Monday, 27 March 2017

Do Fruits Help To Lose Weight?


Once you start including a significant amount of fruit in your normal diet, you will begin to see that your weight is being controlled and your health is improving. However, fruits alone cannot reduce your weight. You also need to exercise regularly.
One example of this is Lychee, a fruit that is a great laxative with a negligible amount of calories, and no saturated fats or cholesterol. It also helps to cut down excess body weight. Except for a few fruits like coconuts, avocados and olives, fruits are usually fat-free.

Fruits in Acne Treatment
Acne is one of the most irritating skin disorders that can affect people of any age. With a good amount of fruit in your diet, you can naturally curb this problem rather than opting for expensive dermatological creams. Acne mostly occurs from skin infections and dermatological issues, but there are other reasons for such eruptions as well. Apples are the best option for treating acne; eat the skin of the apple because it has a high level of pectin that helps with constipation, which can be a trigger for acne. Bananas also help to alleviate acne as they are high in fiber that, again relieves constipation. Berries have excellent cleansing properties and keep you protected from skin disorders. If you eat grapes during the day, it helps to cleanse your skin and body. While papayas rejuvenate your skin and repair minor damage that you may not even notice, lemon juice slowly eliminates the signs and scars from acne spots.
Apart from including fruits in your diet, try to watch your other food habits as well. Reduce caffeine consumption since it increases hormones in your body and thus increases acne. Cut down on red meat and dairy intake as well, since they aggravate your hormonal generation, resulting in acne. You should also keep your skin clean by frequently washing with herbal soaps and mild face wash.

Fruits for Healthy Hair
Just as fruits enhance the radiance of your skin, they also contribute greatly to healthy, long hair. Vitamin A brings luster to your hair and also softens its texture. If you have fruit on an empty stomach, it will prevent hair loss and premature greying. Citrus fruits are excellent hair stimulants. The vitamin C content in citrus fruits also prevents hair loss and keeps your hair shiny and healthy. Fruits like kiwis, strawberries and pineapple are also known for aiding hair growth.
The benefits of fruit for your hair health can also be enjoyed through hair masks. Melon and banana hair masks are recommended by many beauty professionals for healthy hair care at home. You can also make a paste of lemon juice and aloe vera and apply it generously to the hair. Keep the paste on for approximately 45 minutes and then thoroughly wash your hair with mild shampoo. These packs not only improve hair quality, but also eliminate scalp disorders like dandruff and itching. Avocado has an impressive amount of vitamin E, which is widely known to be very good for hair. Avocado hair masks strengthen hair and delay premature greying of your hair. Coconuts are also very good for healthy hair growth. Coconut oil is used extensively throughout the tropical world for hair care.

Juice or Fruit Raw Fruits?
You may wonder which form of fruit gives you more nutrition – whole fruits or fruit juices? It is actually difficult to say which one gives more nutrition. Although eating whole fruit is considered to be the best way of getting the full benefits of fruits, fruit juices are also easy and healthy options. Of course, if the fruit juice is composed of 100% fruit without extra preservatives or additives, then it has the same nutritional value.

Normally, fruit juices are available in two forms, 100% fruits juices and as fruit pulp + water + sugar. In both cases, preservatives and additives are added to increase the shelf life of the juice. Very few brands contain no preservatives. In fact, fruit juices are considered to be the best way of incorporating nutrition into your child’s diet, as they usually love anything that tastes good. Buying and drinking fruit juices is much easier than buying whole fruits, cutting and then eating them. In other words, it’s better to drink the juice than to have no fruit in your diet at all.  Home made fruit juices have the same fiber content as whole fruits, provided you don’t add any artificial flavors and preservatives. However, if bought from the store, these juices may not have the equal fiber content after the vigorous processing. Moreover, when you consume those types of juices, extra sweeteners and additives are added, which is not the case for whole fruits. Thus, with whole fruits, you can keep your weight controlled. When you make fruit juice at home, try to add the edible skin of the fruits to the juice to gain even more nutritional value.

You have probably come across the term “seasonal fruits”, and as a matter of fact, most fruits are considered seasonal. They grow in a particular season depending on their native geography and climate.  You may be able to get these fruits throughout the year, but they have usually been in frozen state for a varying amount of time. Eating seasonal fruits during the season ensures that they are fresh. Furthermore, most seasonal fruits can also ward off the disorders that come with the season. For example, in India, green mangoes are quite useful for dealing with the heat of summer. Including seasonal fruits in your diet is a delicious and natural way to stay healthy!

By: Umaru Maryam Hadejia 

Relationship Tricks That Make You Fall In Love Again


All relationships, whether intimate or just causal or even business, take work to make it work; ask the likes of Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva, or Nobert Young and his wife of many years, Gloria Young. They will tell you it has not been easy, but they always make it work instead of quitting.
It is not the duty of the man or woman to just show the love alone, both parties need to keep watering the plant of love on a daily basis; otherwise, that plant will wither and die. It’s difficult for that fire to keep burning as the years go by, but it’s possible for you to fall in love with your spouse all over again with some few relationship tricks. Here are some of the tricks: 

Turn off your phone or keep it on silent
Imagine the setting: Maybe your husband or wife don’t always have that time to spend with you and the kids because he/she is working in an oil company, or is the manager in a reputable bank in Nigeria. So you somehow manage to plan and cooked a delicious dinner at home. He or she comes home and the whole house is oozing a nice aroma and the whole scene is beautifully decorated.  You set the table and everything is going smoothly, then your spouse gets a phone call and it takes forever for him or her to drop it. When they do hang up the phone, it seemingly becomes super glued to their hand and they never look up from the thing. Before you know it, you suddenly lose your appetite. I think it is high time that Cinema rules should apply in a relationship, whether courting or married, ladies and gentlemen. Not only is it rude not to pay attention to the person you are with, it is a serious mood killer.

Going to bed at the same time
This is intimacy in true form. Going to bed at the same time is akin to reviving the fire in your relationship, and this rule should apply to those who are married. Enough of the games and feeling like you and your partner are strangers. What are you doing that is so important that you are unable to go to bed at the same time? Maybe it is unavoidable, like the graveyard shift at work. Maybe your favourite programme is on the TV late. Maybe a lady is keeping you up and you do not want your other half to find out about it. If it is avoidable, at least try to make the effort of doing this. Your partner will be grateful you did.

A small gesture telling them you are thinking of them
It is hardly rocket science, but knowing that you are in the thoughts of your special someone makes you feel special. This relationship trick will make you fall in love all over again. You can just decide to send your spouse a text message when both of you are at work, saying you miss him or her and thinking about him or her. This will brighten your spouse’s day and will make him or her feel special. 

Withhold that criticism
Criticising can take the edge off that loving feeling. Before you start criticising your partner, just think for a moment before uttering the words that cannot be taken back. Even if it is minor criticism, instead suggest another way of doing whatever it is your partner is doing. This can really help the relationship by your partner doing better in your eyes, and you are now satisfied with the way they do it.

A little gratitude goes a long way
“Thank you” are two key words that can boost your romantic situation. In a relationship, it is the same principle. If your beau/belle is doing something for you and you do not thank him/her for it, how do you think he/she would feel? Saying thank you wouldn't bring you down or take away a dime from your bank account. You can decide to say it every day and trust me, your partner will feel on top of the world because he/she has a spouse that makes him/her feel appreciated. 

By: Pupwaya Timothy Dibal 

5 Things You Really Need To Stop Doing For Your Kids


Your kids are your lifeblood, and you will do anything for them just to make them happy. You will even decide to go out of your way to make sure that anything they want they will get it even if it means sacrificing your last kobo. Well, my dear super-mom and dad, there are some things you will have to stop doing for your kids if you want them to grow up to be good, do things for themselves and also be able to stand up for themselves. Here are five totally well-intentioned “helping” behaviours that might be doing your kids more harm than good.

Cooking them whatever they want
You have spent the entire day making a healthy vegetable soup with wheat or semovita, but when you sit down to eat, your five-year-old demands indomie and egg. So, off you go to make it because you don’t want him or her to cry.  By catering to his or her every demand, you are reinforcing bad habits and limiting his or her ability to try new things. Instead, you can insist that child eats what you have cooked or stays hungry. You will be surprise when he or she will grab that place of food from your hand and start eating it. Or if you have the time while cooking, you can prepare different kinds of food and offer a couple of options at each meal (one of which is a known favourite) and let your child pick from those.

Doing their homework
Everyone wants their kids to do well in school and that is not a bad thing. And while helping your children with homework is a completely normal part of parenting, a recent University of Texas study maintains that too much help may result in more harm than good: That is if you keep doing it for your child. So instead of staying up late meticulously colouring a solar system or even helping the child to draw, allow your kids the space to succeed, and maybe even fail, all on their own. This will make them to try and do it better next time.

Getting them dressed
Some parents won’t just stop dressing their child even if that child has come of age. According to an American Academy of Paediatrics spokeswoman who was interviewed, letting kids dress themselves is a natural part of development, precisely because it allows them to “assert authority and test limits.” Just take lots of pictures to torture them with later when they are all grown up. The best thing to do as a parent is that when they have finished dressing, check them out and see if they didn't miss a button hole, or if they wore the right blouse for the right skirt.

Picking up their toys
Probably you have spent the whole day sweeping and mopping the house, all thanks to your children. Then after the day is over and they've gone to bed, you need another hour to pick up their toys and shoes thrown all over the house. Children are messy, but it’s never too early to get them involved in helping out. Letting them have control over their space will teach them responsibility, gratitude and also give you a break. You don’t have to make your five year old child wash the bathroom, but putting his or her toys back in place will make a huge difference.

Fixing all of their problems
The toy-sharing politics among kids can be more contentious than a Senate hearing. But as long as they aren’t getting physical, letting your children work it out among themselves will build social skills and give them a healthy dose of real life negotiating. That child you are over pampering might turn out to be a great future leader. It's time to stop and let your child grow up.

By: Pupwaya Timothy Dibal