Friday, 26 May 2017

Hidden Health Benefit of Avocado seeds

As a popular saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, this also applies to avocado. Eating a creamy slice or two of avocado, combined with the seed, a day will definitely keep the doctor away. This delicious fruit makes a great substitute for mayonnaise and butter. Avocado, commonly known as pear, is one of the most complete and beneficial fruit for our health. The whole plant is wonderful, from the fruit and the leaf to the seed itself are powerful and great health benefits to the human body.

Over 60% of amino acids can be found in the avocado seed. It also contains more fiber than many other fruits. The seed can be consumed in different ways. Due to its bitter taste, the fine layer of brown skin can be remove. After removing the brown skin, grate the seed and use it as garnish in salad, soup, stew, rice or pasta.  Alternatively, boil the seed for 10 minutes and let it sit for another 5 minutes; drink the water throughout the day. You can also grate the seed, dry and pound it into powder form, and add to dishes of your choice.
Health benefits of avocado seed include;

It helps get rid of toxic substances from the body and also helps boost your blood level.

It prevents cell aging.

Helps raise defenses and fight diseases caused by microbes, fungus and parasites.

Slimming and fat burning! Avocado seeds contain mainly fat burners. It also contains soluble fiber which improves the intestinal tract and makes you feel satisfied.

Great for treating diarrhea and gastrointestinal tract inflammation

Revitalizing for fatigue and stress

Prevents tumor growth, thanks to its flavonol content.

Regulates thyroid disorders

Has a rejuvenating effect on the skin and increases the level of collagen which helps to make your skin firm and reduces wrinkles.

Very effective in combating arthritis as it is anti-inflammatory

It is a good supplement for the treatment of asthma naturally.

It’s good for gastric ulcer patients. It contains a large amount of fibers that have an extremely positive impact on digestion.  It can be used for the prevention of cancer.

Avocado seed is rich with antioxidants. Antioxidants are good for health problems. This extract lowers LDL cholesterol, or bad cholesterol, but no increase in triglycerides or reduction of HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol), therefore lowers blood pressure.

It has antidiabetic effects due to its high contents in calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, zinc and chromium. These elements regulate key enzymes involved in the formation of glucose and help the body use existing glucose better, thus fighting diabetes.

Used to treat aches and pains because the seed has a local anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, and rubefacient (something that increases blood circulation) effect, its paste is used to reduce muscle pain and even treat arthritis. The seed or its decoction is also placed in the tooth cavity to cure toothache.

The seed can be toxic when consumed in large amount. So, go on and include this seed in your daily diet, but be careful not to overdo it and reverse its many beneficial effects.

By: Mercy Kukah


How to Deal with Mouth Odour

Is there anything worse than seeing people turn their faces away from you when you are talking to them? Millions of people suffer from mouth odour without even realizing it because people are afraid to tell them. It is important to keep in mind that you cannot eliminate the bacteria from the tongue that cause bad breath.

Bad breath is the presence of foul- smelling odour that seems to come from the mouth cavity. In more than 90% of cases, the odour originates in the mouth, throat and tonsils. Although this is something every one experiences at one time or another, if your case does not improve after brushing, flossing or rinsing the mouth with alcohol-free mouth wash, it may be chronic. The foul smell is usually caused by a group of anaerobic, sulphur-producing bacteria that breed beneath the surface of the tongue and often in the throat and tonsil area. These bacteria do not require oxygen to live. They occur naturally in the oral environment and are essential because they assist in digestion by breaking down proteins into amino acids. Other causes of mouth odour include, dry mouth, food such as onions, garlic, coffee, alcohol, fish and meat, poor dental hygiene which causes bacteria to build up on the teeth and gums; illness and diseases can temporarily cause bad breath. Whatever the cause, all hope is not lost as there are ways to solve mouth odour problem. These include:
Drink plenty of water: Bacteria’s sworn enemy is oxygen, which is found in your own saliva. Drinking water makes you produce more saliva, which in turn neutralizes bad breath, so, always drink a lot of water to keep your mouth moist.
Scrape your tongue: Each morning, scrape your tongue with a tongue scrapper or spoon to decrease the bacteria, fungi and dead cells that can cause odour. Hold the tip of the tongue with gauze to pull it forward in order to clean the back of the tongue.
Rinse with mouthwash: Some mouthwashes do more than leave breath smelling minty; they contain antiseptic agents, such as cetylpyridinium chloride, to reduce plaque and prevent gingivitis, which can also cause bad breath. Studies show that chlorine dioxide is very effective at neutralizing the stinky volatile sulphur compounds created by oral bacteria.
Eat vegetables: Fibrous vegetables, such as celery and cucumbers, boost your mouth’s saliva production, which washes away odour causing bacteria. In fact, holding a slice of cucumber between your tongue and the roof of your mouth for about 90 seconds helps limit odour. Crunchy vegetables help remove plaque on teeth and gums, which bacteria can feed on.
Sugar-free gum: Again, it’s all about saliva. Chewing gum increases the production of saliva and chewing just one piece makes your mouth create up to 10 times more saliva than usual. But not just any pack will do. Sugar free mints also stimulate saliva production and temporarily mask odour.
 Practice good oral hygiene: Brush twice a day to remove food debris and plaque and don’t forget to brush your tongue. Replace your toothbrush every two to three months or after an illness. Use floss to remove food particles and plaque between teeth once a day.
Arrange regular dental checkups and cleanings: You should see a dentist regularly, at least twice a year. He or she will conduct an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning and will be able to detect and treat periodontal disease, dry mouth, or other problems that may be the cause of bad mouth odour.

Stop smoking: Studies have shown that smokers are at higher risk of developing periodontal disease and dry mouth. Furthermore, people who smoke may also engage in other habits that promote this condition such as dieting, drinking alcohol, and suffering from chronic anxiety conditions that require exacerbating prescription medications.

Breathe through your nose instead of your mouth: Try to address any snoring or sleep apnea issues that could be affecting your breath and causing dry mouth.

Wash your mouth after eating meat, fish or dairy products: Practising consistent and thorough oral hygiene is an effective prevention tool.

Avoid drying medication: Try not to take antidepressants, diuretics, pain relievers, and antihistamines unless it is absolutely medically necessary. These drugs inhibit saliva flow and can cause chronic dry mouth.

By: Mercy Kukah 

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Protein Hair Treatments for Gorgeous and Healthy Hair

Daily styling and environmental pollution are the two major reasons for hair damage. Women in the past were blessed with the healthy environment, safe and healthy food, plus a simple lifestyle. According to recent studies, stress is the primary cause of hair loss.
It is necessary to combat the reasons of stress to control the hair loss problem. Yoga reduces the stress and relaxes the body muscles. Using shampoo frequently accompanying environmental pollution strips off the essential oils from our hair, which damages the hair follicle leaving behind damaged strands.
Protein is one of the vital building blocks of our body and is essential for healthy body, skin, hair and nail. The human hair is made up of protein filaments; that makes it quite easy to understand the importance of protein for our hair health. Protein promotes hair growth, adds shine to hair, instantly increases hair volume and protects it from further damage.

Taking Protein Rich Diet
First, you have to replace your diet plan with a protein-rich diet. Do not confuse protein rich diet with protein diet, as they both are different. Protein rich diet means adding foods containing protein to your regular meals while protein diets include high protein values, which are specifically for those who are training to build muscles or on a weight loss program.

Sources of Protein
Take the following food items according to your daily required value for healthy results:
Meat Protein
 Turkey (One of the best-known source of protein)
 Lean beef steak
 Chicken Breast

Vegetable Protein

Dairy Protein
 Mozzarella Cheese
 Cottage Cheese

Protein Hair Treatment
Protein treatment is simply applying protein-rich ingredients directly on your hair. There are several ways to have protein treatment. Try out the following protein hair masks for amazing results within a few days.

Eggs are rich in lecithin which helps to both strengthen and moisturize. The yolk is the primary ‘active ingredient’ in eggs when used on hair. The yolk acts as a serum, helping the hair to reflect light for an appearance of shiny hair. Rinse hair with cold or luke warm water to avoid the egg yolks cooking.

The most complete of kitchen conditioners, mayo offers the benefits of eggs and glosser (oil) in a ready-to-use, convenient form. A few drops of your favourite essential oil can cut down on the scent of the mayo.

Avocado is a wonder fruit with so many excellent benefits when consumed. It also funnels its awesomeness when applied externally on hair. In addition to moisture, this fruit is full of amino acids, all promoting strong, healthy hair growth. Before applying to hair or mixtures, use an electric blender to pulverize the avocado and get rid of chunky pieces.

In addition to being a softener, yogurt also contains lactic acid; an AHA which strips the outer layer of the hairs’ keratin, helping to improve absorption of other strength building ingredients. Due to the stripping properties, this treatment is best used as a pre-poo prior to application of a moisturizing deep conditioner.

Coconut Butter

Also known as coconut cream concentrate, this tropically scented butter cream tops all the benefits of coconut milk times ten! Of all listed, this is the most pleasant ingredient which can easily be added to your store-bought moisturizing deep conditioners for a weekly deep condition. 

By: Umaru Maryam Hadejia