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Boost your health with ginger

In addition to its use as food, this plant has many medicinal benefits. Commonly known as ginger, Zingiber officinale was named by an English botanist, William Roscoe in the early 1800s. With green stems that can grow to a metre high, the plant is valued for its rhizomes that can be consumed fresh or dried. Ginger has been used in Asian, Arabic and Indian cultures as a herbal medicine. This plant is used in many recipes and, in some Asian cuisines, it is pickled and served as an accompaniment. The healing property of ginger comes from the volatile oils, such as gingerols that are responsible for its strong taste. The rhizomes from younger ginger plants are generally used for cooking because the older the plant is, the more essential oils are present and the stronger the flavour. Rhizomes from older plants are harvested for medicinal uses.

Ginger products can be bought in dried form, powdered, as oil, tinctures or extracts.

It aids digestion, ginger is believed to increase saliva and other digestive fluids, alleviating indigestion and associated problems such as flatulence. It relieves nausea and morning sickness. If you take ginger for morning sickness, use it for no longer than four days. Ginger is recommended for those who suffer motion sickness. It is believed to have anti-inflammatory qualities that may relieve swelling, it also eases headaches and sore throats or assist if you have a cold or flu.

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Tiger nuts are great for you

Popular 1950s treat make a comeback as a superfood because of high iron and vitamin content

•Tiger nuts were a popular treat for children during the 1950s and 1960s 

•But they are now starting to make a comeback as a so-called super food

•They are not actually nuts, but tubers of a plant called the yellow nutsedge

•Tiger nuts are high in iron, potassium, magnesium and Vitamins C and E 

In the 1950s and 1960s they were a popular treat for children, who would buy them by the quarter from the local sweet shop. 

Now tiger nuts are making a comeback – as a so-called superfood.

Served raw or ground into flour for baking, they are not actually nuts, but tubers of a grass-like plant called the yellow nutsedge. 

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Life sustaining reasons to drink green tea daily II

Tea is one of the most valued and widely consumed drinks in the world. Besides being a delicious, inexpensive beverage that has no calories, it has a unique set of natural chemicals that provide various therapeutic benefits. Tea, specifically black and green, demonstrate significant antiviral, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cavity properties. Have you been wondering. Green tea contains a potent plant nutrient known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). 

 Oral Health 

Along with the natural fluoride found in tea, polyphenols and catechins are associated with killing bacteria that cause tooth decay, bad breath, and gum disease-the number one cause for tooth loss. Consumption of one or more cups of green tea a day decreases the risk of tooth loss. Adding sugar, honey, or other sweeteners to tea however, may negate these benefits. 

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How to make a simple fruit salad

Fruit salad is a dish or dessert containing a mixture of different kinds of fruit. Different kinds of fruits that can be used to make a fruit salad such as; strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, pawpaw, orange, pineapple, apple, grapes, banana, cherry, pears e.t.c. 

The whole essence of a fruit salad is to get a mixture of as many fruits as possible including the juices in a bowl. 

Eating fruits is healthy as this fortifies the digestive system with nutrients the body needs in guarding against diseases, lowering the rate of heart disease, High blood pressure, stroke etc. One of the major rules of eating fruits is to take it on an empty stomach so that the body would be able to absorb the nutrients it needs quickly. If you take fruits with your meal, it’d be held for a longer time in the stomach with the food and this after sometime would ferment and rot which would result in runny tummy, indigestion, heartburn, burping e.t.c. The best time to take fruits would be 1 hour before your meal or two hours after to get maximum benefits. 

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Why HPV test is important

Human Papilloma Virus, aka HPV, is a common sexually transmitted infection. It is called an infection, rather than sexually transmitted disease, because on its own, it may not develop into a disease. In fact, in most women, HPV infections go away or don’t require treatment at all. On the other hand, cervical cancer is just one of the diseases that has been directly linked to HPV, so knowing the facts could save your life or the life of someone you love. HPV testing is simple, reliable and easily available through your doctor; all you have to do is ask. 

Who should get it?

•If you are under 30, you don’t need routine HPV testing. However, check with your doctor or nurse to make sure you do the HPV test if your pap result is inconclusive or abnormal.

•If you are over 30, most experts recommend that you get an HPV test whether or not your pap is normal. While most doctors might order an HPV test for women aged 30-65, not all will. So, it is important to ask what tests you are receiving.

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