Researchers keep worrying that men’s sperm count has been falling globally, with the resultant effect on their inability to father children as at when desired. Experts say falling sperm count can be linked to a number of health issues that have been on the rise. Some causes of low sperm count are given as follow: • In 2015, Harvard researchers found that men who ate produce with higher levels of pesticide residues — such as strawberries, spinach, and peppers — had lower sperm counts than men who got cleaner produce, such as avocados, cabbage, and oranges. • Another study suggests that mothers who smoke while pregnant can drive down sperm counts in their sons. • Stress and obesity also seem to harm sperm counts, and both are prevalent problems in the countries experiencing the dramatic decline. Hagai Levine, who co-led the work for this study, says, “This study is an urgent wake-up call for researchers and health authorities around the world to investigate the causes of the sharp ongoing drop in sperm count.” In the meantime, mothers can help protect their sons’ sperm count by breastfeeding and avoiding pesticides and smoking, suggests research. And men: preserve and even boost your sperm counts with exercise, weight loss, and a clean diet that features plenty of organic food.
Juicing is a fun way to add fruits and vegetables that you wouldn’t normally eat to your diet. It is the extraction of juice from fresh fruits and vegetables. The resulting liquid contains most of the vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals (phytonutrients) found in the whole fruit. However, whole fruits and vegetables also have healthy fiber, which is lost during most juicing. Unlike smoothies, juicing is not exactly a new thing. It’s not a trend that everyone and their mothers have jumped on. It has been around for as long as I can remember. So much that, a lot of companies have gotten away with packaged sugar and colouring and passing it off as juice. Some schools of thought are of the opinion that juicing is better than eating whole fruits and vegetables as the body absorbs the nutrients better which of course gives your digestive system a break from breaking down the fiber. This is all true. Making fresh juice a part of a well-balanced diet is an important tool for achieving good health. Juicing offers many life-enhancing health benefits including providing a way to access digestive enzymes typically locked away in the fiber matrix of whole fruits and vegetables. There are some digestive enzymes inside fruits and vegetables which cannot be accessed by eating them as a whole. Juicing helps to break down these components down while offering a wide variety of micro-nutrients. Incorporating fresh juice can be a different approach to increasing consumption of these important plant foods for improved health and wellness and reaching your weight loss. Most commercial juices are pasteurized. Which means they are processed and lack nutrition. They contain more sugar than you can ever imagine and if you aren’t careful, these extra calories can lead to weight gain.
It’s pretty incredible how often you hear managers complaining about their best employees leaving, and they really do have something to complain about—few things are as costly and disruptive as good people walking out the door. Managers tend to blame their turnover problems on everything under the sun, while ignoring the crux of the matter: people don’t leave jobs; they leave managers. The sad thing is that this can easily be avoided. All that’s required is a new perspective and some extra effort on the manager’s part. So what are the worst things that managers do that send good people packing
It’s not uncommon when you develop a hacking cough from deep down in your lungs to cough up a gel-like substance known as phlegm, or sputum. While you may think nothing of it, simply associating it with your sickness, the color of the mucus can tell you some things about the pathogens invading your body. The body is a mucus-making machine, producing about 1 to 1.5 liters of phlegm every day, even when you’re healthy. In health, phlegm/mucus is mostly clear and minimal. If you are coughing up significant amounts of phlegm you could have an infection or allergies. While coughing up only a little clear phlegm is considered normal, larger amounts of phlegm may indicate a developing infection. This occurs as a result of the respiratory tract becoming inflamed, which also leads to coughing. In turn, this coughing speeds up the rate for which the infection affects a person. So, now that we’ve gotten clear phlegm out of the way, what do other colors of phlegm mean for our health? White or Gray Phlegm Coughing up white or gray phlegm is often an indication of an upper respiratory tract infection or sinus congestion. Normally, your sinus doesn't drip, but when there's inflammation, either viral or bacterial, it can cause a drip from your sinus into your throat. You might have heard consuming dairy products can cause white mucus to develop. This isn’t true. However, dairy can make it thicker, and therefore more troublesome for the body to drain. This causes the mucus to stagnate and dry out, leading to a white discharge. Meanwhile, coughing up gray phlegm may be a sign that the body is trying to get rid of resins or tars that accumulated from excessive smoking or inhalation of large amounts of air pollutants like smog or dust. Green or Dark Yellow Phlegm A thick and dark yellow phlegm may be a sign of a viral or bacterial infection, sinus infection, or lower respiratory tract infection. Typically, this occurs when the immune system sends white blood cells, known as neutrophils, to the area of infection. These cells contain a green protein, which, when present in large quantities, turn the mucus into a greenish hue. However, found that green or yellow phlegm does not always signify an infection. After some tests, researchers found only 59 of every 100 samples of green phlegm contained bacteria while only 46 out of every 100 samples of yellow phlegm contained bacteria. Contrary to popular belief, having greenish mucus does not necessarily mean you have a bacterial infection. Brown Phlegm People who smoke tend to produce more brown phlegm, which often comes out combined with saliva in a grainy texture. Excessive smoking can cause phlegm to turn brown because of all the resin, tar, and other particulate matter in cigarettes, which the body tries to cough back up. When cigarettes aren’t the culprit, people may cough up brown phlegm because of the foods they’re eating, including chocolate, coffee, and red wine. Pink Phlegm Pink-colored phlegm is anything but pretty. Coughing up pink phlegm is an indicator of pulmonary edema, also known as fluid in the lungs. It can also be a sign of bleeding when seen in small amounts, which show up as a stain or streak. This type of phlegm can also have a frothy texture, which usually occurs in people with pre-existing heart problems. Bloody Phlegm Blood found in phlegm is known as haemoptysis, while streaks of blood in phlegm is a benign sign of bronchitis. Coughing up a significant amount of blood could also be a sign of tuberculosis, pneumonia, cancer, or pulmonary embolism, Okhravi said. If there’s excessive bleeding, more blood than phlegm, or it doesn’t stop, you should seek medical attention immediately because it could mean you’re dealing with a more serious health problem. If you notice any strange thing in your phlegm, see the doctor immediately.
Dr Ahmed Attah, a Clinical Hematologist, on Saturday, urged Nigerians to make exercise a regular discipline to continue to be physically fit and mentally strong. Attah, who is also the Special Adviser to Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi on Health Matters, gave the advice in an interview with Newsmen after a Health Walk to Mount Patti in Lokoja. According to him, regular exercise is a discipline people should adopt to keep fit, remain strong, mentally sound and enjoy healthy living. He said people should endeavour to engage in one exercise or the other at least once in a week or twice in a month to burn calories in the body, especially those who were heavy around the stomach area. He added that “we appreciate the governor for making it possible to secure Kogi to enable us to walk up to the top of Mountain of Patti to exercise ourselves. “It was an exciting experience as we come together, irrespective of our differences,to celebrate the diversity of our cultures and get to interact with one another while losing calories and keeping fit. “Besides, this will also foster unity among various tribes in Kogi and getting to know ourselves better for peaceful coexistence. “I fee great, excited and happy. I believe Mount Patti is just one of the big historical and cultural monuments we have in Kogi and Nigeria. “I believe this mountain will be transformed into Dubai of Nigeria, West Africa, Africa and the world at large in the nearest future.” Many people from all walks of life came to participate in the exercise, tagged: “Aerobics Jogging Walk”. Known to many as birthplace of the concept of the Nigeria project, Mount Patti is a major tourist attraction among other natural attractions Lokoja boasts of. A plateau of about 1500 feet above sea level with a stretch of about 15 kilometres, Mount Patti is visible from anywhere in the town, remarkable for its fertile soil, elevated view of sprawling town and neighbouring confluence. Prominent of its interesting features is a big Baobab tree that is claimed to be over 100 years old, and Lord Lugard’s Rest House.
This is a common problem among us ladies regardless of what body shape or type we have - belly fat. There have been countless days when we’ve sucked our tummy in in front of the mirror and wished it stayed that way. Wearing a tummy tucker does work sometimes, especially when you are wearing a tight, fitted dress but wearing it all the time is not healthy or reasonable. But with these clever styling tips, you can now hide that tummy and look fab always!
Vitamin C is commonly found in many fruits and vegetables. It is a water-soluble vitamin with a great impact on the human’s body. Vitamin C boosts the immune system, has great antioxidant properties, takes part in the process of collagen production, helps the absorption of iron in the gastrointestinal system, etc. The only problem with vitamin C is that the human body does not produce it or store it. For this reason, vitamin C should be taken daily through diet, and if needed through supplements. However, on the other hand, overdose of vitamin C can be toxic. The maximum amount of vitamin C recommended for an adult should not exceed 2,000 mg a day. However, as everyone is unique, it is very important to discuss your nutritional needs with a professional healthcare provider. The amount of vitamin C a person needs daily depends on age. Normally, as a baby or a child, a person needs less vitamin C, compared to the time during adolescence or adulthood. On average, the daily recommended doses of vitamin C are based on specific ages and why the doctor tells you. If you are a smoker, make sure to add another 35 mg of vitamin C a day. Taking more vitamin C than recommended is not a life-threatening situation. However, various signs and symptoms may appear, such as: