nutrition an
Eating Fishes with High Mercury Content Dangerous

Eating Fishes with High Mercury Content Dangerous

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
A medical practitioner, Dr Arikawe Adeolu, on Friday warned the public against consumption of fishes with high mercury content, saying it can cause neurological damage to the body. Adeolu, who works with the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, Abuja, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja. According to him, consuming fish with high mercury content puts the individual at risk of having mercury toxicity, which causes some form of neurological damage. The doctor said that Shark, Angler Fish, Tuna and the Whale were fishes with very high mercury content. “Fishes low in mercury content are Tilapia, Sardine, Catfish, Croaker Fish, Salmon and Shrimps, saying that they were relatively safe for consumption,’’ he said. The expert described mercury as
New Urine Test Reveals the Quality of your Diet

New Urine Test Reveals the Quality of your Diet

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Most people would eat just what they are used to or whatever just pleases them. But unknown to many, it is not what satisfies your tongue that matters but the quality or health of your diet. According to a study done recently, a new urine test is able to specifically state the situation with your diet. The test is able to identify and measure the levels of some biological markers that result when foods such as meat, fruit and vegetables are broken down by your system after you have eaten them. These markers can more independently show whether a person eats a healthy diet, for example, one that is loaded with fruits and vegetables, according to lead study author - Isabel Garcia-Perez, a research associate in the Imperial College London Department of Medicine. The research states that the ...
How Your Morning Coffee Might Slow Down Ageing

How Your Morning Coffee Might Slow Down Ageing

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
To the age-old question “Is coffee bad for you? Researchers are in more agreement than ever that the answer is a resounding “no.” A new study published in the journal Nature Medicine found that older people with low levels of inflammation which drives many, if not most, major diseases had something surprising in common: they were all caffeine drinkers. “The more caffeine people consumed, the more protected they were against a chronic state of inflammation,” says study author David Furman, consulting associate professor at the Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection at Stanford University. “There was no boundary, apparently.” In the study, Furman and his colleagues analysed blood samples from 100 young and old people. The older people tended to have more activity in several
Red Meat, so Appetising Yet so Much Bad News

Red Meat, so Appetising Yet so Much Bad News

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Be truthful to yourself, when last did you pass by a barbecue stand, or perceived the aroma of frying bacon without hesitating a while? It is most of the time just irresistible. Just like the aroma, so is the delicate allure of red meat. Let’s face it (red) meat is so delicious to the taste. But the bad news or so it seems, continues to filter all through about the negative impacts of indulging in red meat delicacies. Just how real is this red meat palaver anyway?  And so, another (recent) research finding published in the journal Gut, associates the consumption of red meat to a heightened risk of developing diverticulitis. Diverticulitis is an inflammation of a diverticulum in the digestive tract (especially the colon); it is characterised by painful abdominal cramping and fever and con
The Importance of a Good Diet

The Importance of a Good Diet

Dental Health, Food And Nutrition, NEWS
In a perfect world, there would be no cavities – but unfortunately that would mean there would have to be no sugar, and let’s be honest, that’s never going to happen. Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet isn’t just important to your overall health, it’s important to your oral health as well. Frequent or prolonged intake of sugary foods enables bacteria to maintain an acidic environment on the surface of your teeth. Soft and sticky foods cling to the biting surfaces of the teeth and stay there until it’s brushed off. Saliva will spread the sugar between the teeth, and to the front and back. So how do cavities occur, and that ugly dental decay? Every time you eat, plaque and bacteria in your mouth mix with the sugar and starch from the food you ingest, creating an acidic environm
The Importance of a Good Diet

The Importance of a Good Diet

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
In a perfect world, there would be no cavities – but unfortunately that would mean there would have to be no sugar, and let’s be honest, that’s never going to happen. Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet isn’t just important to your overall health, it’s important to your oral health as well. Frequent or prolonged intake of sugary foods enables bacteria to maintain an acidic environment on the surface of your teeth. Soft and sticky foods cling to the biting surfaces of the teeth and stay there until it’s brushed off. Saliva will spread the sugar between the teeth, and to the front and back. So how do cavities occur, and that ugly dental decay? Every time you eat, plaque and bacteria in your mouth mix with the sugar and starch from the food you ingest, creating an acidic environm
Eating Clean for a Healthier and Slimmer You

Eating Clean for a Healthier and Slimmer You

Food And Nutrition
Eating clean entails eating foods as close to their natural form as possible. It’s all about eating basically natural unrefined foods, or foods slightly processed but still rich in their natural minerals and nutrients. Hippocrates, the father of western medicines recognised the power of clean eating and the role it can play in the optimum when he wrote these words: "Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food." Yes, eating clean not only helps you drop extra unwanted weights, but repairs and heals your body when you make it a regular way of life. Clean eating is not a diet but a healthy lifestyle change. A change from eating processed and refined foods full of chemicals and additives that contributes to major diseases in the body, to eating whole and natural foods
9 Health Benefits of Cucumber

9 Health Benefits of Cucumber

Food And Nutrition
Cucumbers belong to the same plant family as squash, pumpkin, and watermelon (the Cucurbitaceae family). Like watermelon, cucumbers are made up of mostly (95 percent) water, which means eating them on a hot summer day can help you stay hydrated. However, there's reason to eat cucumbers all year long. With vitamin K, B vitamins, copper, potassium, vitamin C, and manganese, cucumbers can help you to avoid nutrient deficiencies that are widespread among those eating a typical American diet. Plus, cucumbers contain unique polyphenols and other compounds that may help reduce your risk of chronic diseases and much, much more. Reasons to Eat Cucumbers Protect Your Brain Cucumbers contain an anti-inflammatory flavonol called fisetin that appears to play an important role in brain ...
Avoid Smoked Fish, Roasted Corn, Plantain to Live Long Expert Says

Avoid Smoked Fish, Roasted Corn, Plantain to Live Long Expert Says

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
For Nigerians to defeat non communicable diseases and live long, they must avoid excessive or continuous intake of smoked fish, roasted corn, roasted plantain and other enticing, but unhealthy foods, the Managing Director, Integrated Medical Centre, Dr. Damilola Familoni has said. She notes that though these were hard to resist delicacies for Nigerians, they were ladened with cancer causing effects and other disease risk factors which manifests much later in life, stressing that one of the surest prevention methods against cancer, diabetes, hypertension and obesity was adopting a healthy lifestyle which includes healthy living. Speaking at the celebration of AVON Health Management Organisation at Three, and the launch of its online service in Lagos, she said Nigerians must be edu...
Eating Undercooked Chicken could Cause Paralysis – Research

Eating Undercooked Chicken could Cause Paralysis – Research

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Researchers have alerted the public that undercooked chicken could trigger a potentially fatal neurological condition that leaves sufferers paralysed. The warning came ahead of public preparation for the Yuletide, a season of celebration when millions of families cherish chickens as part of the delicacy consumed to celebrate both Christmas and the coming New Year. These are the findings of a research is published in the ‘Journal of Autoimmunity’. A common bacteria, ‘campylobacter jejuni’, which lurks in the raw flesh of chickens has been found to cause Guillain-Barre syndrome, GBS, a lifethreatening disorder where the body’s immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. Early symptoms include feeling weak and experiencing tingling sensations in the legs. ‘Camp
5 Foods and Drinks that Can Keep Your Teeth White

5 Foods and Drinks that Can Keep Your Teeth White

Dental Health, Food And Nutrition
Try supplementing your diet with the following foods. Not only do they offer you nutritional benefits, but they also help keep your teeth white. 1.    Cauliflower It’s one of those foods that requires a lot of chewing – and that’s a good thing for your teeth. The longer it takes to break down your food, the more saliva you produce. And saliva is a natural cleanser for your teeth to keep them shining bright. 2.    Strawberries These fruits may be a dark colour, but they’re also packed with an enzyme known as malic acid, which naturally makes teeth whiter. 3.    Cheese Your mother told you to drink your milk for strong bones and a sparkling white smile. And she was correct. Dairy products, such as cheese, yoghourt and milk, contain lactic acid and the enamel-fortifying mineral calc
Healthy Ageing with Anti-ageing Foods

Healthy Ageing with Anti-ageing Foods

Food And Nutrition
Morgan Nwanguma Modern research shows that brain debility and the negative effects of ageing can be well countered by making wise decisions in your diets. Thus, the effects of inflammation can be destructive and it is a phenomenon that can affect any part of the body. Basically inflammation is a response of body tissues to injury or irritation; it is usually characterised by pain and swelling and redness and heat, Healthy Ageing with Anti-ageing Foods. Depending on the reason for the onset of such reactions, an inflammatory condition is not one that should be allowed to persist unabated. Inflammation on the part of the brain can signal danger and if allowed to continue for a long time, is a sure way to incurring a damaging effect on this very important organ of the body. Sometimes infla
Amazing benefits of Corn

Amazing benefits of Corn

Food And Nutrition
Gabriel Ifinnwa It is that time of the year again and officially - the corn season in Nigeria! At this period which is the rainy season, the corn (maize) is its pilgrim. Popularly called the mouth organ, whether roasted or boiled, accompanied with pear (ube in Igbo) or coconut, whichever one prefers - this is a hearty meal for most Nigerians - Nutritional Value of Corn. Maize is one of the most popular cereals in the world and forms the staple food in many countries, including the United States and many African countries. It is one of the most widely consumed food grains. Being a good source of antioxidant carotenoids, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, yellow (or coloured) corn may promote eye health. It is also a rich source of many vitamins and minerals. It could be taken in-between meal
Eating Your Way to Healthy Skin

Eating Your Way to Healthy Skin

Food And Nutrition
The appearance of our skin and what becomes of it as we age is generally subject to various factors. Notable among these are the foods and drinks we take as well as our overall lifestyle. In the cause of these, certain behaviours expose us to skin hazards – such as undue exposure to sunlight, tobacco smoking or chewing, foods and beverages that may cause dehydration like the ones containing caffeine, and alcohol. Others that are likely to have negative impacts on the skin over time include diets packed with processed and sugary foods Eating Your Way to Healthy Skin. With age your skin becomes thinner, less elastic and even develops fine lines and wrinkles, but when you form the habit of eating ‘right’ you can actually enhance your looks right from the inside. And so, you need to go for ba