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
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 ...
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...
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
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
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
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
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
I have always wondered why saccharine is prescribed against sugar when treating diabetes. When in the actual sense, saccharin is sweeter than sugar; well, Saccharin: Better Alternative to White Sugar! Saccharin is an artificial or non-nutritive sweetener with effectively no food energy which is about 200–700 times as sweet as sucrose or table sugar, but has a bitter or metallic aftertaste, especially at high concentrations. Saccharin is used in the production of various foods and pharmaceutical products including: candies, cookies, medicines Jams, chewing gum, drinks, tinned fruits and toothpaste. Saccharin is not as popular as it once was, thanks to the newer non-nutritive sweeteners that are in the market, many health agencies believe saccharin to be safe for use in the general populat
While most people throw them away, pawpaw seeds are not only edible, small amounts of them in your diet can be surprisingly good for you, Eating pawpaw seeds Prevent diseases. Pawpaw or Carica papaya is a tropical fruit normally found around the world. It has a sweet, pleasant taste and beautiful colour. When in season, pawpaw is eaten regularly in Nigeria, plucked from the back garden or bought from the open markets. The ripe fruit is sliced and eaten as it is - often in-between meals or after meals. The papaya fruit contains a large amount of plant fibre and provides a good amount of vitamins A, C, B, calcium, iron and phosphorous. However, it is not only the delicious part of pawpaw that serves amazing purposes. Recent studies have shown that the seed is consumed due to its medicinal
Proper Dieting for Children Eating a healthy, balanced diet is important for everyone, but children in particular need to receive all of the necessary nutrients for growth and development. All parents want to see their children grow up to be healthy and happy, but often a combination of fussy eating habits and exposure to junk food advertisements can make it seem like an impossible task. Improper diet in childhood impacts your child’s heart health just as it leads to stunted growth. According to a new study, children who eat high-calorie, low-nutrient food, and avoid eating healthy are at risk of having poor heart health. Seven key health factors and behaviours are used to determine whether a child’s cardiovascular health is ideal such as, not using tobacco products, maintaining
Food and Nutrition: packed food has been a trend in this fast paced culture, Somehow civilisation seems to be posing a serious threat to healthy leaving. Yes, modernisation has made us cut down trees, made us ignore the integrated science we were taught in schools - that green life is the best life. Our mothers made tasty moi-moi wrapped in leaves but modernisation has made the now generation turn to nylon (less clumsy and easy to dispose) and plastic containers (such as used by eateries to serve salad - easy to clean). Besides, leaves are not easy to come by these days, and they are not easy to preserve either. But researches carried out in recent years have shown that heated or steamed nylon and plastic containers can be carcinogenic. According to Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture
Living Healthy: Health is the general condition of body and mind; it is a healthy state of wellbeing that is free from disease. But have no doubts about it, healthy living is a long-term commitment; it is not a chance thing, and that means you have a major role to play in how your health turns out. Mrs. Pauline Bamidele Aribisala - a board certified nurse, is the Principal of the Lagos State School of Nursing; she strongly believes that “health is not a gift.” Yet healthy living is actually within the reach of everyone if only they know what to do, and it has always been so from time immemorial. Preventive measures for accessing and maintaining good health Aribisala says, will normally involve each of us being self responsible. Thus we ought to get the requisite knowledge for this t
Healthy Smoothies Smoothies are a perfect on-the-go snack any time of day. Blend frozen bananas, peanut butter, soy milk, Greek yoghourt, honey, and a few ice cubes. If this is a morning snack, keep it in a tight-sealing container and throw it in a gym or work bag. For an afternoon boost, prep it the night before and freeze. Remove in the morning, and it will be thawed and ready to enjoy after lunch. Tip: Add a scoop of your favourite chocolate or vanilla protein for an extra protein boost. This is also a great way to use up those bananas that have gone a little dark. Just peel them and throw them into a food storage container and place them in the freezer. They'll be ready next time you want this good-for-you frozen treat. The ripe bananas have plenty of natural sweetness, and the p
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healthy Lifestyle, a big priority: A healthy lifestyle can help you thrive throughout your life. Making healthy choices isn't always easy, however. It can be hard to find the time and energy to exercise regularly or prepare healthy meals. However, your efforts will pay off in many ways, and for the rest of your life. A healthy lifestyle is a big priority. Guide to living a Healthy Lifestyle: Be physically active for 30 minutes most days of the week. Break this up into three 10-minute sessions when pressed for time. Healthy movement may include walking, sports, dancing, yoga, running or other activities you enjoy. Eat a well-balanced, low-fat diet with lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Choose a diet that's low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and moderate in sugar