VIRUSES, IMMUNITY, AND NUTRITION; ANY RELATIONSHIPS?

Are you getting enough Vitamin A?!

Could your constant suffering from Night blindness, Excessive dry skin, total blindness, poor growth, or impaired Immune system be due to a deficiency in vitamin A?

Ancient Greek and Egyptian physician Hippocrates recommended the consumption of Beef liver as a preventive and cure for Night blindness, a cure that still works up till today!
90% of body Vitamin A is found in the beef liver.

Although vitamins per se, was not discovered until the 20th century, Vitamin A was known for more than 3500 years as a factor NEEDED TO PREVENT NIGHT BLINDNESS.

As far back as the 1920s, researchers recognized that Vitamin A (mostly known as retinoic acid) was important for immune system functions.

They recognized that increased incidence of Infections was one of the first symptoms of Vitamin A deficiency.

This may be due, in part, because Vitamin A helps maintain the Epithelium, a barrier that protects the body against the entry of disease pathogens.

Vitamin A refers to preformed retinoids and provitamin A carotenoids, that can be converted to Vitamin A activity.
Kidney disease also increases the risk of its toxicity.
Therefore, it is advised you reduce Vit A intakes or supplements if you have kidney disease.

Although Vit A is mostly excreted in the urine if it reaches toxic levels in the body. Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for Vit A is 900πg for men and 700πg for women daily.

Carotene found in most Orange fleshed fruits e.g plums, carrots, orange, yellow yams, sweet potatoes, etc, is a good source of provitamin A.

Take a plate full Vitamin A rich foods today, boost your immune system to prevent the risk of viruses, Pathogens, and all forms Infections.

Till we catch up on our gist again,
Go, eat to live, don’t live to eat.
Ciao!

5 Golden Benefits of Home Office

Working from home has its implications and can be multifaceted like every decision we embark on. On the one hand, working from home enables the employee to manage time and spend more of it with family, creating a balanced life. On the other hand, it can become boring. From the perspective of the employer, it can save cost in the long-run of office space or extra expenses for location change of the employee, while contrary to the benefit of cost-saving, the employer can not tell what the employee is doing or if they are on track with the assignment given.
Today’s technology has provided the opportunity to benefit in a world of ever-changing flux. If you or your firm do not adapt to the changes, you may cease to exist as change is the only constant. I, therefore, present 5 golden benefits of the home office.

  1. Reduced Micromanaging: If you employ someone to do a job, let the person deliver on the assignment. Of course, you as an employer can expect updates on the progress report, the employee is bound to fill you in with updates and seek advice and information on matters that can lead to success in the implementation of assigned jobs or duties.
  2. Higher productivity: with the feeling of responsibility comes high productivity. Depending on what perspective you look at, the productivity rate is increased when each party (employer, employee, clients, stakeholders, etc) know what is expected of them. With the reduction of asymmetric information comes increased productivity as employees can effectively execute the job remotely or at home with available resources – in this case, technology.
  3. Time Management: A very important aspect of life is how you manage your time. Proper planning can improve home office success as you can allocate time for research, calls, meetings, appointments (teleconference or video-conference), care for the home-especially family time as children if applicable need attention too. Family time increases the likelihood of a balanced life as well as reduces stress in some cases.
  4. Increase in vital communication: As I mentioned above, communication can take various forms such as teleconferencing, video conferencing, chats/texts to improve work processes. The home office reduces the number of chitchats we would have as compared in the office setting.
  5. Geographic Limitation is removed: A company can employ staff from around the world/globe who do not need to travel from their location, thereby reducing relocation costs and saving money for the company. From an employee perspective, the employee can relax in his or her comfort zone and focus on work. Less travel time (save time), reduced rush hours and traffic on the roads or in trains, the environment gains with less pollution from public and private transportation systems as people reduce their carbon footprints.

However, one very important negative impact of home office that should be avoided at all costs is ISOLATION. Since humans are social beings and not computers, too long isolation can lead to a negative effect on health. A balance of human contact and connection is necessary (I do not mean social media). For example, go for a run, or a walk, take in the sunlight and fresh air, drop your gadgets, and talk to someone else in person.

Working from home is a great opportunity to manage your time and succeed in any aspect of life if the advantages are properly utilized.

GARLIC: Right or Fad?

Please kindly ignore a recent noise from BBC pidgin and co, accusing age-long dietary measures, that has salvaged many life’s from untimely death since time immemorial…

Garlics, Beets, Apples, Carrots, and English Pears are of the Pectin class. Pectins and Gums are included among Glycoproteins which are a major constituent of INTERFERONS found in the T-cells.

They are found in Non-specific immune responses in the body, hence they “interfere” with and destroy virus growth in the body.

They help build Immunity by destroying pathogenic growths in the body…

What about Ginger and Tumeric?
Two powerful Antioxidants, enriched with Anti-inflammatory properties.
They stop inflammations from viral and bacterial infections.

No wonder, Viral growths are no match to a combination of GARLIC, Tumeric, Ginger, and Black seeds…
Stay Safe Friends!

NB: Now, should you take too much Garlic simply because it is highly medicinal? No! Measure is everything, even too much of a good thing is injurious… Therefore, avoid excess intakes of these herbs, fruits, and spices.

Dosage: Take 4g (1 or 2 cloves) of Garlic per day, if in powdered form, 300mg of dried garlic is okay and about 7.2g of aged garlic if in extract form, per day is okay.

At this Covid 19 outbreak, if u feel mild symptoms, You may empower your immunity by combining it with Tumeric and ginger in moderate quantity, 2spoonful of all in a cup of Black seed tea/ Honey… and you are good to go!

If you are going for surgery or on any anticoagulants, reduce garlic intakes drastically because of its blood-thinning and antithrombotic effects.

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COVID-19, IMMUNITY AND NUTRITION; ANY RELATIONSHIPS?

“The greatest medicine of all is to teach people how not to need it”

‘An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure”

Ben Franklin

To start with, what is the Immune System? The immune system is a network of Organs, Tissue, Cells, and Secretions that protect the body from foreign organisms (pathogens) such as Bacteria, Viruses, Parasites, Fungi and Toxins.

The Immune system includes two basic types:

  1. The Innate Immune System
  2. The Acquired Immune System

The innate immune system is present from birth, It is the 1st barrier of the body’s protection against Antigens, It comprises of one, the Physical barriers like the Skin, which secrets Sebaceous glands that secrets sebum. This sebum is antiseptic in nature and destroys specific pathogens like bacteria and toxins, preventing them from entering the bloodstream, same goes to the mucous membrane that lines the orifices of the body, I mean openings from inside the body to the outside; they include the Nostrils, the ears, the mouth, and the genital openings.

 Secondly, the innate immune system also comprises of Chemical secretions such as HCL in the stomach, Acidic urine in the urinary tract, Tears in the eyes, Saliva in the mouth which is rich in Lysosomes, with strong antibacterial, antiseptic nature that is volatile against some toxins and pathogens that the body senses as harmful. Thirdly, we have Physiological barriers, which come as Fever, growths, tumors, Pus from injuries etc.

Now, the innate immune system is limited in ability to recognize Antigens (Antigens are pathogens that previously attacked the body system with infections and diseases). On the other hand, the Acquired Immunity initiated by a recognition of a specific Antigen, it is acquired over a person’s lifetime. This type of immunity is LIMITED in Babies and Infants, hence Nutrition experts recommend more breastfeeding because Human milk has a high concentration of Microbiota and probiotics which has great protective immune components e.g. Immunoglobulins, Lactoferrin, etc.

 All these secretions are strategic barriers that the body puts up to fight off external harmful agents from coming in and damaging the body. Some are signals that the white blood cells and Antibodies which include the Neutrophils, Macrophages and of cause the T and B cell, are fighting major infections, viruses, bacteria, fungi and other pathogens from the body.

In concise conclusion, the immune system can be likened to a Castle with 3 mechanisms of defense, 1st Floor are the Gatemen (Physical & Chemical barriers) of the Skin and Orifices of the body, 2ND Floor is the Sentries & Archers of Neutrophils, Macrophages and Physiologic barriers. The 3rd floor is Soldiers of B and T cells which chiefly engulf and destroy viruses in the body. IF THE VIRUS GETS PAST THE 1st, 2nd & 3rd BARRIERS INTO THE BODY; THE LINES OF DEFENCE ARE BREACHED & WE THEREFORE FALL SICK.

What role does Nutrition play in Immunity and Viral/ Pathogenic infections prevention generally?

First, it is good to note that Nutrition is important in Maintaining both Acquired and Innate immunity, Secondly, NUTRITION DEFICIENCY CAN SUPPRESS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM’S ABILITY TO PREVENT INFECTIONS & DISEASES!!!

Covid-19, Immunity and Nutrition Relationship

Nutrition deficiency which could also be termed as Malnutrition is a cellular imbalance or state of deficiency of Nutrients & Energy sufficient for the body’s demand for growth, maintenance and specific functions which leads to adverse effects on the body tissue. Malnutrition results in reduced production of immune cells, MALNUTRITION RESULTS IN A BREAKDOWN OF THE BODY’S BARRIERS TO ANTIGENS, THIS INCREASES SUSCEPTIBILITY TO INFECTIONS, DISEASES, AND DEATH.

Malnutrition could be under-nutrition or over-nutrition, even though over years, Malnutrition has been known more as Undernutrition of Kwashiorkor, PEM, Edema, Cachexia, Oral changes and Skin changes. But Over-nutrition can be injurious too, as a person could also be Obese, Overweight or be suffering from Nutrient toxicity or micronutrient deficiency. Fact is, a wealthy person with enough wherewithal for food can yet suffer from a macro or micronutrient deficiency because they consume Quantity and not Quality!

The following are the Nutrient needs for stronger Immunity, they include:

  1. PROTEINS:

The relevance cannot be underestimated, Proteins are a chief constituent of Muscles, Organs and the Endocrine. All body fluids except bile and urine contain proteins. All antibodies, which are necessary for antibodies are proteins by nature. REMEMBER, RESISTANCE TO DISEASES IS AN IMMUNOLOGICAL RESPONSE.

Example; Animal proteins such as Lean meat, Egg, Fish, Poultry and Plant proteins like Legumes and Pulses such as Beans, Peas, Lentils, runner beans, green peas, and Nuts.

Note that the more fats on a protein, the less the protein value of the protein. Also, the plant proteins (incomplete proteins) can be upgraded to a high biological value by adding Animal proteins to it e.g. spice up beans with crayfish/ fish. This increases the biological impact of proteins on the body tissues.

2. IMMUNO-MODULATORS

These ones promote protein synthesis and immune responses, they include Arginine and Glutamine. They maintain intestinal mucosal integrity and prevent pathogens from entering the blood stream. Examples include Omega 3 and Omega 6 mono & polyunsaturated fatty acids found;

Extra virgin olive oil (which is good for salads, sauté and low heat cooking), Salmon, Mackerel, Herrings, Titus fishes. Omega 6 polyunsaturated fatty acid is present in Canola Oil, Soy Oil and Nuts like Almond nuts, Cashew nuts, and Walnuts. NUTRIENT FORMULAS AND SUPPLEMENT CAN GIVE OMEGA 3 ESPECIALLY WHEN IT’S A MAJOR NUTRIENT NEED.

3. INTERFERONS:

Interferons are naturally occurring Glycoproteins found in T-cells.

They are found in Non-specific immune responses, THEY INTERFERE WITH AND STOP VIRAL GROWTH. Glycoproteins include Pectin and Gums which is chiefly found in foods like Apple, Pear, Citrus, Garlic, Carrots, Tomatoes. Whole grains like Oats, Whole wheat, Brown rice, Red wine are also a good source. RIPE FRUITS HAVE MORE GLYCOPROTEINS THAN UNRIPE FRUITS.

4. MICRONUTRIENT DEFICIENCY

It is possible to be more concerned about a balanced diet, about macronutrients such as Carbohydrates, Proteins, Fats, Fiber, Vitamins and Minerals that we lose focus on the smaller or Micronutrient such as Zinc, Calcium, Potassium, Iron, Sodium to mention a few.

The essence of the nutrients as minute as they can be, cannot be underestimated in enabling a strong immune system. Zinc is known for its strong Prostate health-boosting, Iron helps in blood hemoglobin levels and Potassium is strong support for hypertensive patients. Micronutrients are seen in Seafood like Prawns, Snails, all forms of Crayfishes, Shrimp and Mushrooms.

5. VITAMIN C

Vitamin C like the other Vitamins and Minerals are not to be relegated factors that guard the body and improve immunity. Vitamin C is potent in its contribution, converting Cholesterol to bile, it helps in Collagen synthesis which is critical to bone repair, blood vessels and wound healings. It helps in Iron Absorption (non-heme iron).

Now in this context, it improves immune functions because WHITE BLOOD CELLS CONTAIN THE HIGHEST VIT C IN ALL THE BODY CONSTITUENT. This may protect against OXIDATIVE STRESS associated with Cellular Respiration. Little wonder Vitamin C IS VALIDATED MEDICATION FOR COMMON COLDS AND RESPIRATORY ISSUES. Examples include Pawpaw, Pepper, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Green leafy vegetables, Broccoli, Lemons, and Citrus family generally.

Note that Vitamin C can be easily lost in processing and cooking to about 40% of it, Athletes and Smokers have a higher requirement (About 35mg/day is needed, as they lose it to increased Oxidative stress), Women also using Contraceptives require higher Vitamin C. Men need 95mg/day of Ascorbic acid and Women need about 75mg/day.

6. VITAMIN A

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin, it occurs as Preformed retinoids and Provitamin A carotenoids.

As early as the 1920s, researchers have recognized that Vitamin A (mostly as Retinoic acid) was important for immune system functions. They observed that INCIDENCE FOR INFECTION WAS ONE OF THE FIRST SYMPTOMS OF VIT A DEFICIENCY. Many studies have shown that Vitamin A deficient individuals have a greater susceptibility to illness and Infection. This may be in part because Vitamin A helps maintain the Epithelium, A BARRIER THAT PROTECTS THE BODY AGAINST ENTRY OF DISEASE PATHOGENS.

Vitamin A supplementation has been shown to reduce the severity of some Infections, 900microgram and 700microgram is the RDA for men and women respectively. Kidney disease increases Vitamin A toxicity because the body flushes excess of the vitamin through the urine. But in a diseased Kidney, the urinary route is compromised.

Examples of Food rich in Vitamin A include Liver, which is still one of the greatest sources, Fortified milk, Orange colored fruits like Carrots, Plum, Strawberries, and Orange, Red, plus Dark Green Vegetables.

CONCLUSION

In conclusion, the immune system is a complex network that guards the body against viruses and all forms of pathogens and Nutrition is a strong factor that enhances the effort of the immune system. Nutrition is more result prone as Preventive Medicine rather than Curative Medicine; hence it is advised that a Lifestyle of Good and Adequate Diet, Timely Rest and Quality Exercise should be a lifestyle imbibed by all on day to day basis, and essentially at this period of Covid19 outbreak.

FASEHUN OYETOLANI, RD.

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References:

Wardlaw’s Perspective in Nutrition [8th Edition]                                                                                                 

Human Physiology [from Wiki Books Contributors]                                                                                         

Merriam Webster Dictionary

Benefits of Aloe Vera

Aloe vera plant is more than just a flower. It is a magical plant with so many healing powers beyond comprehension.

Sit back and read on, as I lay out some of its major qualities and capabilities this plant does and can do for you.

The Aloe Vera plant is green all year round and mostly found in the Tropical regions in the world.

It is very easy to maintain. Just like every plant, it helps in the purification of air. It can be used in your home or office to clear out formaldehyde and Benzene coming from chemically produced products like toys, paints, etc. In addition, it detoxifies the body, aiding the digestion process. Aloe Vera can be added to smoothies or water daily, a perfect way to assist the movement of our bowels and allow waste and toxins to leave our body system easily.

Note: Raw Aloe Vera is bitter and Very Healthy.

Raw Aloe Vera Gel

Ways to use Aloe Vera

The Real Aloe vera comes as a plant.

Aloe Vera Plant

Aloe Vera plant is a magical plant that can be placed in the home or office. It is edible by mixing the gel in your smoothies or in your drinking water to aid digestion, easy waste and toxin removal from the body (detoxification). It is used to treat constipation as it has laxative effects.

Furthermore, Aloe vera supports and boosts the immune system. It reduces high blood pressure, improves blood quality, prevents kidney stones, helpful to diabetic patients to stimulate and stabilize the blood sugar. It reduces inflammation, menstrual pain, helps in weight loss, cures Asthma, and prevents cancer.

Aloe Vera can be used to treat blisters, insect bites, allergic reactions and more. It is used to cure gum issues and mouth ulcers as it possesses natural anti-bacterial and antimicrobial effects. It is nature’s first-aid plant.

The Aloe Vera Gel can be mixed with your body cream to improve your skin, as it hydrates the skin, possesses anti-aging properties and reduces wrinkles. It is used for sunburn, eczema and acne treatment.

It is super beneficial for hair growth. It has alkaline properties that help enhance the scalp and hair for proper growth. It can be applied directly to hair and good for all hair issues like dandruff, fungal infection, hair damage or itchy hair and more.

Aloe Vera is easy to maintain as it does not require daily watering. It helps improve the quality of air and a good plant to have around. Health is wealth, go get some Aloe Vera for your intake and experience the magic of nature.

Rural Farmers Hub

Digitally taking the Agricultural industry in Nigeria and Africa into the ICT world in order to reduce hunger is the best way to go, which will definitely benefit all stakeholders. Rather than Land grabbing and killing of inhabitants, a better solution is presented by Rural farmers Hub.

Rural Farmers Hub is an ICT-platform, a digital Agricultural Service firm, that provides ICT-driven Ag advisory to farmers and corporate partners.

The Rural Farmers Hub ICT platform increases market knowledge and instills farmers with higher confidence in comprehending the demand and boost the ability to control and manage production and supply chain.

Rural farmers Hub’s vision is to promote the sustainable economic development of smallholder farmers by attaining higher product yields via direct innovative information Technology (IT). For example, the provision of AI-driven e-Extention services to enable improved farming decisions and with connected access to inputs and markets.

Benefits of Joining Rural Farmers Hub

  • Increased product yields
  • Reduce Hunger
  • Increase farmer income
  • Massive job creation for the youthful population as resident extension agents
  • Advance software for remote sensing on farms
  • Data-driven production tips
  • A Digital market platform for transparency and trustworthy transactions
  • Digital payment, promote cashless payment and reduction in transport cost

An economy driven by precision agriculture, mobile tech and IoT, an attractive farming industry to young Africans and others, thereby creating the workforce to feed and care for the increasing population.

Rural Farmers Hub Agricultural Technology Suite Solutions

  1. Capture: A mobile application that allows resident agents to map fields and collect data using their smartphones or gadgets.
  2. UREKA: An Application that provides knowledge to farmers in agronomy, disease diagnosis, weather forecast in different popular local languages. It also provides realtime interaction between farmers and agronomists.
  3. BAYA: A market platform for producers to connect to buyers and suppliers and transact business online.
  4. MONIKA: A voucher application system to send and receive payments for inputs, produce, and all other transactions.

Rural Farmer Hubs trains resident agents on how to utilize remote sensing tools in UREKA for soil testing in order to support farmers with the right fertilizer type and quantity tailored to their soil and crop needs.

What are you waiting for? contact us at service@ogalady.com to join in this growing opportunity.

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DIET AND THE LACTATING MOTHER

“To eat is one thing, but to eat intelligently; That is the Art of Nutrition”
Oyetolani Olaoye-Fasehun RD

If you have someone around you, who just gave birth, or you are a pregnant woman, a pregnant man. Oh sorry! I mean a man with a pregnant woman…, or better still; You might just have this information for yourself. Either way, this information will come in handy for you, let’s dive into the topic!

First things first, what is Lactation?

Lactating is Breastfeeding simply put! In scientific terms, it is a natural physiological process of the female mammals that occurs in the post-partum period (after delivery), when a mother’s breast discharge milk and suckles her offspring (please don’t worry your head about that).

Why is this Stage important?

Do you know that milk secreted by a breastfeeding mother is all that is needed to fulfill her infants ENTIRE NUTRIENT AND CALORIE NEEDS TO GROW for the 1st 6 MONTHS OF LIFE! This is the MOST CRITICAL STAGE IN THE LIFE CYCLE… When an infant’s growth rate and Nutrient needs are lifetime high!!!

So, when you see a mother breastfeeding her baby, do not feel iritated because your mother did thesame thing for you to survive!

WHERE DOES THE BREAST MILK COME FROM?
Breast of course! Ok. Breast milk comes majorly from the Mothers Diet and Nutrient stored up in her body. So you better watch what you eat!

Every human body stores up nutrient regularly. The body never uses up the entire nutrient from the foods we eat. Some are stored up for future use.
Part of the breast milk comes from the fat, protein, etc accumulation that the nursing mother has stored up during pregnancy. Usually, the body draws from these stores to produce milk when she starts breastfeeding.

These should help with easy weight loss (which many women crave after birth) if she also increases her activity level as she breastfeeds. This is a plus for overweight women. Excited?! I’m on your side!

Care must be taken, however, by underweight women who are not feeding well (you see, no hiding place)! If Adequate calorie intakes drop, a breastfeeding mother of BMI <18.5KG/m2, WON’T BE ABLE TO PRODUCE MILK FOR HER GROWING INFANT!
So what’s the way out? No worries help is underway!

Also Note that some mothers are not able to breastfeed for some other reasons, as their bodies may not produce the needed milk for the child. In this case, other methods advised by the Physician or Registered dietitian can be used.

FOOD TO EAT WHEN BREAST FEEDING
Are there specific diets a nursing mother can take to encourage more milk production? No! There is no such food. Although many cultures believe certain foods like beer or garlic boost milk production, hmmm.

Scientifically, there is no evidenced research backing the myth that a type of food helps a woman produce more milk. Breast milk production is purely a physiologic process meaning it is natural. However, the psychological state e.g. stress, of a nursing mother can greatly determine if she lactates well or not.

Meanwhile, there is good evidence that certain substances in the mother’s food may pass into the breast milk and affect the infant positively or negatively (when in high dosage). Example:

WATER
Yes water! Water can perform wonders. A breastfeeding mother needs to take at least 3litres of water a day. Is that much? Don’t worry, you can make up your water needs from fruits like watermelon, orange, pineapple, apple, and you have to still drink water!

And ATTENTION, please! If you are breastfeeding and you are not producing enough milk, Milk production has nothing to do with breast size!
So let me ask you; Are you drinking lots of Water? What about your fluid intake in beverages, pepper soups, and soft diets, are they included in your diet? Ehennn. You see?

On a Final note,
MINERALS AND VITAMINS

A second major mineral is Calcium, which the mother needs to replenish the lost calcium at pregnancy and lactation, to avoid the danger of future bone disorders like osteoporosis; Supplements may be used if the food source is unavailable but under the Physician or Registered dietitians’ supervision.

Food sources of Calcium include Milk, yoghurts, fortified cereals, tofu and Salmon. Others include, fish, fortified grain, locust beans, white eyed beans, and brown rice which are highly essential here.

And finally, OMEGA 3 FATTY ACID is another big guy needed by the lactating mother! Where can you find that? In Fishes, like Mackerel, Salmon, Tuna, etc.
But sadly these are the kinds of food breastfeeding mothers don’t like eating. Please try!!!

And thanks for reading, did you learn something? Let us know in your comments below. Till we catch up on our gist later, Go, eat to live, don’t live to eat!

WAR AGAINST CARBS!

Do you know that too much of anything is bad?

Everything you do (exercise, work…) or take in (food, water, drinks, medications, etc) needs to be in moderate quantity to maintain a healthy living.

As the Dietitian would say “To eat is one thing, but to eat intelligently is the art of Nutrition” – Fasehun Oyetola, RD.

In recent times, Carbohydrates have been given a notorious name. Many say Carbohydrates brings in too much energy and load hence they become obese when taking it in a meal, some still believe it increases their risk of Celia disease and for some more; it gives them constipation and so on…

Are carbohydrates really as bad as painted?

Come with us on this ride as Fasehun Oyetola unravel more around this unique class of food.
It is interesting to note that Carbohydrates are the first of the 3 major class of food nutrients, this means your food is not nutrient adequate and healthy without them!

There are two types of carbohydrates:

  1. Simple Carbohydrates and
  2. Complex Carbohydrates

The Simple Carbohydrates are easily digested and absorbed faster into the body while the Complex Carbohydrates are digested more slowly because of fibers that are abundant in them. Some examples of Complex carbs are; Brown or local rice, Oats, Wheat, Brown pasta, Wheat bread, Vegetables, etc and they are the healthier options of carbohydrates if you ask me.

Sincerely, Carbohydrates occupy an indispensable contribution to our health. First, they are well-known to provide fuel for the brain and CNS (don’t bother about that term), they spare your little protein from being used as body fuel, they are involved in the reproduction process, immune system, blood clotting to mention a few… are you surprised? There’s still much to unravel.

Have you ever had headaches or pain somewhere on your body? Your reaction to it is definitely to fix it, not cut it of. The bone of contention on this unique nutrient is not cutting it off your diet because when you do that, you risk having hypoglycemia, which means the brain is not getting enough glucose.


One sad story that trended on Google about a lady who was found slumped on her bathroom floor was noted to be brain dead by the time she was rushed into the hospital, her mother explained that the lady had been on a high protein, very low carbs diet for so long…

That and many of such unfortunate events makes us know that a low carb diet (carbohydrates below 45-50% of the meal), especially over a long period of time is detrimental to health and life!

How to maximize your carbohydrates for health benefits is to do the following:

1. Choose the Right Quality of Carbohydrates
Make your diet choices more of natural (organic) carbohydrates, the whole grains, the fiber-rich foods, the unprocessed meals. Avoid the carbohydrates soaked in syrups or corn starch or artificial sugars.
Avoid also much consumption of ‘processed carbs’ such as flour products e.g. pastries, sweets, chocolates, and other shallow nutrient diets. Take a Mediterranean diet of whole-grain cereals, fresh vegetables, seafood, salmon, mackerel fish intakes, etc.

2. Quantity is Key!
Excess of any good thing is equally bad! Hence, excess of high quality carbs can be harmful in the long run. Avoid heavy meals please, as much as; ‘never leave the dining table filling full’! Therefore, let your intakes be 40-50% of your total kilocalories. Remember, everyone should be within a specific kilocalorie; a healthy female should be between 1500kcal-2000kcal while a male should be between 1700kcl to 2200kcal based on many other factors like your activity level, your age, etc.

3. Timing of Food Intake
Regular meals cannot be overemphasized! Breakfast should be taken early enough, lunch is important and dinner should not be late or heavy in quantity. We work less at night so our meals don’t get metabolized or digested quickly because of the low activity level. Heavy meals, especially at night, is one of the major causes of the distended or big abdomen. In addition, meal skipping is not always the solution to weight loss like I usually tell many, when you skip meals you eat more in your next single sitting.

We take a chill pill here, Chew on these, till we catch up on our gist next time. There’s still more to uncover about carbohydrates, do stay tuned for the part B of War against Carbs!
Till then, go, eat to live, and don’t live to eat!

First-Ever Middle Ear Transplant

There are situations that make you question your abilities and if you give up on yourself, you will never find out what you can do or how you can maximize your potentials.

Professor Mashudu Tshifularo, is a South African Surgeon, the first surgeon in the world to perform a 3D middle Ear transplant successfully at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in South Africa. The 3D ear transplant is made of compatible titanium middle ear prosthesis that transmits sounds. The professor is a very good example of one who did not give up on his ideas and innovation. His solution is one that will affect people and this pace-setting innovation is sure to bring hope to people with hearing problems all over the world.

After 10 years of research, Professor Mashudu and his team created this solution for people with total or partial hearing loss. He realized the opportunity 3D printing can have in the surgery, as 3D printing has been used in the orthopedic field and other ENT operations. The Middle ear prosthesis was commissioned by the Professor.

Professor Mashudu made it know that Academics are there to create solutions that will help improve the communities and he leaves a strong message to people of the world, to ‘innovate or die’.

The world is a global village and we have to act locally to affect the world regardless of location. Improvement to this groundbreaking 3D middle ear transplant, Professor Mashudu says will continue and he aims at making the surgery affordable to state patients because these type of surgeries are expensive for them.

He made these known in his interview with Carte blanche in the video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwZWLGWxydk

Video Source: Carte blanche

 

FRUITS BEFORE FOOD; FAD or RIGHT?

Do you know that good food acts as a protective medicine to our body and health?

Most diseases we have today can be avoided by eating healthy and organic food. Food gives the necessary energy the body needs to function properly, to think efficiently, to move, to rebuild and maintain our body balance.

According to Tolani Olaoye – Fasehun, a specialist on diets and a registered dietitian, hints on some myths that have been going on and we overlook them or take them without asking the right questions to know why things are the way they are in our environments should be questioned and reversed. She gives useful details on how to eat your meal, and what to do to stay healthy.

From her facebook page Nutrition gist, she gives some introduction to myths that should be reversed as seen below;

“To Eat is one thing,
But to Eat Intelligently is an Art”

“Ever heard it said, “It’s wrong to eat Watermelon seeds? How untrue and sincerely wrong such statement is…

I once read a story about a couple; they had a huge quarrel over a part of fish cut. The wife believes fish head should be cut off while the husband loves it intact and uncut. She was brought up to see her mother cut it off and interpreted it as not suitable enough for food. Their home was on the verge of a divorce because of this minor dispute until the wife’s mother was called into the matter. ‘The size of the pot I used to cook in the past was too small to contain the full length of the fish so I cut its head off!’

See, the lady held on to the misinformed belief that fish head was bad and should not be eaten, she never tried to inquire why but followed the ‘fish head cutting regimen’ dogmatically!
The fact is she could have lost her home to this false belief…

How many of us are like the lady in the above tale? How many of us hold on to notions, fads, and fallacies about food without properly inquiring if they are true or not?
The assumption is the lowest form of knowledge. Also, in asking for the truth, in any information getting, it is good to note that ‘who said is more important than what is said’

It is not just o.k. to ask alone; it is expedient that you ask from the right authorities. Not everything you see on-line is right; you should ensure to know if the speaker or writer is an authority in that field before you began to live out what is said.

Don’t forget that Fads and Fallacies are wrong practices or mistaken ideas that are very popular and followed by many people for a time with so much exaggerated zeal. Are you following one of such food fads presently?
Let’s check one of such;

MYTH #1 FRUITS SHOULD BE EATEN ON EMPTY STOMACH

Let’s think through this, can fruits be eaten at any time or its best before food as some belief?
This belief that fruit should be before food is hinged on the notion that fruits eaten with food cause fermentation of the undigested meal in the stomach.”

What’s ur personal take on this notion?

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