Honey is a natural food that many have come to love for various reasons; this product of the bees has been with us for centuries and is regarded as a nutraceutical of some sort hence it has been highly recommended in traditional medicine as well as finding its way into modern medicine today. In this three parts feature, Health Editor MORGAN NWANGUMA focuses on three major sides of Honey, starting with the many healing benefits inherent in this awesome natural food. For centuries so many have recognised this natural wonder food produced by the bees, while at the same time so many have neglected it only because they are not aware of the numerous health and nutritional benefits contained in this liquid that is capable of healing your entire body. Honey is not only used as food, it is also u...
by Morgan Nwanguma The people of ancient Egypt had associated onions with eternity due to its unique healing potentials among other attributes. Even more so today this vegetable has continued to spring up amazing surprises due to the life saving properties that modern scientific research and discoveries have come to attach to it. According to a Los Angeles-based homeopathic doctor and author of the book “Natural Pregnancy”, Dr. Lauren Feder, onions do indeed have healing powers. She says, “For colds, an onion pouch in (a) room can help with congestion.” Stating further she says “In addition to treating colds, ‘onion socks’ can be used for earaches, teething, and bladder infections.” Amongst nutritional and herbal experts, much consensus has been reached regarding the healing powers o
Morgan Nwanguma This fruit goes by the funny name – Soursop; it is also what is scientifically known as annona muricata. But studies have revealed that this somewhat strange looking exotic fruit is indeed a miracle fruit that is loaded with multifarious health benefits. The health benefits and healing properties embedded in this wonder (plant) fruit are immense and varied; they are found in almost every part of the soursop plant – the fruit, leaves, bark, roots, seeds, etc. The plant which is native to tropical Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, is also native to Sub-Saharan Africa, including Eastern Nigeria - according to a Wikipedia publication. The soursop plant is also referred to as Guyabano, Graviola, Guanabana, etc. in certain climes, has remained largely untapped i
Why men tend to have stronger odour Victoria Haruna One of the reasons some men smell more might be because they have higher testosterone levels; testosterone influences apocrine sweat production. Then again, some guys who emit bad body odour is simply due to poor hygiene. Middle-aged men produce a substance called noneal which adds to the production of bad odour. Another reason men tend to have stronger body odour might be due to the fact that they are more physical, and so tend to sweat more as well. For example, athletes tend to perspire more because pores get bigger with use, so guys who work-out a lot are more prone to have body odour. Recommendations Bathe more often Bathing and washing your clothes more often is a good way to reduce the odour around you; showers are ...
Food and Nutrition Managing Food Sensitivity -Victoria Haruna Have you ever bothered to know how sensitive you are to certain foods? Do you experience intestinal gas, abdominal pains or diarrhoea, after eating some foods? Or your system seem intolerant to such foods? The fastest explanation for this feeling is called sensitivity or allergic reaction to these foods. Food intolerance means that individual elements of certain foods cannot be properly processed and absorbed by the digestive system. Those affected frequently suffer from inability to digest fructose or lactose; histamine or gluten intolerance (celiac disease) is less common. Food intolerance occurs when a person has difficulty digesting a particular food. According to the Founder, Amelia’s Organics, Titilayo Oduye,
Dental Health Want a Bright Smile? Maintaining a bright smile comes with a lot of guts. You wouldn’t want to smile and people see your yellow teeth, so, watch what you eat and drink. Certain foods and beverages can discolour your teeth. If you want to protect your pearly white teeth, try avoiding the followings, or better still, have a thorough brush after you have eaten. Pasta Sauce Because of their acidity, bright red hue and tendency to cling to the teeth, the tomatoes in pasta sauce can leave your teeth vulnerable to staining. Dine on some dark green veggies, such as broccoli, kale and spinach, beforehand to create a protective film over the teeth. The film will ward off tomatoes' staining effect, so spring for a green salad as an appetizer.
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Men’s Health Lose Belly Fat and Live a Longer, Healthier Life by Morgan Nwanguma A popular behaviour we get to observe about a good number of men is the fact that they tend to fasten their belts below their waists. But experts say this is just a ‘ploy’ to escape or avoid the truth about their gut. The part of the alimentary canal lying between the stomach and the anus is the area you really have to pay attention to; if you are in the habit of behaving like we have mentioned above then you had better be advised to begin to attend to this part of your system, experts warn. Truth is your gut needs clearing out. You could begin by grabbing a tape rule and measuring the size of your body just at the level of your belly button or navel. Rejoice if the reading shows a n
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Nutrition How to eat your fruits, and drink water with your meals By Morgan Nwanguma You may be thinking – ‘What is the big deal about how or when and what to eat or drink?” But the truth is that your system was designed in such a way that you are not supposed to stifle and suffocate it by going contrary to the rules of staying perfectly healthy. Yes, there are rules governing how you must treat your body according to expert studies on health and nutrition. There are certain truths you must know about your health and nutrition, even as regards a simple thing as drinking water. Oh, no! You don’t stuff your system with food and gulp down water or whatever drinks you wish just anyhow. Truth is – there is a proper way and manner to combine and eat your different foods, even especially
By Victoria Haruna It is called ube in Igbo language; it is a hard smooth fruit that assumes a pulpy, butter like pericarp when exposed to heat. African pear is an annual fruit which is usually harvested in time with maize; it is rich in oils and minerals, and is traditionally eaten with maize like a staple food of the season. Minerals such as potassium, copper and phosphorous, calcium, iron, magnesium, sulphur, chlorine and sodium are found in this pear. It is also said to contain antioxidants which help in slowing down the ageing process, and maintaining healthy skin. Like most other fruits, it has also been noted to particularly have high calcium content and can supply the daily requirement for the development and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth. It is highly regarded in many r...
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Ways To Achieve A Healthy Skin One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer. For the most complete sun protection you can do the followings: Apply sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours — or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring. Be under the shade. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest. Put on protective clothing. Cover your skin with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats. Also consider laundry additives, which give clothing an additional layer of ultraviolet p
By Victoria Haruna When you are pregnant, you want to do everything that is in the best interest of your baby and that should include eliminating the following items from your plate. With and Without Diabetes It's important whether you have diabetes or not to avoid certain foods while pregnant to help benefit you and your baby. It is important to eat properly and avoid foods that could be damaging to the development of your child. 1). Mercury The most common thing we hear to avoid during pregnancy is seafood high in mercury. Too much mercury could harm your baby’s developing nervous system. Foods to avoid include: swordfish, shark, king mackerel and tile fish. Other fish that would be lower in mercury include; shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, Pollock and catfish. The recommendatio
By Morgan Nwanguma More than ever before the need for us to understand the importance of dietary fibre in our food has become very critical. Food health scientists say this is because of the high prevalence of diabetes among our population coupled with the fact that so many have grown with the misconceptions or myth built about carbohydrate foods regarding the life of the diabetic. Even for decades it was erroneously advocated by the American Diabetes Association that high carbohydrate foods should be eliminated from the diet of the diabetes patient. But from scientific research studies, food nutritionists everywhere have discovered that the problem has never been with the issue of the consumption of carbohydrates or even sweet foods per se. Rather, the problem has to do with the issue o...
It comes in diverse kinds of shapes, colours and sizes. In this part of the world, we are dazzled with the slender, tall, orange colour kind of carrot. it has a crisp texture when fresh. The most commonly eaten part of a carrot is the taproot, although the greens are sometimes eaten as well. The domestic carrot has been selectively bred for its greatly enlarged and more palatable, less woody-textured edible taproot. Carrots are widely used in many cuisines, especially in the preparation of salads, and carrot salads are a tradition in many regional cuisines. Benefits of Carrots Improves vision Western culture’s understanding of carrots being “good for the eyes” is one of the few we got right. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin
A lot has been said about tea in general, and we have come to know the many health benefits as well as some of the misgivings relating to the fact that tea, especially (black) tea has some caffeine in it even as it has been established to be a health promoter. But according to nutritional health experts there is a type of tea that is not so popular like the black tea variety which is popular amongst many even in Nigeria, yet highly enjoyed all over the world. This variety is enjoyed for some very unique healthful reasons; and that is green tea. Green tea, which is native to China and India, has been consumed and hailed for its health benefits for centuries globally and its charm is spreading, and Nigerians have to embrace it too. One of the basic and most important aspects of tea in gener...
The Amazing Beauty Secrets of Jute Leaf (Ewedu) Recently, jute leaf (ewedu) has been raved about for a lot of things – as a stellar component in healthy eating, as Cleopatra’s beauty secret, as a potent anti-wrinkle and as a super food which is being incorporated into health products. In Japan, dried jute leaves are even made into pills which women take as beauty supplements. In African and Middle Eastern countries where healthy eating is the norm, jute leaves are the main ingredients in mucilaginous and very slimy potherb called molokhiya. Jute leaves, also known as Saluyot leaves in the western part of Nigeria, are used in the preparation of ewedu soup. Once ground, it’s got a slimy consistency just like okra. It’s a good source of fibre, low in calories but high in vitamins. In herba