Friday, 12 December 2014


Zinc metal is an element that is not as popular or should I say not as well known as vitamins D, C OR E or calcium ,magnesium etc. Not many people are aware that a little deficiency of this element in the body can cause a huge defect in our health.Many scientist are of the opinion that Zinc is such an important element needed in the body that even a small deficiency is a disaster probable because it is found in most tissues of the body  and is directly involved in cell division.Zinc while being a powerful antioxidant is also involved in proper endocrine function.
Due to ts involvement in the male and female hormone regulation, zinc element plays  a very important role in male and female fertility.For the women,zinc is involved in the growth process of the eggs and adequate concentrations of zinc allows women to use estrogen and progesterone  properly.these hormones are very important in supporting proper female reproductive health and fertility
For the male reproductive health and fertility,zinc plays a critical roe in maintaining testosterone levels.Since the cells in the male prostrate requires high levels of zinc to work optimally, any reduction in levels of zinc in the male can cause impaired testosterone production which could lead to infertility , prostrate cancer. and low libido.
People know zinc as an immune booster this is because it is directly involved in the T cell function.T cells are cells that boost immune function whenever there is any external viral or bacterial attack on the body.Simple ensuring adequate concentrations of zinc in the body can help to prevent a lot of the common cancers like breast, colon and prostrate cancers.
Zinc also plays a vital role in maintaining cardiovascular health  by maintaining the proper functioning of the epithelial cells and the cardiovascular cells
The hormone insulin which is a vital hormone for glucose regulation  is also dependent on zinc to function properly since it needs to bind to zinc for proper storage in the pancreas and also quick release into the blood stream when glucose is released into the blood stream
Zinc has also been shown to be beneficial in reducing duration and severity of the common cold in healthy individuals when taken within 24 hours of onset of symptoms.
There are so many other benefits of taking zinc supplements but that does not mean that you should start popping zinc tablets any how you like. that is because there is an upper limit to dietary zinc .tolerable upper limits for zinc is 40 mg for males and females over 18 years .Best source of zinc is to frequently eat food rich in zinc and they include oysters, roasted beef, crab,baked beans,lobster,dark chocolate ,lamb and peanuts.In this era of various health disorders, preventive health is the best way to go.So when next you are doing your menu, remember to slot in diets that are rich in zinc.REMEMBER GOOD HEALTH IS A CONTINUOUS HABIT NOT AN EVENT.
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Saturday, 6 December 2014


Lets face it majority of women have this problem and many have learned to bare it and take it as one of the discomforts of every day life. usually, intestinal gas is harmless but most times it can make you fell so uncomfortable in more ways than one.I was a victim of this ailment for sometime until I resolved not to remain complacent about it anymore and search for natural ways to deal with it Because there are so many possible causes there are also many ways to treat it with simple natural remedies.and it is with greatest delight that I want to share what has worked for me and also hope it works for all you women out there.
Lets begin with preventive measures because I discovered that there are little things one can do to prevent the bloating.
1.Always allow your previous meals to digest completely before the next meal that means allowing at least 3 hours between meals.and then always eat only when you are hungry.and try not to eat fruits after a meal they do not go well together
2.Try not to drink any cold water or any other cold drinks while eating.or immediately after is better to wait for at least an hour after food to drink water.this is because any kind of fluid at this time dilutes the digestive juices making it harder for food ingested to be easily digested.
Try not to use straws for your drink When you sip through a straw, you're sucking in air along with your drink. The air collects in your stomach and leads to bloating. If you tend to use a straw every time you have a drink, try switching it up and going without. You may find that you're less bloated when you don't use one.
Stop chewing gum. When we chew gum we tend to open our mouths and swallow air between bites. Sometimes bloating can be eliminated by simply stopping one's chewing gum habit. Popping a piece of gum after every meal may be a bigger problem than the salt and starches you ingested!
If for any reason you were not able to prevent the bloating and it occurs there are still some natural remedies  to  try and these include doing about 5 minutes of deep abdominal breathing and also try breathing in deeply while laying on your left side.
You could also lie flat on your back  while rubbing your stomach with a circular motion for about 15 minutes or until the gas passes out
Drinking a lot of water also helps and also taking magnesium supplements also helps considerable in reducing bloating because it is  known to reduce fluid retention.
.Eating of foods like yogurt ,contain probiotics, microorganisms that create a healthy environment in the gut and reduce painful gas and bloating. Eating a serving size of yogurt every day is a good way to fend out bouts of gas and reduce bloating once it starts.also daily intake of Potassium containing foods like banana, mangoes and spinach should become a routine thing for you
  Drink some peppermint tea
Peppermint is great for soothing churning stomachs and easing gas pains. Its essential oil contains menthol, which has an antispasmodic effect of the smooth muscle of the digestive track. It also soothes nerves, and therefore can soothe stomachs that really feel the effect of nervousness and stress. Drink a cup after dinner to help keep things moving slowly
You will need…
-1 bag of herbal peppermint tea
-1 cup or so of freshly boiled water
Taking Ginger tea is also a good remedy for a bloated stomach  It is capable of performing its wonders because of several different chemical components it possesses. Two chemicals-gingerols and shgaols- relax the intestinal track and ease any inflammation, while the root in its entirety act as a carminative-that is it prevents the formation of excess gas, or helps expel it.
You will need…
- 1 fresh ginger root
-A grater (optional)
-1 cup of boiling water, if
-Lemon and honey (optional)
There are several ways to make ginger root tea but for gas,. Get a medium sized piece of raw ginger root that looks nice and fresh. Scrub it clean, much like a potato, under warm water. Slice 4-6 thin quarter sized pieces and place them in a large mug. Add a touch of honey or lemon if you like, and then pour very hot water over the slices. Don’t let it boil-turn off the kettle just before or immediately afterwards. Cover and steep for 10 minutes before enjoying. Drink a cup before or after a meal to help with digestion.
 Drink chamomile tea
If peppermint doesn't suit your fancy, or doesn't seem to work for you, chamomile is a good route to go. In Germany, a place where herbal treatments are used more frequently than in the west, they call chamomile alles zutraut which translates to “capable of anything,” because it is so useful. Antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and just plain relaxing, chamomile can help with gas due to indigestion as well as heartburn, whereas peppermint is better for gas caused solely by indigestion.
You will need…
-1 bag of chamomile tea
-1 cup or so of freshly boiled water
-honey or lemon juice (optional)
Boil approximately 1 cup of water and pour over tea bag. Cover the mug, and let the tea steep for a full 10-15 minutes. Squeeze the bag to get out all the last bits of goodness, and add a bit of honey and lemon if you like. Avoid milk, which tends to trigger gas.these are just the few remedies I have tried and it worked for me.hope it works for you
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Monday, 1 December 2014


While we come across information on how we can have a good night's sleep every now and then, we are seldom aware of how an insufficient sleep can affect our health and well-being.Because of paper works either from work or school and other household obligations, everyday is like a race against time. Add to it the temptations of the computer and the TV shows airing late at night, and the parties and gimmicks. At the end of the day, all the hours that should have gone to a good night's sleep go to all of these, slowly robbing your body off a deserving rest and making you feel drowsy the next day. If you are accustomed to this way of life, be warned. All the bad things you do to your body have their own consequences, and they could be more serious than you thoughtI. The Social And Economic Costs While there are health risks when you get a few hours of sleep each night, we cannot ignore the fact that its dire risks affect the nation's economy. According to a report from the Institute Pf Medicine, an arm of National Academy of Sciences, 50-70 million Americans have chronic sleep problems, with asmany as 30 million suffering from chronic insomnia. The result? Motor vehicle accidents due to tired rivers cost at least $48 billion a year, while fatigue cost $150 billion each year in lost productivity and mishaps.The report, entitled. "Sleep Deprivation and Sleep Disorders: An Unmet Public Health Problem", says that in recent decades, loss of sleep has increased due to TV shows, computers, and longer work days among adults. For those suffering from insomnia, that means more days off work for you. A study led by Virginia Godet-Cayre at the Health Economics Research in France proves that workers who had difficulty falling asleep missed an average of 5.8 days of work a year, compared to only 2.4 days missed by "good sleepers." The team tracked down the work histories of 369 workers who had insomnia and 369 workers who were getting the right amount of sleep. The study, published in the February issue of Sleep, says that 50% of the insomniac group had at least a time of absence over a 2-year period, against to 34% of the other group.
II. Teens And Sleep
These days it's not just the adults who are lacking sleep. The National Sleep Foundation reported that only 20% of adolescents in USA are getting the recommended 9 hours of sleep at night. That figure is alarming, because it shows that millions of them have problems concentrating in classes, are getting late for school, or are sleepy when driving.
III. If You Want To Lose Weight, Don't Just Focus On Your Diet
Want to know a secret? The road to a good figure is not just eating food in low quantity and exercising on a regular basis; it's having a proper lifestyle. I'm not a fitness expert, mind you, but health studies are giving more and more evidence supporting a link between how many hours of sleep you get and your tendency to be obese.A study led by Dr. Steven Heymsfield of Columbia University amd St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York, and James Gangwisch, a Columbia epidemiologist, showed that those who had less that 4 hours of sleep were more likely to be obese by 73%, while those with an average of 5 hours of sleep had 50% greater risk. Those who only had 6 hours had 23% more.The reason? Blame it on grehlin, a substance that makes people want to eat more food. If people don't have the recommended amount of shut-eye, their leptin levels are lowered. Leptin is a blood protein that suppresses their appetite, and seems to affect how their body had eaten enough.So don't think that dieting is the only way for a nice build; include getting sufficient sleep in your regimen from now on.
IV. And More Diseases, Too
If you're already tired of reading about the dire consequences you will face when you don't give yourself the right amount of rest, here are a few more for your information.When your body is deprived of the sleep it needs, your chances of getting coronary heart disease double compared to people who have an adequate amount of sleep.And if you're a male, read on. You'd be interested to know that men who are sleep deprived are risking themselves for an erectile dysfunction. That happens when their testosterone levels drop due to a few hours of sleep, making it more difficult to maintain an erection. For older people aged 53-93, there's a risk of developing diabetes. That's what a study co-authored by Dr. Daniel Gottlieb, an associate professor of medicine at Boston University claimed. Published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the findings concluded that elders who slept fewer than 5 hours were 2.5 times more likely to acquire the sweet disease against those who had 6 hours, who had chances 1.7 times lower.But don't think that sleeping too much will solve the problem, though. The study showed that overslept elders - those who had more than 9 hours of sleep - had chances 1.7 times higher.Lastly, sleeplessness causes an individual to have an impaired spatial learning, such as getting to a new destination. This finding, which appeared on the Journal of Neurophysiology, suggested that during the process of spatial learning, new brain cells are being produced in an area of the brain called Hippocampus. Sleep is important in helping these brain cells survive. 
V. Conclusion
We all know that sleep plays a major part in one's overall well-being, and now that we know exactly what we are likely facing when we have lack of it, where do we go from here? It seems that more research is needed in the area of sleep medicine, and public awareness must be raised for everyone to understand that, despite all the obligations, late night TV shows and caffeinated drinks, getting sufficient sleep is really, really important for everyone, young or old. And as for you reading this article, I bet you agree.


All articles in this blog are designed solely for educational and information purposes and is not intended to serve as a medical advice .If you have or suspect any health problem please consult your doctor/Health provider.