LIFE CHANGERS

Thank you guys for hanging in there with me all week long. Reading and following every post. 

This week, I’ll be exploring the world of fruits. These life changers can be the reason you don’t see a doctor for a long long time so I believe it’s worth learning a few things about.

Before getting into it though there are two rules to taking fruits.

Rule 1: Fruits should be eaten before meal or on an empty stomach. It is always better to eat fruits before a meal because the fibre content in fruits slows down digestion, making it slower for your system to digest food when eaten after a meal.

Rule 2: Don’t eat fruits because its the fad. Eat it for your health. That been said, your intention for eating should be known as well as your health condition. For example, fruits like banana or pineapple are higher in natural sugar than in fibre. Because of this, these fruits will spike your blood sugar need i remind you that this could be dangerous for someone who is diabetic.

Okay, now that we’ve gotten the rules out. I will be sharing fruit recipes, mixtures, juices and even smoothies all week long and i really hope you’d enjoy this week as much as I know i would. 

If you have any questions , put it in the comment area and I’d do my best to answer as best as I can. 

Remember, both the teacher and student are learners. I’ll keep updating posts as new research results come in. I don’t want to be that teacher that’s stuck in old ways only teaching what used to be.

Have a fruitful week!

Advertisements

SIX GREATEST 6- SOUR LEMON

Lime/ lemon are commonly known as natural birth control. They are generally known for its herbal properties though lemons are thought to be very strong to the point that they can cause miscarriages or abortions. 

So why on earth am I including this in the list of six great adds to diet. Let’s examine sour lemon a little more closely.

Benefits

Rich is Vitamins B6 and C. They also hold potassium, folate and limonene.

Anti cancer: the Limonene in lime/lemon is a very powerful antioxidant known to kill cancerous cells.

Detoxifier: lime/lemon is such a strong detoxifier that if you’re having a burning feet all you need do is add lemon to warm water and use it to soak your feet. The lemons juice will soak into your feet through your pores and relief you of the burning sensation.

Treatment of cholera: lime is known to kill cholera strand Bacilli. Drink a mixture of lime and water (half water half lime) daily if there’s an epidemic. If you’ve caught it already, the mixture will help relive you in no time.

Reliefs constipation: if you have constipation get a glass of warm water, add honey and lime. Drink the whole glass to aid digestion and relief you of a full hard belly.

Helps you relax: get home tired? Get a bowl of warm water, add lime juice and soak your legs. The astringent sensation will help relax you and aid you in getting a deeper sleep.

Reliefs gum ache: if you’re experiencing gum pain take a glass of water add lime juice and a pinch of salt to gaggle, it will relief the pain. You can also use that White inner part of the lime to rub your gum for same effect.

Reliefs heartburn: lemon juice in a glass of warm water should be drunk to relief heartburn.

Reduces body odour: because lime/ lemon has high Vitamin C concentration it helps reduce body odour when taken orally (drink the juice, or mix with little water)

Treats arthritis: lime is rich in citric acid. And citric acid is a great solvent for uric acid (the main cause of arthritis) because arthritis is a build up of uric acid in a persons joint. Taking lime juice can improve how much more of this waste product leaves your body helping you have one less pain to deal with.

Great preservative: more often than not I’ve used lime to make my home made smoothies last longer without refrigeration. 

Although, lime/lemon have not had a good reputation. It’s one of the greatest inclusion we can have in our diet. Just writing about it now makes my mouth tingle. Lol.

Please not that though I’ve used lime and lemon interchangeably in this posts they are different fruits with similar properties. 

Also if you are treating malaria with pharmaceutical drugs don’t take lime or lemon as it will reduce the potency if the drugs you’re using. After treating yourself though, you can drink as many lemonade as your stomach can contain.

Woa! So that’s it! We’ve come to the end of the Six greatest. Thank you so much for reading each of the greatest series. If you missed any, don’t worry just click on the home button and enjoy the entire series free. 

However, I’d also like to state that as good as all these are as an addition to diet some people are allergic to onions, or honey, or other things. Don’t feel pressured to follow the fad manage your allergies and maybe in the near future I’d writing about suitable alternatives that’ll help you get same benefit without fear of an allergy.

SIX GREATEST 5-PEPPERS FOR LONGEVITY

Another Yoruba saying is “the mouth that does not eat pepper is a life threatened with doom” in Yoruba culture peppers are believe to give human longevity so let’s take a look at why this culture thinks highly of peppers and if its worthy of being on the list of greatest six.

Rich! Just the word to qualify not just any power food but pepper. Pepper is rich in Vitamins A and C and folic acid. They also spice up our food to bring more satisfaction from eating. Isnt that rich?

Weight Loss: yea you read right, peppers are great for losing weight.

Capsaicin found in hot peppers increase metabolism and reduces appetite hence they help us lose weight.

Improved night vision: because of the vitamin A loaded in especially red peppers, taking it will help improve night vision and make your eyes clearer.

Helps cure vitiligo: according to London researchers, black pepper is rich in pipeline which helps the body stimulate melanocytes pigmentation that helps the body treat vitiligo. In alternative medicine, pipeline is used in combination with UV light to treat this condition rather than the use of harsher checmicals.

Its can be used as an expectorant: black peppers in Ayurvesic practices are used to treat cold and cough. They are also used to relief sinusitis, nasal congestion and phelgm because of its expectorant properties.

Transporter: peppers are a great addition to our food in that they help transport the benefits of other food herbs/items we need to different parts of our body.

Prevents asthma and whooping cough: because of its expectorant qualities, peppers help prevent asthma and whooping cough.

Relief ulcers: peppers have antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties thereby making it very active in reliving peptic ulcers.

Toothache/tooth decay: especially black peppers are used in treating both too ache and tooth decay.

I had to rush through the benefits of peppers. Somehow, I believe we get the gist sha. Learning so much about the benefit of pepper today opened my eyes to a world of possibilities. If Yoruba’s take pepper seriously we know why that is now and as we continue the week I hope we’ll include more pepper in our diet. 

However, this study just made me realise how much more we need to learn to be healthy. I hope someday I’d be able to come up with useful recipes that will be beneficial for our health.

SIX GREATEST 4 – SWEET HONEY

There is a saying in Yoruba “none ever tasted honey and spat it out” honey is arguably the sweetest naturally occurring thing ever!

We often heard the phase “if its sweet, its bad” good news though is sweet honey is perfect for you.

BENEFITS

Fights Allergies: honey is rich in antioxidants, sodium chloride, iron, calcium and some enzymes. Because honey contains small amount of pollen in them, they are great for improving immune system and fighting off allergies. Honey acts as a natural vaccination against allergies like cold, running nose…

Power food: how many times have you felt really tired after a meal and all you want is drag out a mattress and have a sweet sleep. How many times has your alarm rang only for you to respond with a groan in your throat. 

Well, honey is a good energy booster because it is rich in carbohydrates and this breaks down faster than the heavy meal we may have just had. One teaspoon of natural honey in a glass of water will do the trick.

Memory booster: honey rich antioxidant feeds the brain and keeps it in tip top shape. As we grow older honey helps our brain and memory age slower and maintains it in good condition.

Treatment for cough: I understand that palm oil and sugar is popular for treating coughs and no doubt effective (I’ve used the combination myself). But instead of consuming sugar, why not switch it up a lil, lets make our home remedy healthier by using honey instead of sugar.

Two teaspoons of honey and lemon juice mixture is a great way to stop that cough. Honey when taken to relieve cough will reduce inflammation and also serve as a protective film over the irritating area(WHO)

Helps you sleep: I see different kinds of sleepless hastags on social media #sleeplessinlagos #icantsleep #insomiaismyfriend… Many people have difficulty sleeping. For this kind of people honey would be perfect as a dietary inclusion to help them relax and sleep better at night.

No I’m not crazy, this is how honey helps you sleep.

Honey contains a substance called serotonin which is an addition to the one released by the brain when you take honey. You see because honey is sweet, taking it makes your body insulin level rise which then releases its own serotonin. The body then converts the serotonin to melatonin a chemical the helps you sleep.

No more dandruff or hair loss: a few spoons of honey in warm water can be the solution to your dandruff issues. Because honey is rich in antifungal and antibacterial it is effective in fighting Dandruff and hair loss.

Helps with burns; oh! How I hated iodine as a child. Each time I scraped my body my mum or dad (depending on who was available at the time) would reach for the first aid kit and apply iodine on the wound. I’d scream and cry promising never to play again lol. 

But as an adult my sister had a home accident. Her whole legs were burnt. It was really bad. She was in the hospital for about a year and couldn’t walk for 2years. That was my first encounter with the healing powers of honey. A neighbour had advised that we applied honey to the entire lengths of the injury so she can heal properly without scars. In my mind I didn’t believe that was possible. But we applied it anyway, true to the advise. It worked!

Honey, truly helps heal burns and cleans it out leaving no scar in its wake.

Great moisturizer:  yea I know I’ve left the arena of food consumption into cosmetology. We are what we eat. However, if you’re a DIY person with dry skin honey is a great moisturizer for you (we’ll discuss recipes and diy mixtures someday).

I can go on and on about this sweet honey. But for now we know why its on my list of the greatest six.

SIX GREATEST 3- GARLIC CLOVE FOR THE BRAVE

I’m not decided if I like garlic or I only deal with it because of its health benefit.I’ve heard people describing all kinds of ways to swallow garlic like a tablet, chew it during the weekend when you’re sure you’d not be out all day. 

Because the smell of garlic is so purgent, it makes it an ingredient for the brave. You can’t just get rid of that smell. If you swallow it, it smells out through sweat and pee. Sigh, its like having to deal with a bad hand that comes with the best fortune.

Garlic, grows out in cloves. The outer layer is made of dried covering that protects the cloves from drying out easily. It is of the same plant family as onions and is also widely used for medicinal purpose.

BENEFITS

Healthy bone and absorption of calcium: manganese in garlic helps build healthy bone structure, formation of connective tissue, aids metabolism and absorption of calcium and proper functioning of sex hormones.

Helps promote fertility: the selenium content in garlic is known for improving fertility in both male and female. It also aids to fight off some viral infections.

It is also good for fighting cancer, autoimmune and thyroid diseases.

Fighting off cold; various studies have been conducted that confirms daily consumption of garlic reduces cold incidence by 60% and reduces the number of days a person is exposed to cold by 70%.

Heart diseases and strokes; forget the smell, with garlic there is no overdose. In fact large intake of garlic is good for reducing blood pressure and stroke incidence. Take about four large cloves of garlic and you may not need medication for high blood pressure.
No memory loss: do you have a history of dementia or memory loss in your family. Then I’d say include garlic in your diet immediately. Garlic is rich in antioxidants that may prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Enhanced performance: do you know that ancient Greece used garlic to enhance the strength of their athletes at the Olympics? And ancient civilization used it to improve the work performance of their labourers?.

Because garlic help reduce stress and fatigue it is a good performance enhancement diet. 

Though very few studies have being done in this field, it is safe to say garlic as earned its spot on the list of the greatest dietary inclusion man ever discovered.

SIX GREATEST 2- ONION RING OF LIFE.

This is my husband’s fav. He eats it raw, cooked, fried, smoked… Anyhow you make it, my Husband loves himself a good onion bulb.

For me I like it in moderation, like blending it with pepper or slicing it in soup sauce. But after getting married I realise my husband would stay in kitchen with me watching and giving instructions to add “more” onions. Put more Na he’s always saying. 

Good thing I discovered now that onion is one of the greatest ingredients your can add to your meal daily. Fear not none ever went to hospital for over dozing on onions lol.

You see onions vary in specie, but like ginger they are also of Asian decent. Onions have been used from way back when, for it’s healing properties and for food. In fact it is recorded that onions were used thousands if years ago to bury the dead in Egypt because of the ring like structure they have, they are believed to be “rings of life “.

BENEFITS

Rich in Vitamin A(for good sight, skin),B6 (improves metabolism,immune system), Iron (gives you energy, assist with brain nerve coordination) and Phosphate (better bone formation, regulated pooping, hormonal balance, proper nutrient utilization). Need i say more?

Stiffness of blood vessel; onions reduces stiffness of blood vessels, hence reducing exposure to stroke and cardiac conditions.

Cancer prevention; a compound produced by onions as being known to kill cancerous cells.

Antiseptic/antibacterial; onion oil used as a strong antiseptic and antibacterial treatment.

Lowers Production of bad cholesterol: raw onions eaten helps lowers production of bad cholesterol in the body

No more fever, cold or allergies: Onion and Honey when mixed is used to treat fever, cold and allergies.

Reduce nose bleeding: if you notice you’re bleeding from the nose just cut the onion in two, put a small slice under your nose and inhale. It will help reduce/stop the bleeding.

Natural Antidepressant: onion is a good natural antidepressant. it also aids sleep and appetite.

Long story short, what will you do if you could choose between eating food to improve your health or eaten drugs to survive?

 

SIX GREATEST 1- GINGER THE GREAT

I like chewing on ginger while cooking. But I know two guys who enjoy snacking on ginger. For them the peppery taste keeps making them ask for more.

My husband on the other hand does not like ginger much, so I sneak it in our soups. Lol (there are many things I sneak into our meals). 

However, I just thought I should share the benefits of ginger as a reminder of why this plant is a great addition to our diet.

You can call ginger a Chinese plant because it originates from China. The root is dug, washed and sold either fresh, dried or as oil. 

BENEFITS

Gingerol; ginger root contains abundance of this substance. Gingerol is known for its anti inflammatory properties and antioxidant effects.

Nausea treatments: if you’re pregnant, sea sick, or just feel like throwing up. Eat a small piece of ginger and you’d be fine. No kidding. Extensive research as being done to prove this. Now to sweeten the deal here there is no side effects to taking ginger.

Muscle pains: that muscle pull or continuous sprains you have  when you stretch your body or from exercise can be eased if you include ginger in your diet.

Ease on  osteoarthritis: because of its anti inflammatory properties ginger eases pain experienced by osteoarthritis patients.

Prevention of Stroke and Heart disease; because of its anti blood clotting properties, ginger is a great way to prevent strokes and heart diseases. 

Well, if you’ve not being one to include ginger in your meal its never too late to start. Join today, keep your health in tiptop shape. Sounds like an ad for ginger shey, if it makes it feel like you’re reading about a great product, then well ginger is correctly one of the greatest plants ever discovered.

SIX GREATEST!

Its not enough for us to talk about how we can shed our old life of unproductivity, neither should it be enough to talk about living a healthy life. 

How about discussing our options, defining what’s healthy, setting goals to achieve all round healthy living. How about becoming empowered to live better quality of life. 

Well this week long I’ve decided that its about time we talk about the six greatest ways to improve the taste of our home cooked meal and health. 

You see, I’ve discovered that there are some natural ingredients we can add to our meals to enhance better health, help us lose weight (if that’s what you want to achieve) and even repair our skin and organs down to our cell level. 

Some of the topics this week would be a reminder and a motivation to eat them more often. Some however, may be new to you. Anyhow I hope you’d enjoy the journey this week as I hope I would. 

Happy Sunday y’all. Have a restful one cos this week we are blowing our way into better health.

FAR FROM REALITY

We all have our dreamz. We have planned out our lives one way or the other. 

I remember drawing my life plan at 21 and saying to myself “I will be worth millions of Naira by age 31”. 

Yea right. I’m over 31 now and realise what I truly desire isn’t money. All those years, drawing a life plan, reciting my goals in a mirror and saying over and over again to myself that I will achieve my dream were superficial as my true desire is not to have plenty money ( i still want to have financial freedom) but having impact on people is the thing that fulfills me the most.

In a bid to achieve my goal to have more money, I have started several businesses, bought into several businesses, but alas all I’ve done is throw money down the drain.

Then I found writing. Well, I’ve always written just didn’t realise I could make a difference, do something good with what I’ve got. 

A few years ago, my goal was to amass wealth. 

Reality check what I really want is to make a difference in life. 

Have you done a reality check recently, does it fill the big hole in your chest? If it doesn’t, then like me, you will see your goals are far from reality, they are different from your destiny.

Do yourself a favour, do this world some good. Align your goals with your true self. Find your core.

CONSISTENCY

Getting my fears out yesterday made me feel light and able to start pursuing that which I really desire. Fortunately, I was hammered with a good doze on the topic consistency all through the day. What a coincidence right!

I know the journey is just beginning, I also realise its going to take daily doses of motivation to keep me going and a large continuous doze of self drive and determination. Good thing is I’m ready to put in the work now. 

So about consistency ; the dictionary interpretation.

1Consistent behaviour or treatment.

‘the consistency of measurement techniques’

1The quality of achieving a level of performance which does not vary greatly in quality over time.

Now we know to be consistent does not only mean doing the same thing over, it means doing the same thing at a level of quality over a period of time. 

We are not allowed to do today and reduce our effort at trying tomorrow. If we must succeed, then we must keep the quality of work, learn and improve. 

Yesterday, I found my fault. 

Today, I’ve decided to consistently put in the work required to achieve my dreamz because if I don’t, time will pass anyway and I’d rather fail than hold the regret of what may have being.