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Fasting Can Boost Your Health (1)

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In the last edition, we talked about detoxifying the body and keeping your internal organs healthy. Indeed, fasting is one exercise that can boost your health if done wisely and guided properly.
Usually we bombard our bodies with numerous toxins from perfumes we spray on our body, car fumes, generator smoke, and pollution from factories. The one that affects our body the most is the food and drink we consume daily.
Most of the foods we eat today are practically poisons. They have been stripped of natural nutrients through processing. Wheat for example is the highest processed food we have in the market today followed by rice and baked foods.
Most of the water we drink today are laden with chemicals. Rain water helps to drop these chemicals in air and into our natural water sources, such as rivers, lakes, while the rest seep into the soil. Ground water supply is highly polluted.
When the body is overwhelmed with all these toxins and chemicals from food and drinks, it begins to show signs of ailment in the form of sickness. Today our bodies are overloaded with junk foods from fast foods and commercial eateries. Obesity, diarrhea and cancer have become common ailments in the society.
The need for fasting have become more pertinent as a way of giving our body a break. Fasting is not new. Infact, it has been practiced since the days of old according to Biblical records.
Fasting is often thought of as a period when one decides not to eat food or drink. Many of us view fasting from the religious perspective, when one abstains from foods and drink in order to be able to pray and focus on spiritual things.
The type of fasting I am advocating here is to enable your body to detoxify or recover from too much burden from food, drinks or toxins from the environment.
As stated earlier, all living things need rest. Sleeping is not the only kind of rest your body needs. Your digestive system and other organs need a rest as well.
Fasting may be considered as an “internal” rest to the body allowing it to regain vitality and energy to vital organs.
When one fasts, the liver, kidney, pancreas, gall bladder and the intestines are have rest. The hardest working organ in the body is the liver and it’s also the largest single organ in the body, about the size of a football. It helps to filter the blood, process fats, proteins and carbohydrates. It breaks down chemicals , hormones, toxins and other metabolic wastes from the body.
Everyday your liver produces about a quart of bile, which helps to digest fat, breaking them down to the level the body can use. If the liver is overworked it begins to slow down other body functions and that is why fasting is recommended as a way of improving efficiency and detoxification process.
When we over eat or consume inadequate amount of fibre, we put too much strain to our intestine leading to constipation.
In subsequent editions we will be discussing methods of fasting and how you can use it to improve your health.

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Immunization: Health Board Targets Rural Communities

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Towards ensuring that immunization campaign achieves its target of over 90 percent, the Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board, says it has provided modalities for trained health care providers to reach the interiors of the state.
Making this known in an exclusive interview, the Health Education / Coordinator, Rivers State Social and Behavioural Change Communication Committee, Dr Daris Nria, said provisions have been made to take the free immunisation exercise to the rural areas of the state.
Because immunisation programe will be running concurrently in all the local government areas, and these areas will be empowered with boats or other means of transport, as well as logistics.
She used this opportunity to call on the public especially parents and women of child bearing age to avail themselves the opportunity of being immunized against tetanus and other diseases.
In another development, the Maternal and Neonatal Child Health (MNCH) Focal Person, Rivers State Primary Healthcare Management Board, Dr Emen-Jaja stated that the MNCH week slated to commence from 20th – 24th September will provide health care services for children under the age of five years, pregnant women as well as their spouses.
Such services, according to her, include administration of vitamin A, deworming exercise, nutritional screening, general health checks, child spacing and birth registration.
“Both women of reproductive age and their spouses who visit the health care centres would also have free services within the week.

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CSO Wants Cancer Treatment Centres In Rivers

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The Rivers State Chapter of the Civil Society organsation (CSO) has called on the state government to establish cancer treatment centres in the state to address the current growing cancer cases in the state.
Making the call recently, chairman of the organisation, Mr Dennis Otobo, said going by the status among the community of states in the country, Rivers State needs such centres in strategic areas of the state.
He stated that “going by the position of Rivers State among other states in the country, we are over due to have enough cancer treatment centres, especially considering the State Government’s focus on the health of her people”.
According to him, “taking some of our cancer patients to other neighbouring states does not tell well of our health services, no matter how we look at it.
“Government should establish cancer treatment centres in the state, at least a one hub treatment centre in each LGA”, he said.
Otobo explained that for now, about 99 per cent of treatments for cancer and related services are provided by donor agencies and patients are taken outside the state for treatment, which requires a lot of fund that is mostly not available.
“If government can provide cancer treatment centres in the state, it will not only lessen the impact of the ailment in the state but will also alleviate the suffering of patients who cannot afford going for treatment outside the state”, he said.

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To Much Salt Consumption, Bad For Kidney – Expert

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A Nephrologist, specialist in Kidney disease, Dr Manda David-West, says excessive salt consumption is one key cause of kidney disease.
Stating this in a recent interview, she said in-take of too much salt is capable of damaging one’s kidney, in addition to raising blood pressure.
“Too much salt can raise up the Blood Pressure (BP), and once the BP is raised, if you are not on medication, It can damage the kidney over time, she said.
In order to prevent this, Dr David West, who is a Consultant Nephrologist at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) called for limitation in salt in-take.
She further stated that to prevent kidney disease, there was the need to cut down on carbohydrate and callory intake, alongside checking food in-take capable of increasing chances of developing diabetes mellitus.
Dr David West continued that enough intake of fruits and vegetables, alongside exercises with a view to keep fit also prevents kidney diseases.
Contrary to wide spread belief that food supplements are good for the body, Dr David West said too much intake of food supplements is not good for the body.
Accroding to her, besides taking fruits and vegetables, “they should engage in daily exercise, try and keep fit and be active as much.
“Even (food) supplement has not been proven to be good to the kidney, especially when it is taken for a long time.

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