How will Monkeypox affect you? Things you need to know

The world is in a frenzy of a new viral illness that is also transmitted from animals to humans. The disease is known as Monkeypox.

Monkeypox is a virus which is endemic in parts of Central and West Africa. Human monkeypox was first identified in humans in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since then, monkeypox is largely confined to Western Africa where it is endemic. However, there are occasional outbreaks outside of Africa associated with travellers.

Transmission typically occurs animal-to-human via rodents and non-human primate animal reservoirs. While it is rare, monkeypox virus can be transmitted person-to-person by close contact with skin lesions, body fluids, respiratory droplets and contaminated materials such as bedding.


According to the CDC, the symptoms of monkeypox are similar to but milder than the symptoms of smallpox. Monkeypox begins with fever, headache, muscle aches, and exhaustion. The main difference between symptoms of smallpox and monkeypox is that monkeypox causes lymph nodes to swell (lymphadenopathy) while smallpox does not. The incubation period (time from infection to symptoms) for monkeypox is usually 7−14 days but can range from 5−21 days.The illness begins with:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion

Within 1 to 3 days (sometimes longer) after the appearance of fever, the patient develops a rash, often beginning on the face then spreading to other parts of the body.

Lesions progress through the following stages before falling off:

  • Macules
  • Papules
  • Vesicles
  • Pustules
  • Scabs

The illness typically lasts for 2−4 weeks. In Africa, monkeypox has been shown to cause death in as many as 1 in 10 persons who contract the disease.

Management of suspected cases of monkeypox

Practice good hand hygiene after contact with infected animals or humans. For example, washing your hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Avoid contact with animals that could harbour the virus (including animals that are sick or that have been found dead in areas where monkeypox occurs). Avoid contact with any materials, such as bedding, that has been in contact with a sick animal or person.


Currently, there is no proven, safe treatment for monkeypox virus infection. For purposes of controlling a monkeypox outbreak in the United States, smallpox vaccine, antivirals, and vaccinia immune globulin (VIG) can be used. 

Healthy benefits of why you ought to eat the Kiwi fruit

People are attracted to kiwi because of its brilliant green color and exotic taste. But the real uniqueness of kiwi comes from its health benefits. Read below kiwi’s health benefits, interesting facts and how to use this amazing nutritious fruit.

1. Helps Your Digestion with Enzymes

Raw kiwi contains actinidain, a protein-dissolving enzyme that can help digest a meal much like the papain in papaya or bromelain in pineapple. Kiwi has both kinds of fiber;soluble fiber, which helps keep you full and avoid overeating, and insoluble fiber, which helps keep you regular.

2. Helps Manage Blood Pressure

Kiwi’s high level of potassium helps keep our electrolytes in balance by counteracting the effects of sodium. Electrolytes are required for various bodily processes, including proper nerve and muscle function, maintaining acid-base balance and keeping you hydrated.

3. Protects from DNA Damage

A study by Collins, Horska and Hotten showed that the unique combination of antioxidants in kiwi helps protect the cell DNA from oxidative damage. Some experts suggest this can help prevent cancer.

4. Boosts Your Immunity

Kiwi’s high vitamin C content along with other antioxidant compounds has been proven to boost the immune system. Vitamin C helps strengthen the immune system, and it also works like an antioxidant in the body, guarding cells against damage. Some research has linked vitamin C with a lower risk for certain kinds of cancer.

5. Supports Weight Loss

Kiwi’s low glycemic index and high fiber content means it will not create a strong insulin rush like other fruit with high sugar content. S o the body will not respond by storing fat.


6. Helps Clean Out Toxins

The fuzzy fiber of kiwi helps bind and move toxins from your intestinal tract.

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7. Helps Fight Heart Disease

Research shows eating 2 to 3 kiwis a day reduces the potential of blood clotting by 18 percent and reduce triglycerides by 15 percent. Many individuals take aspirin to reduce blood clotting, but this causes many side effects including inflammation and intestinal bleeding. Kiwi fruit has the same anti-clotting benefits with no side effects, just additional health benefits.

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8. Suitable For Diabetics

Kiwi is in the ‘low’ category for glycemic index, meaning it does not raise your blood sugar quickly. It has a glycemic load of 4 which means it is safe for diabetics.

9. Protects Against Macular Degeneration and Other Eye Problems

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in older adults. A study on over 110,000 men and women showed that eating 3 or more servings of fruit per day decreased macular degeneration by 36 percent. This is thought to be associated with the kiwi’s high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin—both of which are natural chemicals found in the human eye. Although both fruits and vegetables were studied, this same effect was not shown for vegetables.

10. Creates Alkaline Balance

Kiwi is in the “most alkaline” category for fruits, meaning it has a rich supply of minerals to replace the excess of acidic foods most individuals consume. A few of the benefits of a properly acid/alkaline balanced body are: youthful skin, deeper sleep, abundant physical energy, fewer colds, less arthritis and reduced osteoporosis.

11. Protects the Skin

Kiwis are a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant known to protect skin from deteriorating.

12. Tastes Delicious

Kiwis not only look great but also  taste great. For nutritional balance it is always good to eat a variety of foods. Each food has its own unique qualities and powers. The trouble with most people’s diet is that we eat  a limited number of foods, which limits the amount of nutrients we get.

13. Has Fewer Pesticides

Kiwi fruit is on the list of foods that are generally safe from a lot of pesticide residues. For 2016 it came in with the top 10 safest foods. While it is always good to support organic when you can as a matter of principle, it’s also good to know whether there is a big danger if organic is not available or viable for you.


Interesting Facts About Kiwifruit

  • Kiwi fruit was named after the New Zealand Kiwi bird—an unusual flightless bird—because they are both small, brown and furry.
  • Not all kiwi fruit is fuzzy! The most popular species of kiwifruit is appropriately called fuzzy kiwifruit, but there is also golden kiwi with a smooth bronze skin. The golden kiwi is actually sweeter and more aromatic in flavor.
  • Although kiwifruit can grow in any temperate climate, most of the world’s kiwi are grown in Italy, New Zealand and Chile.
  • YES, you can eat the fuzz if you want.

How to Use:

  • If a kiwi does not yield a bit to finger pressure, allow it to ripe by storing it at room temperature away from the sun.
  • Kiwi ripening can be hastened by putting it in a paper bag with a banana, apple or pear.
  • Once a kiwi fruit is ripe, keep it away from other fruit (even in the refrigerator) since the kiwi is very sensitive to the ethylene gas given off by those other fruits and it will over ripen.
  • The actinidain in raw kiwi makes them unsuitable for desserts and other dishes that are not eaten right away because it can make the dish too mushy or stop it from setting. This applies to proteins but also to other fruits.


Kiwifruit contain a measurable amount of oxalates, a naturally occurring substance in many plants and animals. When the natural occurring substance become too concentrated in body fluids, they can crystallize and cause health problems. People with kidney or gallbladder problems may therefore want to avoid eating kiwi.

Kiwis also contain enzyme substances associated with the latex-fruit allergy syndrome. If you have a latex allergy, you may be allergic to kiwi also. Since ripening the fruit with ethylene gas increases these substances, organic kiwi not treated with gas will have fewer allergy-causing compounds.

Cooking also deactivates the enzymes.

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How to spend a romantic weekend with your spouse

After a long week of working, you need to spend time with your family and rest.

This is how you can spend a romantic weekend with your spouse;

1. Massage

This will help your muscles to relax and improve your body blood flow.

You can go to a spa with your partner or do the massage at the comfort of your home. You can also massage your partner and alternate the procedure.

It prepares your body for the other week of working.


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2. Date

Take your partner on a date and have some alone time, just the two of you.

This will help to strengthen your relationship and show your partner how much you love and care for them.

3. Sharing house chores

This may seem menial and almost commonplace but in reality, it is very romantic.

Watching your spouse doing house chores and helping out helps a lot.

This involves teaching your partner to do some of the chores that they know nothing about.

It helps in strengthening your bond.

4. Watching movie

This will make you relax and relieve all the stress you had throughout the week.

Watch a movie that both of you like and make a great memory out of it.

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5. Picnic

Weekends are always known to be resting time.

Take your partner out for a picnic, observe the features and environment and the pastures.

Take pictures of each other, laugh and make great memories.

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6. Fun games

Playing with your partner plays a great role in your marriage.

It will help in creating a greater bond.

Play games that you love and also train your spouse new games that they knew nothing about.

Playing also helps in refreshing your body and mind.

7. Cooking

Take this time and make your spouse the best dishes that they love.

Teach them how to cook for the meals they do not know how to cook.

You can also make it more fun by competing on knowing who is the best cook between the two of you.

8. Sharing past memories

You can take this moment to remember your past moments even before you got married.

You can look at your old pictures together and compare with your current to see if there is a difference and make some comments on each other.

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9. Workouts

Take this time to observe your health too.

You can go to the gym and workout or even do some home workouts together.

Do some morning or even runs to maintain your weight.

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10. Walks

Take a walk in the evening with your partner and whisper sweet romantic words to them.

Tell your partner how much you care and love them.

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Weekend Meal Prep: How to cook Pilau for your family

Pilau is one of the most popular dishes in Kenyan homes.

Many people fail at making pilau the Swahili way, with many such dishes called ‘Pilau Njeri’, meaning ‘fake pilau’ because of the way it’s prepared.

It is a coastal dish served with kachumbari. It can be cooked with beef, chicken, mutton, soya etc.

In Kenya, a wedding without pilau on the menu is a no no. It’s a staple food for all, whether you looking to make it over the weekend for your children or family its an easy meal prep and it will take you very minimal time to prepare it to be consumed even the following day.

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Simple steps of making pilau:


I kg Rice
1 kg meat
1/2 kg onions
1/2 kg tomatoes sliced or blended
1/2 Kg potatoes peeled and quartered
1 bulb Garlic
1 piece fresh Ginger
2 teaspoons cummin seeds
6-8 peppercorns
6 cloves
2-4 cinnamon sticks
4 cardamom pods
125 ml cooking oil

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 Steps of cooking,

Pound the garlic and ginger together. Wash rice and keep it ready.

 Fry onions in the oil until soft add the garlic and ginger and go on frying until you get a smooth mixture.  Make sure the garlic and ginger are cooked and their flavours absorbed  by the onions.

Now add meat which is cut into big pieces and mix together.

Then add the tomato puree  stirring all the time. Let it cook a moderate  heat for a few minutes, then add the spice.

Put in the washed rice with water. Do not add too much water until you see the rice absorbing it. Remember for every 2 cups of rice, you add twice the cup of water.

Add potatoes towards the end of the cooking.

Simmer the rice until it’s ready. Cover and reduce the heat let it cook for 10 -15 minutes to separate the grains.

Serve pilau with kachumbari and fried red chilly and a banana.

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8 ways smoking can negatively affect your health

Smoking can occur in two ways which are passive and active. Passive involves taking smoke from the environment while active involves direct inhaling of smoke to your body. However smoke has negative impact to your body especially the lungs.

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Other effects include;

Lung cancer

Smoke is the greatest threat to the lungs. This is because it infects the oxygenated air leading to breathing problems.

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This negatively affects men ability to perform in bed, while it can cause cervical cancer for women.

Blood clotting 

Smoke can cause blood clotting as it invades the blood vessels. This lowers the rate at which blood circulation occurs in the body.

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Blood cancer

Smoke contains some bacterial substances that once they invade the blood, it becomes infected. People who smoke a lot are likely to get leukemia compared to those who don’t smoke.

Dental infection

Most smokers normally have brown or yellow teeth. It can also lead to other tooth related diseases like tooth aches, dental inflammation and tamper with fresh breath.

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Severe coughs

Cigarettes contain too much nicotine and many other harmful chemicals. This tampers with the respiratory system causing constant coughs.

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Smoking can lead to low appetite as it affects the loss of sense of taste. This hence makes ones body to become weak due to lack of food. Once the body is not well fed, the immunity lowers making it difficult in fighting diseases.


Smoking while you’re pregnant can cause serious problems, too. Your baby could be born too early, have a birth defect, or die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

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How to keep fit while in self isolation

In a bid to stop Coronavirus from spreading companies have asked employees to work from home, while schools have been shut.

For the gym enthusiasts, brace yourself for tough times ahead as gyms are also closed.

Here are ways you can still keep fit within the house:

1. Homebased workouts
YouTube is here with us. With a few clicks, you can stream simple indoor workouts which range from 3-10 minutes. Wake up early in the morning and do a few exercises before beginning your days’ work. They don’t have to be vigorous workouts. Always stay fit.

2. Reduce food intake
People have the luxury to eat from home and this requires utmost discipline. People are buying in a panic mode and it’s no wonder fridges are full to the maximum. Limit yourself to eating badly. You don’t want to end up obese by the time this Coronavirus is gone. Avoid sugary foods and too much wheat.

3. Avoid working in bed
With the kids being at home, working in your bedroom may be the best option to avoid kids’ drama. This may be a health risk factor to your back. Buy yourself a working table and make use of it. It allows for a better sitting position for those who work for long hours. You might end up booking that orthopaedic appointment soon.

4. Limit social media usage
Social media usage has a lot to do with mental health. Much of your time might be consumed doing private surfing and social media handles are the most viewed sites. Reduce the temptations to always be in WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and much more. You need to remain sane in these hard moments. In place of surfing, you can play indoors games with your kids and beloved wife.

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Anxiety can be inherited from your parents – Scientists

New research suggests children may inherit brain traits from their anxious parents that make them susceptible to the same mental health condition.

Patterns of anxiety in families have long been observed by psychologists.

But, most research suggests that the similarities are due more to ‘nurture’ than genetic ‘nature.’

Meanwhile, a new examination of brain structures in anxious families of monkeys was conducted by the University of Wisconsin.

It identified at least 1 inherited brain circuit that plays an important role in the development of anxiety, according to Daily Mail.

They found anxious parents and their children shared inherited connections.

And, uncommonly close connections between brain parts that generate a fear response.


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What became clear for mental health conditions is most develop through a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

Dr Fox of the University of California and his collaborators at University of Wisconsin decided to look for the brain structures that might distinguish young Rhesus monkey’s temperament from others.

He and his team estimate that the paralyzing shyness and ‘anxiety temperaments’ of the baby monkeys were about 30% inherited from their parents.

Furthermore, he cautions that this doesn’t mean they have found the root of all anxiety, or even the root of some anxiety.

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How wearing tight clothes can be harmful to your health

When it comes to anything to do with your health you have to be careful. Fashion is good but it’s necessary to dress in a way that makes you comfortable. These are some of the reasons why you should avoid very tight clothes;

Blood circulation

When dressed in tight clothes the blood circulation gets affected. This is because your blood vessels get pressed together by the garment hence the blood flow does not occur as required. It can also affect also affect the veins and arteries as they are being strained.

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Allergic reactions

It is necessary to wash new garments before wearing them. More especially if the clothes are dyed. When the cloth is holding your skin tightly and it is dyed it can cause allergies to your body because of the chemicals. It can also lead to skin numbness.

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Digestion problems

This especially is in connection to tight trousers and underwear. When the stomach s tightly held and you are feeding, the food will not be able to get digested. This can also lead to stomach upsets and bloating.

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Nerve pains

Designed to smooth out flab and bulging tummies, body-shapes like compression undergarments and control-top pantyhose have a downside. “Tight garments on the lower abdominal region and the upper thigh can cause a condition called Meralgia Paresthetica, irritation of the nerves in the front and outer aspects of the thigh,” says Orly Avitzur, MD, a neurologist and medical adviser to Consumer Reports who practices in Carmel, N.Y.

Rashes and Infections

Tight clothes can cause rashes to your skin. This is due to the itching feeling that you will have because of the irritation fro the garment. The tight clothing item can cause bruising of the skin in such a way that bacteria are able to breach that protective layer of tissue and cause infections.

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Natural ways of boosting your fertility

Infertility is really a big threat to relationship especially to married couples. A happy family is complete when there are children in it. There are various natural ways of boosting fertility which includes observing your diet. They include;


It is generally healthy for one to have a healthy nutritious diet. One is required to feed more on vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains and protein foods. This is because these foods contain antioxidants.

Antioxidants help in deactivating the free radicals that can damage both the sperm and egg cell which can cause infertility. It is also recommended to eat a bigger breakfast before starting the day as it may improve hormonal balance.

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Eating heavy meals in the evening can also lead to overweight. Foods rich in fibre is also important as it helps to keep the blood sugar balanced and also gets rid of excess hormones that can lead to infertility.

It is also important to eat foods with lower carbs as they help to reduce insulin levels and helps in menstrual regularity. This makes your fertility on a safer level.

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Healthy weight

Always observe your weight when feeding, you should not be either overweight or underweight. When you are overweight or underweight, you have high chances of having longer cycle lengths hence difficult to get pregnant.

When you are overweight it means that you got a lot of fats in your body and it influences your menstrual function. Studies state that obese women have lower chances of getting pregnant.

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However, it is possible for one to acquire the required health weight. This is by engaging in exercising on a daily basis. When you engage in exercises it makes your body active hence reducing chances of infertility in your body.

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Take time to relax

It is important to have time to relax once in a while. When you are stressed, depressed or working under high pressure you are not likely to conceive.

This is due to the hormonal changes that take place in your body when stressed. Have some time to rest once a while and have enough sleep and avoid overworking yourself.


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Health benefits of including Aloe Vera in your diet that you need to know

Aloe Vera is popularly known to be a medical plant for healing multiple diseases. It has many other synonyms such as burn plant and medical aloe. These are some of its benefits;

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A weak digestive system can lead to many diseases. The aloe plant will help the digestive tract to be smooth and cleanse it for easier digestion to take place. It also plays a major role in the regulation of excretion processes. Taking the aloe can also help to eliminate bad bacteria inside the gut for healthy digestion to take place.

Wound healing

Aloe Vera is majorly recommended for many medical treatments. It is used in treatment of wounds, burns and even sores by rubbing on the affected area. Once applied the process of healing is effective in the shortest and fastest way.


It contains plenty of water that prevents constipation. It also contains some laxative properties that has the ability to help the intestinal muscles contract thus making it easy for bowel movement.

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Prevent diabetes and high blood sugars

Traditionally this plant has been used as medicine for various treatments. It contains certain supplements that help the body to utilize insulin. It also helps the body to improve the blood sugar levels. It can also be used by diabetics to fight it and lowering the chances of being infected by the same medical condition.

Prevent breast cancer

It can be used to reduce the risk factors that lead to breast cancer, and contains some properties that helps the body fight the cancer bacteria.

Relieve heartburn

This is known to be one of the digestive disorders. It normally affects the muscle that connects the esophagus and the stomach hence affecting the normal digestion. Aloe medicine will reduce the heartburn intensity boosting proper digestion of the food.

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Prevent acne

It is normally used in making moisturizers, face washes, lotions and many other beauty products. It contains antibacterial properties that prevent the infection of the pores. The astringent property in it also helps in removing dirt and oil in the skin. This helps in treating different types of acne preset on the skin.

Prevent and cure hair loss

Hair loss can affect anyone. Using the plant will help prevent the hair loss and keep the scalp firm and healthy. Most of the hair products are made by aloe plant as it boosts hair growth.

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Keep your food fresh

This can be used in the preservation of your food for a longer period. A 2014 study by Cambridge University sampled tomatoes coated with the gel from Aloe Vera. The research found out that the Aloe Vera coating has helped prevent the growth of many types of harmful bacteria.

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Boost immune system

The plant contains some natural detoxifying components that cleanse the circulatory and digestive system. It also helps to neutralize harmful bacteria and accelerates the absorption level of nutrients by the body, to boost the immunity of the body.


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How to lose love handles efficiently

Love handles, the pinch-able fat on both sides of your stomach that leads to a “muffin top” appearance, are especially stubborn.

They do not respond as quickly to diet and exercise changes as the more dangerous visceral fat that is deep within your abdomen and leads to more of a “potbelly” appearance.

If you are a woman and your waist is larger than 35 inches around or a man with a waist size greater than 40 inches, you will lose the deep belly fat first.
This is actually better for your health, as visceral fat has been linked to numerous medical issues, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, pre-diabetes and inflammation.
To lose the subcutaneous fat that forms not-so-lovable love handles (or excess fat on your hips, thighs and buttocks), it’s going to take even more time and effort.
What is the best diet for losing your love handles? The one you can stick with long-term, as it’s not going to be quick or easy for most people. This is especially true for men, as this is often the last place on their body where they lose weight.
Professionals agree with the popular saying “abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym.”
If you really want to lose your love handles, start by finding a diet plan that works for you and that you can stick with long-term, and then build in an exercise program that works with your current fitness level, exercise preference, budget and schedule.
Some of the 2 workouts you can consider:
Do a side plank: 
Lying on your side, lift your body onto your forearm, keeping hips, feet and shoulders stacked over one another. Aim to hold this position for as long as possible, increasing the time as you get stronger.
Make sure not to collapse into your upper back. If your balance is a little off, you can place one foot in front of the other for more stability. Switch sides and repeat three times.
As you advance, you can drop your hips to the floor and then bring them back up to the side plank position 15 to 20 times and repeat three sets per side.

Plank workout
Plank workout

Do bicycles: 
Lie on your back with both knees bent at a 90-degree angle and place your hands behind your head. Fully extend one leg out about 6 inches above the ground, bringing your opposite elbow to the opposite knee.
With control, bring the extended leg in and extend the other leg out, simultaneously bringing the other elbow to the opposite knee. Make sure to twist from your stomach and not your neck.
Control is key on this exercise; speed is not your friend. Aim for switching every two seconds. Aim for three sets of 60 (30 per leg).

12 things you ought to trash immediately!

Most of us, I may say are hoarders without necessarily knowing it. As I write this, I would like to help you realize that most of these things are not worth keeping.

  • Torn socks


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Torn socks

Items like torn socks ought to be replaced immediately either one of them tears.

  • Wire hangers


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Wire hanger

Cheap wire hangers are bad for your clothes. They’ll warp the fabric and sprinkle them with rust. Buy wooden, felt, or firm plastic hangers instead. Cheap is expensive in the long run.

  • Worn out shoes

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Worn out converse shoes

If you have torn and tired looking shoes, that no longer service you, I’d suggest that you bin them because in life we tend to want to build first impressions and you can tell of a person’s character just buy looking at their shoes.

Still good but you haven’t worn them in forever? Donate them to charity and ease up on your shoe space for more.

  • Empty Alcohol bottles

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Empty alcohol bottles

This act would have been accepted if you were still in college but as an adult it wouldn’t be mature of anybody to still have empty bottles lying around. If they empty, throw them away! Empty alcohol bottles are not trophy collections.

  • Clothing that you no longer wear

Piling your wardrobe with clothes you no longer wear because, they either became too small or they are out of fashion is a selfish act. This is because someone somewhere could be benefiting from those clothes that you no longer wear. Donate those clothes to the less fortunate and blessings will follow you.

  • Old toys

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Old toys

Toys can be expensive. If they’re not broken but no one in your family will use them, donate them. Whether it’s to charity or relatives with young children just donate them. Kindness goes a long way.

  • Lonesome socks

If you are like me, of having single socks with the hope of getting its partner and at the end you never get that other pair, then it would be advisable to just throw  it away and purchase other new pair of socks.

  • Expired makeup

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Expired makeup

If they have expired? Why still keep them knowing if you use them on your face they may harm you. Bin all your expired makeup ladies and all the unused ones as well. Prevention is better than cure.

  • Expired medication/ Empty bottles

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It goes without saying, that once you done with your medication you ought to throw the empty bottles properly disposed and out of reach of the young ones. Same goes with expired medicine or medicine that remains. Doctors advise that once a dosage has been administered and is done, no self medication should be administered.

  • Your toothbrush

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Old tooth brushes with flared bristles

You should be replacing your toothbrush every few months, once the bristles are frayed. You should also get a new toothbrush after you’ve been sick because brush bristles can harbor germs. Doctors advice.

  • Dish cleaning sponges

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This type of sponges are the breeding grounds for most bacteria. Most people do not realize it because you tend to use them with water and soap. Wash them often, and replace them every couple of weeks.

  • Old phone chargers

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Old unused chargers

Unless you still using that same phone you used in 2005 then I would recommend you keep the charger. But yet again, who is still using that old Siemens phone? We are in a smartphone era and technology keeps changing and upgrading.

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Dowry ceremony turns tragic! Grooms mother dies from food poisoning

What is meant to be deemed as the most happiest moment for both parties that intend to get married turned out to be a tragedy as four people who died of food poisoning in Rodama, Kieni West, started feeling abdominal pains and had diarrhea three days after eating food at a dowry ceremony.

A medical officer captures history of a food poisoning case from a patient at Karemenu Health Center in Kieni constituency, Nyeri county on Monday.

Mugunda MCA Joseph Nderitu, who was part of the guests, said the event was held on Thursday but people started feeling the symptoms on Saturday.

“Many of the people started complaining of diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pains on Saturday,” he said on Monday.

Nderitu said he did not suspect foul play. He said there might have been poor handling of the food which led to contamination.

Two of the dead were from Rodama village, one from Solio in Laikipia and the other died in Nairobi. At least 50 fell sick people, and seven were in critical conditions. Medics said they are responding well to treatment.

Alfred Nyambura, who fell sick, said the chefs were hired from Gikomba in Nairobi but cooked the food at the venue of the ceremony.

Another guest who also became ill Erastus Mburu said people who had eaten the food complained of stomach pains. Mburu said they heard screams in the neighborhood then they learnt that a man had died.

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Some of the guests were from Nairobi and Othaya.

Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga visited the victims. He pledged to revamp Karemeno Health Centre for efficient handling of such incidents if they occur in the future. Residents were treated at the centre.

“Doctors responded quickly to the crisis. Were it not for their diligence, the deaths would have been more,” he said.

The governor was accompanied by Health executive Rachel Kamau, chief officer of health Newton Wambugu and the county director of medical services Nelson Muriu.

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How to check your NHIF account status and pay contributions

NHIF scheme has been a life saver to countless Kenyans.

According to an opinion piece published in the Star by Siddharth Chatterjee the UN Resident Coordinator to Kenya, says among the poorest in Kenya, only 3% have health insurance, which is provided by the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF).

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Among the wealthiest, many who also have private cover, this rises to 42%, indicating again that the poorest are at risk of being left behind even further, and do not have an appropriate safety-net to fall back on

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Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki recently unveiled a team of experts to spearhead radical reforms at the NHIF. This new initiative will build on past efforts at reforming NHIF, which were only partially implemented. The team will analyse the financial sustainability of NHIF, oversee legal and regulatory reforms among other propose organisational reforms to reposition NHIF as a national social health insurance provider and ensure its accountability and transparency.

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How NHIF works:

There are certain operative measures put in place to ensure the fund benefits all without misuse. For instance the fund limits the number of hospital visits one can make in a year and still have their bill covered. Other than these the state parastatals check eligibility of cover; not all members can be covered by the scheme.

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How to check NHIF Account status online

Here is the step by step analysis of how to check NHIF account status online:

With your internet enabled device, get to the NHIF official website:

If you are visiting the site for the very first time, you need to first register in order to receive the services. You need NHIF card numbers, a valid email address and a day working phone number in case they would like to reach up to you for enquiries or other reasons.

This follows several prompts to fill up other personal details which should be dully filled before saving or submitting.

Develop a password that you will use every time you log onto the portal, this should be easy to remember yet not so obvious.

However, it can be reset in case you have completely forgotten your password for the NHIF account status online enquiry. Technically, this is how to create an NHIF self service individual account. Now, log onto the NHIF self service portal and proceed on to get your NHIF account status online. Information about how you make the monthly NHIF payment, balance, anytime one has defaulted, activation period among other details. For security of your bio, log out from the device after you are done checking the NHIF account status online Kenya.

By use of phone

Go to the main menu on your mobile phone and select the message icon by touching if using an android phone or just click on the icon for QWERTY phones. This opens the message thread for inbox, at the top there is a compose prompt, click on it. At the message space, type ID, a space followed by the ID number or the Passport number if applicable. For example, ID 123456 sent to the NHIF number which receives and processed details for you. This message should be sent to 21101 which is NHIF recipient. Information regarding your NHIF account status will be processed and send back to you in a text message. Note a service charge of ksh. 10 applies.


The NHIF penalties for late payment Kenya apply in two varied ways; for those in the formal and informal sectors, treatment is done separately. If you are in the formal employment, and fail to pay timely, then the penalty you attract equals the amount you are supposed to contribute. This implies you will pay double the amount. If in informal employment, a 50% charge will have been attracted following late payment. If you contribute ksh. 500 monthly to the NHIF, the late payment means you will pay kshs. 750. All monthly contributions should be made on or before the 9th of every month. NHIF payment made after this date is considered late payment and attracts penalties. So how does one make their monthly NHIF contribution?

Finally, NHIF payment can be made through the use of mobile money transfer service; M-Pesa. Money is loaded to the individual Safaricom mobile phone number, money is then transferred to the National Hospital Insurance Fund through the NHIF M-Pesa pay bill number 200222.

Here is the procedure:

  • Go to M-Pesa menu and select the pay bill option Enter the NHIF M-pesa pay bill number, 200222
  • Enter you ID Card number in the subsequent lead
  • Key in the amount – NHIF payment monthly contribution
  • Enter the M-pesa pin and  a confirmation message is then sent  acknowledging that the money is received.

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Former President Robert Mugabe in hospital in Singapore since April

Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe remains hospitalized in Singapore where he has been receiving medical care for four months, his successor President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Monday.

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Mnangagwa said in a statement that the 95-year-old Mugabe has been receiving medical care for an undisclosed condition, and is responding well to treatment.

“Mugabe remains detained at a hospital in Singapore where he is receiving medical attention. Unlike in the past when the former president would require just about a month for this, his physicians this time around determined that he be kept for much longer, from early April this year when he left for his routine check-up,” a statement from Mnangagwa said.

Mnangagwa, announced in November last year that Mugabe was  unable to walk because of ill-health and old age, claimed he had sent a team, including chief secretary to cabinet Misheck Sibanda, to Singapore last week to check on the former ruler.

“I am greatly pleased to inform the nation that the former president continues to make steady progress towards eventual recovery and that his condition is remarkably stable for his age,” Mnangagwa said.

The team that visited Mugabe reported that he was “responding well to treatment” and that “because of the good progress he is making (comrade) Mugabe could be released fairly soon.”

Zimbabwe’s public health services have practically collapsed and those who can afford, seek treatment in South Africa or further abroad.

Mugabe, during his time in power, sought almost all his medical care in Singapore.

Mnangagwa took over in November 2017 with the backing of the military, ending Mugabe’s 37-year rule. He went on to be elected in disputed elections in July last year.

He has vowed to revive Zimbabwe’s ailing economy by attracting much needed foreign direct investment but months after his election, the ghost of the country’s past economic woes have returned to haunt it, including shortages of bread and fuel and power cuts lasting up to 18 hours.

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These 5 methods Increase your chances of conceiving a boy

Are you wondering how to conceive a boy?

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If so, you might be interested in finding out the various methods said to struck the odds in your favour, when it comes to conceiving a baby boy. Trying to conceive comes with its fair share of challenges.

That being said, if you are hoping for a boy, there are some ways to improve your odds. Here are five ways to improve your chances of having a boy:

  • The Billings method
  • A diet to help you conceive a boy
  • The Shettles method
  • Avoiding intercourse before ovulation
  • Sperm spinning and genetic testing

1. Conceiving a Boy Using the Billings Method

This method involves becoming very familiar with the way your cervical mucus feels in the days leading up to ovulation and then after ovulation. While the mucus is generally dry and sticky during most of a woman’s menstrual cycle, it gradually changes as ovulation nears.

The method was shown in a study to help couples pre-select the gender of their baby when they timed intercourse based on mucus texture.

To use the Billings method to conceive a boy, follow these steps:

  1. Check your mucus. Take notice of how your va**nal area feels throughout a menstrual cycle. When do you feel wetter, with more watery mucus? When your vagina feels wetter and the mucus has the texture of egg whites, ovulation is about to happen.
  2. Find your peak day. Your most fertile day is your “peak” day. This is the last day that you will have fertile (i.e., egg white or watery) cervical fluid or a wet or slippery vaj. Identify this day in your cycle.
  3. Have bedminton on or after your peak day. Avoid having intercourse before your peak day. Have intercourse on or after your peak day.

2. A Diet to Help You Conceive a Boy

Since male sperm prefer a more alkaline environment, it’s important to make sure you get plenty of the right foods in your diet when trying to conceive. Here are some suggested foods and other ideas.

  1. Eat alkaline foods-Some great ones are apricots, figs, cantaloupe, cherries, fresh lemons,hulled wheat bread, lentils, avocado, royal jelly, pine nuts, almonds, carrots, orange juice, red radish, fresh red beets, alfalfa grass, barley grass, sprouted seeds, and tomato sauce, wheat grass.
  2. Eat a good breakfast-Higher calorie diets that provide more energy have been shown to increase the odds of conceiving a boy. Specifically, eating breakfast cereal appears to boost energy and boost the chances of having a boy.
  3. Eat more sodium and potassium-When used in combination with timing intercourse after ovulation, eating saltier and potassium-rich foods, but less calcium and magnesium may help with the chances of conceiving a boy.
  4. Increase potassium-rich foods-The best one is bananas! Be careful though, bananas are one of the worst fruits for carbohydrate content (meaning it will spike blood sugar levels). If you have diabetes, or want to avoid gestational diabetes, go easy on the fruit. Stick to berries instead.
  5. Reduce foods that are high in calcium-This includes dairy products and supplements.

3. The Shettles Method

This method was developed by Dr. Landrum Shettles and is based on the notion that male sperm are smaller, lighter, and quicker than their female counterparts. If it were true, this would mean that male sperm can reach the egg more quickly than female sperm. Female sperm, the theory also holds, are bigger and stronger, so they can survive for longer periods of time but they are also significantly slower.

How to have a boy using the Shettles method:

  1. Try to have bedminton close to the time of ovulation. The window for conceiving a boy is from about 24 hours prior to ovulation to no more than 12 hours past ovulation. You should closely monitor your cycle using one or more methods of ovulation prediction. These methods are charting cervical mucus, charting basal body temperature (BBT), and/or using ovulation predictor kits (OPK).
  2. Use an ovulation predictor kit. If you have not been charting your cervical mucus or basal body temperature, then using an OPK may be easiest for you. Ovulation kits work by detecting when your luteinizing hormone (LH) levels increase. The LH levels surge about 12-48 hours prior to ovulation, so the optimal time to have intercourse would be about 12 hours after the LH surge. As you get close to ovulation, do the OPK test two times a day to catch the surge as soon as it happens.
  3. Go deep. You should try to have it in positions that allow for maximum penetration. Some of the positions are; doggy style, standing up and straddling. This will increase the chances of survival for male sperm on the way through the vaj opening, where the environment is more acidic and less friendly to the male sperm.
  4. Get off! Another factor is a woman’s orgasm, which can affect the vaj PH. If the woman has an orgasm, it creates an alkaline environment in the vaj that is more favorable to boys.

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4. Avoid Intercourse Before Ovulation

If you really want a boy, minimize your chances of conceiving a girl by avoiding bedminton in the few days just prior to ovulation, or as soon as your fertile cervical mucus appears. (If you do, use some sort of birth control.) It is more likely you will conceive a girl if you have intercourse during that time.

5. “Sperm Spinning” and Pre-Implant Genetic Testing

The approach has been in practice since the 1970s. In a lab, sperm are placed on top of albumin, which gets gradually thicker toward the bottom. The sperm swim down into the solution and are then separated by faster and slower swimmers. Behind this method is the belief that female sperm swim slower than male sperm. So if a woman wants a boy the doctor will collect the fastest swimming sperm and use them to artificially inseminate her.

Some fertility doctors offer pre-implantation genetic testing after an IVF procedure. This testing determines the chromosome content of the embryos before any are transferred to the mother’s uterus.

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Effortless ways to lose weight without necessarily going to the gym

There is an amplitude of information when it comes to weight loss exercises. We have many people giving up barely a week after intensive workout in the gym that yields less results. Weight loss is not only about workouts and exercises but also about what you eat. For you are what you eat.

Here are some tips that will help you lose weight effortlessly without necessarily going to the gym.
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Work out alternatives

Instead of going to the gym, why not consider involving yourself in activities that you enjoy like bike riding, hiking, aerobics that are more fun and less stressful to keep up with.

Take a walk

A 40 minutes walk a day can lead you to your ultimate weight loss goal. Opt for the stairs when you go to the mall and not the lift. Personally this is something that I do and I have seen impeccable results.

Gradually cut down on foods you love

Progressively reduce on foods that are high in fats and in starch they make you fat. Add foods that are high on fiber like brown rice, brown pasta, carrots, broccoli, spinach, potatoes, and beans. I know this may be hard in the initial stages, but trust you me, it takes determination and self-drive to get fit and get to your desired weight loss aim.

Take enough water

Drinking adequate water enables your body to take in more work outs and lowers water dehydration levels. Health authorities commonly recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon. This is called the 8×8 rule and is very easy to remember.

Share the piece of the pie

Participate in group workouts or exercise with a partner. Also you can share your meal when you have too much on your plate. Sharing is caring.

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Food prep

A portion of food put in a small plate will leave you more satisfied than the same portion of food put on a bigger plate. Simply because the latter will leave you craving more. So always use smaller plates, cups and spoons when serving yourself food.

Take a dance class

Dancing is proved to be among the best cardiovascular workouts especially for the lower body. You can attend a dancing class or put in a high-energy exercise DVD and get driven by the pros onscreen. Apparently, the right intensity, music, steps and a well-monitored diet can help a person burn 400 calories during one hour of dancing. People with higher body mass index can lose-up to two to three pounds in a week. However, people with lower BMIs or of older age may lose only one to 1.5 pounds (less than a kilogram) in a week by dancing.Image result for dance workouts

Cut on booze

Fermented beverages are high in calories and low in nutrition, substitute with water or diet soda when having meals. Drinking alcohol and weight loss don’t go well together because alcohol can change the way your body burns fat. When you drink your body is more focused on breaking down alcohol rather than burning fat. Also, instead of burning fat, your body is burning the calories from the alcohol so it will take you longer to lose weight.

Alcohol can lower testosterone levels in your body, and this is a hormone that’s important for losing weight and gaining lean muscle.Not only does alcohol lower your inhibitions about the food choices you make, but it can also increase your appetite.

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Stay Active

Working out might become monotonous and boring, when these happens try out something else that does not involve working out in order to come back revitalized and with more energy.

Be patient

Losing and maintaining weight takes time, doing one method at time and choose what works best for you and suite your needs. As the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day.


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5 indicators that you might be having an unhealthy gut

These are some of the signs and symptoms to alert you about an unhealthy gut. They include;

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This occurs when you feel tired and sleepy throughout the day. It is normal to have that feeling especially after a long day of working. If you notice that it’s the same case even after having some rest then it can be a result of an unhealthy gut. These problems not only causes fatigue but also lack of concentration in what you do and can lead to low energy levels.

Skin issues

At times the skin can get some irritation that isn’t normal. This includes acne and hair peeling off,caused from the processes taking place inside the body that affects even the skin. It is therefore advisable to take a lot of water to avoid dehydration among other conditions.

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Digestion issues

Sometimes the body can be affected by some bacteria that will tamper with with the normal digestion of the food. Once the food is taken into the body, the gut is in charge of how the whole process takes place. Therefore it is advisable for one to avoid too much consumption of sugary foods as they may tamper with the gut and good bacteria in the intestines.

Frequent diseases

You can easily get sick once your gut is infected. This is because it will weaken the immune system which builds a defense mechanism against diseases in the body. You can also get germs into the body more especially through the food taken in because the gut will be affected hence cannot detect the harmful bacteria.

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Diabetes symptoms

You may notice that you have signs of diabetes when you actually don’t have it when checked. This may be another sign of having an unhealthy gut if not treated.

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