5 Interesting Ways To Use Yoghurt For Your Skin

Yoghurt has been consumed all of over the world for years. It is very nutritious, and eating it regularly may boost several aspects of your health. The eating side of yoghurt is what everybody knows about. Yoghurt is also perfect for your skin.

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1.Reduces Wrinkles 

As you grow older, your skin begins to show signs of ageing. You can deal with these wrinkles using a yoghurt scrub on a weekly basis. You mix several spoons of yoghurt and oats and stir to get an even consistency and apply it all over your face.

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2. Reduce dark circles

A sleepless night is one of the causes of dark circles. Using yoghurt can help reduce them. Dip the cotton balls in the yoghurt and use it to subtly dab under your eyes. You can do this for 10 minutes and rinse.

3. Treats skin infections

If you are looking for an all-natural remedy for skin infections, then you should use yoghurt. Apply the yoghurt to the infected area using a gauze to dap it. You should repeat this procedure twice a day till the infection goes away.

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4. Moisturizes skin

If your skin needs a boost of moisture, you can try using a yoghurt face mask to rejuvenate your skin.

5. Combat acne

Yoghurt is very effective in ridding your face of acne. You simply apply the yoghurt to affected areas and ensure that you do not touch other parts of your so that it won’t spread. Additionally, it is advisable for you to apply it overnight.

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How a mobile health platform is reducing maternal deaths in Nashik.

(How Nigeria can improve Maternal Mortality)

Through screening, identification and tracking of high-risk pregnancy, Maatritva aims to prevent complications in the health status of pregnant women.


The first pilot of Maatritva, designed in regional language with an option to be used without the internet, was launched on the August 5, 2016, in Primary Health Centre (PHC) of Amboli of rural Maharashtra with eight sub centres under it. The midwives used the platform to record the medical information of the pregnant women in the antenatal clinics conducted by them. “Since the platform records the antenatal data of the women, it automatically identifies the women who are ‘at-risk’ and ‘high-risk’. The platform assists them with decision making and highlights to them the cause of the risk so that the women can be counselled accordingly.



On April 2017, based on the result and outcome of the pilot in the Amboli PHC, Maatritva was scaled across five talukas of Nashik district along with the district health office. 175 users including the Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM), Multipurpose Worker (MPW), Supervisors and Medical Officer (MO) were trained to use the platform by Maatritva, in March 2017.  “A live demo and hands-on sessions are organised by us where the midwives were informed about the purpose of the Maatritva platform, and were trained on every feature and functionality of the platform. A manual booklet was given with details of the process to refer at any point in time,

The pilot is monitored for issues, with one dedicated person supporting the midwives in using the application. Maatritva also involves other health workers such as the Asha workers, who visit the houses of pregnant women once a reminder is sent to them through the application. When the lady is identified as ‘high risk’ by the midwife, she is referred to a medical officer at a higher level of facility who then examines and confirms the risk status of the women. Along with this, the administration is equipped with a dashboard to monitor the near real-time data indicating the functioning of the health facilities.
After the users were completely trained, by August 2017, Maatritva was scaled to the district level with all 15 blocks of the Nashik district now using the application.



Maatritva presently has over 1,000 active users, over 500 midwife users, and has screened more than 13,000 pregnant women. In addition to the existing platform, in the future, the trio intends to build various other features in the platform – a referral module, information escalation module, and birth preparedness module.

“The primary channel is to pilot and approach various stakeholders by means of reference or recommendation by the current customers. Apart from this, we are also exploring opportunities where various organisations can be consulted for their CSR projects and for help in streamlining and implementing Maatritva,
From high-risk pregnancy identification to mapping referrals to concerned facilities, Maatritva has opened ways for birth preparedness by getting the efforts of all players involved in delivering the maternal health services in sync. Besides, the application has not only emphasised on the need to identify high-risk pregnancies but has also given significance to identifying and monitoring the ‘at risk’ pregnant women. Thus, saving time and averting possible complications.

 

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5 Foods Nursing Mothers Must Avoid

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You spent the last nine months streamlining what you eat and drink in order to ensure that what you put in your stomach does not affect your baby’s development. Now that you are nursing your baby, you still have to be careful of what you eat. It is, therefore, essential that mothers maintain regular meals when breastfeeding to acquire important nutrients and also to increase their breast milk. Regardless, we share some foods women should avoid while breastfeeding.

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1.Fish

You don’t need to abandon fish completely, but you need to be selective about what types of seafood you eat. Some fishes can be high in mercury, which can find its way into your milk supply. So, before you eat any fish especially the packaged ones, ensure it does not have mercury.

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2. Alcohol

Alcohol can get into your breast milk and can negatively affect your child. It is advisable to avoid it but if you have to drink, it will take 1-2 hours for it to dissolve. That means you have to wait for that number of hours if you do not want to feed your baby with breast milk mixed with alcohol. Just don’t drink alcohol.

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3. Caffeine

For women who love coffee, they have to wait after breastfeeding before they resume drinking it. It’s important to know that caffeine also finds its way into your breast milk. If this is the case, your baby’s body will be unable to process the caffeine as quickly as an adult’s body. You do not want to keep your baby awake.

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4. Garlic and ginger

Garlic and ginger can smell in your breastmilk. If you find that your baby is reluctant to nurse, it may be because you have eaten garlic or ginger.

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5. Dairy products

Normally, breastfeeding your baby with milk or other dairy products in the early stages of breastfeeding is not encouraged. It can affect the full development of your baby.  So, you should avoid downing milk or any other dairy products.

4 Reasons ICM is One of the Best Things to Happen to Lagos

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ICM (Ikeja City Mall) is a shopping center located at Alausa in Ikeja, Lagos State. It’s the first of its kind on the mainland metropolis of Lagos and includes specialist facilities for department stores, banks, cafes, bars, restaurants and hairdressing/beauty salons as well as a 5-screen cinema for movie viewing pleasure. There are many reasons why ICM is one of the best things to happen to Lagos but we will share 4 of these reasons.

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1.It’s Easily Accessible

Aside having multiple entrances, ICM is in a relatively centralized location on the Mainland metropolis of Lagos which makes it easier to access from any location on the Mainland. This works well for many considering the center is a hub for engaging and relevant commercial as well as leisure activities (as highlighted earlier).

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2. It’s a Hub for Commercial Activities

The shopping center is home to over 90 stores which include restaurants to enjoy varieties of delicious meals, fashion outlets for clothes and accessories shopping, a large groceries store packed full of an array of groceries and household items from different parts of the world, hair and makeup stores, banks, pharmacies, specialist clinics and even spas for catering to your body and health, as well as gadget shops for the sale and repair of varieties of gadgets and gadget accessories, etc.

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3. It’s a Great Place to Relax and Unwind with Family and Friends

With so many facilities offering the promise of various interesting and engaging activities, ICM is indeed a great place to meet up with family/friends and have a good time, it was after all created with the aim of becoming a destination point that caters for all members of the family. Be it morning or night, there is something to do at every point in time for every type of person.

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4. It’s Home to a Number of Local and International Brands

This is great because it makes it easier to get products directly from the brand owners, thus reducing, if not totally eliminating the risk of purchasing fake or counterfeit items

5 Hacks To Deal With Yellow Teeth

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Changes in the colour of your teeth may happen gradually. Some yellow colour may be inevitable. Teeth can look more yellow especially as you age. As the outer enamel wears away, the yellow dentin underneath becomes more visible. So, if you are looking to fix your teeth, we share 5 ways to do this.

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1.Bleaching

Bleaching performed by your dentist is really not the best way to whiten your teeth. This is because dentists use products that contain hydrogen peroxide. To protect your teeth, the dentist will protect your gums, tooth enamel, and the rest of your mouth from damage during the procedure, which lasts for about an hour.
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2. Adjust your lifestyle

Tobacco, with its tars and nicotine, is one of the major causes of yellow teeth. Tobacco use, along with consuming certain foods and drinks, such as red wine, dark sodas, coffee, and tea, can stain teeth and cause them to yellow.

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3. Proper brushing
One of the best ways to prevent teeth from yellowing any more than normal is to take proper care of them. Keep up with brushing and flossing, and use toothpaste that’s not too abrasive.
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4. Quit grinding teeth
One surprising contributor to yellowing teeth is grinding. If you’re a chronic teeth grinder, the extra stress could contribute to ageing and yellowing of the teeth.
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5. Lemon, orange, or banana peels

Rubbing lemon, orange, or banana peels on your teeth will make them whiter. It’s believed that the compound d-limonene, which is found in some fruit peels, will help to whiten your teeth. Gently rub the fruit peels on your teeth for about two minutes. Make sure to thoroughly rinse out your mouth and brush your teeth afterwards.

6 Foods You Should Not Eat For Breakfast

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For some people, starting their day with breakfast is a proven recipe for having a good day. Breakfast provides the body with vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients required to feel vibrant. However, there are some foods you should totally stay clear of if you really want to start off your day the right way.

Here are 6 of such foods:

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1.Flavoured yoghurt

Flavoured yoghurt contains sugar and sweeteners. In fact, these yoghurts can have more sugar than your regular soft drink. Taking flavoured yoghurt can shoot up your cravings for sweet items much later in the day.

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2. Bananas

Bananas may seem like a great choice for breakfast because it is starchy, and will probably give you plenty of energy to last you for a significant part of the day. This is because bananas are high in simple sugars, which your body will burn off in no time, and will leave you feeling even hungrier than before.

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3. Coffee

Some people are addicted to morning coffee and drinking it on an empty stomach can have an impact on digestion due to its acidic content. The rule of thumb is to always have your coffee or tea with additional food.

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4. Processed meat

Processed meats like sausages and meat pies have become an open road to heart diseases as they contribute directly to cardiovascular and coronary disease. This is because it has a high combination of fats and preservatives.

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5. Butter

Butter is not bad in small amounts, but if you’re eating it every single morning in large quantities, it means you are ingesting high doses of unhealthy fat. You can replace your butter with a healthier option like low-fat cream cheese.

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6. Mango

Mango is very high in sugar. It will increase your blood sugar levels and leave you hungry before lunch.

6 Guaranteed Ways To Deal With Sore Throat

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A sore throat is more prevalent this time of the year because the weather is dry. Thus quite a number of people will be suffering from it. If your saliva goes down like sandpaper, and every cough makes you feel pain, then you have sore throat. Here are some of the remedies for sore throat.

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1.Wash with salt water

Saltwater can calm inflammation by getting rid of the acidity that causes throat irritation. It may also help draw infections or irritants to the surface of your throat, where your body is better able to deal with them. You should gargle every hour or two.

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2. Drink extra-cold liquids

Drink ice cold liquids can both numb your throat and calm some of the inflammation that’s causing you pain.

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3. Avoid acidic foods

Acidic foods exacerbate your sore throat. Therefore, avoid fried foods and citrus fruits like oranges and lemons.

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4. Lemon and water

Mix a teaspoon of lemon juice in a cup water for this home remedy for sore throats.juice will help shrink swollen throat tissue and create an unfriendly environment for viruses and bacteria so they do not thrive.

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5. Enjoy a drop of honey

Warm tea that is sweetened with honey can help soothe your irritated throat. Tea also keeps you hydrated, which is another important step in treating a sore throat. Make a cup of tea and add honey to deal with a sore throat.

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6. Stay hydrated

Staying hydrated is an important part of treating a sore throat. When you’re dehydrated, your body can’t produce enough saliva and mucus to keep your throat naturally lubricated. This will make the swelling and inflammation worse.

Five Foods That Can Cause Acne

 

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Acne is caused by secretion of too much oil in the body. You might not have noticed but it may be the food (s) that you eat that causes the acne popping up on your face. Here are 5 foods that you must avoid to get an acne-free skin:

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1.Dairy products

Some people assume that drinking milk and other dairy products daily is extremely healthy for our body and digestive system. However, this might not be true in its entirety. Excess milk can cause the body to produce a lot of insulin that is directly linked to acne. So, reduce milk intake to prevent acne.

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2. Bread

Gluten present in bread does not only affect the small intestine negatively but also increases inflammation in the body. Eliminating bread from your daily diet can prove to be quite beneficial.

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3. Fried food

Fried foods have been found to worsen acne. This is because of the fat present in the processed fried foods which can make your skin look unhealthy and can even lead to accumulation of excess oil.

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4. Alcohol

Excessive intake of alcohol can put you at risk of zinc deficiency and zinc is considered as a fighter against acne. Generally, alcohol is not good for the body which is another reason to avoid it.

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5. Caffeine

Caffeine does not only lead to acne, it can also allow it spread rapidly all over the skin. If you wish to have a clearer skin, then you must limit or avoid drinking coffee or anything that contains caffeine.

5 Nutritious Foods That Slows Ageing

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There are certain foods that could slow ageing by improving your metabolism and boosting your energy. So, even by the time you hit forty, your skin will still appear smooth with little or no wrinkles. Accordingly, we have identified 5 anti-ageing food you should be eating:

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1.Seafood

Seafood such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, and sardines contain substantial healthy fats that help moisturize your skin. It also protects the skin from ultraviolet radiation damage naturally.

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2. Eggs

To protect your eyesight, eat the yolk. It features nutrients that lower your risk of cataracts and age-related eye degeneration.

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3. Cucumbers

There is a lot of water in cucumbers, which makes it an excellent choice for additional hydration that replenishes your body cells. Also, its silica content is a natural wrinkle fighter that gives your body a radiant skin.

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4. Strawberries

Strawberries contain flavonoids (healthy chemicals that give fruits and veggies their colour) with antioxidant powers that could keep your heart young. Regularly eating them and other flavonoid-rich foods like apples and pears could also reduce the risk of heart disease.

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5. Milk

As you age, you lose bone and muscle. Milk helps counter this because it’s packed with two anti-ageing nutrients—protein and calcium. Downing a cup of milk daily won’t be a bad idea.

Five Ways To Avoid Food Poisoning During The Holidays

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Since we are in the festive season, there is so much to eat and drink. As such, the possibility of experiencing food poisoning is very high. However, you can take a number of simple measures to prevent food contamination and reduce your risk of getting sick from tainted food so that you get the best out of this festive period!

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1.Refrigerate raw meat or poultry immediately

Unless you are preparing raw meat or poultry immediately, put them in the refrigerator. This will prevent germs from taking over. Once it’s in the refrigerator, however, don’t keep it for more than two or three days.

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2.Defrost food safely

The essential thing to remember is to not refrigerate food at room temperature. The safest way to defrost food is to actually do it in the fridge — moving it from the freezer to the fridge a day or so before you plan to cook it. If you microwave frozen food using the defrost settings, make sure to cook it immediately. Otherwise, bacteria has time and an ideal temperature in which to grow.

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3.Cool leftovers quickly

If you have cooked food that you’re not going to eat straight away, cool it as quickly as possible and store it in the fridge or freezer. Use any leftovers from the fridge within 2 days.

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4.Respect expiry dates

Don’t eat food that has past its expiry date, even if it looks and smells fresh. Use-by dates are based on scientific tests that show how quickly harmful bugs can develop in the packaged food.

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5.Wash your hands 

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and dry them before handling food, as well as after touching the bin, going to the toilet, blowing your nose or touching animals.