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Things you do that make mosquitoes bite you

New research has revealed that mosquitoes prey on their victims due to a number of factors.

They also say that the species of mosquitoes you are exposed to can determine whether or not you are going to be bitten. So, why do mosquitoes bite you? These reasons… • Beer. Some studies reveal that mosquitoes are attracted to beer drinkers, though this is only relevant to one type of mosquito. MTI0ODUwODY3NjQ3MDYyMDg4
• Type O Blood. If you have Type O blood running through your veins, you’re prime candidate for mosquito bites! Research published in the Journal of Medical Entomology found that mosquitoes were 83.3 percent more likely to land on type O carriers than type A carriers. Again, this appears to apply to one particular species of mosquito. • Pregnancy. In 2003, an experiment was conducted in eastern Sudan to see if mosquitoes were more attracted to pregnant women than non-pregnant women. The results, published on NCBI, found that out of the 18 women, the nine pregnant women attracted significantly more mosquitoes, especially ones that were carrying malaria. This could be because of raised temperature and how women’s body odour changes during pregnancy. Again, only one species of mosquito is attracted to pregnant women. • Gender. Interestingly, only female mosquitoes bite, as the nutritional value of blood helps develop their eggs. They also seem to prefer to bite more men, but women are more badly affected by a bite. Women reportedly get bigger and itchy bites, but men are more likely to be attacked. MOSQ • Genes. There is also the belief that mosquitoes could be attracted to you because of your genetic make-up. An indicator of this could be if you have a bad reaction to a bite, such as the size of the bite or the intensity of the itchiness. • Carbon dioxide. This one is quite hard to avoid, as your body naturally produces around 2.3 pounds of carbon dioxide a day, which is breathed out through your lungs. Well, you have to breathe, so you can’t avoid mosquito bites by withholding your breath. Good news, though: Mosquitoes tend to prefer people who emit more than the standard levels of carbon dioxide—a situation that is common among pregnant women and overweight people. • Lactic acid. Mosquitoes love the lactic acid that the body produces when you work out. The acid is released as you sweat, making you a prime target, especially if you are hot and tired. • Bacteria. If you have lots of different bacteria on your skin, mosquitoes will be less attracted to you. The chemicals that build up your natural smell could repel them. A study published in PLOS showed that a group of people with a more diverse colony of bacteria were less likely to attract mosquitoes, than those with less.

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Not breastfeeding can give your son low sperm count —Study

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. medical-causes-for-low-sperm-count 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.

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Why you should juice more often

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. download-1 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. juicing_recipes 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.

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Things That Make Your Good Employees Quit

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

  1. They Overwork People
Nothing burns good employees out quite like overworking them. It’s so tempting to work your best people hard that managers frequently fall into this trap. Overworking good employees is perplexing; it makes them feel as if they’re being punished for great performance. Overworking employees is also counterproductive. New research from Stanford shows that productivity per hour declines sharply when the workweek exceeds 50 hours, and productivity drops off so much after 55 hours that you don’t get anything out of working more. If you must increase how much work your talented employees are doing, you’d better increase their status as well. Talented employees will take on a bigger workload, but they won’t stay if their job suffocates them in the process. Raises, promotions, and title-changes are all acceptable ways to increase workload. If you simply increase workload because people are talented, without changing a thing, they will seek another job that gives them what they deserve. download-5
  1. They Don’t Recognize Contributions and Reward Good Work
It’s easy to underestimate the power of a pat on the back, especially with top performers who are intrinsically motivated. Everyone likes kudos, none more so than those who work hard and give their all. Managers need to communicate with their people to find out what makes them feel good (for some, it’s a raise; for others, it’s public recognition) and then to reward them for a job well done. With top performers, this will happen often if you’re doing it right.
  1. They Don’t Care about Their Employees
More than half of people who leave their jobs do so because of their relationship with their boss. Smart companies make certain their managers know how to balance being professional with being human. These are the bosses who celebrate an employee’s success, empathize with those going through hard times, and challenge people, even when it hurts. Bosses who fail to really care will always have high turnover rates. It’s impossible to work for someone eight-plus hours a day when they aren’t personally involved and don’t care about anything other than your production yield.
  1. They Don’t Honor Their Commitments
Making promises to people places you on the fine line that lies between making them very happy and watching them walk out the door. When you uphold a commitment, you grow in the eyes of your employees because you prove yourself to be trustworthy and honorable (two very important qualities in a boss). But when you disregard your commitment, you come across as slimy, uncaring, and disrespectful. After all, if the boss doesn’t honor his or her commitments, why should everyone else?
  1. They Hire and Promote the Wrong People
Good, hard-working employees want to work with like-minded professionals. When managers don’t do the hard work of hiring good people, it’s a major demotivator for those stuck working alongside them. Promoting the wrong people is even worse. When you work your tail off only to get passed over for a promotion that’s given to someone who glad-handed their way to the top, it’s a massive insult. No wonder it makes good people leave.
  1. They Don’t Let People Pursue Their Passions
Talented employees are passionate. Providing opportunities for them to pursue their passions improves their productivity and job satisfaction. But many managers want people to work within a little box. These managers fear that productivity will decline if they let people expand their focus and pursue their passions. This fear is unfounded. Studies show that people who are able to pursue their passions at work experience flow, a euphoric state of mind that is five times more productive than the norm.
  1. They Fail to Develop People’s Skills
When managers are asked about their inattention to employees, they try to excuse themselves, using words such as “trust,” “autonomy,” and “empowerment.” This is complete nonsense. Good managers manage, no matter how talented the employee. They pay attention and are constantly listening and giving feedback. Management may have a beginning, but it certainly has no end. When you have a talented employee, it’s up to you to keep finding areas in which they can improve to expand their skill set. The most talented employees want feedback—more so than the less talented ones—and it’s your job to keep it coming. If you don’t, your best people will grow bored and complacent.
  1. They Fail to Engage Their Creativity
The most talented employees seek to improve everything they touch. If you take away their ability to change and improve things because you’re only comfortable with the status quo, this makes them hate their jobs. Caging up this innate desire to create not only limits them, it limits you.
  1. They Fail to Challenge People Intellectually
Great bosses challenge their employees to accomplish things that seem inconceivable at first. Instead of setting mundane, incremental goals, they set lofty goals that push people out of their comfort zones. Then, good managers do everything in their power to help them succeed. When talented and intelligent people find themselves doing things that are too easy or boring, they seek other jobs that will challenge their intellects. If you waEnt your best people to stay, you need to think carefully about how you treat them. While good employees are as tough as nails, their talent gives them an abundance of options. You need to make them want to work for you.

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What your Phlegm says about your health

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? 10-Effective-Home-Remedies-For-Phlegm 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. Phlegm 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.

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Make exercise regular discipline, doctor advises

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. EXERCISE 7 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.  

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Do you want to hide your not-so-flat tummy? Read this!

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!

  1. Don’t wear tight tops or bodycon dresses
This type of clothes are meant for slim ladies with relatively flat bellies. Stay far away from very tightly fitted clothes if you don’t want to go through the day pulling your tummy in time and again. Clothes that are too tight will only highlight and accentuate the not-so-toned areas of your body - tummy being the most prominent one. What you want is to highlight your strengths and draw focus away from your problem areas. Opt for A-line dresses which make that tummy vanish in no time.
  1. Say yes to drapes
Try to go for tops and dresses that drape beautifully over the top half of your body. Clothes with frills and fringes layered particularly over the tummy area work perfectly towards creating a slimmer silhouette. Since the frills and the ruffles are flowy and do not stick to your body, there is no telling what they’re hiding underneath. FAT W
  1. Wear leggings with drapes/ wide tops
Since wearing flowy wide tops is recommended if you want to hide your tummy, then leggings are your best friend. They balance out the boxy element that a wide top can sometimes have. Always make sure you choose opaque black leggings that fit you perfectly. Since most leggings come in a mid-rise fit, they do  a good job of tucking in that tummy as well.
  1. Create vertical lines
What you want do is create a silhouette that looks leans and not bulky. Long-line cardigans and long open jackets that you can throw on top of your outfit work best! These loose-fit cardigans drop down from your shoulders and create vertical lines that give an illusion of a slimmer, taller figure. The drop-down nature of these cardigans also make your frame look narrower.
  1. Stay away from chunky belts
Chunky belts will draw unwanted attention to your waist and highlight your belly. Try to not use wide belts and opt for thin belts if need be. Make sure not to use belts in a contrasting colour that separates your body and pulls focus around your waist or thighs. Whenever you are wearing a thin belt, do try to match it with the colour of your pants. 21-Day-Flat-Intro-720
  1. Choose dresses that don’t cling
Clingy material like jersey or lycra is a big NO as you don’t want the wrong things highlighted. Instead opt for thicker fabrics that are combined with a little lycra for elasticity. Although materials like jersey are extremely soft and feel nice on your body, their tendency to cling to your frame can make you look heavier.
  1. Don’t tuck in your tops
Tucking your top into your pants draws attention to your waist the same way belts do. If you have a heavier tummy, the best thing to do would be to wear tops with the right length and fit. Tops which end on your hips will be perfect and the safest choice.
  1. Choose mid-rise
A top is not the only element of your outfit that you need to take care of when you hide your tummy. A low-waist pant won’t work well if you have a belly. Mid-rise or high-rise jeans and trousers are the best pick for you. These kind of trousers will hold your tummy in the same way a tummy tucker would. Low-waisted pants give a push-up effect to your belly creating love handles and accentuating flab.      

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More Nigerians in their 30s are hypertensive — Cardiologist

Consultant Cardiologist, Dr. Folasade Alli, has raised the alarm  that many Nigerians in their 30s are being diagnosed with hypertension.

Alli, who is the Chief Medical Director of Lagos Executive Cardiovascular Clinic, spoke at a seminar organised by the hospital in Lagos.
According to her, the death of most young Nigerians can be linked to heart-related challenges caused by undetected and unmanaged hypertension Alli said, “There have been instances of young Nigerians dying with heart-related diseases, and the  number one cause on the list is the silent killer, hypertension. 3O YEARS “In my earlier years of practice, high blood pressure was mostly an issue of the mature and old folk starting from 40, but now we see 28 to 35- year-old patients. “The first issue with the younger generation is the false and unwise belief that they are young and thus, do not need to regularly check themselves; then the second is the fact that they are not taking preventive measures and, of course, the lack of public information on these plays a major role.”
   
African-Youths The cardiologist said that Nigerians needed to drop all religious sentiments when it came to matters of their health and make the necessary lifestyle changes to reduce their chances of developing heart-related diseases. “ When Nigerians are told that their blood pressure is high, some reply ‘I reject it.’ But, guess what? It is indeed high – there is nothing to reject because it is happening. The bottom line is that this attitude needs to change,” she stated. To reduce one’s risk of developing cardiovascular diseases , Alli recommended that individuals should reduce their salt and alcohol intake and avoid stress. “Your stress level matters a lot too – for example, think about the health implication before you take a serious business decision – don’t attempt to whack a round brick into a triangular hole, it will stress you out!” Alli, who stressed that high blood pressure could also be hereditary, advised those with a family history of the disease to be more watchful of their lifestyles while also maintaining a relationship with their cardiologists. She advised Nigerians to imbibe the culture of going for medical checkups from the age of 28  as absence of symptoms does not mean there is none. “We have some cases of young men dying of cardiac arrest during a tennis match, while jogging, and so on. This could have been prevented if they knew they had heart problems. When you do a comprehensive health assessment, abnormalities in the body may be detected and corrected. “There are some hole-in-the heart cases that were discovered at 28. In fact, we had a hole-in-the heart case that was discovered in a pregnant woman. In essence, it is important to check as advised by a cardiologist or medical professional.”

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Older men lower chances of IVF success – Study

The success rate of couples going through IVF is dependent on the age of the man – not only the woman, a US study suggests.

Older men were found to have a lower chance of conceiving than younger men with a female partner of the same age. Harvard researchers presented their study of nearly 19,000 IVF cycles at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology.
The findings contradict the idea that male fertility goes on forever. In fact, whether conception is natural or assisted, sperm mutations and a decline in sperm count in older men are thought to reduce the chances of pregnancy. images - ivf Previous research has also shown that older sperm is more prone to genetic errors, and this has been linked to the development of autism and schizophrenia in children. But the age of the woman still has a larger impact on fertility than the man’s age. In this study, scientists found that men aged 40-42 were linked with a 46% lower chance of having a baby by in vitro fertilisation (IVF) than men aged 30-35, when the female partner was under 30. Thirty-five year old women had significantly more success with a male partner under 30 after one cycle of treatment, than with a man in his mid-30s. images couple Dr Laura Dodge, from Israel Deaconess Medical Centre and Harvard Medical School, said the reasons behind reduced male fertility in older age were not completely clear. “While the effect of female age on fertility is overwhelmingly due to increased rates of chromosomal abnormality, the proposed mechanism in the effect of male age on pregnancy are more subtle.” Can older men with younger female partners do anything to compensate for the age effect in IVF? Dr Dodge said: “In the absence of clear evidence of the mechanism, the best pre-conception advice we can offer is to maintain a healthy lifestyle.” Nick Macklon, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at University of Southampton, said: “This may encourage male partners to get a move on. “It also offers new insights into the dynamics between the man and woman – it’s not just down to the age of the woman.” Dr Raj Mathur, consultant gynaecologist and clinical lead for reproductive medicine at Manchester Fertility, said the issue of men’s age and its impact in IVF needed to be researched further in a larger database of couples. But he said, “We should start taking male age into account.” Women who used donor sperm were not included in the study of nearly 8,000 IVF couples. Dr Gillian Lockwood, medical director, Midlands Fertility Services, said there were distinct differences between women’s and men’s fertility. “Women are born with all their eggs and don’t make any new ones, but men make new sperm every morning.  

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What counts as Vitamin C overdose?

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: VITAMIN C

  1. Gastrointestinal Problems
An upset stomach, together with abdominal cramps, diarrhea, heartburn, nausea, and vomiting, are common signs of vitamin C overdose. Other possible gastrointestinal problems include excessive flatulence, abdominal bloating, indigestion, tender abdominal mass on the left side of the abdomen, etc. All these signs and symptoms tend to get better once the vitamin C consumption in higher doses than normal is stopped.
  1. Oral and Facial Problems
A formation of mouth ulcers and sores is common in overdose of vitamin C. In the face, an eruption of skin rash is possible, often accompanied with facial flushing and itchiness. Dental problems are also possible, mostly cavity problems or even a tooth decay.
  1. Pain
An overdose of vitamin C can lead to leg and foot cramps, severe back pain muscle pain or headaches.
  1. Anemia
Hemolytic anemia is common in a vitamin C overdose. This type of anemia is more common among those who have a genetic enzyme deficiency where the red blood cells are damaged, leading to anemia. Fatigue, weakness and other signs and symptoms of anemia are present. The overdose can also lead to a vitamin B12 deficiency anemia. Copper deficiency is also possible due to excessive amounts of vitamin C taken daily with food or with supplement pills. VIT C
  1. Kidney Stones
Various kidney problems, especially kidney stones are possible. In cases of an excessive presence of vitamin C in the body, calcium oxalate will be deposited and collected in the kidneys, leading to a formation of kidney stones. If you know that you have a kidney stone, you should not take more than 100 mg of vitamin C a day.
  1. Iron toxicity
Vitamin C normally helps the absorption of iron in the gastrointestinal system. In cases of vitamin C overdose, more iron will be absorbed, often leading to iron toxicity. In such cases, problems with normal liver function or various heart diseases can develop.
  1. Sleep Problems
Poor sleep or even insomnia is common during an overdose of vitamin C. Increased stress is also possible, which will only aggravate the sleeping problems.
  1. Cataracts
The overdose increases the risk of cataracts, as a long-term and low-dose supplementation with vitamin C prevents it.
  1. Drug Interaction
When vitamin C daily intake is higher than recommended, certain drug interactions are possible as well, such as with Tylenol where there is an increased risk of liver damage. An interaction with tests for blood sugar and cholesterol are also possible, as well as, with the test of blood in the stool. Vitamin C supplements are widely available as 500 mg or 1,000 mg pills. Many prefer to take these pills daily for various reasons. However, you should know that your daily vitamin C needs can be easily achieved with eating fresh fruits and vegetables. You should try to consume more of foods rich in vitamin C than taking vitamin C supplements. Good sources of vitamin C are citrus fruits such as lemon and orange, but vegetables such as pepper are rich in vitamin C too. If you want to get all the nutrients from a certain food, don’t cook it for too long or at a high temperature. If possible eat raw vegetables as they are healthier.