Thursday, February 23, 2017

Wellness Tips: Heading to the gym for the 1st time? Check out these 5 pointers

Activewear

Are you heading to the gym for the first time or simply want to know how to shop for appropriate exercise gears?

After deciding to register at a gym what comes to mind next (after subscription!) is what to wear everyday (or as often as one chooses) especially when starting off going to the gym for the first time.

 

It's important to note that for gym wears/gears or exercise clothes, these points should be noted:

1. Clothes should be extremely comfortable

Whatever you choose to wear, make sure you are comfortable in them. You don't want to be caught exercising in wears that are too tight or too lose. You must not tug or pull at anything and it has to make you very comfortable, second skin comfortable.

2. Wears should be breathable

Fabrics for gym wears should be breathable, they should come appropriate for exercise meaning a lot of sweats/perspiration!

3. The right fit; this includes length and weight

Gym/exercise wears should be the perfect fit. If choosing leggins and crop tops they should fit, if they are onesies etc they should be the perfect size, not too big or too small and they should come appropriate not unnecessarily heavy or long when not necessary.

 

4. Sports bra are must haves

For ladies, active wears should feature a super supportive bras for support. Activities like bouncing, lifts require great support for the bust area so its best to wear a compression bra that works perfect.

5. Right pair of sneakers

Sport shoes/sneakers to be used for exercise should be strong, durable and able to withstand pressure. It's always good to invest in a great pair.

Watch lifestyle blogger vlogger Yenny Adepoju share tips for getting affordable, cute and casual gym wears in a new video.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wellness Tips: What to do to relieve a baby's stuffy nose

Bulb Syringe

Babies get stuffed nose sometimes and since they only breathe with their nose (until old enough to breathe through the mouth) they'd need help.

Babies get stuffed nose sometimes and since they only breathe with their nose (until old enough to breathe through the mouth) they'd need help.

Most times, a baby's blocked nose can be treated at home as most times they are not cause to worry except it comes with fever/high temperature and other signs then medical advice should be sought.

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Armed with saline solution (Saline drops can be made at home adding one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) off the counter, the baby can be catered to without going to the hospital (mum's should come handy with first aids and some at-home remedies for babies):

1. Start by cradling the baby gently or lay the baby down

2. Tip the baby's head to the back and squeeze saline drops into the nose to help loose the nostrils blocked with mucus.

3. Suck out the mucus blocking the nose which should be easy to do (after step 2 above) with a bulb syringe.

4. Wipe the area clean (gently) afterwards and gently lubricate the area with petroleum jelly to help the sensitive area.

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See more ways to help a baby with a stuffed nose in the short video.

Note that when a baby has blocked nose, watch her/him closely for other signs like high fever, loss of appetite and more especially if under four months as in some cases it's best seek expert help as soon as possible.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Wellness Tips: If you ever have issues applying eye drops, try these easy steps

Applying Eyedrops

A lot of times people apply eyedrops in the eye the wrong way ending up using the wrong dosage or plain wasting it.

A lot of times people apply eyedrops in the eye the wrong way ending up using the wrong dosage or plain wasting it.

(Note that it's best to get eyedrops by prescription/physician's order and not over the counter for random use!)

If applying drops wrongly you either end up not using enough or (in an attempt to makeup for the wasted drops) over use it and this happens when clueless about application.

 

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For when you have to use eyedrops, learn how to use it correctly so it works well for you.

1. Angle/Tilt the head backwards.

2. Use the index finger to gently pull the lower lid down

3. Look up and gently squeeze the drop around the space created by the lower lid (the area gently pulled by the index finger)

4. Keep the eyes closed for about four minutes after applying the drops (without blinking).

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Note that when using eyedrops:

  1. The hands should be clean

  2. The dropper (tip of the eyedrop container) should be clean and kept clean at all times

  3. The dropper shouldn't touch the eye or any part of the face

  4. When using more than one drop in each eye, wait for about five minutes before using the next drop!


Monday, February 20, 2017

Wellness Tips: 5 common foods to stay away from if you have heartburn often

Heartburn

Heartburn is a common uncomfortable burning sensation in the chest area and these common foods make it worse.

Heartburn is a common uncomfortable burning sensation in the chest area.

Usually a symptom of acid reflux, heartburn can be painful and very uncomfortable. It is characterized by a painful burning feeling in the throat or chest. Heartburns happen the acid in the stomach goes up into the esophagus (this is a tube that carries the food from the mouth into the stomach)

Heartburn can get worse due to lifestyle habits especially through foods taken in. Some food can help ease the discomfort and some can make it unbearable! If you constantly have heratburn, stay away or considerably reduce intake of these foods:

1. Coffee

Coffee contains caffeine that disrupts the entire stomach system. It also interferes with the acidity of the stomach which results in heartburn.

2. Carbonated drinks

Carbonated drinks/sodas cause/aggravate heartburn because they are highly acidic, interfering with the acid in the stomach causing it to rise thereby creating intense reaction and heartburn which causes discomfort.

 

3. Alcohol

Alcohol and alcoholic beverages cause heartburn/acid reflux. Alcohol relaxes the valve at the end of the oesophagus causing heartburn.

4.  Chocolates

Chocolates are also a major cause of heartburn.  Because they come primarily with cocoa they cause intestinal cells to relax which eventually causes heartburn.

5. Orange/Citrus fruits

Citrus acid reacts with stomach acid causing heartburn


Friday, February 17, 2017

Wellness Tips: 5 common foods to stay away from if you have heartburn

Heartburn

Heartburn is a common uncomfortable burning sensation in the chest area and these common foods make it worse.

Heartburn is a common uncomfortable burning sensation in the chest area.

Usually a symptom of acid reflux, heartburn can be painful and very uncomfortable. It is characterized by a painful burning feeling in the throat or chest. Heartburns happen the acid in the stomach goes up into the esophagus (this is a tube that carries the food from the mouth into the stomach)

Heartburn can get worse due to lifestyle habits especially through foods taken in. Some food can help ease the discomfort and some can make it unbearable! If you constantly have heratburn, stay away or considerably reduce intake of these foods:

1. Coffee

Coffee contains caffeine that disrupts the entire stomach system. It also interferes with the acidity of the stomach which results in heartburn.

2. Carbonated drinks

Carbonated drinks/sodas cause/aggravate heartburn because they are highly acidic, interfering with the acid in the stomach causing it to rise thereby creating intense reaction and heartburn which causes discomfort.

 

3. Alcohol

Alcohol and alcoholic beverages cause heartburn/acid reflux. Alcohol relaxes the valve at the end of the oesophagus causing heartburn.

4.  Chocolates

Chocolates are also a major cause of heartburn.  Because they come primarily with cocoa they cause intestinal cells to relax which eventually causes heartburn.

5. Orange/Citrus fruits

Citrus acid reacts with stomach acid causing heartburn


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Serena Williams: Tennis star dishes on body confidence, offers tips on sexuality

Serena Williams for 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue

Revelling in her body for a topless swimshoot for Sports Illustrated, Serena Williams dishes on body confidence.

Revelling in her body for a swimshoot for Sports Illustrated, Serena Williams talks body confidence.

The tennis star who donned a thong for the first time ever spoke about body shaming and how she has become confident in her skin. She dished on loving her body and encourages women especially to love their body as well as embrace their sexuality.

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I want people to come away with the fact that it’s okay to be comfortable in your body. It’s okay to look strong and to be sexy and to be a woman and to be unbreakable; all of those things. I really want to have that influence for people out there that have my body type. I want them to be like, 'look good too.’ That’s what I’m hoping for.”

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The 35-year-old tennis player shared after going topless for the Sports Illustrated Swimwear issue.


Serena Williams: Tennis dishes on body confidence, offers tips on sexuality

Serena Williams for 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue

Revelling in her body for a topless swimshoot for Sports Illustrated, Serena Williams dishes on body confidence.

Revelling in her body for a swimshoot for Sports Illustrated, Serena Williams talks body confidence.

The tennis star who donned a thong for the first time ever spoke about body shaming and how she has become confident in her skin. She dished on loving her body and encourages women especially to love their body as well as embrace their sexuality.

ALSO READ: 5 health reasons to reduce sugar intake

 

I want people to come away with the fact that it’s okay to be comfortable in your body. It’s okay to look strong and to be sexy and to be a woman and to be unbreakable; all of those things. I really want to have that influence for people out there that have my body type. I want them to be like, 'look good too.’ That’s what I’m hoping for.”

ALSO READ: 6 types of vegetarians & what makes them different from each other

 

The 35-year-old tennis player shared after going topless for the Sports Illustrated Swimwear issue.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Wellness Tips: Proper way to do steam inhalation for blocked nose

Steam Inhalation

Steam inhalation works fast/almost immediate to clear blocked or stuffy nose...

Steam inhalation works fast/almost immediate to clear blocked or stuffy nose.

Steam inhalation is a natural way to clear blocked nose fast; it works as a fast and natural expectorant to clear stuffed nose bringing instant relief to inflamed blood vessels.

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Here is a perfect step-step guide to do it correctly:

1. Boil water and pour in a sturdy bowl (don't use steel, aluminium or anything that can get heated up with the boiled water).

2. (Add eucalyptus oil, drops of mint or any mentholated ointment that works for you).

 

3. Lean over the water inside the container and pull a towel over your head as you lean over making sure no steam escapes from any side.

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4. Breathe in and out slowly inhaling the steam for a few minutes, taking a few seconds rest at intervals.

5. Do this three times a week to clear blocked nose as fast as possible.

Note: This method may not be suitable for everyone


Friday, February 10, 2017

New Music: B2S - 'Aye ere' Ft. Oritsefemi

 

The track, 'Aye ere' is an African fusion jam with a rich taste of the southern rhythm.

MSN Gang artiste, Oritsefemi, is once again a party to a promising track released by an upcoming singer, B2S.

The track, 'Aye ere' is an African fusion jam with a rich taste of the southern rhythm.

Download and listen!


Wednesday, February 08, 2017

In Kano: Censorship board frowns at immorality in Hausa music

 

Na’abba expressed the concern when he received Mr Banning Eyre, a senior Producer/Editor of the Afro-pop Worldwide.

The Executive Secretary of the Kano State Censorship Board, Alhaji Isma’il Na’abba, has expressed the board’s worry at immorality that has crept into the Hausa music.

Na’abba expressed the concern when he received Mr Banning Eyre, a senior Producer/Editor of the Afro-pop Worldwide, who paid him a courtesy visit on Wednesday in Kano.

While responding to questions from Mr Eyre, the secretary said the state government had not banned musicians or any entertainer from performing or producing.

“It is true the board has the mandate to censor all literary materials, yet most Hausa music is focusing on awareness and enlightenment and have not attracted any sanction,’’ he said.

He explained that the board had been monitoring moral contents of music albums, which attracted large audience in the state.

On his part, Mr Eyre told the secretary that he was in Kano to carry out some music projects and appealed for the support of the board.

He urged the state government to support the music industry, which he described as an avenue for job creation and promotion of creativity and culture.


Wellness Tips: 6 types of vegetarians & what makes them different from each other

Vegetarian

Planning to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle? Get to know about all the types there are...

Vegetarians are seen as one of the healthiest set of people because of the 'disciplined' lifestyle they live!

A vegetarian doesn’t eat meat, including chicken, fish, beef and in some cases might stay off animal produce like eggs, honey and diary products as well (some eat these as not all vegetarians stay off animals and their produce).

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There are different types of vegetarians so if deciding to embrace the lifestyle, it's best to know where they belong/where they want to be:

1. Pesci Vegetarian

The Pesci Vegetarian eats fish, eggs, dairy but won't eat chicken or meat.

2. The Flexitarian

The Flexitarian are 'semi-vegetarians' who avoid animal products but not totally as they eat meat or fish once in a while.

 

3. Lacto Vegetarian

The Lacto vegetarian are those who don’t eat fish, meat, poultry and eggs but do dairy products!

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4. Ovo Vegetarian

The Ovo vegetarian eats eggs but won't eat fish, meat, poultry or  even dairy products.

5. Lacto–Ovo Vegetarian

Lacto–Ovo vegetarians is common. They eat dairy products and eggs but not fish, meat or poultry.

6. Vegans

There are vegans who don't eat any animals products nor its produce. Vegans essentially don't eat meat, chicken, eggs, dairy, honey.

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As people become older, there's usually a conscious effort to stay healthier making a lot of people adopt a vegetarian lifestyle, while eating healthy and organic should form a lifestyle embracing a vegetarian lifestyle tends to help the entire body system as studies revealed vegetarian diets help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

So which lifestyle would you choose if you're planning to switch to a vegetarian lifestyle?


Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Wellness Tips: 5 lifestyle habits that cause Insomnia

Insomnia

Insomnia happens when the brain stays awake leaving the body unable to rest and these habits make them worse!

Insomnia simply put is when the brain stays awake (making it difficult for the body to 'shut down')!

People with insomnia are unable to sleep, they rarely get enough or restful sleep so they usually never wake up refreshed. This can become chronic over time.

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It's a common type of sleep disorder that can be managed and cured but most times lifestyle habits and a few slips are actual reasons insomnia occur and if they are properly managed it  may soon be replaced with a restful night.

1. Gadgets

Gadgets from mobile phones, Ipad, laptop/computers etc held especially late in bed are known causes of insomnia! Studies revealed smartphone users are exposed to radiation that makes falling asleep difficult as well as disrupt sleep patterns enough to disallow deep sleep.

2. Over thinking (especially before going to bed)

When thoughts are actively going through the brain, trying to process work for the next day etc the brain stays fully awake and alert making the body unable to 'go to sleep' or get a restful sleep.

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3. Caffeine

(Over) dependence on caffeine is a major cause of insomnia. Caffeine contains stimulants that leaves the body awake (temporarily)constantly creating a surge of energy even when the body needs to take a break and when it's taken continuously, it messes with the entire system.

4. Irregular sleeping pattern

Not having a sleeping pattern contributes largely to insomnia. When the body doesn't have a 'habitual' sleep and wake up time, the result could be inability to sleep instead adopt a sleeping pattern that helps the body get a goodnight rest often.

5. Depression and Anxiety

People with depression and anxiety also suffer from insomnia. Tension, worrying excessively and over sensitivity can get in the way of good sleep.


Monday, February 06, 2017

Pregnancy: Ever imagine what it feels/looks like carrying a child for 5 years?

Pregnancy

Do you ever wonder what carrying a pregnancy for five years instead of nine months feel/look like?

Do you ever wonder what carrying a pregnancy for five years instead of nine months feel/look like?

A short video by National Partnership For Women and Families' social commentary on the lack of paid family leave is highlighted in the short video that leaves one wondering what it truly feels like if pregnancy was a 5year course!

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Chronicling the story of Lauren, who's being pregnant since 2012 (about five years ago) who doesn't have a paid family leave so can't afford to have a child and the husband can't save the day as he can't access paid family leave as well!

Lauren decided to stay pregnant as she couldn't afford to give birth so she goes about her daily activities including work extremely uncomfortable and quite a horror to watch!

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But this video was for a cause, a campaign for paid family leave but just imagine if every woman had to carry her pregnancy to term at five years every single time? (It's scary to think that, no?)