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4 Lifestyle Mistakes That Can Kill Later



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An experts’ guide to the most common lifestyle blindspots that can lead to serious illnesses , including cancer.

1. Between your mobile phone and pillow
Eight out of 10 of us keep our cell phones on through the night, with around half using them as alarms. But experts warn that a small gap between your head and the mobile phone could dramatically affect both, quality and quantity of your slumber. According to sleep therapists, having a mobile close makes us hypervigilant, waiting for a call or text. It leaves us unable to sink into restorative shut-eye for long enough. And even short exposures of ‘blue’ light from a mobile screen has an immediate effect on our sensitive retinas, which transmit messages to the brain. Studies have proven that this suppresses the nighttime secretion of the sleep hormone melatonin, making you more alert.

Close the gap: Never sleep with your phone under your pillow. Moving it 20 cm away from your head reduces radiation emissions by 98%. Set yourself a technology cut-off time each evening. Setting aside a techno-free time to unwind and prepare for rest is crucial for good-quality sleep. Place all mobiles in a separate room or out of reach until morning and use an old fashioned alarm clock.

2. In your monthly cycle
Most women dismiss irregularities in their period if they are anxious, stressed or approaching menopause. But the older a woman is, the more significance a change in menstrual cycle can potentially have, warn gynaecologists. Gaps between periods in your teens or early 20s are quite common. However, as women enter their 30s and 40s, irregular bleeding may be a symptom of a host of illnesses – including fibroids, infection, even cancer. Unscheduled bleeding between periods or a change in the bleeding pattern are causes for concern too.

Close that gap: A sudden, stark change in your menstrual pattern, which affects more than two cycles should always be checked. “This is especially true if there are other associated symptoms such as offensive discharge or bleeding after or pain during intercourse, in which case you should seek help. Keep a diary of your periods so sudden changes can be spotted early.

3. Between your chair and back
Experts warn that we are facing an epidemic of back pain, largely caused by poor posture and gaps in back support when using computers, tablets and laptops. Seven out of 10 cases of neck pain, say city physiotherapists, are often attributed to gadget abuse. People slouching on the sofa, half propped up and contorted when they get back home is bad news. Add to that working for eight hours a day at a desk, and you are creating a recipe for disaster.

Close the gap: When seated, increasing the angle between your torso and thigh encourages the spine into an upright posture. It’s essential that the pelvis sits slightly higher than the knees, with feet flat on the floor. Ensure that your bottom is at the back of the chair so you are gaining support from the backrest and keep a fist-sized gap between the back of your knee and the chair. Once in the correct position, it’s important that you support that position with a lumbar cushion to block the gap in the small of the back and avoid muscle fatigue. If working on a laptop, ensure it’s placed on a desk — not lap. And make sure the screen is raised to eye level.

4. In the health of your skin
Most of us still don’t bother applying sunscreen or think we need it only when vacationing in Goa. Worse still, the rest apply less than half of what we need to stay protected in the sun or leave entire patches of skin exposed — including the neck, ears, shoulders. In women, melanoma is found, mainly, on the legs and arms while, for men, problem areas are the torso, head and neck, studies have shown. These are the areas we tend to expose to the sun more often, which shows the link between prolonged sun exposure and skin cancer. The popularity of once-a-day sun creams means that we’re now applying longer-lasting cream less often, so if we miss a spot it matters more.

Close the gap: A Re 1 sized dollop of sun cream on each small section of your body is the only way to ensure you’re using enough. Rub in methodically from top to toe, or in front of a full-length mirror to ensure every exposed inch is covered. Choose your sun cream carefully, preferably a well respected brand. An SPF of 30-40 should work for Mumbai weather.

Says Sheetal Sabherwal, obstretician and gynaecologist The biggest mistake women make is the allowance of excessive bleeding after they hit 30. It’s never normal. It could point to fibroids or new growth. An irregularity in your menstrual cycle (more than five days early or delayed is cause for concern) should be checked because it could hint at ovarian cysts. A slight twist in the cyst in one cycle can lead to pain while the next period can be painless. By the time you get it checked, it grows in size. Any new pain should be addressed because it could indicate endometriosis, infection in tube ovaries or a bladder infection.

Says Jaishree Sharad, dermatologist. For those who work in offices, it’s imperative to wear sunscreen (even though you think it’s only meant for the outdoors). If you sit by a large window, or the office is well lit via sunlight, remember you are exposing yourself to UV8 light. Develop a habit of wearing sunscreen every day. For your face and neck, use half a teaspoon of it. And another half teaspoon for each arm.

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Avoid These Nigerians Food To Burn Stubborn Belly Fat (Video)



Being overweight or obese can be detrimental to your health. It is not advisable to have excess fat in the abdominal cavity because it can lead to some health issues. Getting your dream body will not be easy and you need to make some sacrifices to your diet. You will also need to turn a blind eye to some fatty foods.

If you’re ready to get rid of the belly fat, then stay put as Information Nigeria brings you some important tips that will help.

1. Avoid sugar and carbonated drinks

Did you know that consuming sugary substances like coke, fanta can lead to weight gain and a number of health problems like high blood pressure?. This is due to the high fructose content found in added sugars. Taking sugar-filled drinks may slow your metabolism and this in turn can make it harder for your body to burn fat. Fructose can only be metabolized by your liver. When you consume too much, you push your liver to its limit and it becomes overloaded, then it turns the fructose into fat and it ends up getting stored in your belly. To avoid putting yourself from risk, you should cut back on foods and drinks that contain huge amounts of sugar.


2. You also have to forgo junk foods like meat pie, cakes, rolls, candies, burgers, ice cream and cookies. You also need to do away with heavy foods like eba, akpu, pounded yam, rice among others. Switch up your eating habits and opt for a more balanced-diet if you want to burn your belly fat. Avoid consuming refined carbs like bread, pizza, potation chips etc. You should also stay away from processed and heavy foods because they contribute to stubborn belly fat. You should choose to eat proteinous foods like fish, eggs, and milk. starch contains fat, sugar and salt. They help a person feel fuller so you don’t end up looking for something to munch on after eating. It basically keeps hunger at bay.

3. Eat the right amount of fruits, vegetables, fibrous foods and whole grains – You can add vegetables, fruits and whole grains to your weight loss diet. They provide essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and other substances that are good for your body. Examples of fibre rich foods include; beans, broccoli, avocados, apples, oatmeal brown rice and whole grain bread.

4. Try to incorporate exercise into your daily or weekly routine – Exercise helps to speed up your metabolism and helps you shed weight. The bitter truth is that wearing just waist trainers and staying put in one position will not make you lose that stubborn belly fat. You should hit the gym.

5 Reduce alcohol intake – Excess intake of alcohol also leads to a host of health problems especially the build-up of fat in the belly area. Have you ever noticed that those who drink alcohol, especially men, often develop ‘pot-bellies’. Alcoholic drinks like beer provide your body with calories and very little nutrients. It can also increase your appetite. Replace the alcoholic drinks with water or alternate with low calorie, non-alcoholic beverages. Too much alcohol can cause liver damage and other serious health problems.

6. Try out apple cider vinegar – Apple cider vinegar is made in a two-step fermentation process. It is obtained from apples that have been crushed, distilled and fermented. Acetic acid is the main active component of apple cider vinegar. It is safe for consumption in small quantities and can be taken as a supplement. Do not also consume it straight from the bottle or in its pure form. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons to water before you drink. You can also add honey or lemon. It is best to drink it before your meals. Research shows it has many health benefits, such as lowering blood sugar levels.

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Williams Uchemba And His Wife Exchange Wedding Vows In Lagos (Video)



Williams Uchemba and his wife, Brunella Oscar

Williams Uchemba and his wife, Brunella Oscar

Popular Nigerian actor, Williams Uchemba and his wife, Brunella Oscar have officially solemnized their union.

The couple finally exchanged their wedding vows at Dominion city church in Lagos state.

The beautiful wedding ceremony was reportedly officiated by the founder of the church, Dr. David Chukwudi Ogbueli alias Papa Eagle.

Celebrities, fans and well-wishers poured in congratulatory message for the couple after photos and videos from the ceremony hit the internet.

The actor wore a sleek tuxedo, while his bride,  wore a lovely white gown.

Read Also:Actor Williams Uchemba Set To Walk Down The Aisle With Mystery Woman

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Actor, Model, Comedian, Philanthropist… Meet The Latest Groom, Williams Uchemba



Williams Uchemba

Williams Uchemba

Williams Uchemba, who was born on October 22, is an actor, motivational speaker, model, comedian, entrepreneur and philanthropist. The Abia-born thespian graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relation from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in Enugu State.

Uchemba began his career in the early 2000s as a child actor and came into the limelight in 2001 after appearing in the Nollywood blockbuster movie, “The Journey of the Dead” along with Olu Jacobs, Ramsey Noah, and Pete Edochie.

Since then, the multi-talented actor never looked back as he has gone ahead to feature in more blockbuster movies like Sugar Rush (2019), Merry Men 2(2019) and Story Story: The African Rideshare (2018). He is the recipient of several awards.

The actor adopted an 18-year-old furniture maker in June and he promised to sponsor his education. He recently got married to his longtime girlfriend, Brunella Oscar at her hometown, Alor in Anambra state. The actor’s wife, Brunella opened up on their love story with Wedding Digest Naija and she disclosed that she made the first move. According to the English trained medical doctor, they both met on Facebook after she sent him a message.


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