During and after the Christmas and New year celebrations, a lot of us must have indulged in serious drinking and eating that may wear heavily on our system.
Over-indulgence in alcohol drinking may put pressure on our liver, while too much consumption of oily stews and meats may also put pressure on our kidneys.
It’s therefore vital that after this period we take a break or perhaps cleanse our system so we can face this year’s challenges with better health.
Consequently, the liver weighing about three pounds in healthy adults is one of the body’s vital organs. It is responsible for many important functions related to digestion, immunity and storage of nutrients that the body needs to survive.
Therefore, the best way to keep your liver and kidney healthy and strong is to detoxify. By that I mean cleansing debris, unwanted toxins that may put our health in danger.
While some people drink water to cleanse their systems, that is not enough to remove toxins from the body. Below are some herbs that can help in removing those in the body.
1. Garlic: Garlic is great cleanser of liver. It helps activate enzymes in the liver that help clear out toxins. It contains two natural compounds called allicin and selenium.
It also reduces cholesterol that may accumulate from fatty foods. The best way to use garlic is chew, or mince fresh ones and drink. The odour of garlic should not deter one from using it. However , be cautious if you have ulcer.
2.Lemons: Lemons help detoxify the system due to its powerful constituent of D-Limonene. It helps activate enzymes in the liver that aid detoxification.
The high amount of Vitamin C in lemon helps the body produce more enzymes to aid digestion.
Make lemon water by adding the fresh juice to water. Or you can add chopped lemons to warm water, and drink first in the morning.
3.Apples: An apple a day is the secret behind a healthy liver. Apples are good source of pectin, a soluble fibre that helps remove toxins from the digestive tract and cholesterol from the blood.
All types of Apples are good. But if you can get natural ones then it’s better. If on the other hand you can’t then blend fresh apples in juice form and drink daily.
4.Beetroots: The red colour of beetroot makes it a favourite for blood. The truth is that beetroots contain high betacarotene like carrots and they help stimulate and improve liver function.
Beets are good blood purifiers.
5.Carrots: Carrots have high flavonoids and Vitamin A and is good to cleanse both kidney and liver. Alcoholics and smokers are advised to use carrots always.
The frequent consumption of carrot juice can improve eye sight and skin texture.
The best way is to blend or grate fresh carrot and drink in an empty stomach.
Contribution from Blessing Agama
To be continued…
Too Much Salt Consumption, Bad For Kidney – Expert
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 exclusive interview, she said an in-take of too much salt is capable of damaging one’s kidney, in addition to raising blood pressure.
“So much salt can raise up the Blood Pressure (BP), and once the BP is raised, if you’re 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), calls for limitation in salt in-take.
She further stated that to prevent kidney disease, there is the need to cut down on carbohydrate and callory intake, alongside checking food intake 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 widespread 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.
According to her, besides taking fruits and vegetables, “they should exercise, try and keep fit, try and be active as much.
“Even (food) supplement have not been proven to be good to the kidney, especially when it is taken for a long time”.
She further stated that herbal medication should also be avoided to prevent complications associated with kidney disease.
COVID-19: Not All Hand Sanitisers Can Kill Virus – Pharmacist
A pharmacist, Mr Ayobambo Fajuyitan, on Tuesday cautioned Nigerians against using hand sanitisers with low alcohol content in preventing COVID-19.
“Not all hand sanitisers in the market are capable of killing the COVID-19 virus because the alcohol contents are low,’’ the pharmacist told newsmen on telephone in Ibadan on Tuesday.
According to him, hand sanitiser capable of killing the virus must have 40 per cent alcohol content.
“When at home, it’s preferred you use hand washing method: It’s better to use the hand wash in a running tap for 20 seconds when at home,’’ he said.
Fajuyitan, however, cautioned against ingesting of hand sanitiser.
“Hand sanitisers contain majorly glycerine and ethanol.
“ Hand sanitiser contains 62 per cent ethyl alcohol and that’s the equivalent of four shots of vodka.
“At that concentration, even a small dose can be dangerous if ingested,’’ Fajuyitan said.
According to him, the ingestion can lead to dizziness, slurred speech, headaches and even brain damage or death in extreme cases.
“Also ocular irritation, vomiting, conjunctivitis, oral irritation, cough and abdominal pain.
“Rare effects included coma, seizure, hypoglycemia metabolic acidosis and respiratory depression may occur.
“Majority of the hand sanitisers produced in Nigeria don’t even have up to 62 per cent ethyl alcohol.
“If you eat with your hands after using hand sanitiser, be cautious as excessive use of sanitiser can make you prone to viral infections as removal of bacteria give ample space for the virus to grow and sanitisers are not capable of denaturing viruses,’’ he said.
Illness: Expert Harps On Regular Intake Of Water
A Medical Practitioner, Dr Lawrence Abada of Estate Clinic, Benin, says regular intake of clean drinking water helps to build the human immune system and reduces the risk of illness.
Abada made this known in an interview with newsmen in Benin on Tuesday.
“Keeping hydrated is crucial for health and well-being but many people do not consume enough fluid each day.
“Around 60 per cent of the body is made up of water and around 71 per cent of the planet is covered by water.
“Water is essential for the kidneys and other bodily functions and when someone is dehydrated, the skin can become more vulnerable to skin disorders and wrinkling.
“Drinking clean water helps all the cells and organs of the body function properly,’’ he said.
According to him, health authorities commonly recommend eight-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 litres or half a gallon daily.
“Water lubricates the joints, forms saliva and mucus, delivers oxygen throughout the body, boosts skin health and beauty, cushions the brain, spinal cord and other sensitive tissues”, Abada said.
According to him, lack of water in the human system can cause blood to become thicker, increases blood pressure, leads to digestive problems, constipation and an overly acidic stomach.
He advised that men should drink about 15.5 cups (3.7 litres) of clean water daily and 11.5 cups (2.7 litres) of fluids daily for women.
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