Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has shared insight on how the aged people can live a longer life.
The 84-year-old former president urged aged Nigerians to embrace living in a communal society and shun a life of isolation.
Obasanjo made this assertion on Wednesday when he received the senior citizens under the aegis of Toyin Anini Varieties Centres of University College Hospital, Ibadan at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta.
The former president revealed that communal society is one of the secrets that keep him fit and makes him have a befitting older age.
He reiterated that communal society has been one of the things that would help the aged people to live long and shape their social life.
Obasanjo advised aged people to adopt the habit of a balanced diet, have a good rest with regular exercise, continuous medical checks and social interaction.
He said, “We haven’t been taking proper care of our aged and there are reasons for that, our culture and tradition is that we should be with our children and take care of our grandchildren but where are our children today, they have all traveled abroad.
“When things changed we have to change with it, once our age is getting older they should have Social Clubs that they can relate with.
“There are five important things to have a good life as an aged person, which the acronym is (DREMS) Diet, Rest, Exercise, medical checkups, and Social Interaction.”
5 benefits of Vitamin C supplements
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin found in citrus fruits and vegetables and is supplied as a nutritional supplement.
Vitamin C is a necessary nutrient for tissue healing, collagen creation, and the enzymatic manufacture of some neurotransmitters. Just because the body does not produce or store vitamin C, it’s essential to include it in your diet.
Vitamin C is found in several fruits and vegetables but is also accessible as a supplement. Vitamin C supplements, according to research, include vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid, which has a solubility similar to vitamin C found naturally in meals.
Women should get 75 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C daily, while men should get 90 milligrams (mg) daily.
Here are some of the benefits of Vitamin C supplements:
- Supplementing with vitamin C reduces the risk of heart disease
A range of risk factors, such as age, smoking, food, and family history, contribute to heart disease. According to a study, Vitamin C supplements can help persons with high blood pressure lower their blood pressure and minimize their risk of stroke.
2) Iron deficiency can be prevented by taking vitamin C supplements
Iron is a vital nutrient serving several purposes in the body. It’s required for the production of red blood cells and the transportation of oxygen throughout the body. Supplementing with vitamin C can aid in iron absorption from the diet.
Vitamin C aids in the conversion of iron that is difficult to absorb, such as iron from plants, into a form that is simpler to absorb. Vitamin C supplements can aid in the treatment of anemia and the improvement of iron levels in the body.
3) Vitamin C supplements protect the body against disease
Vitamin C supplements contain antioxidants that aid in preventing disease. These antioxidants strengthen the immune system while protecting cells from free radical damage.
4) Vitamin C supplements help the body’s immune system
They support the body’s immune system, which is one of their numerous benefits. Vitamin C promotes the formation of white blood cells called lymphocytes and phagocytes, which assist the body fight infections.
Vitamin C also improves the activity of these white blood cells while protecting them from potentially hazardous chemicals like free radicals.
5) Vitamin C supplements help treat scurvy
Scurvy is a disorder caused by a significant shortage of vitamin C in the diet that can cause anemia, debility, and tiredness. Vitamin C tablets contain antioxidants that can help treat scurvy.
Study shows being a kind person improves your health
Do you know that being a good, kind and altruistic person might just make you happier?
Leaving the door open for someone, buying a colleague lunch, helping an elderly person and many other kind acts can make you healthier and happier.
A recent study in the journal Psychological Bulletin asserts that showing kindness to others and lending a hand to those in need might be beneficial to your health and well-being.
Kind people have antibodies that helps them fight diseases
According to scientific research, compassionate people have higher levels of the disease-fighting antibody immunoglobulin A in their saliva.
Brain scans of compassionate people indicate that generosity not only strengthened their immune systems but also helped them to be less stressed, have improved mental health, and feel a higher sense of self-worth.
Random acts of kindness are more rewarding than planned acts
When it comes to acts of kindness that were more mentally rewarding, random and unplanned actions ranked highly.
Random acts of kindness, like helping a helpless neighbour or paying a stranger’s fare on a bus were found to be more strongly connected with the overall well-being than formal prosocial action, such as scheduled volunteering for a charity.
You are happier when you are less self centred.
Here is the simple reason why you have to help people, it is a temporary escape from your own problems. No matter how tiny or fleeting your actions are, giving, volunteering, donating, and performing gestures of kindness allows you to connect with other people and animals in a profoundly meaningful and humane way.
Bryant P.H. Hui, an associate professor from the University of Hong Kong, and his colleagues conducted a meta-analysis of 201 independent studies that examined the relationship between prosocial behaviour and well-being. Although, the link between the two was modest, it was nevertheless significant.
This research and these reasons are why kindness is important.
Why you need to take a break from your phone right now
Here’s why you should put down your phone for a while.
We may need to take a break from using our phones for the sake of our health in this day and age where we are always connected to them. Why is this;
Several studies show that germs and bacteria on your phone can be transferred to your face and cause sudden breakouts.
We are constantly touching our phones and then our faces and that can cause acne. Always wipe and disinfect your phone and avoid touching your face.
Mental and physical stress
The constant overload of news and information that comes from perpetually being online can affect our health and cause anxiety and depression.
Constantly looking at your blue screen on your phone can damage the photoreceptors in your eyes and lead to headaches, blurred vision and dry eyes. Take regular breaks from your phone or keep it 20m away from you.
Wrist pain and back pain
Constantly holding your phone can cause wrist pain. According to studies, young people are increasingly having issues with selfie wrist and carpal tunnel syndrome. These syndromes can cause issues including pins and needles, back pain, wrist pain, numbness, and tingling.
Lack of sleep
You need to have at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night, but phones can be such a distraction that you won’t reach your sleep quota.
Lack of sleep can affect your health negatively by making you cranky, and irritable, become overweight from overeating, and cause a lack of focus.
So, put off your data and keep your phone to one side and practice mindfulness. You can also play board games or read a book instead of mindlessly scrolling through the internet.
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