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How to achieve your health goals this year.

Introduction It's a new year, and as usual, you've written down a number of health and fitness goals you plan to achieve this year. This is a gentle reminder that those goals won't work unless you do. To ensure we tick these goals as "done" at the end of the year, we have compiled some tips that would ensure you stay on the right track throughout the year! Some useful tips to help you achieve your health goals Be realistic You have to think realistically when you're setting a health goal. For example, for a person who has not exercised in a while, starting your fitness routine with 200 squats a day is highly unrealistic. Setting a goal to work out 7days a week is also very unrealistic for a 9-5ver with a very tight schedule. Remember to always start on a comfortable and sustainable level,  then build up your [...]

2023-01-17T17:10:29+01:00January 17, 2023|

4 MYTHS ABOUT CERVICAL CANCER

Introduction Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that develops in a woman’s cervix which is the entrance to her womb. Cervical cancer is termed the fourth most common cancer among women globally. The popularity of this particular cancer has birthed fear among people which may have perhaps led to a number of myths that are now popularly associated with this cancer. In this blog post, we would be discussing the various myths that are commonly associated with cervical cancer. Some common myths 1. It cannot be prevented Cervical cancer can be prevented. This cancer mostly occurs as a result of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV)  which is commonly transmitted through sexual intercourse. To help prevent this, you should get vaccinated against HPV and also have regular screening tests to stay up-to-date on your body. 2. It only affects old women Although older women might have a higher risk of getting [...]

2023-01-11T17:17:32+01:00January 11, 2023|

Tips for staying healthy during Harmattan

Nigerians and other West Africans can relate to Harmattan. For those who have not experienced Harmattan, it is a season that starts between late November and typically ends in February. The Harmattan season is characterized by cold–dry wind, and heavy dust-laden particles; usually colder at night and in the early hours of the morning. Due to the temperature and other factors during this season, the weather can take its toll on your body and your health in general. And with so many activities around the corner especially the Christmas and the New Year celebrations, now would be the most inconvenient time to fall sick! Luckily we're here to help. We've compiled some tips that would help you stay healthy during this Harmattan season. Keep your skin moisturized Ensure that your skin, especially parts of the body that are left uncovered when you’re dressed, are well moisturized. Examples are your lips, [...]

2023-01-12T11:17:23+01:00December 19, 2022|

Living healthy with HIV/AIDS

Statisa.com reports that over 1.9 million Nigerians are living with HIV/AIDS. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks and suppresses the body’s immune system. When HIV is not treated, it could lead to AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) and this virus, unfortunately, has no cure yet. Once a person gets HIV, they have to live with it for the rest of their lives. Although this might sound like a death sentence, in reality, it is not. With an early diagnosis and with proper care, an HIV patient could live healthily and reduce their viral load to the barest minimum Here are some healthy living tips for HIV/AIDS patients- Take your medications as prescribed As an HIV patient, there would be a number of routine medications that would be prescribed to you by your Doctor. These medications should be taken as instructed as they would help to keep the virus [...]

2022-12-01T15:40:10+01:00December 1, 2022|

How to help an abused woman

According to the UN, violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent, and devastating human rights violations in our world today and remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma, and shame surrounding it. A report by WHO- states that "across their lifetime, 1 in 3 women, around 736 million, are subjected to physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner or sexual violence from a non-partner – a number that has remained largely unchanged over the past decade". This alarming statistic points to why we should do our best to help women that are stuck in abusive situations. To raise awareness on International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women, we came up with a list of ways that you can help women around you who are in abusive situations. Lend a listening ear Abused women often find it hard to share their [...]

2022-11-25T18:30:36+01:00November 25, 2022|

ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE AND WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Antimicrobial resistance occurs when microorganisms persistently grow in the presence of drugs designed to kill them. This means that the microorganisms become immune to the drugs that are designed to kill them. This could become an issue because it means new and most likely- stronger medications have to be prescribed. Here are some important facts about antimicrobial resistance you should keep in mind- It can affect people at any stage of life Antimicrobial resistance isn't limited to age. It can happen to anyone no matter the age. Non-completion of prescribed medication When you don't complete your medications as prescribed by your doctor, you give the microorganisms that caused your sickness the opportunity to come back stronger. Completing your medications ensures that the cycle is completed and the organisms are completely wiped out. Self-medication When you take medications that have not been prescribed by a Doctor, you risk making the disease [...]

2022-11-18T16:06:27+01:00November 18, 2022|

5 Self-Care Tips for a Diabetic Person

According to a report by BMC primary care, approximately 6 million adults in Nigeria are living with diabetes.  While prevention is better than cure, a Diabetes diagnosis is not a death sentence. Here are some useful self-care tips to follow if you have diabetes, you can also share the tips with any friend or relative living with diabetes. Stay Physically Active If you are Diabetic, you should find ways to stay active. You can do this by playing sports, exercising, or just taking walks regularly. This will help in controlling blood sugar levels, boost your body's sensitivity to insulin, and also lowers the risk of nerve damage. Choose Whole foods over Processed food: Diabetic or not, you always have to be cautious of what goes into your mouth, and how it will affect your health. A healthy diet for a diabetic patient includes a mix of whole foods in the [...]

2022-11-14T16:06:48+01:00November 14, 2022|

5 Natural Remedies for Cough and Cold

There are lots of medically prescribed medications for coughs and colds, however, there are also some natural foods and condiments that can be just as effective. These natural remedies can be homemade, they are available in most markets around you and they are very affordable. Here are five remedies you can explore. Honey Honey is a popular remedy for coughs and colds. It helps to soothe the throat, which in turn clears the airways. Honey is also cost-effective, making it readily accessible to a number of people. It should however not be given to a child that is below 12 months because of the risk of botulism- a poison caused by toxins. Pineapples Pineapples contain bromelain which is a group of enzymes found in its stem. Bromelain serves as a powerful anti-inflammatory body that helps to break up mucus caused by coughs and colds and also relieves other symptoms. Peppermint [...]

2022-11-09T16:18:26+01:00November 9, 2022|

Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women worldwide and as of March 2021, it accounted for 22.7% of all new cancer cases among women in Nigeria according to a publication by ASCO.  Just like many other types of cancer, early detection is very important and the need for regular screening cannot be overemphasized. As we join people across the world to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we've listed some of the symptoms you should watch out for below. Lump in the breasts This has been penned down as one of the earliest signs of breast cancer. A breast lump surrounded by skin that is dimpled or pimpled like an orange and is also irregularly shaped could be a sign of breast cancer. A self-test coupled with a consultation with a Doctor would confirm this. Pain in the breast and armpit Although pain in the breast and [...]

2022-10-20T18:25:32+01:00October 18, 2022|

6 foods that are good for the eyes

The human eye is one of the most important organs of the body, many indeed refer to it as the light of the body and they couldn’t be any more apt with that description.   While factors like age and eye defects/diseases could result in a decline in eye health over time, studies show that nutrients available in some foods may help protect your eyes and improve your eyesight.   Here are 6 of such foods you can find in local markets and stores around you.  Carrots Carrots are vegetables that are high in Vitamin A. Vitamin A is said to be an important nutrient for eye health, as lack of it can lead to the formation of cataracts and macular degeneration, which can cause blindness in the eye. Fish By consuming fish, you allow omega 3-fatty acids into your body, as fishes are one of the sources for this. The omega-3 [...]

2022-10-20T18:25:26+01:00October 13, 2022|
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