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SOME NUTRIENTS TO HELP BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY AT THIS TIME.

YOUR NUTRITION AND YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Did you know that good nutrition is essential for a strong immune system❓ When we are able to keep up with key essential nutrients our body needs, it prevents us from a seasonal illness like flu🤧, arthritis, and abnormal cell development or growth such as cancer etc…We need to boost our immune system especially in this period of the dreaded ”CORONA VIRUS”.

Some immune-boosting nutrients include ;

1⃣ VITAMIN A: Helps protect against infection by keeping skin and tissues in the mouth👄, stomach🤰🏽, intestines and respiratory system healthy. Foods rich in  Vitamin A include sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, spinach, red bell peppers,  eggs .

2⃣ PROTEIN: Functions as the body’s defense mechanism. High Protein food includes seafood, lean meat, poultry, eggs🥚, beans and peas, soy products.

3⃣ VITAMIN E:  Works as an antioxidant, neutralizes free radicals and helps improve immune function. Foods that contain vitamin E are almonds, vegetable oils, hazelnuts, and peanut butter.

4⃣ VITAMIN C: Helps protect from infection by stimulating the formation of antibodies and boosts immunity. Vitamin C can be derived from oranges, pomelo🍊, grapefruit and tangerines, pawpaw, tomato juice.

5⃣ FOLATE: Essential for the growth and production of cells ✳such as white blood cells that are integral to your immune system . Examples of foods   includes vegetables, fruits🍒, and dried beans and peas.

6⃣ ZINC: May help wounds heal. Zinc can be found in lean meat🥩, poultry, seafood, milk, whole grain products

7⃣ VITAMIN B6: Vital to supporting biochemical reactions in the immune system. Vitamin B6-rich foods include chicken🍗 , fish such as salmon and tuna. Help protect yourself against infection and boost your immunity by including these nutrients in your eating🍲 plan today !!!.

If you need help planning your meal, then  ASKDAMZ😁 …ALSO DO NOT FORGET TO DRINK ENOUGH WATER ALWAYS, AVOID CROWDED PLACES, WASH YOUR HANDS WITH SOAP REGULARLY, DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE WITH UNCLEAN HANDS AND AVOID TRAVELING TO AFFECTED PLACES….ALL WILL BE WELL !!!

THE MIRACLE FRUIT

Miracle fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum) is a type of berry that originates from Taiwan, now in West Africa too. This fruit is known for its ability to make sour foods sweet when eaten before the food. This ability is due to the presence of a glycoprotein in the fruit called “miraculin” which binds to receptors on the taste bud that causes acidic fruits and sour foods to be perceived as sweet. This sweet effect of the fruit lasts for about 30 minutes to 1 hour. The fruit is known by other names such as miraculous berry, miracle berry, sweet berry or magic berry. The berry itself has low sugar content and a mildly sweet tang with a firm pulp surrounding a bitter seed. Before the introduction of the fruit into the western world, it has been used by Africans to sweeten palm wines and other foods.

Health benefits of the miracle fruit

  • Great for weight loss: Miracle fruit contains just 1 calorie per berry. It, therefore, can be substituted for high-calorie fruits and very beneficial for people who are trying to reduce their calorie intake. It can also be used as a sweetener to replace sugar.
  • Great for diabetic patients: Research has shown that miracle fruit is good for diabetic patients as it contains active polyphenols which help improve insulin sensitivity and decrease plasma glucose among diabetic patients.
  • Useful for patients that have undergone chemotherapy: Patients that have undergone chemotherapy usually have issues with their taste bud and this result in poor nutrition. Research has shown that giving these patients the miracle fruit helps them to eat better thereby improving their nutritional status.
  • Rich in antioxidants: The miracle fruit contains flavonoids that are useful in protecting the cells of the body against free radicals thereby reducing inflammation and stress on internal organs of the body.
  • Rich in important vitamins: The magic berry contains vitamins such as Vitamin A, C, E and K which are important to the support of the immune system against diseases and infections, also important for skin health and bone health.

RICKETS

RICKETS

Did you know that lack of enough sun exposure leads to lack of vitamin D? Rickets is a condition brought on by a lack of vitamin D, which causes the body to be unable to absorb or deposit calcium.

Causes of Rickets

  • Vitamin D deficiency: It is the most common cause of rickets. Unlike vitamin C, the human body is able to produce vitamin D, but only if it has the metabolic precursors available to it. When the skin is exposed to ultraviolet light (such as from the sun), cholesterol in the skin reacts and forms cholecalciferol, which is then processed in the liver and kidneys to create the active form of vitamin D.
  • lack of calcium or phosphorus
  • Constantly staying indoor

What to do

  • Cholecalciferol can be directly taken as a vitamin supplement or acquired from eating organ meats and oils, such as cod liver oil, allowing the body to resume producing vitamin D.

Symptoms

Rickets is a condition of children, as the deficiency’s most severe effects are on developing bones; in adults, “bone-softening,” can be caused by the same vitamin deficiency.

But in adults, it both takes significantly longer to develop and tends to cause tip-off signs that something is wrong before bone warping sets in, such as extreme pain in the bones, and unexplained muscle weakness.

In children, especially those that don’t or can’t receive regular check-ups, deformity and debilitation by the deficiency is often only noticed after significant damage has been done to their developing skeletons.

The most telling symptoms of rickets are at the epiphyses (growth plates) of bones: The body is unable to lengthen bones by depositing calcium, and ends up with bones that flare outward in a “cupping” appearance. This leads to costochondral swelling, or what’s known as the “rachitic rosary” along the ribcage of the child, as well as widened wrists and “thick” joints. Before widened wrists or rachitic rosary appears, the softening of the skull bones can lead to “Caput Quadratum” a square-headed appearance, and often the first sign of skeletal growth problems. If left untreated, rickets also can cause an extremely curved back, stunted growth and frequent fractures all of which can lead to permanent and debilitating deformity.

FACTORS THAT CAN ACCELERATE AGING

Ever wondered why an individual may be young by age but physical features say otherwise?

It’s never always about the lotions, face masks, serums, etc. Do you know that certain factors that may be overlooked sometimes can contribute to our physical appearance? They include:

Diet: Research has shown that a diet high in sugar and rich in processed or refined carbohydrates can cause damage to your skin as time goes on.

Alcohol and tobacco use: Excessive alcohol intake tends to cause dehydration. This can cause your skin to sag and over time lose its shape.

Stress and poor sleeping habits: Increased stress levels can trigger an inflammatory response in your body and will also affect your sleeping habits. This could lead to your body aging faster.

Environment: Your skin comes in direct contact with toxins and pollutants in the environment. If you constantly sit in a polluted environment it is sure to tell on your skin.

Lack of physical activity: You don’t have to do any strenuous exercise. Simple tasks like walking, dancing, taking the stairs instead of the elevators can help too.

What can one do about this?

  • Make sure your diet is rich in whole foods, proteins and vegetables which contain beta-carotene, vitamin E.
  • Limit your alcohol in-take and tobacco use.
  • Prioritize sleep time and try to avoid stressful activities.

SKIN INFECTIONS

HOW TO PREVENT SKIN INFECTIONS

The skin is the largest organ in the body. Its function is to protect your body from infection. Sometimes the skin itself becomes infected. Skin infections are caused by a wide variety of germs, and symptoms can vary from mild to serious.

The types of skin infections

  1. Bacterial skin infections: Bacterial skin infections often begin as small, red bumps that slowly increase in size. Some bacterial infections are mild and easily treated with topical antibiotics, but other infections require an oral antibiotic. Bacterial infections are often treated with topical antibiotics applied directly to the skin or with oral antibiotics. Examples of bacterial skin infections include:
  • cellulitis
  • impetigo
  • boils
  • leprosy
  1. Viral skin infections: Viral skin infections are caused by a virus. These infections range from mild to severe. Some types of viral skin infections may improve on their own within days or weeks. Examples of viral infections include:
  • shingles (herpes zoster)
  • chickenpox
  • Molluscum contagiosum
  • warts
  • measles
  • hand, foot, and mouth disease
  1. Fungal skin infections: These types of skin infections are caused by a fungus and are most likely to develop in damp areas of the body, such as the feet or armpit. Over-the-counter antifungal sprays and creams can be used to treat a fungal skin infection. Examples include:
  • athlete’s foot
  • yeast infection
  • ringworm
  • nail fungus
  • oral thrush
  • diaper rash
  1. Parasitic skin infection

Skin infections are also caused by a parasite. These infections can spread beyond the skin to the bloodstream and organs. A parasitic infection isn’t life-threatening but can be uncomfortable. Examples of parasitic skin infections include:

  • lice
  • bedbugs
  • scabies
  • cutaneous larva migrans
Symptoms of skin infections

The symptoms depend on the type of infection. Some symptoms that are common to many skin infections include rashes, swelling, redness, pain, pus, and itching.

Frequent hand washing is one of the best ways you can prevent skin infection.

 

 

BERIBERI

 

This is very common in Asia, especially in countries where boiled rice is a staple. The Sinhalese term “beri-beri” means, “I cannot, I cannot,” and derives from the inability to perform even the simplest of tasks once the polyneuritis (nerve inflammation) caused by the deficiency of vitamin B1 (thiamine). Beriberi damages the nerves and can lead to decreased muscle strength and eventually, muscle paralysis. Beriberi can be life-threatening if it isn’t treated.

Today, beriberi mostly occurs in people with an alcohol use disorder. The disease can be seen in women who have extreme nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (hyperemesis gravidarum), in people with AIDS, and after bariatric surgery.

There are two main forms of beriberi:

  • Wet beriberi, which mainly affects the cardiovascular system, causing poor circulation and fluid buildup in the tissues.
  • Dry beriberi, which primarily affects the nervous system, leading to the degeneration of the nerves. Degeneration typically begins in the legs and arms and may lead to muscle atrophy and loss of reflexes.

Causes of Beriberi

  • Diet low in thiamine
  • Inability of the body to process or absorb thiamine
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Genetic beriberi can block the body’s ability to absorb the vitamin from foods although it is a rare condition.
  • Women who have extreme nausea and vomiting in pregnancy

Other people who may have a higher risk of beriberi include:

  • people with diabetes
  • people with HIV
  • people who have had bariatric surgery

How to prevent beriberi

To prevent beriberi, eat a healthy, balanced diet that includes foods rich in thiamine. These include:

  • beans and legumes, seeds, meat, fish, whole grains, nuts and dairy
  • certain vegetables, such as asparagus, acorn squash, brussels sprouts, spinach, and beet greens
  • breakfast cereals that are enriched with thiamine

 

Stroke Prevention & Treatment

Did you know that a healthy diet can reduce the risk of acquiring medical conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, high cholesterol (lipid) levels, coronary artery disease and obesity?

All of these conditions can increase your chance of having a stroke.

How does a stroke affect eating and nutrition?

Stroke can devastate a person’s nutritional health because it may limit his or her ability to perform daily activities associated with eating, such as grocery shopping, preparing meals and feeding oneself.

Stroke can also impair a person’s ability to swallow. Swallowing problems may result from weakening of the tongue or loss of coordination of tongue movements. Food can become pocketed between the cheek and teeth and drooling may occur because of an inability to seal the lips.

The person may also:

  • Choke and cough during and after meals
  • Be unable to suck from a straw
  • Lack a gag reflex
  • Suffer from chronic upper respiratory infection

If calorie and nutritional needs cannot be met, the person may become malnourished, this is a condition characterized by weight-loss and a poor appetite. You can download the Askdamz App to help you monitor the calories in your food.

Diet modifications need to be individualized according to the type and extent of these impairments. A registered dietitian (RD) can develop a plan of care that will provide a satisfying and nutritionally adequate diet. The Askdamz Company has trained dieticians that can help you draw a meal plan.

What are some tips for eating well with swallowing problems?

  • Liquids of thicker consistency are easier to swallow.
  • Drink eight cups of liquid each day to meet fluid needs.
  • Very warm and well-chilled foods make swallowing easier.
  • Eat small meals frequently throughout the day to meet nutrient needs.
  • Eat moist foods, such as casseroles and foods with sauces.

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COLD SHOWER AND HOT SHOWER. WHICH IS BETTER?

COLD SHOWER AND HOT SHOWER

If a hot shower is what your body craves in the morning, you’re not alone. The majority of people crank the handle all the way up in order to feel the warm water all over their body. But did you know that cold showers should also have a place in your daily routine? Most people don’t know this and that is we are dishing this out.

That’s right cold showers. The ones you dread to take when you’re the last person to get up in the morning. But, if you give them a fair chance, you might find that you actually like how you feel after taking one. Regardless of how you feel about either type of shower, research shows that both hot and cold showers have health benefits you should be aware of.

Benefits of taking a cold shower include:

  1. Cold showers calm itchy skin: If you have itchy skin or skin conditions that cause you to itch, cold showers can help you overcome the sensation to scratch (Adam Friedman, MD).
  2. Cold showers help you wake up in the morning: When that cold spray hits your body, there’s a bit of shock. This shock increases oxygen intake, heart rate and alertness.
  3. Cold showers increase your circulation: Increased circulation is one of the top reasons experts recommend cold showers. As cold water hits your body and external limbs, it causes your blood to circulate at faster rates to maintain ideal body temperature. In this regard, a cold shower has the opposite effect of a hot shower for someone with hypertension or cardiovascular disease, since exposure to cold temperatures triggers the circulatory system to reduce inflammation and can help prevent cardiovascular disease.
  4. Cold showers help reduce muscle soreness after intense workouts: Since cold water has regenerative properties, your muscles will relax and repair after a tough workout.
  5. Cold showers may help boost weight-loss: Some fat cells, such as brown fat, can generate heat by burning fat. They do this when your body is exposed to cold conditions like in a shower. It is believed these cells are mostly situated around the neck and shoulder area. So, perfect for showers.

The cons of cold showers:

Cold showers might not be a good idea if you’re already cold, since the cooler temperature isn’t going to help warm you up by any means. It could actually make you even colder and increase the amount of time it will take for your body to warm back up.

They may not be a good idea if you’re sick, either. Initially, the cold temperature might be too hard on your immune system, so it’s best to ease into the cooler temperatures.

WHY DO WE LIKE HOT SHOWERS?

If you have trouble relaxing or falling asleep at night, you might be tempted to take a hot shower to ease the stress of the day. This is a common practice for muscle relaxation before going to sleep because hot showers activate the parasympathetic nervous system which makes us tired, says Keferstein.

Other benefits of hot showers include:

  • Hot showers provide relief from cold or respiratory symptoms: Standing in a hot shower with the steam surrounding you has long been used as a natural remedy to reduce cold and cough symptoms. The heat from the water and the steam can help to open airways, loosen up phlegm, clear out your nasal passages.
  • Hot showers help with blemishes: Hot showers can help to open up the pores of the skin, which allows you to clean out the trapped dirt and oil.
  • Hot showers are good for muscle relaxation: Being in hot water effectively relieves body tension and can soothe muscle fatigue.  But yes, your beloved hot shower does have some downsides. But the good news is, you don’t have to give them up completely. You just need to turn down the temperature a bit and take care of your skin afterward.

The cons of hot showers include:

Hot showers can dry out and irritate your skin. Researchers believe hot water causes damage to the keratin cells which are located on our most outer layer of the skin — the epidermis. By disrupting these cells, it creates dry skin and prevents the cells from locking in moisture.

They can make also certain skin conditions worse. Higher temperatures make it easier for the skin to dry out and worsen conditions like eczema.

Hot showers can cause you to itch. It has been said that the heat can cause mast cells (which contain histamine) to release their contents in the skin and cause itching.

They can increase your blood pressure, too. If you have problems with high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease, taking a shower that’s too hot can make these conditions worse.

So, which type is better?

There are obvious benefits to both hot and cold showers, so what should you do? Well, in an ideal world, you should take a lukewarm shower, so it’s tolerable, and apply a moisturizer to damp skin after bathing (Friedman).

Another approach to try is what Keferstein describes as a contrast shower, which is an age-old technique developed by Dr. Sebastian Kneipp.

Basically, you get the water as cold as possible and stand in it for one minute. When the minute is up, you then change the water to as hot as you can handle for an additional minute. Alternate between one minute each of cold and hot for three to five cycles.

He said the health benefits come from the cold water constricting the blood vessels. This means all the blood will go to the middle of the body. The hot water will open the blood vessels and all the blood comes rushing out again. This can pump the blood completely through the muscles and organs and is great for regeneration and detoxification.

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PINEAPPLE JUICE BENEFITS

Most of us have become conditioned to immediately picking up a bottle of
cough syrup the minute we feel the sizzling sensation in our throat, signaling
the oncoming cough.

While these over-the-counter expectorants work well, we often tend to forget
that just by consuming the correct foods, we can prevent many diseases and
also eliminate the need for medications in many situations….So does juice
from pineapples really compare to conventional over-the-counter syrups ?
Does it help when it comes to fighting cough? ��

Like many fruits, pineapples are rich in vitamin c, which boosts the immune
system, as well as vitamin A and various B vitamins. This will of course be
beneficial whenever the body is trying to fight off an infection. It also contains
minerals like potassium, manganese and magnesium, which act in tandem with
the vitamins the juice contains to strengthen your body’s response to illness.

Pineapple juice, however, is unique in that it contains bromelain as well, an
enzyme with antioxidant properties which helps fight inflammation in the
respiratory system and clears the sinuses.

Pineapple juice can treat most persistent cough, as long as it isn't as a result of
pneumonia.

Here is a recipe for making a pineapple juice cough syrup:
INGREDIENTS: �� pineapple �� lemons �� inch (2.5 cm) piece of ginger ��
tsp honey ��pinc of sea salt & pepper (optional) �� fresh chili pepper or
pinch of dried (optional)

DIRECTIONS: ��Was well and remove the skin from the pineapple and lemons.
��Ad pineapple, lemons and ginger through juicer and pour 5 ounces into a
glass. ��Mix in honey, salt, pepper and dried spices (optional).
Consume 5 ounces 3 times per day.

IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR !!!����

 

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Reasons for hair loss

 

 

REASONS FOR HAIR LOSS

Have you recently noticed your hair falling off while combing? Has your once healthy hair become a shadow of itself? This might be due to some of these reasons;

Physical stress: Any kind of physical trauma—, a car accident, or a severe illness, can cause temporary hair loss. This can trigger a type of hair loss called telogen effluvium.

 

‍♀ Pregnancy: At this time in a woman’s life, due to hormonal changes, it is not unusual for a woman to experience hair loss which is a common postpartum issue.

‍♀ Overstyling: Vigorous styling and hair treatments can cause your hair to fall out. These styling methods include tight braids, hair weaves or corn rows as well as chemical relaxers to straighten your hair, hot-oil treatments or any kind of harsh chemical or high heat.

‍♀ Lack of protein: Studies have shown that if you don’t get enough protein in your diet, your body may ration protein by shutting down hair growth.

‍♀ Chemotherapy: Some of the drugs used to combat cancer can unfortunately, also cause your hair to fall out.

‍♀ Heredity and aging: If you come from a family where women started having hair loss at a particular age, then you are prone to it. Also it isn’t uncommon for women to lose hair when between ages of 50 and 60.

All hope is not lost, in order to grow your hair back there are few steps you can take to achieve success such as improving your diet, moisturizing with essential oils, monitor stress levels and also taking a break from over-styling. 

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WHAT IS HYPERTENSION?

 

 

 

 

 

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, refers to the pressure of blood against your artery walls. Over time, high blood pressure can cause blood vessel damage that leads to heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, and other problems. 

Hypertension is sometimes called the silent killer because it produces no symptoms and can go unnoticed and untreated for years.

Risk factors are age, family history, gender, and race. Lifestyle changes play an important role in treating your high blood pressure. 

Here are some ways to control high blood pressure.

Lose Weight 
Blood pressure often increases as weight increases. Weight loss is one of the most effective lifestyle changes for controlling blood pressure. Losing even a small amount of weight if you’re overweight or obese, it will help reduce your blood pressure. 

Exercise Regularly ‍♂️ ‍♀️
Regular physical activity such as 150 minutes a week, can lower your blood pressure by about 5-8 mm Hg if you have high blood pressure. It’s important to be consistent because if you stop exercising, your blood pressure can rise again. Exercises include walking, jogging, cycling, swimming or dancing. 

Eat Healthy Meals
Eating a diet that is rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products and cutting down on saturated fat and cholesterol can lower your blood pressure by up to 11 mm Hg if you have high blood pressure. This eating plan is known as the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet.

Limit Alcohol Intake
Alcohol can be bad for your health. Drinking alcohol in moderation can potentially lower your blood pressure by about 4 mm Hg. Alcohol also reduces the effectiveness of blood pressure medications.

Quit Smoking
Each cigarette you smoke increases your blood pressure for many minutes after you finish. Quitting alcohol  helps your blood pressure return to normal, reduce your risk of heart disease and improve your overall health. 

Limit Caffeine Intake 
Caffeine can raise blood pressure up to 10 mm Hg in people who rarely consume it or are caffeine-sensitive. But people who drink coffee regularly may experience little effect on their blood pressure after a long time. 

Reduce Stress
Chronic stress may contribute to high blood pressure. Especially if you react to stress by eating unhealthy food, drinking alcohol or smoking.
Once you know what’s causing your stress, consider how you can eliminate or reduce stress.

Monitor Your Blood Pressure Regularly 
Home monitoring can help you keep tabs on your blood pressure, make certain your lifestyle changes are working, and alert you to potential health complications.

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SMOKING

Did you know ‍♀ that one hour of smoking Shisha is the same as inhaling more than 100 cigarettes?

Shisha pipes use tobacco, sweetened with fruit or molasses sugar, which makes the smoke more aromatic than cigarette .

Sometimes people assume smoking shisha  is less harmful than smoking cigarettes. The truth is shisha is just as harmful as smoking cigarettes and causes similar diseases.

Effects of smoking Shisha on Health

1. Cardiovascular effects: Many studies report that a mean increase in systolic and diastolic blood pressure and heart rate of shisha smokers is observed after shisha smoking.

2. Antioxidant and vitamin C: In another study conducted, antioxidant capacity was evaluated  and it was indicated that total antioxidant capacity and vitamin C levels were lower in smokers than in non smokers.

3. Metabolic syndrome: Shisha smokers are found to be significantly more likely to have hypertryglycedemia, Hyperglycemia, Hypertension and abdominal obesity. 

4. Effect on pregnancy outcome: It has been evaluated that smoking one or more shisha per day during pregnancy is associated with the risk of low birth weight infant compared with non smoking mothers and increased pulmonary  problems at birth.

5. Shisha smoking has negative effects on mouth including staining of teeth and reduces ability of smell and taste. 

6. Shisha smoke is often laced with carcinogens or cancer causing substances. Regular smoking of shisha may lead to cancer of the lungs, mouth, stomach and oesophagus. 

7. Shisha is one of the notable risk factors for periodontal bone loss and dry sockets. 

Lastly, 

Do not be deceived, shisha smoking is as dangerous as cigarette smoking.

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