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: www.nhif.or.ke

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.

Penalties

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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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:

Ingredients

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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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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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.

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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.

Cautions:

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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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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Infertility

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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Immunity

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.

Impairment

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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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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Fatigue

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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Celebrities that battled addiction and made it

Addiction is one thing that most people have found it hard to say goodbye to. These are some of the celebrities that have struggled with addiction and managed to get over it;

 

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Angelina Jolie

Angelina suffered from depression which pushed her to drugs hoping to feel better.‘ I did almost every type of drug in existence.’ She said this referring to it as the dark moments in her life. She however managed to fight this by surrounding herself with people that could add value to her life. She changed her way of living and adopted children after she became an actress.

Robert Downey Jr.

He went through a lot as he fought his life through drugs. The actor was sent to prison and forced treatment for quit sometime. He also spent a whole in hospital and he finally made a decision to stop using drugs and since then his life changed.

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Adele

She got to do drugs because she was confident enough during her performances on stage. This grew into a habit up to a point that she forgot lines of her own songs on stage. She also noticed that her voice was becoming a mess as days went by. She later on had a surgery that made her to stop doing drugs completely.

Drew Barrymore

Drew became a drug addict at quite a younger age. She was taken to a rehab clinic for 8 months due to the overdose drugs consumption. After she left the clinic her life changed and she became a model and a part-time waitress. She hereafter became a mother and a studio owner.

Kristin Davis

The actress started to take drugs as a solution of gaining courage in her performance. She was helped by a close friend that engaged her in yoga classes and many other more encouraging sessions which helped her leave alcohol.

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Steven Tyler

The musician’s life revolved around drugs and sex life. His life changed after he met his second wife who made him see the better part of living a healthy life.

Britney Spears

She began her drug life after she became famous and rich. She was even denied her parental custody of her sons because of the drug abuse. This made her change her way of living and did away with drugs.

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Elton John

Elton saw drugs to be a way of doing away with his shyness.In the year 1975 he almost lost his life because of an overdose. This made him to go to a rehab clinic and changed his lifestyle completely.

Samuel L. Jackson

He became a drug addict in his youth life. He was taken to a rehabilitation center where his life changed after his wife and daughter visited him at one point and he confessed to them that he was a drug addict. Since then his addiction to drugs came to an end.

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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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Digestion

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.

Constipation

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 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.

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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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Healthy benefits of taking ginger and lemon as your daily routine

Your health must come first before anything else. Did you know that taking ginger and lemon have a great role to play to your body?

Here are some of the healthy benefits;

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Weight maintenance

This can be helpful if you trying to lose weight. Many people prefer taking it on a daily basis before taking any food early in the morning. This is because it will help in decreasing the level of your appetite and hunger all through. It will also aid in the level of metabolism and calories breakdown.

Promotes hair growth

Drinking this will prevent hair falling and other hair related problems like dandruff. It will provide the body with minerals and vitamins that help to maintain your hair to be strong.

Skin glowing

Ginger and lemon provide the body with anti-oxidants which aid in preventing the body from skin diseases and infections. They help to maintain skin health and making it glow.

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Boosts immunity

Lemon and ginger play a great role in fighting infections that can lead to diseases. The anti-oxidants contain the immune boosting properties which helps to keep the body strong to fight all sorts of ailments.

Improves liver functioning

Continuous consumption of this plays a role in maintaining the overall health of the liver. It can also be used to prevent and treat liver disease.

Alkalinity in the body

Lemon is known to be acidic in nature. When mixed with ginger it helps in maintaining the needed body alkalinity. It helps in lowering the amounts of cholesterol and cravings for sugary foods.

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Heart health

Lemon is known to be containing vitamin C. This helps in the blood flow through the veins and also prevents blood clotting.

Improves concentration

Once you take this especially during the morning hours, it will improve the rate of your concentration in the rest of the day. Ginger is also considered to be helping in relieving stress.

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Soothes pain

Lemon and ginger contain antibacterial properties. This helps to sooth the body from all kinds of pain such as cramps, migraines and other sorts of illness. They helping in relaxing the body muscles and keeping it healthy.

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Health benefits of taking pepper in your meals

Adding pepper in your meals boosts your health including prevention from diseases.

Here are some of the benefits;

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Improves metabolism

Pepper generates some processes the help to generate heat to the body. The process helps in utilizing the energy in the body which is used to burn additional calories. It also helps in weight loss. This is because it helps to reducing appetite by destroying the nerve fibers that communicates from the stomach to the brain when hungry. It also breaks down proteins to prevent fat accumulation that may lead to weight gain.

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Prevents cancer risks
It is evident from research done that pepper contains some anti-oxidants that helps to protect cancerous bacteria. They include breast, pancreatic and bladder cancers. It also chances of prostate cancer growth.

Gets rid of bad breathe

It helps to disinfect the air you breathe hence helps in maintaining a good smell of your breath all through.

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Fungal infection cure

The anti-oxidants play a great role in the immune system that aids in fighting diseases like flu and coughs. It also helps in regulating the body temperatures hence reducing the chances of contacting the fungal infections.

Joint pain reliever

This can be used to relieve joint pains once taken into the body as meals. It can also applied on the skin to serve as a media in controlling the pain message being transferred to the brain.

Improve heart health

It also aids the circulatory system and prevents heart disease by lowering blood serum cholesterol and reduces lipid deposits, and therefore, reverses excessive blood clotting. It also dilates the blood vessels to aid in blood flow.

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Digestion

It helps in proper digestion of food in the digestion tract. It is also help in times of stomach upsets, reducing intestinal gas and also reduces cramps pains to ladies. This can be used by with people with ulcers to spice their food instead of other spices as it is not harmful to their health.

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A list of everything expectant mum’s should eat

Being pregnant is a different whole game, and the most important thing every expectant mum needs to be careful about is what she eats.

Here are the food ever doctor will recommend that mum to be’s eat.

Fruits

They include dried fruit, avocados, prunes, dates and berries. Berries contain healthy carbs and vitamin C. The vitamin is important to skin health, immune function and also helps the body to absorb iron. Avocados contains vitamins, fiber and healthy fats.

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These fats plays a role in building the brain and tissues for the unborn baby and also prevent leg cramps for the pregnant mother. Prunes are rich in fiber hence help in relieving constipation. Regular consumption of dates may help in cervical dilation and reduce pains during labor.

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Dairy products

These products are packed with proteins and calcium, and play a greater role in the development of the fetus. Yogurt for instance contains probiotic bacteria that aids in digestion and reduces pregnancy related complications such as infections and allergies.

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Legumes

They include peas, beans, peanuts and many others.They contains proteins, iron and vitamin B 9 which is essential during pregnancy as it reduces the risk of the fetus getting diseases during birth.

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Lean meat

This is the best source of proteins and iron. Iron is important as it is used to deliver oxygen to all cells in the body by red blood calls as part of hemoglobin. This is therefore important because blood volume normally increases during pregnancy. This hence reduces the risks of premature births or anemia disease.

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Water

This is essential to avoid circumstances of being dehydrated or even constipation. It also helps in preventing chances of getting urinary tract infections and increases your blood volumes.

 

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Salmon

Salmon is rich in omega 3 fatty acids and a natural source of vitamin D. Vitamin D plays a role in bone health and keeping them strong and immune system. This will make the bones of the unborn child strong and prevent born related diseases and disabilities.

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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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