1. Tomatoes Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease
Tomatoes contain important nutrients, such as niacin, foliate and vitamin B6, that have associated with the reduction of heart diseases risk.. One study found that women who ate 7 t0 10 servings of tomato products per week had a 29 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease than women who consumed less than a serving and a half of tomato products each week. Results were even more impressive when the women ate oil-rich tomato products.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection is caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and spreads from an infected mother to child during the pregnancy, childbirth (delivery) and through breast milk. During pregnancy, the virus can pass through the placenta to the baby. During delivery, the blood of the infected mother could pass into the blood of the child thus infecting the child or the virus could pass into the child through any slight injury on the child’s body during the process of delivery. Transmission rate through breast milk is low and depends on duration of breast feeding. This can be prevented by appropriate management during pregnancy, delivery and breast feeding. Hence, ante-natal, hospital delivery and post- natal care are advised.
3. Avocado may help ward off cancer, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes.
Avocado pear is said by scientist to contain photochemical which may offer some advantages in cancer prevention- particularly prostate and breast cancers.
The high potassium content of the avocado together with oleic acid and omega-3 are said to help to reduce blood pressure.
The monounsaturated fat in avocado pear is said to prevent or reverse insulin resistance – one of the possible causes of mature diabetes (type 2 diabetes).
4. A single attack of chicken pox confers lifelong immunity.
Full recovery from an attack of chicken pox gives a lifelong immunity. In a few cases, the virus persists in a low form but occasional reactivation in old people and in those with low immunity.
5. Fibre prevents constipation and piles.
Fibreadds bulk to stool, making bowel movement easier. Insoluble fibre does this better. When plenty of fibre is consumed, the stool is large and soft, this stimulates the muscles of the intestines to contract, pushing out the stool (faeces) without the individual straining himself. With little fibre in the food, the stool is usually small and hard and therefore requires force to come out. Regular straining during the passage of faeces can lead to piles (haemorrhoids) and other conditions such as pouches (diverticulosis) in the large intestines. Piles can lead to anaemia due to bleeding.
6. Morning Sickness is common in pregnancy
Over70 percent of pregnant women feel like vomiting in the early stages of pregnancy; in many cases this is what makes the woman suspect she is pregnant. Though called morning sickness, it could occur throughout the day and in a few cases throughout the pregnancy. This feeling of vomiting is said to be due to increased sense of smell induced by pregnancy related hormones in the blood. The situation can be worsened by fried or greasy foods and cooking aroma. Morning sickness stops after about three (3) months but in about 10 or20 percent of pregnancies it can continue throughout the pregnancy.
Mild cases can benefit from avoidance of fried or greasy foods, adequate ventilation of the kitchen when cooking, eating saltine crackers or dry cereal early in the morning. Avoid plenty of fluids in the morning and eat small frequent meals. Iron supplement could induce the feeling of vomiting, if this happens, see your doctor for possible alternatives.
Also if the vomiting is severe,see your doctor.
7. Measles is the biggest killer among the vaccine preventable diseases.
Among the vaccine-preventable childhood killer diseases, measles is the worst, accounting for 50-60 percent of deaths from that class of diseases.
It affects about thirty (30) million persons annually with about half a million deaths, mostly in countries like Nigeria. The other vaccine preventable diseases are TB, polio, whooping cough, tetanus, meningitis and diphtheria. You can easily save your child from this disease and the others.
8. Ebola fever is preventable
Ebola fever has no cure and no vaccine has been developed.
On individual basis, if you are a health worker, handle patients infected with Ebola virus with extreme precaution—use of gloves, mask and goggles are essential. The body of the dead patient should be handled the same way.
Close contact with infected persons must be avoided. Bush meat must be thoroughly cooked before eating.
Contact with bush animals should be restricted especially without gloves.
If you are a farm worker, handle animals with gloves and appropriate protective clothing.
Finally, the best preventive measure is to be aware that fatal Ebola Fever is now in West Africa and to know how to avoid it.