Tuesday, 10 October 2017

 More than just crunchy and sweet taste these has a lot of usefulness




 Here are some benefits of taking them
 AVOCADO
Oral benefit: Contain oleric acid, shown to help lower cholesterol and regulate blood pressure, good source of potassium, helps inhabit prostate cancer growth.
Topical benefit: Excellent lubricant for deep-seated dry skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis, ideal for sensitive skin, a rich source of vitamin A, B1, B2, and E, also a good source of iron, potassium, niacin, lecithin, and pantothenic acid.

 HONEY 
Oral benefits: Soothes sore throats and stops oral bacteria, also serves as internal lubricant.
Topical benefit: It's antimicrobial properties helps heal wounds and skin ulcer, it also helps promote healthy tissue and relieves inflammation.

 OATMEAL
Oral benefit: Soothes and calms skin, can have an antidepressant effect. 
Topical benefit: Soothes itchy, irritated, and dry, great in bath

 DARK CHOCOLATE
Oral benefit: Flavonoids in chocolate helps prevent heat diseases and cancer, lower blood pressure and provide high levels of antioxidants. 
Topical benefit: Excellent moisturizer easily absorbed into the skin, high mineral content, soothes irritated skin and promotes feeling of calm and relaxation.

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Saturday, 16 September 2017

  Do you know that coffee drinking plays an important part in a healthy life style combining pleasure with healthy benefits?
  Do you know what is special about coffee?

  Coffee is a populate and delicious beverage that has been enjoyed for centuries by people all over the world. NESCAFE is the number one coffee in the whole world. Over 3,900 cups of  NESCAFE are drunk every second in more than 120 countries including Nigeria. Thanks to it's convenience,  NESCAFE can be enjoyed in particularly and setting of home, at work, outdoor and at any time of the day.

  PSYCHOLOGICAL BENEFITS(and contributed to general well being)
•Increased alertness, stimulation of mental performance:
Coffee consumption is associated with an increase in alertness and stimulation of mental performance. This is due to the increase in the speed of the information processing within the brain, and the improvement of reaction times. This is particularly important for commercial drivers, pilots and air traffic controllers, doctors, nurses, and others who have to work at night where drowsiness (especially during the early hours of the morning) can lead to serious accident.

•Wakes you up:

For the same reasons, a cup of coffee at breakfast time is an ideal way to start the day; and another after lunch will help to improve alertness and attention, and prevent the 'post-lunch dip' in concentration.

•Promotes sociability:

Coffee lends itself perfectly to any social occasion be it a short coffee because it is easy and quick to prepare. The convenience of soluble coffee means that you can enjoy a delicious cup of coffee at anytime of the day, with the minimum of fuss.

  NUTRITIONAL AND HEALTH BENEFITS
•Supports body-fluid intake requirements:
Healthy adults undress normal condition needs about 2.5 litres of water daily to restore cellular and body fluids, for the transport of nutrients, to enable the digestive system to function, and to excrete bodily wastes. A cup of coffee at mealtime, and adequate fluid intake, which is essential for good health.

•Supports weight watch:

If you are watching your weight, you can make an excellent low-calorie beverage by drinking you cup of coffee without access milk or cream (or perhaps with a little skimmed milk), using non-calorie sweetener of desired. In addition, researchers have shown that coffee consumption stimulates energy expenditures increasing the breakdown of fat so that scientists recommended coffee drinking as part of weight-loss programmes.

•Supports protein/mineral intake requirements:
Coffee contain some amount of vitamins(vitamin E, Niacin our Vitamin B3) and minerals(potassium, magnesium and manganese).  And when coffee is prepared with milk and sugar, it will contribute to your daily protein and energy needs.

•Aids digestion, reduced risk of cirrhosis of liver:
Coffee aids digestion today is why it is a perfect end to a good meal.

•Diminishes risk of liver diseases:
Studies in the United States, Europe and Japan, have shown that coffee drinking substantially reduces the risk of cirrhosis of the liver caused by over consumption of alcohol.

•Reduces risk of colon cancer:

Extensive researchers by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (a world have shown that coffee drinkers have a reduced risk of colon cancer.

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

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  Making new people you meet have a different mind set of you from who you really are might be that easy to pull off being that they have no idea of who you were, I grew up in a neighbourhood with alot of crazy friends which definitely made me behave the same way, growing up, I began to feel different,
  I decided to take a few steps and work on my first impression, may be that could help with the way the new people I met feel about me. I didn't exactly want to totally change from who I was to a different person, I'd never advice you to do that, just try and work on you being more inviting and also in a way that gives a clearer picture about your good qualities.

 I've come up with 4 ideas that worked for me and think would also do for you. These are simple approaches, it's just about making an effort to try them when you meet new people

   Smile
 It's quite obvious and well known that smile is a measure of attraction, I for the record I'm quite found of smiling when having a conversation and try a lot to make jokes, though not that much so you wouldn't be thought as a humorous person. While smiling is important, you probably don't want to have a cheesy and inauthentic grin all over your face, cus it may risk them thinking "Is he trying to cover up his nervousness or something", this is why you also need to keep a straight face half of the way. Smiling doesn't only make people comfortable around you, it also goes a long way to make people think of you as a nice person. 

   The eye shot 
  Making eye contact is one of my thing during a conversation cus this actually goes a long way in getting people interested in what you have to say. 
  I'd also tell you that it's a great idea not to over do it, give it a break, no one enjoys eye contact for long, at least not from a stranger, you don't want to risk them getting nervous or avoiding your eye contact. Looking away too much also makes you appear distracted, keep your shot on the average. 

   Be present
  When meeting someone new, you’re in an unusual situation, and your mind is racing faster than ever: "do i look odd? what is she/he thinking about me? Am I sounding good enough? What do I say next?" Quit it. Silence those voices. Mind race cuts off your attention and at the end you'd have just had a shot and unproductive meet. Slow it, take a breath. 
  When meeting for the first time, I always aim at retaining some piece of information about them to be able to meet them again, ask only relevant questions-questions you know the answers would help you meet them another time. 
  Your full attentiveness will create a level of comfort. “The better you make the other person feel, the more they’ll be inclined to have a positive impression of you”.

   Make a connection
  When I met someone new, I try to inquire a few things about them and relate it to my self, like have you read a recent book? Or watch a recent movie?. This doesn't only help in generating comfort, it also helps you get something to talk about. Remember to be positive, trust me, they don't want to hear about how your dog died, or your pocket that was picked. 
  Your upbeat attitude and positivity will make for a great first impression.

  With these few tips, you'd be on and going with new friends. Please comment and also let me know what else we should add to this. 


Thursday, 31 August 2017

  Hearing has a great deal of importance to our live, unfortunately as we age, our chances of experiencing hearing loss increases.

   This tips will look at the issues in more depth, and advise further on how to care for your ears.

There are commonly four causes known leading to hearing loss.

 - Noise-caused hearing loss:

Regularly exposing your ear to loud noise over a long period of time can probe serious harm to your hearing ability. Gradual and increasing loss can occur when people listen to high-volume music  either through an MP3 player or by attending nightclubs and gigs frequently.
  Another type of noise-caused hearing loss are situations when a person is standing close to an explosion or abnormally loud noise. This usually results to immediate hearing loss. This type of hearing loss is called 'acoustic trauma'.

 - Age-related hearing loss:

  Unfortunately, heating loss is oftenly common with people aged  above 65, it over time that we lose our ability to hear softer and high-pitched sounds. It can go unnoticed because it's a gradual process increasing as we age.

 - Conductive hearing loss:

  Although every sound we hear has to make its way to the inner ear but the journey can be blocked by issues in the other two sections of the ear, the outer and middle parts. This problem could be as a result build-up of wax or fluid, or something more serious, such as a perforated eardrum.

 - Sensorineural hearing loss:

  If the sensory cells or nerve fibres in the inner ear gets damaged they are less able to channel sounds through to the brain. In most cases, sensorineural hearing loss is permanent.

You can probably prevent hearing loss


   BE AWARE OF NOISY AREA

  If you're in a situation where you are exposed to noise, assess the level of the volume and for a long time you are susceptible to hearing loss. The volume of noise can be measured in decibels, you should avoid areas where there is more than 85dB, if your job exposes you to that risk and, putting your fingers in your ear is a start, though no more than a temporary emergency measure the second is to wear hearing protection.
  Ear protector provide a genuine layer of protection. These come in the form of over-the-ear defenders which enclose the ear completely.
Also
*.Put your television, personal sterio, headphones and other audio outputs at an average volume.
*.Wear ear plugs when going to rock concerts or night clubs.
*.Take a break so your ears can rest, and do not stand close to loudspeakers.
*.Wear headphones if you use noisy equipment such as drills, lawn mowers, etc.


   CLEAN YOUR EAR WITH EXTRA CARE
  In cleaning your ear do not use foreign tools like Q-tips, bobby pins or sharp pointed objects to clean your ears. These objects may injure the ear canal or eardrum. Do not also use cotton wool, fingers or towels in your ears as it may push wax down onto your eardrum and can increase the production of wax and may damage the eardrum.
  Using unclean water to clean your ear can cause ear infections which may result in hearing impairment.

   ILLNESS AND MEDICATION

  Some illnesses and medical conditions can affect your hearing. If you experience sudden hearing loss or have constant noise in your ears or head, see an ear doctor quickly.
 - Drainage from the ear is not normal and usually implies infection. See your doctor as soon as possible.
 -Some medications can affect hearing. Take medications only as prescribed, and consult your doctor if you experience unusual hearing or ringing in the ears.
 - Reduce the risk of ear infections by treating upper respiratory systems (ears, nose, throat) infections quickly.

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Monday, 28 August 2017

  Protecting your eyesight is one of the most important things you can do to help maintain your quality of life.
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  Everyone values their eyesight, but it is not until you experience vision loss that you truly understand the priceless gift of healthy eyes. Here are some ways to protect your eyesight and enjoy a lifetime of good vision;

    EAT RIGHT
  Clear vision begins with your plate. Studies have shown that eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids and eating foods containing other nutrients like  lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and vitamin E may reduce your risk of developing macular degeneration and cataract.
  Fill your plate high with green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and collard greens. Make salad a daily treat. Remember, the darker the greens, the better for your eye health. Nuts (especially walnuts) nourish the eyes as well as eggs, beans and other legumes. Oranges, citrus fruits and peppers are some of the best sources of vitamin C.


   WEAR SUNGLASSES

  Whenever you go outdoor during daytime, always wear sunglasses that shield your eyes from 100 percent of the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays. UV blocking sunglasses delay the development of cataracts, since direct sunlight hastens the formation of cataracts. Sunglasses help prevent retinal damage, they also protect the delicate eyelid skin to prevent both wrinkles and skin cancer around the eye, and both cancerous and non-cancerous growths on the eye and helps reduce the risk of pinguecula and other eye problems.
  Choose sunglasses that offer 100 percent UV-A and UV-B protection and wrap around the face to fully protect the side of your eyes. Polarized lenses reduce glare while you drive or while doing water sports.If you wear contact lenses, some offer UVprotection. It's still a good idea to wear sunglasses for an extra layer.

    QUIT SMOKING
  The many dangers of smoking have been well documented. Smoking makes you more likely to get cataracts, damage to your optic nerve, and macular degeneration, uveitis and other eye problems.
  Studies show that current smokers and ex-smokers are  more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration than people who have never smoked. If you've tried to quit the habit before only to start again, keep at it. The more times you try to quit, the more likely you are to succeed. Ask your doctor for help.

   PROTECT YOUR EYE WITH SAFETY EYEWEAR

  Sports like ice hockey, racquetball, and lacrosse and home projects such as home repairs, gardening, and cleaning can easily lead to eye injury. Helmets with protective face masks or sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses will shield your eyes. Sports eye protection should meet the specific requirements of that sport; these requirements are usually established and certified by the sport's governing body.

   BEWARE OF DIGITAL EYE STRAIN
  Digital eye strain is an increasing problem today. Screens our phones, computer and other electronic devices produce blue light, harmful light waves that penetrate deep within the eyes and can cause harm like blurry vision, trouble focusing at a distance, dry eyes, presbyopia, headaches and so on.

Ways to reduce digital eye strain include;
    -Take a break and rest your eyes every 20 minutes and look 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
    -Get up at least every 2 hours and take a 15 minute break.
    -If your eyes are dry, blink more.
    -Move the screen so your eyes are level with the top of the monitor. That lets you look slightly down at the screen.
    -Make sure your glasses or contacts prescription is up to date and good for looking at a computer screen.
    -Choose a comfortable, supportive chair. Position it so that your feet are flat on the floor.
    -If your eye strain won’t go away, talk to your doctorabout computer glasses.

   KNOW YOUR FAMILY'S HEALTH HISTORY
  Many eye diseases cluster in families, so you should know your family's history of eye disease because you may be at increased risk.
  Age-related eye diseases, including cataracts,diabetic retinopathy,glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration are expected to dramatically increase — from 28 million today to 43 million by the year 2020.
  Want good vision all your life? Take care of your eyes, and get regular eye exams.

   VISIT YOUR EYE DOCTOR REGULARLY

  Everyone, both the young and the old, should get their eyes examined regularly. It helps you protect your sight and see the best way that you can. Eye exams can also find some eye diseases, such as glaucoma, that have no symptoms. It’s important to find these diseases early on, when they’re easier to treat.

   KNOW YOUR OTHER RISK FACTORS
  As you get older, you are at higher risk of developing age-related eye diseases and conditions. It is important to know your risk factors because you may be able to lower your risk by changing some behaviors.

   CONTACT LENS CARE 
  Wash your hands well before you put in or take out your contact lenses. Also follow the instructions on how to properly clean them, and replace them when needed.
  Abuse, such as sleeping in contacts that are not medically approved for overnight wear, using saliva or water as a wetting solution, using expired solutions, and using disposable contact lenses beyond their wear can result incorneal ulcers, severe pain and even vision loss.
 
  Taking and keeping committed to all these tips( Eat right, wear sun glasses, quit smoking, protect you eye, beware of digital eye strain, get aware of your family health background, know other health factors, contact lens care and visit your doctor regularly) can help you keep a good vision. Visit medical assistance for consultation.


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Friday, 18 August 2017

Sleep makes you feel better, but its benefits goes far beyond just banishing under-eye circles. The amount of sleep you get a night invest a lot in your day to come.
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Here are benefits of getting a good amount of sleep:

1. Sleep improves your memory:
Researchers have found out that sleep play am important role in the process called memory consolidation. During sleep your body may be resting, but you brain is busy processing your day, making connections between events, sensory inputs, feelings and memory. A good sleep is a very important time for your brain to make memories and links, and getting more quality sleep will help you remember and process things better.
 In other words if you’re trying to learn something new—whether  it's a new language or a new tennis swing—you’ll perform better after sleeping.

2. Adequate sleep prevents obesity:
 Poor sleep is strongly linked toweight gain. People with short sleep duration tend to weigh significantly more than those who get adequate amount of sleep. In fact, short sleep duration is one of the strongest risk factors for obesity.
 If you are trying to lose weight, getting quality sleep is absolutely crucial.
 Watching your weight can be as simple as getting a good night's sleep. Lack of sleep can make you put on weight by drastically slowing your metabolism down.
 Researchers suggested getting plenty of sleep might prevent weight gain.

3. A good sleep reduces stress:
When it comes to our health stress and sleep are nearly one and the same—and both can affect cardiovascular health. If you're body lacks adequate amount of sleep, it goes into a state of stress. Stress puts the body system on high alert which causes high blood pressure and the production of stress hormones. High blood pressure increases your risk of heart attack and stroke, stress hormones makes it harder to fall asleep.   Sleep can definitely reduce levels of stress, and with that people can have better control of their blood pressure.
More relaxation techniques should also be observed to counteract the effect of stress.

4. Good Sleep Can Maximize Athletic Performance: 
Sleep has been shown to enhance athletic performance. In a study on basket ball players, longer sleep was shown to significantly improve speed, accuracy, reaction times, and mental wellbeing.
 Less sleep duration has also been associated with poor exercise performance and functional limitation in elderly women. A study from researchers found that poor sleep was linked to slower walking, lower grip strength, and difficulty in performing independent activities.

5. Reduces depression:
Mental health issues, such as depression, are strongly linked to poor sleep quality and sleeping disorders.
  Sleeping brings about many of the chemicals in your body, including serototin. People with setototin deficiency are more likely to suffer from depression.
  You can help to prevent depression by getting the right amount of sleep of about 7 to 9 hours a day. A good night’s sleep can really help a moody person decrease their anxiety. You get more emotional stability with good sleep.

6. Reduced heart attacks and stroke:
Sleep quality and duration can have a major effect on the risk of drive chronic diseases, including heart disease.
Heart diseases and stroke are most likely to occur in the morning hours, which is oftenly due to the way sleep interacts with the blood vessels. Lack of sleep has been associated with worsening of blood pressure and cholesterol, which are risks factors for heart disease and stroke. Your health will remain healthy if you get sleep good between 7 to 9 hours a day.

7. Longer livespan:
Sleep also affects quality of life. Regularly sleeping less than you should is associated with a shorter lifespan, although it is not clear whether little sleep is the cause, or an effect of other illnesses.(illness also affects sleeping pattern) Studies have found people who routinely sleep for fewer than 6 hours a night have a higher risk of dying sooner than people of a similar age who sleep between 7 to 9 hours a night.

8. Reduces risk of inflammatory:
Increased stress hormone caused by lack of sleep raises the level of inflammation in your body. Inflammation is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging risking bad health condition like cancer and diebetes.
Inflammation is thought to make the body deteriorate as we age. This can be curbed by getting a good amount of sleep.

9. Sleep helps the body repair itself:
Sleep is a time to relax, but it's also a time during which the body is at work repairing damages caused by stress, ultraviolet rays and other harmful exposure. Your body cells produce more protein when you are asleep. These protein produced are in charge for forming the body blocks for cells, showing them to repair damages.

10. Good sleep improves you immune function:

Even a small loss of sleep has been shown to impair immune function, lack of sleep can suppress your immune system, which makes you more vulnerable to infections.
On a large 2 weeks study observed the development of the common cold after giving people nasal drops with the virus that causes colds.They found that those who slept less than 7 hours were almost three times more likely to develop a cold than those who slept 7 hours or more.
  "Night time isn't the only time to shut your eyes. Napping during the day is an effective, refreshing alternative to caffeine that is good for your overall health and can help you to be more productive. A study of some Greek adult showed that people who took nap at work sore much lower level of stress. Napping also improves your mood."

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

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  Everyone at a certain time in life would become concerned about their body and try to find out how to keep their body in good shape. A lot of people are very much aware of the need of good diet and exercise in keeping a good shape, but most of them just never really come around to starting a routine that involves healthier diet habits and more regular exercise routine.
  It's undeniable that this can happen to a number of us, but we should put in our possible best to keep committed to these routines.
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  Now that you have made a commitment to take care of your body, both internal and external, read on as you explore on helpful tips on how to keep your body in good shape:

   EAT LESS
  Everyone knows, whether they want to admit it or not, reducing calories will help you to lose weight. If you have a need to lose body fat you must burn more calories than you consume. To build muscle you have to gain weight, so consuming more calories than you burn will be required.
  Your meal timing could also play a role in keeping your body in good shape, as you should reduce the calorie intake, you also need to know when to eat. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and the one meal that should not be missed. Lunch should be healthy but a bit or more less than what you ate for breakfast. As your dinner time approaches, eat healthy and light. Avoid eating dinner or snacks before bed.

   CHOOSE A GOOD WORKOUT ROUTINE
Choosing a good workout routine helps with keeping a good body shape.  Planks, sit up, push up and a good number of work out routine can be gotten from the internet.
Working out at home is a good option and for some people, they are committed enough to actually make it work. However, most people want to get into shape, the inspiration, competitiveness, and encouragement received from working out in a gym is the way to go. Although it will require a small investment, try to find a gym that has qualified staff, and offers fun classes where you can enjoy working out.

   GET ENOUGH SLEEP
  Sure sleep really does affects health. When you are asleep, your body is resting and recovering from all the work is has done during the day. Your serotonin levels are brought back in line, your muscles relax, and mind clears itself in preparation for the next day. If you are depriving yourself of sleep or you are not getting the proper amount of sleep in any way, you will notice it in a physical way. It is medically advisable to sleep as long as six to eight hours a night is. If you have difficulty getting to sleep, before you climb into bed, try Yoga, listening to soft, relaxing music, getting a good massage.

   KILL STRESS
  You have probably heard it more than a million times that stress is a key contributor to lame health. Studies has found that when a person is stressed, the body reacts. The result of stress could be high-blood pressure, tension headaches, upset stomachs, poor posture, and on. Keeping stress incheck will help you manage your overall health much better.

   INCREASE YOU INTAKE OF PROTEIN
  When it comes to keeping a good body shape, protein is the king of nutrients.Your body burns calories when digesting and metabolizing the protein you eat there by reducing your weight, so a high-protein diet can boost metabolism by up to 80-100 calories per day.
  A high-protein diet can also make you feel more full and reduce your appetite. In fact, some studies show that people eatover 400 fewer calories per day on a high-protein diet.Even something as simple as eating a high-protein breakfast (like eggs) can have a powerful effect.

   DISCARD PROCESSED FOOD
  Processed foods are usually high in added sugars, added fats and calories. What's more, processed foods are engineered to make you eat as much as possible. They are much more likely to cause addictive-like eating than unprocessed foods.

   EAT MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLE
Fruits and vegetables are extremely healthy weight-loss-friendly foods. In addition to being high in water, nutrients and fiber, they usually have very low energy density. This makes it possible to eat large servings without consuming too many calories. Numerous studies have shown that people who eat more fruits and vegetables tend to weigh less.


   FINALLY, TAKE MORE WATER
  It is actually true that drinking water can help with weight loss. Drinking 0.5 liters  of water may increase the calories you burn by 24–30% for an hour afterward.
  Drinking water before meals  may also lead to reduced calorie intake, especially for middle-aged and older people. Water is particularly good for weight loss when it replaces other beverages that are high in calories and sugar.

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