Why you should not put raw onion in your salad according to this expert

 

– Sarah Vine an expert argues raw onions hidden in salads ruin lunch

– She says no one likes the vegetable as it’s smelly and indigestible

– She discussed the food industry’s efforts to spice up modern salads

Why does it seem like every salad offered in Kenya has raw onions in it?

But there is one ingredient I just cannot stomach: raw onions. Hands up who likes raw onion? No one? Thank you. That’s because it’s smelly, indigestible and extremely anti-social.

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What kind of maniac wants to spend the rest of the afternoon sitting at his or her desk, burping up the vegetable equivalent of hot lava and causing colleagues to pass out every time you open your mouth?

Smelly. Indigestible. And extremely anti-social. Lunch is doomed 

And yet they all do it. Hide the raw onion, that is. every sandwich, salad bars and chips place or, the local sandwich shop: it’s like some perverse little game.

There you are, about to tuck into your nice saintly salad, when the faintest whiff of it reaches your nostrils. Lurking beneath the lettuce, cowering next to the cucumber — raw bloody onion!

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Of course, then the whole thing is ruined. Raw onion contaminates everything within a five-inch radius, meaning that even if you do painstakingly pick it out, piece by festering piece, everything else will still taste of it.

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Apple shaped women twice as likely to suffer heart attack

– Storing fat around the stomach significantly raises the risk of heart disease

– Fat is packed around major organs and releases harmful chemicals into blood

– Study tracked 2683 women who were healthy weight over 18-year period

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Women with apple-shaped figures are twice as likely to suffer heart attacks and strokes as pear-shaped women, a major study reveals.

Storing fat around the stomach significantly raises the risk of heart disease, even in women who are a healthy weight, scientists say.

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This is because fat is packed around major organs such as the liver and pancreas, and releases harmful chemicals into the blood that can cause heart disease.

The study, published in the European Heart Journal, tracked 2683 postmenopausal women who were a healthy weight over an 18 year period.

Scientists from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York analysed their body fat distribution.

They ranked the women in order of whether they were apple-shaped or pear-shaped – when most fat is stored around the legs or hips.

The top 25 per cent most apple-shaped women were twice as likely to suffer heart disease and stroke as the 25 per cent of women with the least fat around their middle.

And the top quarter of pear-shaped women were 40 per cent less likely to get heart disease than people who store little fat in their legs.

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Overall, the women with the very highest proportion of fat around their middle were three times more likely to get cardiovascular disease than women at the opposite extreme with the most leg fat.

Scientists said having a higher proportion of fat on the legs can protect people from heart disease as it means the fat cannot cause problems elsewhere in the body.

Lead author Dr Qibin Qi said:

‘Our findings suggest that postmenopausal women, despite having normal weight, could have varying risk of cardiovascular disease because of different fat distributions around either their middle or their legs.’

Fat in the abdomen is called visceral fat and releases chemicals that increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. This type of fat also pumps out fatty acids into the blood and has been linked to high cholesterol and insulin resistance, a cause of diabetes In contrast, extra weight on your hips and thighs is known as subcutaneous fat, which means it sits under the skin and is simply a store of fat.

When women reach the menopause, changes in their body shape and metabolism can cause more to be stored around the organs in the body rather than underneath the skin.

Scientists said that the distribution of fat in somebody’s body is more important predictor of heart problems than measuring their weight. They urged doctors to measure people’s waist circumference to assess their risk of heart disease, rather than just calculating their BMI.

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Dr Qi said:

‘In routine clinical practice, BMI is a common approach to assessing a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease.

‘As such, some people who are categorised as being a normal weight may not be recognised as being at increased risk of cardiovascular disease due to the distribution of their body fat, and so may not have preventive measures recommended for them.’ The World Health Organisation suggests men with waists bigger than 40in (102cm) and women with waists bigger than 35in (88cm) face a substantially increased risk of conditions such as diabetes.

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Sleeping odd hours raises your risks of obesity and high blood pressure

Irregular sleep and inconsistent bedtimes may raise your risks for metabolic disorders like high blood sugar, obesity, hypertension and high blood sugar, a new study suggests.

We still don’t know exactly why we sleep.

But as scientists attempt to work out the answer to that question, they’ve learned that the body’s clock regulates both our rest and metabolism.

Most of that work has looked at the effects of getting too little sleep, but the new study, conducted by scientists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, suggests that even if we’re getting enough sleep, irregularity can disrupt metabolism.

Keeping to a regular sleep schedule, on the other hand, may prevent not only metabolic problems, but combat depression and encourage heart health, the researchers argue.
The body operates according to an internal clock that can be gauged not by minutes or hours but rhythms.

These circadian rhythms are marked by the ebb and flow of various hormones and biological process and take place over the course of about a 24-hour day.

Circadian rhythms, when functioning properly, tell us when to eat and when to sleep through changing hormone levels.

But the relationship works in both directions. What and when we eat or sleep can throw off those rhythms too.

We know that sleeplessness increases the risk of diabetes, primarily because it alters the release of insulin in the body.

The hormone, insulin, allows our metabolic system to properly process and break down glucose, which the body in turn converts to energy.

But those who don’t sleep enough on a chronic basis tend to produce less insulin, allowing glucose to build up in the blood stream and reach unhealthy levels.

However, you don’t have to go without sleep to disrupt your circadian rhythms – and therefore your metabolism. Even a single hour of variation in when someone goes to sleep and wakes up every day can interfere with circadian rhythms and how the body processes food.

The Brigham and Women’s Hospital team followed a group of over 2,000 men and women between ages 45 and 84 for around six years, and found dramatic differences in metabolic disorders depending on their sleep regularity.

They found that ‘every one-hour night-to-night difference in the time to bed or the duration of a night’s sleep multiplies the adverse metabolic effect,’ said study co-author and epidemiologist Dr Tianyi Huang.

Every hour of inconsistency in a sleep schedule was linked to a 27 percent higher risk of a metabolic problem.

In fact, if someone was tucking themselves in and rising at variable times early on in the study, they were more likely to develop high blood pressure, high blood sugar, obesity or another disorder down the road.

The researchers say that this is evidence that sleep irregularity may in fact cause metabolic disorders – but doesn’t yet meet the bar to prove that it does.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, those who had inconsistent sleep schedules were more likely to do shift work with rotating or none-nine-to-five schedules, to eat more, smoke, struggle with depression and sleep less in general.

Shifting sleep schedules were also more common among African Americans, the researchers found.

‘Our results suggest that maintaining a regular sleep schedule has beneficial metabolic effects,’ said study coauthor Dr Susan Redline, who studies sleep and practices sleep medicine.

‘This message may enrich current prevention strategies for metabolic disease that primarily focus on promoting sufficient sleep and other healthy lifestyles.’

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5 Reasons why salsa dancing is good for you

Are you a fitness enthusiast or just want to learn that simple routine that will make you love a good work out? Well salsa is the thing you need to try.

There are so many reasons why people stay faithful to a certain sport, routines, or habit.

Salsa dancing has so many benefits including both health and physical benefits.

 

Here are reasons who salsa dancing could be what you are looking for.

1. Keeps your body fit

Everyone has a unique way on how to keep their body fit. Well, you might need to rethink on how to include salsa.

Salsa has so many areas of fitness. For instance, it can help you reduce excess body weight and also toning of your body muscle.

Those who learn this exciting dance also notice an improvement in their balance, body awareness, memory, and coordination. Dancing requires you to be moving your feet in one motion, while your arms, hands, and head are doing something different.

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2. Keeps your body looking younger

Keeping your body fit has it advantages including making you look younger. It also benefits your whole body including keeping fit, benefitis your lungs and also your heart.

It is said that dancers performing  in one dance competition could amount to those cyclists and swimmers covering more than 400 meters.

3. Improves your emotional health

Dance elevates your moods giving that different feel when you put your heart out to dance.

This may help reduce stress or even sins of depression making change the mood to the rhythm of music.

It helps improve ht relationship between the mind and the body making you feel more relaxed and at peace.

4. Improves your self esteem

Salsa dancing helps you build on your confidence through interactions that you make with members of the opposite s3x and also everyone in the dancing hall.

Salsa dancing may also bring much attention to you while dancing. This at times could be a little intimidating.

However, this may also be one of the ways you could build up on your esteem by bringing out the best in you on that dance floor.

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5. Fun is guaranteed

Salsa is no doubt fun.

It does not matter if you are a pro’ or not, shine with those simple moves that you know and you are guaranteed a fun adventure.

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Corazon Kwamboka is creating her own sportswear line

Socialite Corazon Kwamboka has promised her new sportsline will make you want to hit the gym real quick.

City lawyer Corazon Kwamboka is stepping aside from law to focus on her clothing line, Genio Wear. ‘Genio’ is Italian for Genius.

In an interview with Word Is, she said, “At this point, this will be my main focus career-wise.”

As for practising law, she said the most legal she’ll get is “giving free legal advice to my followers and maybe a few pro bono cases”.

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Corazon Kwamboka gym clothes

Corazon, who is a gym rat, said,

“Being a lover of sport and gym and a curvy size 16/18 girl, my main struggle was finding sportswear that fits me. The international brands don’t cater for us, and the available local brands were either very low quality, see-through or low-waist, which poses a challenge when you have to be active jumping or running at the gym.

“For this reason, I decided to source the best tailors and the best fabric and design and came up with my brand of sportswear, Genio. It caters for women of all sizes. They are all high-waisted, anti-cellulite and non-transparent, and at the same time super stretch.”

The lawyer urged women struggling with weight loss not to stress.

“Do not struggle. Take it one day at a time, and even if you don’t see any changes, just keep on, focus on being healthy and the rest will follow,” she said.

Kwamboka got admitted to the bar a few years back.

“It was just as easy and as hard as for any law student really. The hardest part I think was the bar exams,” she said.

Though she hasn’t been publicly seen at the courts with her followers or on the screen, she said she has defended quite a number of cases.

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Corazon sportswear

“I started my law practice, even registered a firm and went to court a number of times, but now I can confidently say at the moment it’s not for me, maybe in future. I’ll stick to giving free legal advice on my Instagram page.”

Adding,

“I have defended and won a number of times, but of course I won’t go into the details.”

When asked if her name has affected her brand as a lawyer, she said,

“Being Corazon has always worked to my advantage. My track record from high school up until now gives my clients confidence.”

 

Sore throat that won’t go away could be sign of cancer

 
Do YOU have a persistent sore throat? Researchers warn the symptom could be a sign of CANCER in your larynx.

Patients who visit their GPs with a persistent sore throat should be considered for larynx cancer, a study suggests.

A sore throat combined with shortness of breath, problems swallowing or earache is a greater warning sign of laryngeal cancer than hoarseness alone, new research concludes.

A study of more than 800 patients diagnosed with cancer of the larynx found more than a five per cent risk of cancer when these symptoms showed, compared to 2.7 per cent for hoarseness alone.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) guidelines currently recommend investigation for persistent hoarseness or an unexplained neck lump.

But the findings from the University of Exeter gives greater insight into the combinations of symptoms GPs should be alert to when deciding who should be investigated for cancer.

What is throat cancer?
Laryngeal cancer is a type of cancer that affects the larynx (voice box).

The condition is more common in people over the age of 60, and around four times more common in men than women.

The main symptoms include: a change in your voice, such as sounding hoarse, pain or difficulty when swallowing, a lump or swelling in the neck, a long-lasting cough, a persistent sore throat or earache and in severe cases, difficulty breathing.

Some people may also experience bad breath, breathlessness, a high-pitched wheezing noise when breathing, unexplained weight loss, or fatigue.

It is not clear exactly what causes laryngeal cancer, but the risk is increased by smoking tobacco, regularly drinking large amounts of alcohol, a family history of head and neck cancer, an unhealthy diet or exposure to certain chemicals and substances, such as asbestos and coal dust.

Source: NHS

Professor Willie Hamilton, who co-wrote the study, said: ‘This research matters – when Nice guidance for cancer investigation was published there was no evidence from GP practices to guide this, nor to inform GPs.

‘Crucially, hoarseness serious enough to be reported to GPs does warrant investigation.

‘Furthermore, our research has shown the potential severity of some symptom combinations previously thought to be low-risk.’

The research, published in the British Journal of General Practice, was carried out using patient records from more than 600 GP practices as part of the UK’s Clinical Practice Research Datalink.

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Why men obsessed with going to the gym have a higher risk of depression – study

Men who are obsessed with going to the gym to obtain the perfect physique are more likely to suffer from depression, a new study has found.

Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Harvard University say nearly 10 percent of men surveyed had a body image disorder, believing they were too fat and wanted to be fitter.

Because of this disorder, they were almost more likely to weekend binge drink, go on a diet and use anabolic steroids.

The team says its study is the first to investigate men’s relationship to their muscles and that more resources need to be available to help the growing number of males struggling with body image disorders.

For the study, the team looked at more than 2,400 US men between ages 18 and 32.

Researchers assessed the men’s gym habits and body image, with the Drive for Muscularity Scale (DMS).

The DMS is a 15-question survey that measures people’s drive to be muscular. On a scale of one (always) to six (never), respondents rate statements such as ‘I wish that I were more muscular’ or ‘I feel guilty if I miss a weight training session’.

Nearly 10 percent of the men had a body image disorder, meaning they saw themselves as too fat and wanted to be fitter.

The gym-obsessed men were four times more likely to use legal and illegal supplements, and anabolic steroids to build muscle.

Researchers also found that more than one in three men had been on a diet in the past year unrelated to obesity.

Lead author Dr Trine Tetlie Eik-Nes says that while many women diet because they consider themselves to be overweight or too fat, most men diet because they view themselves as too thin.

Dr Eik-Nes, an associate professor in the department of neuromedicine and movement science at NTNU, says body image issues facing men often go unnoticed by health professions.

‘Studies have been carried out on young men too, but they were asked the same questions as girls,’ she said.

‘[But] boys aren’t looking to be thin. They want to have big muscles. So the questions given to girls are totally wrong if we want find out how young men see themselves and their own bodies.’

Several men said they saw soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo as the ideal male body to strive for.

‘The problem arises when the bodies of professional athletes like Ronaldo become the ideal for regular young men who have jobs, studies and family,’ said Dr Eik-Nes.

‘Training has to be your full-time job if you want to look like Ronaldo. He belongs to one-in-a-thousand of the world’s population who make their living from sports.’

She says this is a sign that men who regularly exercise are not doing it to become healthier but rather to have a more muscular look that fits with their ‘narrow ideals’ of what men should look like.

‘Girls are supposed to be thin and have small waistlines. Boys should have wide shoulders and big muscles,’ said Dr Eik-Nes.

‘Those are the narrow ideals that young people grow up with today. It turns out that this unrealistic body image is as challenging for men as for women.’

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