Cough, dry skin, fatigue… See dangers of eating cold food
For whatever reasons,some people love cold foods and for them, a meal is incomplete without a cold drink.
Chiefly, cold meals are not foods that should become a habit; they should be eaten on rare occasions and determined by the room or body temperature.
They do more harm than good in the body;
Damage the spleen
The main components of the digestive system is believed to be the stomach, small and large intestines however, Chinese medicine believes that the stomach and spleen are the main components of the digestive system.
According to Chinese medicine, cold and damp foods can damage the spleen hence the spleen’s function in aiding nutrients absorption can be severely diminished.
This is because the body is regularly exposed to wet and cold foods and lack of proper absorption can put off balance virtually any of the body’s systems, making the body prone to diseases.
Expend more energy from the body
Taking in cold foods is like giving the body extra work to do as the body has to expend some energy to warm up the cold foods.
The body needs calories to warm up the cold food and these calories are taken from the ones already stored up in the body.
The process equally demands some energy from the body for proper digestion and to combat illness.
Expose the body to illness
Health issues like fatigue, cysts, tumours, bacterial infections, coughs, catarrh, dry skin, excessive bloating amongst many others could be developed if cold foods are excessively eaten.
This is because when cold food is ingested, the body counteracts the temperature difference in order to make available a suitable environment for these enzymes in the stomach necessary for digestion to function well.
Phlegm is formed in the lungs when cold food enters the oesophagus, which lowers lung function and capacity because the cold food encounters the warm vaporized fluid in the lungs.
Furthermore, phlegm formed in the lungs blocks the free flow of energy that travels through the body; the danger of this is person’s ability to maintain a normal temperature.
5 ways to sneak exercise into your day
Here’s how to make sure you are working out every day.
You might not have the strength and consistency to go to the gym every day, but it doesn’t mean you should live a sedentary lifestyle.
We know that exercise has many benefits for our physical and mental health (e.g. it lowers blood pressure, prevents heart disease and relieves stress) and we should exercise as often as possible (20 minutes daily), but what happens when we don’t have the time? Here’s what you can do.
1. Take the stairs
If your work or school has a stairs or elevation option, then you can take the stairs. Walking up and down the stairs is like doing cardio and it helps your heart.
2. Do house chores
House chores can be a great way to work your muscles. Things like washing the car, scrubbing the bathroom floor, and sweeping and mopping are good ways to move around and work your muscles.
3. Take public transportation
If you have a car, that means you are always sitting down and driving and that’s terrible for your health. When you take the bus, you have to walk to the bus stop and even to your exact destination, which helps you get some cardio in.
4. Park far away
Let’s say you don’t want to take the bus, you have a car, and you want to drive it. A good way to ensure you still take enough steps during the day is to park your car as far away from where you are going as possible.
5. Take regular walks
Do you need to take a bus, your car, or an Uber to the supermarket, or you can just take a walk? A lot of late-night strolls and walks are a great way to stay healthy.
3 surprising risks of wearing G strings regularly
People have strong opinions about what style, cut, fabric and more are best for them, and some strongly believe that no underwear is the best underwear.
There are some surprising side effects of always wearing thongs or G-strings and you definitely need to know more about if thongs are your favourite.
Though some people find them to be the most uncomfortable underwear option, others prefer them for either comfort or aesthetic reasons. There certainly can be some issues with wearing thongs all the time, but not everyone who chooses to wear them has to worry about every single health side effect.
It’s not just the amount of time that you are wearing a thong, there are a lot of other factors that can affect what sorts of issues you might deal with when it comes to wearing thong underwear. From the material a thong is made from, to the size and fit, there are a few things you need to take into consideration.
Below are some risks wearing thongs may expose you to.
- Vaginal infections
Thongs can cause health problems to those that wear them regularly. The health issues start from urinary tract and vaginal infections. Thongs irritate and inflame the area around the Bartholdi’s glands, which produce lubricant during intercourse. They asserted that if the ducts that lead to the glands get hemmed, one could also develop a cyst next to one’s vagina. Simply put, thongs irritate the vagina and do not allow it enough air space, which obviously reveals the harmful impact of the string.
- Yeast infection
According to a study, thongs have the capacity of increasing the chances of getting a yeast infection because of extra moisture built up from the tight fit. A manufacturer of a medication used for the treatment of yeast infections, Vagisil, affirmed that thong ought to be avoided because it causes yeast infections.
- Reactions of the skin
These are some of the results gotten from wearing G-strings: chafed skin, irritation and infection. Chafed skin results when the thong rubs the sensitivity of the skin. This can get infected and become very painful if not quickly noticed. The clitoris can also become irritated from the friction of the thong.
How dates increase sperm count and why men should eat them regularly
Chock full of nutrients, people eat dates mostly for energy; but there’s more to these dry fruits.
During Ramadan, Muslims break their fast with dates. Since fasting deprives your body of strength, eating calorie-dense dates helps boost your energy. But apparently, dates are capable of revving up more than just your energy levels.
Science says that date fruits can even crank up your libido; improve your sperm quality and save your marriage. Research has proven what traditional wisdom has been saying all along. Dates boost your sex life by increasing your libido and improving your sexual performance. Also according to science, dates increase sperm count, and this is another reason why men should eat dates often.
How do dates increase sperm count? Have a look at what the research has revealed below.
How Dates Increase Sperm Count
Traditional medicine practitioners used the pollen of the date palm to make an antidote to male infertility. With that background, some researchers decided to investigate the substance of the local antidote.
There was an experimental study led by Bahmanpour et al. in 2006. The researchers discovered that dates did impact sperm and the reproductive system of adult male rats, who were the subjects of the experiment.
The scientists noticed that eating dates greatly improved the count, the motility and DNA quality of the rats’ sperm. It also increased the weights of the testes and epididymis. The credit went to estradiol and flavonoid; components in dates that seem to have a positive effect on the quality of sperm.
Also, in November of 2016, two experts in sexual health in Lagos advised men to eat dates; saying its consumption would enhance their sexual performance and increase their libido.
The man told the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) that when men took dates appropriately, they could also improve their health conditions in many other ways. It could save them the shame of not satisfying their sexual partners, the experts said.
One of the men, Dr. Aminu Kazeem, a sexual health therapist who works at Energy for Sex Clinic in Lagos; said men who had performance problems should incorporate dates in their diet.
“Eating dates will promote sperm quality and quantity as it is one of the best natural fruits used for male fertility. It also increases the size of the testes in men and the size of breasts in women. Consuming the fruit can help to treat sexual disorders because it is a natural aphrodisiac.”
He further confirmed that dates contained high levels of estradiol and flavonoid which aid sperm motility and increase sperm count.
Dates Increase Libido And Do Other Things For You
Dates do more than increase sperm count and motility. They are good for your all-round health and vitality. Here are some other health benefits of eating dates below:
Maintain your sugar levels with dates
Want to satisfy your sugar craving? Instead of gorging on candies coated with sugar, have a few pieces of dates or sweets made out of it to beat your sugar craving in a healthy way. They are a good substitute for white sugar as they are free of sodium, cholesterol and fats. But remember, their calorific value is higher than other fruits so too much can lead to weight gain.
Dates aid your digestion
These little nuggets are rich in fibre, which means they are good for your digestive system and bowel movements. It also means they prevent the build-up of LDL cholesterol; which can put your heart health at risk by increasing your chances of getting hypertension, stroke, heart disease, etc.
Iron is an essential nutrient your body needs to prevent anaemia. It helps your red blood cells carry oxygen better to various body parts which help in their better functioning. Lack of iron can leave you feeling fatigued even after doing the smallest of tasks. Eating dates can beat this deficiency.
Dates lower your risk of heart disease
Dates contain about 656 mg of potassium per 100g which makes them a powerhouse of potassium. According to WHO guidelines, an adult should consume 3,510 mg of potassium every day. Lower levels of potassium can make one more susceptible to high blood pressure, stroke, etc.
Improves overall health
Apart from all the above goodness, dates are also rich in other essential nutrients like calcium, magnesium and vitamin B6. The body needs both magnesium and calcium for proper bone growth; while vitamin B6 is needed to break down protein, and maintain normal levels of nerve function.
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Bodex F. Hungbo, SPMIIM is a multiple award-winning Nigerian Digital Media Practitioner, Digital Strategist, PR consultant, Brand and Event Expert, Tv Presenter, Tier-A Blogger/Influencer, and a top cobbler in Nigeria.
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