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Fruits And their Healing Powers

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Watermelon:
Has a phytochemicals that helps clean the kidneys. It’s a
cooling fruit- meaning that it helps clear heat in the body.
In addition, it has nutrients that helps boosts sex. Taking watermelon for a long time is aphrodisiac.
Pineapple
This fruit has a lot of bromelain, a pain killer. But that is not all. Pineapple helps digestion, especially proteins in the body. It has lots of fibre to clean the stomach as well. The stalk and leaves of pineapple have high concentration of bromelain. If you have ulcer you need to be cautious with pineapple.
Cucumber
The dry season is not season for cucumber hence its always expensive this period. But if you feel hot as usual, then go for cucumber, since it helps to cool the body.
Cucumber helps the kidneys as well, but its power resides in its ability to soften stool. Thus it helps in clearing constipation. This fruit is ideal for those with high blood sugar problems.
Carrots
I love carrots. Its a multipurpose vegetable. Carrot is not fruit, but then many see it as fruit. Carrots are good for those with high cholesterol, high blood pressure and is packed with Vitamin A. The carotene in carrots is ideal for eye problems. Carotene is also good for skin cleansing. Many cosmetics now have carotene. It clears and skin and smoothens it. However, be careful of its high sugar, if you are diabetic.
Avocado Pear:
The season of Avocado pear is almost close, just before the heavy rains. This fruit is packed with polysaturated but healthy fat. Its ideal for those seeking to reduce fat. Many don’t know that to burn body fat, you need to use fat. It has vitamin A for eyes,  as well and is good for stomach, ulcer healing and stooling- constipation. Its a skin blemish remover. Some women use it together with turmeric to clear black spots on the face and neck.
Orange
This fruit is feared by those with Ulcer. Orange has lots of flavonoids that boosts immunity. I love eating oranges with their fibre. I peal it and eat all aside the green cover. And this helps me to stool smoothly. It has lots of Vitamin C and is good for teeth, especially half ripe oranges.
Banana
Sometime last year, I told a friend who has high blood pressure to be eating banana daily, and the response was lovely. Banana has high content of pottasium. This phytochemical is good for calming nerves. Besides, banana has high carbohydrate for energy boost too. The downside of banana is its high sugar, not good for diabetics and the sugar is not good for teeth. Nonetheless, the inside peel of banana is good to heal wounds from insect bites.
Guava
This fruit has many species. There are ones that are hard, green, red, yellow and soft.
Fortunately, guava has seeds that are hard to digest and this provides the stomach with cellulose to help clear stool. On the other hand, If you eat unripe guava, it hardens your stool.
The leaves of guava are medicinal. It helps cure diarrhea and when it is boiled and drank as tea, it helps clear the system of cholesterol. And that is why its ideal for reducing weight.
Grapes
Grapes are rear in this part, but there is a specie that is common in Africa and Nigeria. This specie is good for weight control as well. The magnesium in grape makes it effective against headaches, especially migraine.
Lemon
Among the citrus fruits, Lemon has high usage than other ones like orange, lime and grapes.
Lemon has high vitamin C, which is effective for boosting immunity, curing fever and cleansing the lymph cells.
It also has cosmetic usage. For instance, lemon fluid can be used to clear black spots and pimples when mixed with turmeric dried powder. Lemon helps the gums as well to cure scurvy or bleeding gums.
Lime
This little oranges are usually green. But the ripe ones are also good and effective, even though with lesser power.
The use of lime against intestinal worms have been used for ages. But lime is good for stomach pains. It helps control internal bleeding as well.
However, using lime for a long time can destroy intestinal walls and worsen ulcer. So if you have ulcer, then go for lemon. Lime is antiseptic, use it to clean sores. Press the fluid into warm water and wash sores.

11.Apples…
This is most respected of all fruits. It has lots  ofpottasium, magnesium, and vitamin C.
Apple is ideal to boost immunity, reduce high blood pressure and the total body system. The mucilage in apple is good for the stomach. Remember “an apple a day keeps away the doctor”.

12..Apricot…
In local parlance, some call it “ajireejaa”, “ipapa” among the Ibo’s and ijaws.. It has high carotene due to its yellow colour with Vitamin A. Its effective for eyes. The mucilage is good for stomach. The vitamin C strengthens your body.

13. Pawpaw…carica papaya”
This pod of fruit with black hot seeds is an economic fruit- all its part are medicinal. The seeds are good to remove intestinal worms. The whitish fluid of pawpaw tree  heals wounds. The fruit which is either red or yellow is packed with lots of vitamins, but its effective against constipation.

14. Tomatoes…
Tomatoes is a vegetable. But it looks more like fruit. It’s red and full of lycopene, a nutrient that fights ailments as cancer, helps build immunity. Men who have prostrate cancer are advised to chew lots of tomatoes. The cover of tomatoes is very good to remove hard stools from the stomach. The seeds are high in roughage for easy stooling.
Tomatoes is also good for controlling high blood pressure. The phyto nutrients help dilate the blood vessels so as to bring down blood pressure

By: By Kevin Nengia

 

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COVID-19: WHO Vaccinates Over 1.4bn …Says 15 Countries Now Free From Mother To Child HIV Transmission

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A report by the World Health Organisation(WHO) says it has vaccinated over 1.4 billion persons across the globe for COVID-19.
It also said it has given the world’s first malaria vaccine (RTS,S) to over 1 million children, as it hinted of plans to  save 40, 000 to 80, 000 lives a year, when used with other malaria control interventions.
The report forms part of its 2020-2021 Results Report tracks of achievements across the globe.
Released ahead of the World Health Assembly next week, the report details accomplishments that include the delivery of more than 1.4 billion vaccine doses via the COVAX facility, the recommendation for broad use of the world’s first malaria vaccine and WHO’s response to some 87 health emergencies, including COVID-19.
Between 2020-2021, WHO led the largest-ever global response to a health crisis, working with 1600 technical and operational partners, and helped galvanise the biggest, fastest and most complex vaccination drive in history.
The Organisation spent US$1.7 billion on essential supplies to the COVID-19 response, noting that, “even as WHO has responded to the most severe global health crisis in a century, we have continued to support our member states in addressing many other threats to health, despite squeezed budgets and disrupted services.”
Said WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, “As the world continues to respond to and recover from the pandemic in the years ahead, WHO’s priority is to invest even more resources for our work in countries, where it matters most.”
He continued, “Ensuring WHO has sustainable, predictable and flexible financing is essential for fulfilling our mission to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable.”
The global apex body for health said the global rollout of crucial health materials included nearly US$500 million worth of personal protective equipment; US$ 187 million in oxygen supplies, US$4.8 million in treatments and 110 million diagnostic tests.
However, it pointed out that much remains to be done for the world to get on track for WHO’s target of each country vaccinating 70percent of its population by July 2022.  The Results Report reveals noteworthy achievements beyond the pandemic that struck the world in 2020 and 2021.
Among these include the mandatory policies prohibiting the use of trans -fatty acids (a hazardous food compound linked to cardiovascular disease), are in effect for 3.2 billion people in 58 countries. Among these countries, 40 have best practice policies, including Brazil, Peru, Singapore, Turkey and the United Kingdom. WHO’s REPLACE initiative aims for a world free of trans-fats by the end of 2023.  This success was attributed to implementation of measures mandated by WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, tobacco use is decreasing in 150 countries, saving lives and livelihoods.
Consequently, due to efforts to scale up life-saving interventions guided by WHO guidelines, 15 countries have achieved elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and or syphilis.

By: Kevin Nengia

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Lab Scientists, Key To Effective Medicare – Expert

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A prominent medical laboratory expert and lecturer at the Rivers State University, Prof. Barthemeus Ebirien, has underscored the importance of med lab scientists in health care delivery.
Speaking at a one-day Malaria Colloquium organised by Ekpirikpo Erens Health Foundation in collaboration with Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists in Port Harcourt, recently, the professor said any attempt to ignore role of med lab professionals may spell doom for the nation’s health care.
“ Any attempt to ignore them or play down on them is like surviving a ship wreck without a life guard “ Ebirien remarked.
The professor opined that med lab scientists are not adjunct in the health care delivery system but independent professionals whose role is key to health.
As key players in the health care system, he urged medical lab professionals to be proud and ensure their work was done ethically .
Meanwhile, Chairman of Andoni Local Government Area, Hon. Erastus Awortu, has pledged to support medical lab scientists in the operation of the revived General Hospital at Ngo, headquarters of the council.
Hon. Awortu, while thanking the body for the award given to the Andoni Council in fighting malaria scourge, also urged them not to relent in the quest to eliminate malaria.
The Andoni council chairman assured the health professionals that the area was secure and peaceful, as he pleaded for their support to help improve health care delivery in the area.

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Using Water To Heal (Pt 1)

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Let me begin by reminding you about some familiar things you know about water: Your body is about 70 per cent water. Your muscle is about 75 per cent water. Your brain cells are 85 per cent water. Your blood is approximately 82 per cent water. Even your bones are approximately 25 per cent water.
You can live five to seven weeks without food, but the average adult can last no more than five days without water.
So now you know that water is essentially part of your make-up. Water is the single most important nutrient for our bodies. It is involved in every function of our bodies.
Once your body begins to lack water, or dehydrated; it begins to ration water to some organs and that finally leads to serious system disorder or ailment.
The unfortunate part of this scenario is that many people do not drink enough water. Even me that is writing this, I hardly drink enough water. But the fortunate thing is that I try as much as I can to drink two sachets of our Nigerian,” pure water”.
First, once I wake up in the morning I make sure I drink a sachet and the second one can come during or in between meals. I know that is not enough for my body. And that is why I have decided to write about it.
I see many people jettison water after eating and end up using soft drinks or what we call” mineral” in Nigerian parlance to down their food. The habit is common among market women from my observation. I have equally seen sedentary office workers in the same habit of drinking soft drinks more than water.
So the question is what are the effects? A popular physician, F. Batmangheldj, in his book, “ Water for Health, for Healing, for Life”, pointed out that water is the main lubricant in the joints spaces and helps prevents arthritis and back pain.
Water increases the efficiency of the immune system. Water prevent clogging of arteries in the heart and brain, and thus helps reduce risk of heart attack and stroke. Water is directly connected to brain function – it is needed for the efficient manufacture of neurotransmitters, including serotonin.
Water affects our appearance , making our skin smoother and giving it sparkling luster; it also reduces the effect of aging.
As stated earlier, many people prefer soft drinks and juice to water and end up damaging their system the more. Every sugary juice drain water in the body and makes you more dehydrated. That is why a bottle of your usual “coke” or any soft drink can not quench your thirst. As you drink more, you ask for more.
When once the juice and “ mineral” dominate the body, they begin to unleash many kinds of ailment since they lack the nutrient water provides to the body.
The result is that bodily sickness begin to emerge with more soft drinks. The body begins to ache from your knees, head, back, your blood pressure goes up and arthritis, constipation show up easily.
Water is key to addressing these ailments as we shall see in the next article. Why not begin today by drinking more water, at least four glasses a day.

By Kevin Nengia

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