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10 Healthiest Foods Of All Time And Why You Should Always Eat Them

A registered dietitian Tina Ruggiero, author of The Truly Healthy Family Cookbook,  have listed some essential fruits we should eat daily and why each of these foods is a powerhouse.

Its important we bear in mind that eating healthy shouldn’t be complicated. So to make it simple, TIME.com has curated a list of the 50 healthiest foods you should be eating now. But I would mention just 10 of them.

banana

Bananas and Why are bananas good for you: They are actually classified as an herb and they are an excellent source of cardioprotective potassium – that is ; it contains nutrients that protect the heart. Bananas also help to increase dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin – brain chemicals that counter depression.

oranges

Oranges and why they are good for you: Oranges are one of the most potent Vitamin C sources and are essential for disarming free radicals. Thy help protect our cell and sustain a healthy immune system

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Blueberries and why they are good for you: Blueberries are rich in anthocyanin and blueberries helps to protect vision, lower blood sugar levels and keep the mind sharp by improving memory and cognition.

Tangerines

Tangerines and why they are good for you: Thorough research has shown that Tangerines has more antioxidant than an orange,and this powerful little fruits soluble and insoluble fiber that play a role in reducing heart disease risk. Tangerines also help lower risk of  chronic eye disease like cateracts and may be protective against type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Avocado

Avocados and why they are good for you: Avocados contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. Substituting one avocado for a source of saturated fats like butter or cheese  may reduce your risk of heart disease.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes and why they are good for you:  As little as they  are in shape, Tomatoes are a nutritional powerhouse. They are rich i Lycopence, a potent weapon against Cancer. Lycopene protect our cells’ DNA with its strong antioxidant power.

Mushroom

Mushrooms and why they are good for you: Mushrooms are antioxidants that fight cancer too. They are a good source of riboflavin, a vitamin that supports the body’s natural detoxification mechanisms and they are the highest source of vitamin D.

Garlic

Garlic and why they are good for you: Garlic boost immunity and support healthy joints. It is well known for its cardioprotective benefits and its also an effective antiviral.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes and why they are good for you:  Although they have a bit more natural sugar than white potatoes, they are packed with nutrients. A large sweet potatoes contains more than a days worth of vitamin A, essential for eyesight and reproductive health. It also has B vitamins, fiber and potassuim and a  antioxidant which may enhance immunity and support metabolism

Sardines

Sardines and why they are good for you: Sardines contains omega-3 fatty acid and calcium content. This fatty acids go to improve blood flow, feeding our brain, stabilizing heart rhythms and keeping inflammation in check.

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Nigeria Food Items To Be Banned Permanently By 2016 – NAFDAC

At a public presentation of the special edition of the National Mobilizer magazine by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Abuja, the  Director General of NAFDAC, Paul Orhi, said Nigeria has been given June 2016 deadline to improve in the processing of its foodstuffs or risk permanent ban from the international market.

The Director General of NAFDAC said that food items from Nigeria were being rejected in the international food market because of the unhealthy procedure used in processing them.

If you recall , the European Union earlier banned exportation of food from Nigeria due to reports that they are preserved with pesticides. You can read more reasons  here .

Nigeria Would Be Major Food Exporter By 2019 – PMB

Buhari  is determined to make Nigeria self-sufficient in food production. In his speech delivered on his behalf through the permanent secretary of Agriculture, Arc. Sonny S.T. Echono, The president said the government had moved to establish the youth employment in Agriculture program which will benefit 20,000 school leavers and rural youth leaders in each State of the federation and develop 18,500 university graduates into young agricbusiness entreprenuer called ”negroprenuers”.

Buhari noted that the GRP programme has become more important “at this time our national life when oil has ceased to become the cash cow of our economy we have no option than to turn to agriculture.”

What do you think about this brilliant move of the president to boost food production in Nigeria?

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Benefits Of Nigeria And Brazil’s Food Production And Houses For All Partnership Scheme

The governments of Nigeria and Brazil have reached an agreement to provide a good life for the Nigerian Citizens. The Brazilian government have agreed to help Nigeria accomplish several projects like; To boost food production- by producing rice in other to meet up with the extra demand by the  Nigerian people.

According to the Leader of the Brazilian delegation, Evaldo Silva Junior, Brazil produces 70 per cent of total production of rice in south America.  He continues ” We are here to help Nigeria produce rice, develop rice production in Nigeria and to go into discussion about supplying rice to meet up with extra demand of that will not be met by the production in Nigeria

Also included in the agreement is the provision of Brazil’s construction technology to assist Nigeria build houses for the poor and people of low income class at cheaper costs and faster rate, using the model known in Brazil as “My Life, My Health”, he said.

Nigeria sewage system too is also included in this agreement. He said, “Concerning the sewage management, we are here to have a project, which will help manage the sewage, and change what is coming from the sewage, into bio-fuels through selective process,”.

Nigeria’s Permanent Secretary, Bulus Lolo has urged Nigerians to hold their selves ready to partner with those who will give us impetus for change.

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2015 World Egg Day Is Here Again!

Every second Friday in October is World egg day and Nigeria is one of the seven countries in Africa that celebrate it. Funtuna eggs, the first to introduce the concept of branded and packaged eggs to the Nigerian food industry, is the ambassador for the International Egg Commission (IEC) in Nigeria.

How to observe World Egg Day

This day is celebrated in the form of omelet cooking competitions, donation of egg recipe booklets, boiled egg donation, radio and TV advertisements and round table discussions as well as trying different egg recipes, click here

Funtuna eggs is a part of the global celebrations that are in place for the 20th anniversary of World Egg Day  October 9, 2015. The concept of ‘World  Egg Day is a unique opportunity to help raise awareness of the benefits of  eggs and is celebrated in countries all around the world.

Here are the benefits of eggs that would inspire you to celebrate this day.

Foods You Need Avoid That Can Cause Catarrh

Have you ever noticed how people get catarrh after eating a meal or after being exposed to dust?  Surprisingly, this condition often keep people wondering why they keep having catarrh.

If you have such condition, here are certain foods to stay aware from so as to avoid having  recurrent Catarrh.

Wheat Products

Do you know that when you consume a lot of  pastries like Pasta, biscuits, cakes and many breakfast cereals that comes with milk, these are made from wheat product which can cause an excessive build-up of thick phlegm of the body.

Tip: Try avoid these foods for some period to see if your catarrh relieves you or totally disappears. This will help you pinpoint which foods or groups of foods that cause your recurring catarrh. Instead of just using catarrh drugs every time, this could help find a lasting solution.

Cold Water/Iced Foods

Cold drinks and some iced foods such as iced creams, cold beverage drinks and beers, etc., can cause this irritations. So if you are someone that takes cold water every day or like going out taking very chilled drinks with friends, it could be the source of your catarrh. You may want to try and be observant yourself to confirm this claim.

Milk  Products (Dairy)

Dairy products are known for their mucous-forming ability. They cause the formation of mucous in some people. So all you need to do is to be observant any time you consume this food and try reduce the quantity you consume.

 

Reasons Why You Must Drink Water Before You Go To Sleep

As easy as drinking water could be, unfortunately most people do not take it seriously.

Practically everyone knows the golden standard, which is to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of it every single day to ensure our bodies stay hydrated. However, many people fail to achieve this goal. Whether it’s because we are too busy and just don’t think about it, or fail to keep track of our consumption, it’s hard to know for certain whether or not we are drinking enough of it.

An incident of an after effect of serious muscle pull pain that happen to a family member of mine really motivated me to write this post. As during treatment, the doctor really emphasized the importance of drinking good amount of water daily especially at night.

The common belief that many people hold is that drinking water right before going to bed is disruptive of sleep. The general thought is that doing so will make you more likely  to get up and pee in the middle of the night. While this may be true for some people, drinking a glass of water before bed can actually help you get a better nights rest because it can help to prevent night time leg cramps. If you suffer from these annoying type of cramps you know how hard it is to get to sleep when your legs start acting up.

What causes the condition is that the muscles in your legs are dehydrated when they cramp up and are looking for hydration. Thus, a glass of water before bed can help to alleviate them, plus it also helps your body get rid of toxins and avoid a Stroke or Heart Attack.  So you see that the benefits of drinking some water before bed far outweigh the one negative, having to get up to relieve yourself, especially if you suffer from night time leg cramps.

In addition to a glass of water before bed, there are a few other ideal times in which you should drink water to maximize it’s effectiveness on the body, they are:

1) First thing in the morning after you wake up. Drinking a glass or two in the am helps activate all of the internal organs in our bodies.

2) Before each meal. Drinking 1-2 glasses of water about 30 minutes prior to eating a meal aids digestion by helping to prepare your stomach for the food that will soon follow. It also makes you feel fuller faster which can help you eat less and lose weight.

3) Before and after a workout. Drinking a glass at these times can help prevent dehydration caused by water loss due to perspiration.

4) Whenever you are tired. If you feel sluggish or exhausted chug a glass of water, it will wake up your body and help keep you alert.

Of course, you can always drink a glass of water anytime you’d like to! The points covered above are the best times to drink water when your body really needs it.

 

 

 

 

Kellogg To Invest $45OMillion In Nigeria Food Firm

Kellogg company, makers of ready to eat Kellogg’s Corn Flakes has agreed to pay approximately $450 million for a 50 percent stake in Lagos, Nigeria-based Multipro, a food sales and distribution company owned by Tolaram, with an option to buy a stake in Tolaram’s African unit.

This partnership will significantly increase Kellogg’s presence in the growing African market and advancing the company’s breakfast, snacks and emerging market strategies to drive future growth.

The world’s largest cereal maker will also get access to Multipro’s distribution network in Nigeria and Ghana, and potentially in the Dominican Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Ethiopia.

John Bryant CEO of Kellogg company said “Tolaram Africa has built a highly successful consumer products business and today, it is one of the largest food companies in Nigeria”.  Also, “Tolaram has a great track record of building beloved consumer brands, including the market leader Indomie noodles, and fueling their growth. This partnership is an excellent strategic fit for Kellogg”  said Bryant.

Natural Healing Power Of Onions You Must Know

Aside using Onions to make meals, it has a host of other amazing  benefits.  Onions may bring tears to your eyes but the momentary pain they cause is easily outweighed by the fact that they can also help fight against diseases. Such as earache, when placed in ears and Foot smell when fixed in a socks at night to help heal our bodies. It can help fight colds, fevers, and flu-like symptoms.

If you ever have a painful earache try this age old self-healing trick. Grab an onion, cut it open, and take out the central-most portion of it. Place the onion heart in the opening of your ear before you go to sleep and when you wake up you should feel much better. The onion will soften any built up ear wax and make it easier to remove. It also works overnight to naturally and effectively decrease any inflammation in the ear that is causing you pain.

How Onion Can Heel Feet Smell

History has shown that the Chinese are one great expert in the production of natural healing medicine. So the practice of placing onions on people’s feet can be traced back to ancient Chinese medicine. The Chinese determined that there are thousands of nerve endings on the bottom of feet which act like access points to internal organs and are closely linked with our nervous systems. When a cut onion is placed on the underside of the foot it kills germs and bacteria because onions naturally have strong anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.

The phosphoric acid, the stuff that’s responsible for making you cry, enters into the bloodstream and helps purify the blood all over your body. In turn, you become healthier and your improved body is better prepared in terms of its ability to fight off infections and inflammation.

Onion feet

 

Direction on how to do it: Take an onion, red or white both work, and cut it into flat slices so they can be easily applied to the bottom of your feet. Pull on a pair of socks over the onions to keep them in place overnight, lay back, sleep, wake up, remove the socks, and discard the onions.

The onion’s natural properties kills bacteria and eliminates the main factor which causes foul smelling feet and gets rid of foot odor.

Putting onions in your socks and ears at night may be just the right thing your body needs. It’s cheap, all natural, and can be done in the comfort of your own home. The benefits reported appear to far outweigh the one negative, which is discomfort from the smell. Give it a try and see if it works.

Please share with friends and family, they may find it extremely useful and benefit from it as well!

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Reasons Why You Need To Start Eating Cashew Nuts

There is something special about Cashew nuts that makes me never get tired of eating it. At first, I thought maybe its because of the creamy taste, that makes me keep wanting more.

You see, I noticed that Cashew nut is treated as a delicacy in India. A nut that is brought out during the  times of celebration. But generally, it is served as light snack.

So if you are yet to love this nuts, be fast about it as you might be missing out on very important nutrients that keeps your bones strong and healthy like, Calcium and vitamin D, magnesium, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins A, C, and K are also essential for bone health.

Also, knowing all these benefit makes me crave for more especially the fact that Cashews are cholesterol free and their high antioxidant content helps lower risk of  cardiovascular, heart diseases and helps lower blood pressure.

So you see why I can’t stop craving for more!