‘It brought me misery’ Anne Ngugi’s daughter speaks on health struggles

BBC journalist Anne Ngugi’s daughter has released a song describing the stigma she has faced beacuse of her health condition. It’s called The Story of my Life.

Angel was born with a birth defect called congenital hydrocephalus (build-up of fluid in the brain at birth) 15 years ago.

“I look different, and that difference has brought so much misery in my life, because every day I must be strong enough to stop the stigma and that I will do till my last breathe in this beautiful universe,” she sings

Anne Ngugi  with her daughter and Lulu Hassan
Anne Ngugi with her daughter and Lulu Hassan

“Stop this stigma. I‘m talking to the world to stop the stigma against my type because disability isn’t inability. Stop my tears from flowing any more.”

Speaking to Word Is, Anne said her daughter has faced a lot of stigma in school and in public, which she has put in writing.

“…bullying and even being called names. Some even laugh at her, from young kids who seem to see her in a different light,” the journalist said.

As a mother, Anne says, she feels terrible.

“I can’t become Angel so I have to pray and talk to her a lot about being [resilient] and accepting her situation. Even adults get fake friends who go behind their back,” she said.

“I have taught her how to fight for her space and how to defend herself out of such a situation because not everybody will love her neither qualify her.”

Angel has been selected to attend MTM Awards 2019 in London, where she will have an opportunity to celebrate with diverse people, key players in the community and organisations, including mayors, lord mayors, civic and government VIPs as well as business elite.

Why your belly itches during pregnancy

 

Some itching around the stomach is normal as your skin is stretching, and there’s no way around it girls.

Usually it’s thought to be caused by raised levels of certain chemicals in the blood, such as hormones.

Later, as your bump grows, the skin of your tummy (abdomen) is stretched and this may also feel itchy.

It is a common problem that creeps up on us on the second trimester, and may become worse.

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What can you do for an itchy belly when you’re pregnant? Her are 4 ways to find relief for this pregnancy symptom.

Don’t scratch: Tempting as it may be, grating away at your skin only causes more irritation.
Moisturize: A natural moisturizer like Shea butter, or Coconut oil can stop the itching. Also remember to apply it often during the day.

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Smooth on vitamin E oil: It’s very healing — and great for sore nipples after pregnancy too.

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A pregnant mum

If you have a bathtub, soak in it:   A bath with warm water can work wonders for dry skin. Just make sure the water’s not too hot, which can dry out your skin even more.

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6 Things no one tells you about C-Sections

 

Do you plan on having a c section when you finally begin a family?

If it’s in your future plans there are common things that can happen during and after a cesarean.

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One thing to note is that c-section experiences are different, each good and bad in their own ways.

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That people will assume something went wrong:
There’s this misconception we all have that a woman who does a c section is you gave or your birth plan went wrong. What you need to know is that many C Sections are planned with t full approval of doctors as the safest thing that can be done.

That it’s simpler than a natural birth because there’s no pain:
Who said this? You will feel the doctor pushing and pulling to get the baby out.

The drugs ill make you feel delirious:
When you come out of surgery you are on a LOT of morphine, which is good (because pain), but it can make it hard to know exactly what’s going on, and also can make it hard to breastfeed immediately.

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Itchiness:
That feeling is as a result of a reaction some women have to the anesthesia. Bear with it.

No lifting things after:
It’s a major abdominal surgery and it takes time to recover. The doctor will discourage you from lifting, and it may mean you will need help with your baby, something many mothers feel upset about.

Peeing and pooping may make you feel some type of way:
The medication makes you constipated, but a good doctor should give you some pills to help with the bowel movements.

 

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10 signs you may have Kidney disease

When your kidneys suddenly are unable to filter waste products from your body, you need to worry.

This is because dangerous levels of waste will accumulate.

Kidney problems can develop suddenly (acute) or over the long term (chronic). Many conditions, diseases, and medicines can create situations that lead to acute and chronic kidney problems. Acute kidney injury, which used to be called acute renal failure, is more commonly reversible than chronic kidney failure.

Symptoms that may indicate kidney disease are:
You’re more tired, have less energy or are having trouble concentrating. …
You’re having trouble sleeping. …
You have dry and itchy skin. …
You feel the need to urinate more often. …
You see blood in your urine. …
Your urine is foamy. …
You’re experiencing persistent puffiness around your eyes. …
Your ankles and feet are swollen.

 

 

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New and rare HIV strain discovered

A new subtype of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) has been discovered, Abbott Laboratories has confirmed.

In a report published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS) on Thursday, the new strain is classified as subtype L in the group M family of HIV-1.

The “M” stands for “major” as it’s responsible for more than 90 per cent of HIV infections worldwide.

“This is the first new Group M HIV strain identified since guidelines for classifying subtypes was established in the year 2000,” Dr Kuku Apiah, Director Medical, Scientific Affairs – Africa tells the Star in an exclusive interview.

Jonah Sacha, a professor at the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute at Oregon Health & Science University said the findings serve as a reminder of the dangerous diversity of the HIV virus

“This tells us that the HIV epidemic is still ongoing and still evolving,” he said. “The calling card of HIV is its diversity. That’s what’s defeated all of our attempts to create a vaccine.”

Since the beginning of the global AIDS pandemic, 75 million people have been infected with HIV and 37.9 million people currently are living with the virus.

“People think it’s not a problem anymore, and we’ve got it under control. But, really, we don’t,” Sacha said.

Just like other viruses, HIV has the ability to change and mutate over time. It has several different subtypes.

There are 10 different subtypes in the group M family. Subtype L was first identified in 1983, and then seen again in 1990, both in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was found a third time in 2001, also in Congo.

But it’s taken this long for the technology used to sequence the subtypes to improve. Now scientists are able to test the entire genome to confirm the samples were all part of the same subtype.

NOT NEW

Mary Rodgers, author of the new study told BBC the strain is not new; rather, what’s changed is the technology used to study the virus.

“The subtype has been around as long as all the other strains have. We just didn’t recognize it as an official subtype until now,” Rodgers said.

HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is the virus that causes AIDS if not treated early and appropriately.

“Thanks to the work done by the global health community over the past few decades, the goal of ending the HIV pandemic is becoming feasible,” Rodgers said.

“This discovery reminds us that to end the HIV pandemic, we must continue to outthink this continuously changing virus and use the latest advancements in technology and resources to monitor its evolution.”

Abbott is making this new strain accessible to the research community to evaluate its impact on diagnostic testing, treatments and potential vaccines

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Samples of blood were collected from  Kenya and 44 other countries across six continents.

“Abbott’s global viral surveillance collected samples from Kenya, Cameroon, China, Egypt,Uganda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, United States, Germany, India, Zambia and Vietnam,” read the report.

Other countries include Ghana,Colombia,Burundi,DRC,Croatia,Egypt,Equitorial Guinea,France,Greece,Guinea Bissau,Haiti,Honduras,India,Israel,Haiti,Ivory Coast,Nigeria,Saudi Arabia,Russia ,South Africa and Philippines.

To determine whether an unusual virus is, in fact, a new HIV subtype, three cases must be discovered independently.

The first two samples of this subtype were discovered in DRC in the 1980s and the 1990s. The third, collected in 2001, was difficult to sequence at that time because of the amount of virus in the sample and the existing technology.

Today, next-generation sequencing technology allows researchers to build an entire genome at higher speeds and lower costs.

In order to utilise this technology, Abbott scientists had to develop and apply new techniques to help narrow in on the virus portion of the sample to fully sequence and complete the genome.

“Identifying new viruses such as this one is like searching for a needle in a haystack,” Rodgers said,

WHERE DID HIV COME FROM?

Scientists first identified chimpanzees as the source of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infections in humans.

The chimpanzee version of the immunodeficiency virus (simian immunodeficiency virus, or SIV) entered the human population through contact with infected blood from scratches, bites or meat consumption.

Additional strains of HIV resulted from cross-species transmission from other nonhuman primates, such as gorillas and monkeys. Over time, the virus has spread across Africa into other parts of the world.

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO TRACK HIV

Because HIV can evolve to produce new strains, it’s critical to make sure these strains don’t evade detection and treatment, which could cause new pandemics.

This prompted Abbott to launch our global Surveillance Program more than 25 years ago to make sure that the tests available can detect any strains that are present.

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Your Digestive System: How to take care of your gut

 

A series of interconnected organs are simultaneously working together to break down the food you consume, absorb and move necessary nutrients throughout the body and then eliminate waste.

We give you tips for a healthy digestive system to keep food moving through your digestive tract.

Cut out sugar

Want great gut health? Cutting out sugar from your diet can help. Every day, Americans are averaging about 20 teaspoons of added sugars to their diet. Unfortunately, refined sugars break down the lining in your gut and promote the growth of bad bacteria. The imbalance of gut flora can cause inflammation, constipation and a series of other negative health effects. Eliminate your chances of a “sugarache” by staying clear of sugary beverages and sweets.

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Load up on probiotics and prebiotics

A healthy dose of probiotics and prebiotics can do wonders for your gut. Probiotics are good bacteria and can be found in many fermented foods and supplements. Yogurt is an excellent source of probiotics. Prebiotics contain non-digestible carbohydrates that feed probiotics and have been linked to a reduction in fat storage and irritable bowel syndrome. Prebiotics are found in whole grains, garlic, honey, onions, asparagus, bananas, and artichokes.

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Take small bites
Chew food slowly to make it easier on your digestive system. Your digestive system begins in your mouth, as the combination of saliva and chewing breaks down your food. The crushed up food travels to the esophagus and meets in the stomach where stomach acid and enzymes continue the process of breaking down food. Ultimately, the smaller the bite, the easier it is for your food to mix with your stomach acid. By taking small bites, you are helping food move smoothly through the digestive tract during this energy-consuming process that the body endures.

Stay hydrated

Water keeps everything flowing (literally). Water aids digestion as it helps break down nutrients from food. Frequent water drinkers also experience less bloat and constipation.

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Eat a high-fiber diet
Taking a diet that’s high in fiber and rich in whole grains, vegetables, legumes, and fruits can improve your digestive health. This makes sure food moves through your digestive tract, making you less likely to get constipated.

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Eat on schedule
Eating meals on a regular schedule can help keep your digestive system in top form. Aim to sit down for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks around the same time each day.

Digestive issues can sometimes be a sign of something more serious, like gallstones, so it’s important to talk to your doctor about your symptoms.

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How toxic relationships affect your health

We all go through good and bad days in our relationships, however a bad relationship can be a detriment to your health.
One study found that being in a negative relationship puts people at a higher risk of developing heart problems (such as a fatal heart attack)

Toxic relationships are dangerous to your health; they will literally kill you. Stress shortens your lifespan. Even a broken heart can kill you.

We give you five ways you can tell that relationship is toxic and having unhealthy effects on you.

1. Increased risks of coronary heart disease

2. Increased stress levels

3. Sleep problems

4. Anxiety disorder

5. Depression

 

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What happens to our bodies in our 30’s

Welcome to your 30s, where interesting changes are happening to  your body.
1. Hormonal changes

Both men and women produce fewer hormones once they hit 30. Estrogen – the hormone that controls a woman’s monthly cycle – begins to drop around the milestone and then takes another nosedive at 35. This can cause weight gain and lower libido than you’re used to. You may even enter early perimenopause, which can result in mood swings and anxiety.

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2. Depression or a Serious Mental Disorder
Your 30s are a time when reality can truly bite: Your youth is officially over, and responsibilities mount, between work, child rearing, older parents, and financial concerns. It’s also a time when relationships can falter. Depression and substance abuse issues such alcoholism or drug abuse (brought on by depression) may accelerate, and certain latent mental disorders such as panic attacks, schizophrenia, or bi–polar disorder can come to the forefront during this time. Finding the right doctor and getting the best treatment protocol is essential should you experience any of these conditions.

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3. Bone loss
This is a change you can’t really see – but it’s there. Bone loss begins in your 30s and by the time you’re 35 your body is breaking down bone faster than it can be replaced. You’ll also see a reduction in muscle tone, which can have a negative effect on your strength and balance.

Remedy: Take lots of calcium.

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4. Slower metabolism
If you’re seeing weight gain in your 30s, this may well be why. As you get older, your metabolism starts slowing down – meaning you don’t require as much energy to fuel yourself, despite still having a 25-year-old’s appetite. And when your muscles can’t metabolise energy efficiently, you’re more likely to put on weight. For men, this happens more gradually. However, pregnancy and menopause in women can slow things down a lot more dramatically.

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Remedy: As well as exercise, the best things to do to speed up your metabolism is get plenty of sleep and eat plenty of metabolism-boosting foods. These include spices, hot peppers, whole grains, broccoli, soups, citrus fruits, and green tea.

 

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11 myths about stretch marks you need to know

“My body has given me the greatest gift of my life”

Many of us, including famous people, are living with this skin imperfection and the myths surrounding their appearance on the body hasn’t helped spread body positivity.

Here are 11 myths about stretch marks you need to know
1. Men don’t get stretch marks
2. Thin people don’t get stretch marks

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3. It’s not possible to prevent stretch marks
It is truly possible to prevent stretch marks from occurring, by having a healthy diet and keeping the body hydrated.

Regular exercises and using moisturizers to moisturize the skin are also known to prevent stretch marks from forming.

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4. Stretch marks can be eliminated completely
This is absolutely wrong statement since we know that stretch marks are formed on the dermis layer of the skin, which is the second layer and next to the epidermis.

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Smooth skin

5. Stretch marks will heal on their own as time passes
6. Stretch marks go away as one loses weight

Stretch marks don’t disappear with weight loss but can, however, fade in color.

7. Stretch marks can occur only on stomach

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8. Stretch marks are caused by stretching of the skin and tears due to weight gain or pregnancy
This is true that sudden excess weight gain and pregnancy can cause stretch marks.

However, other reasons like sudden growth, intensive hormonal activity, stress, high intake of toxins, lack of vitamins and certain steroidal drugs are known to be among the most popular causes for the formation of stretch marks.

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9. Stretch marks do not change colour
They change color with maturity

10. Your diet does not affect stretch marks

11. Hormones have no role to play in the formation of stretch marks

Hormonal changes during teenage can also lead to stretch marks.

 

 

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A list of recommended snacks for people with diabetes

When you have diabetes, foods with high levels of sugar should not be part of your diet. When you have cravings for something sweet, it is advisable to take healthy snacks.

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They include;

Nuts

This is the best substitute for a crunchy craving for wheat products like biscuits and cookies. They have calories hence cannot lead to weight increase especially the unsalted nuts. Almonds can also be taken as they also do not have sugars.

Whole grain products

The whole grains also play a role in maintaining the required blood sugar levels and cholesterol. They also prevent cases of getting blood pressure.

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Pop corns

The natural pop corns are a great source of fiber. This is generally essential in the body as it prevents constipation.

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Fruits and Vegetables

Vegetables provide the body with a lot of nutrients and vitamins hence are nutritious to the body. Use them when making salads and spice them with vinegar. Fruits and vegetables are the best ingredients for making smoothies.

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Eggs

This is the best snack for proteins production to the body. Studies shows that persons who want to lose weight should consume eggs as part of their diet.

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Plain yogurt

Plain yogurt is recommended at it has no sugars, because of its natural form of energy.

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Salads

Salads are essential to the body as they supply it with natural and essential nutrients and vitamins. They help the body in building strong immunity.

Non-fat cheese

This plays a role in stabilizing the levels of body sugars and also reducing the thirst/ hunger more frequently.

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Rice cakes

Rice cakes have low carbs hence the best for diabetic people to eat.

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4 things to do at home to ease endometriosis pain

 
Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue similar to the tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus. Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining your pelvis.

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Endometriosis occurs when endometrial tissue grows on your ovaries, bowel, and tissues lining your pelvis. The hormonal changes of your menstrual cycle affect the misplaced endometrial tissue, causing the area to become inflamed and painful.

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Stage 1 or minimal: There a few small implants or small wounds or lesions. …
Stage 2 or mild: There are more implants than in stage 1. …
Stage 3 or moderate: There are many deep implants. …
Stage 4 or severe: This is the most widespread.

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Here are some things you can try to help ease your symptoms at home:

1. Take warm baths. …
2. Stay hydrated. …
3. Keep medication on hand.

4. Place a hot water bottle on the lower abdomen can help to relax cramping pelvic muscles, which should reduce pain.

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Angelina Jolie opens up about tragic loss of her mother and grandmother to breast cancer

 

Actress Angelina Jolie in a heartfelt letter on Time magazine, has opened up about why she chose to remove her ovaries and breasts.

Angelina Jolie recalls in the letter how she watched her mothers decade long battle with Cancer before her death at 56.

The 44-year-old actress also reflected on her family’s history of breast cancer, and her decision to get a preventative double mastectomy and to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes to prevent the cancers that killed her mother and grandmother.

She wrote: “I simply feel I made choices to improve my odds of being here to see my children grow into adults, and of meeting my grandchildren. My hope is to give as many years as I can to their lives, and to be here for them.”

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After her mothers death in 2007, Angelina decided to get a double mastectomy in 2013 after losing her aunt and learning that she carries a mutated BRCA1 gene, which makes her more likely to develop breast cancer.

In 2015, she has an ovarian cancer scare, so she opted to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes.

“I have lived over a decade now without a mom. She met only a few of her grandchildren and was often too sick to play with them,” Jolie continued.

“It’s hard now for me to consider anything in this life divinely guided when I think of how much their lives would have benefited from time with her and the protection of her love and grace. My mother fought the disease for a decade and made it into her 50s. My grandmother died in her 40s. I’m hoping my choices allow me to live a bit longer.”

She added: “People also ask how I feel about the physical scars I carry. I think our scars remind us of what we have overcome. They are part of what makes each of us unique. That diversity is one of the things that is most beautiful about human existence.”

The Oscar-winner continued, however, that “the hardest scars to bear are often invisible, the scars in the mind.”

“I have learned that when it comes to women’s health, medical advances are only one part of the picture” she said. “Mental and emotional health, and physical safety, are just as important.”

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What the brown spots on bananas really mean

 
Spots dietitian, Ryan Pinto, has revealed the benefits of different bananas.

Australian sports dietitian Ryan Pinto recently shared a graphic about the various benefits – and why eating an over-ripe banana may not be a great idea.

‘The best way to understand how the health of a banana can change is by investigating what really happens to them internally over time,’ he wrote on his page, High Performance Nutrition AU.

Green Bananas 

According to Ryan, green bananas are ‘youthful, low fodmap and full of starch’.

‘Referred to as ‘resistant’ starch, this nutrient makes your digestive system work a little harder. It’s also the reason why green bananas seem to fill you up so quickly,’ he wrote.

However, the starch in green bananas can also ‘make you feel gassy or bloated’ and also ‘contributes to their waxy texture’.

‘If you’re looking for a banana that’s lower GI, go for a green one. Eventually, your body will break this starch down into glucose. This way, green bananas will raise blood sugar levels slowly,’ he said.

‘The trade-off here is taste. Green bananas can be bitter, as they contain less sugar in every bite.’

BANANAS

Yellow Bananas

‘Say goodbye to starch and hello to sugar,’ Ryan said.

According to the sports dietitian, this banana is ‘softer and sweeter’ because it contains more sugar and while higher on the glyecmic index, is easier to digest.

‘With less starch to break down, your digestive system will soak up the nutrients quicker,’ Ryan said.

‘Unfortunately, there is always micronutrient loss as bananas age. To make up for this, yellow bananas are more developed when it comes to antioxidants.’

Spotted Bananas 

‘Not only do brown spots show that a banana has aged, but they also indicate how much starch has been converted to sugar,’ Ryan said.

‘Ultimately, the greater number of brown spots a banana has, the more sugar it contains.’

However, Ryan says brown spots can also be seen as ‘tiny immune system boosters’.

‘Spotted bananas are so rich in antioxidants that they have been linked to cancer prevention. Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) which functions to destroy tumours, is linked to those brown dots,’ he said.

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Brown Bananas  

‘Do you remember all that resistant starch? Well, it’s practically all sugar now,’ Ryan said.

‘Just as the starch has broken down into sugar, chlorophyll has taken a new form as well. 

‘This breakdown of chlorophyll is the reason why antioxidant levels increase as bananas age.

‘All bananas are around 100 calories, low in fat and are rich sources of Potassium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and Fibre.’

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Tips: 5 ways to improve the health of your gut

Problems with your digestive system could suggest your gut is unhealthy. To remedy this, here are some of the ways to maintain its health;

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Water

When the body gets engaged in day to day activities, water is lost. It is therefore necessary for one to take more water to replace the lost water in cases like sweating to prevent dehydration. It also helps in the process of digestion making your gut more healthy.

Diet

It is healthy to change your diet once in a while as it helps to regulate the sugar intake. Constantly eating high-calorie foods can tamper with the bloodstream flow. Eat more nutritious foods more often to get the nutrients needed for proper body functioning.

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Vinegar

Any fermented food plays a major role in boosting digestion and the immunity of the body. It is also recommended for people who would like to lose weight, or prevent bloating. Take with warm water or added to food to minimise fat absorption.Tokeo la picha la apple cider vinegar

Detox

Detoxing your body once in a while is highly recommended. This is because it helps in eliminating harmful components from sugary foods that can also cause inflammation. It also keeps the gut fresh and healthy.

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Probiotic supplements

These supplements are naturally fermented hence they are highly recommended to support a healthy body system. They also play a major in improving the rate at which nutrients are absorbed from the food eaten.

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Things your fingernails try to alert you about your health

Do you know that your nails tell alot about your overall health?

 

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Clubbed nails

If your finger nails have pores and swollen, it shows that they are clubbed. It can be a sign of liver illness or lung illness.

Dry nails

When the nails are dry, chances are that they may also be so brittle. These can be normal to you but if you seek medical attention, you will find out that you either have hormonal imbalance or some bacterial infection.

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Ridges

This is a sign of you having lupus, iron deficiency or inflammatory arthritis.

Pitted nails

Having pitted nails means that that your nails seem to be having dips or small pores on them. This shows that you may be suffering from a connective tissue dysfunction  or zinc deficiency.

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Concave nails

These can be signs of some iron deficiency that you may be having or a sign of coronary heart illness.

Thick nails

It is normal for one to have thick nails, but at times it can be due to health issue. It at times can be that your fingers have a fungal infection or you blood circulation has issues and your blood is clotting a lot.

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Discolored nails

Your fingernails can have colors that are wholesome like pink with white moons close to the bottom. When they show some blueish color, it is an implication that your body has low oxygen ranges. It can also be a sign of a bacterial infections or it maybe that you have a coronary heart infection.

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Cut up nails

At times you can blame the nail polish especially for ladies. This can be a sign of malnutrition or even signs of you being infected by a protein deficiency.

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Study finds regular jogging can undo the burden of ‘fat DNA’

Couch potatoes may no longer be able to hide behind the excuse of their genes making them overweight.

Scientists have confirmed even people who are naturally overweight because of their DNA can slim down by exercising.

A study on nearly 20,000 people found regular jogging was the best way to ‘blunt’ the effects of genes which raise the risk of obesity.

Lacing up and going for a jog was effective for reducing people’s height-to-weight ratio (BMI), body fat percentage and the size of their hips.

Scientists at the National Taiwan University studied the impact of exercise on 18,424 Chinese people between the ages of 30 and 70.

The team measured people’s bodies, noted how much exercise they did and looked at their DNA to see if they were naturally more likely to be obese.

More than 400 genes have been linked to being overweight, by affecting people’s appetites, their metabolisms or the way their bodies store fat.

‘Regular jogging mitigated the genetic effects on body mass index, body fat percentage, and hip circumference,’ said Dr Wan-Yu Lin, study author.

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‘All is well’ Governor Nanok assures after mild stroke scare

Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok has given an assurance that he is well and recuperating at home.

The governor insisted he was doing fine and was not in the hospital as earlier indicated.

He, however, did not disclose what he was ailing from despite having told his colleagues that he had been unwell.

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Other sources told the Star that Nanok had complained of abdominal pain and facial weakness before going to the hospital.

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“An endoscopy was done and an MRI scan. He was immediately put on physiotherapy as it was suspected to be a mild stroke on the left side of his face,” the source told the Star.

The governor’s communication team did not deny or confirm the reports.

One of his communication directors said he was not aware of the incident, but said he would make inquiries and get back.

However, several attempts to get a confirmation from him thereafter were futile as several calls and text messages went unanswered.

Another source said Nanok’s team had not been notified about what was ailing the governor.

‘I wish money could buy life’ cries sick girl on her death bed

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade is a proverbial phrase used to encourage optimism and a positive can-do attitude in the face of adversity or misfortune.

A young lady who has been suffering for quite a long time with several ailments has penned an emotional letter of hope and fear.

She has been bedridden for quite a long time, praying for recovery, however this was not to be.

The day finally came when she left the bed to the grave.

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‘What did I ever do wrong to get all this suffering in my life. I started getting ill when I was in high-school, while I joined form one. I thought it was something small and I could get well with time. It was later on I discovered that my vein had formed a clot in my leg.

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That went on till I joined campus and it had become part of my lifestyle. I struggled with this and the situation worsened when I joined internship. I never got to finish the program as I became hospitalized immediately I started the session. I lay on that sick bed for weeks hoping to get better someday and maybe walk again on my two feet.’

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The young lady had dreams that she could wish to accomplish after finishing school.

‘I have always wished to be a better person in life and help my parents. All my dreams are now held up within this bed. My family and friends visit me all the time and give me false hope when they know I will not make it. Everyday I sleep I never know if tomorrow will come. It’s time I get to rest for I am fighting a war that I have already lost.’

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Those were the last words she spoke before she slept, never to wake up again.

She left her family and friends asking many unanswered questions. All the efforts they had made were all in vain. They wished that she could have at least tasted the sweetness of a graduation gown. She worked hard for four years to live her dreams and never got to reach the finishing line. We pray for her soul to rest with God.

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