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13 Impressive Health Benefits of Lemon

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Lemon health benefits includes improving vitamin C levels, decreasing blood cholesterol, alkalizing body pH, boosting liver function, boosting metabolism, boosting gallbladder function, helping digestion, treating acne, decreasing digestive irritation, relieving symptoms associated with pathogenic bacteria, helping prevent internal hemorrhage, improving eye health, and improving cancer treatment.

What is Lemon?

When life hands you lemons, say “Thank you.” Lemons are frequently an afterthought, used as a garnish on a fish fillet or a bright addition to your chilled drink. What you might not understand is that lemons are laden with nutritious benefits that go far outside the role of a garnish. So how can you enjoy the benefits of lemons? Add more of it into your everyday routine by squeezing some on your green salads or mixing it with a mug of plain warm water for an energizing beverage.

Lemons, known scientifically as Citrus limons, are a vibrant yellow fruit that we often use for its juice in lemonade or lemon meringue pie. However, the pulp and rid are also of great benefit. Here we will discuss 13 amazing benefits of integrating more lemon into your diet!

13 Impressive Health Benefits of Lemon

1 Lemons Improve Vitamin C Levels
Lemons provide 64% of the daily value of Vitamin C in a 100g serving. A water-soluble vitamin and potent antioxidant, Vitamin C helps the body form and preserve connective tissue, as well as bones, blood vessels, and skin. All varieties of lemons have around the same amounts of nutrients. The lemon’s main right to fame is its high vitamin C content.
So how much Vitamin C can you get from one lemon?
30.7 milligrams! Which is about 34-40 percent of the recommended daily allowance for men and women. Fascinatingly, the skin of this fruit contains nearly double this quantity. Vitamin C functions as an antioxidant and plays a key role in your body’s immune function.

2. Lemons Can Decrease Blood Cholesterol
Lemons contain pectin fiber, a soluble dietary fiber essential for colon health. In human digestion, pectin binds to cholesterol in the gastrointestinal tract and decelerates glucose absorption by trapping carbohydrates. Consumption of pectin has been shown to decrease blood cholesterol levels. The mechanism seems to be an upsurge of viscidness in the intestinal tract, leading to a reduced absorption of cholesterol from bile or food.
What does pectin do in the large intestine and colon?
Microorganisms damage pectin and release short-chain fatty acids that have positive effects on health.

3. Lemons Can Alkalize Our pH
The 2.2 pH of lemons helps to alkalinize our own pH, due in part to the huge levels of citric acid. Outside the body, lemon juice is acid.
What happens inside the body though, when lemon juice has been completely absorbed and its minerals are distanced in the bloodstream?
The result is alkalizing and therefore increases the pH of body tissue!

4. Lemon Boosts Liver Function
Having warm lemon juice upon waking helps to flush toxins from the liver due to its bitterness. Your liver is part of your body’s integral filtration system. Lemon juice is a natural cleaner, so it helps control damaging organisms. I indorse squeezing half of an organic lemon into a small glass of purified water and drinking it each day. Not only does this help aid your liver function, but also promotes better skin, and even helps calm minor throat and breathing problems

5. Lemon Boosts Metabolism
With about 47 grams per liter, lemons are a major source of citric acid, a key part of the Krebs cycle essential for metabolic function.

6. Lemon Boosts Gallbladder Function
The bitterness of the lemon is also helpful for production of bile, as it stimulates the liver and gall bladder. A diet heavy in fat and animal based foods places extra stress on liver function and impairs the smooth flow of bile, which is vital for optimal digestion.
A glass of lemon water in the a.m. is a straightforward method to stimulate the liver and promote bile flow which in turn aids in digestion. Lemon water also sometimes helps resolve indigestion symptoms by stimulating healthy stomach function.

7. Lemons Can Help Digestion
Lemons contain numerous phytochemicals, including polyphenols which are micronutrients full of antioxidants. Polyphenols are micronutrients that we get through certain plant-based foods. They’re packed with antioxidants and potential health benefits.
What can polyphenols help with specifically?
Digestion issues, weight management problems, diabetes, neurodegenerative illness, and circulatory illnesses, to name a few.

8. May Help Treat Acne
Lemons also contain terpenes which produce the invigorating aroma we often associate with lemons! It comes as no shock that lemon is a favorite essential oil. It is extensively valued for its clean odor, but has many healing qualities as well. It improves attentiveness, aids in digestion and eases symptoms of acne and stiffness.

9. Decreases Digestive Irritation
It contain tannins, astringents responsible for the dry, pucker feel we get in our mouths after consumption. Natural astringents contain strong anti-inflammatory properties that can be used to decrease digestive system irritation while also improving digestion and inhibiting diarrhea.

10. Relieves Symptoms Associated with Pathogenic Bacteria
Lemons are powerfully antibacterial, that prevent the growth of pathogenic bacteria that cause infections and disease such as malaria, diphtheria, and typhoid

11. Helps Prevent Internal Hemorrhage
The bioflavonoids in lemons prevent internal hemorrhage by way of strengthening blood vessels. Therefore, making lemons very useful to those with high blood pressure. In one new study available in The Journal of Nutrition, a team of Harvard University researchers inspected the diets and blood vessel function of over 30,000 females.
The scientists found that women who frequently consumed sources of bioflavonoids had better markers of healthy blood vessel function compared to persons who did not. Women who consumed at least two servings of citrus fruits a day showed 20 percent lower levels of endothelial stress-linked biomarkers and a significant improvement in markers of blood vessel function compared to those who did not frequently eat citrus fruits.
It deliver a strong mixture of both vitamin Cand citrus bioflavonoids, which work together to deliver powerful benefits for supporting healthy blood vessels.

12. Helps Improve Eye Health
Rutin, found in it help to maintain eye health and reduce symptoms of eye problems. It’s no secret that Rutin has many health benefits when it comes to regulating blood flow. Seeing as smooth blood flow to the retina of the eye is an important part of strong and sharp vision, Rutin can help stop blood vessel illnesses in the eyes.

13. Helps Improve Cancer Treatment
It contain 22 anticancer compounds, including limonene which has been shown to slow the growth of cancerous tumors. Limonene has presented anti-inflammatory, wound curative and anticancer effects in laboratory studies. Limonene was shown to change the signaling pathways inside cancer cells in a way that halts cancer cells from increasing and causes their demise. In animal models, limonene decelerated the development of pancreatic, stomach, colon, skin, and liver cancers.

Conclusion
In conclusion, the lemon is a small but mighty fruit with its nutritious benefits. It contains numerous vitamins and minerals and can be used in multiple ways, from eating it uncooked to adding it to drinks or using it in recipes as diverse as broths and desserts.

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President Akufo-Addo Inducts 378 New Doctors And Dentist.

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The President of Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has inducted 378 newly qualified medical doctors and dentists into the country’s healthcare delivery system.

Speaking at the induction ceremony on Friday, 13th September, 2019, at the Accra International Conference Centre, President Akufo-Addo also revealed that the first batch of 48 ambulances, out of the 300 procured in fulfilment of the 1-Constituency-1-Ambulance pledge, has arrived in the country, with the second batch due in Ghana by the first week of October.

At the ceremony, which was also held to honour Dr. Evans-Anfom, a medical doctor who served as the second Vice Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, President Akufo-Addo noted that the doctor-dentist-population ratio in the country remains very unsatisfactory after 62 years of nationhood.

“We currently do not have the right numbers of doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals, with the right mix of skills and expertise, in our regions, districts and deprived communities, especially for the newly created regions and districts,” he said.

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The President encouraged the newly inducted practitioners “to follow the exemplary example of Dr. Evans-Anfom, and accept postings to accredited Regional and District hospitals, where your services are needed most, particularly during your second year of housemanship.”

He noted that the country would only keep the doctors it trains when agriculture and industry are thriving, when we have better roads, better communications, better schools, better housing, reliable and cheaper power supply, and better drainage.

“On my part, I am determined to work to help ensure that these improvements we all want in our lives become reality. Until that is done, we have to equip those currently in training and our fresh doctors to do a little more out of the ordinary to bring relief to the present situation,” he assured.

Government, according President Akufo-Addo, is committed to improving access to essential and quality health services through the provision of the necessary health infrastructure, equipment and logistics, including the deployment of appropriate technology as part of the drive to attaining Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

He added that the National Health Insurance Scheme, implemented by the government of President Kufuor, which was left in ruins by successive NDC governments has been revived again by another NPP-led Government.

“We have cleared the GH¢1.2 billion arrears we inherited, and brought the operations of the NHIS back to life. The claims of service providers have been settled as of end January this year. By the end of September, their claims, as of March ending, would have been settled, and, by the end of the year, claims up to August ending, will also have been settled,” the President said.

He reiterated the determination of Government to making the scheme current in its obligations to service providers, and prevent the accrual of arrears, as was, unfortunately, been the case in the not so distant past.

In ensuring that the Ghanaian people receive the high standards of professionalism and conduct from healthcare professionals, President Akufo-Addo revealed that Government, through the Ministry of Health, has established the Quality Management Unit at the Ministry of Health to ensure that Ghanaians receive the best of healthcare services, irrespective of their geographical location.

In addition to launching Ghana’s Antimicrobial Resistance Policy and Action Plan, the President added that Government is engaging the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) to take another look at its codified conditions of service, which are overdue for review.

“Special attention would be paid to the rural incentives package to encourage professionals to accept postings to rural and underserved communities. We will continue to engage with stakeholders on how to care better for our health professionals, and how, collectively, we can make our healthcare system more responsive to the needs of our people,” he assured.

To the newly inducted doctors and dentists, President Akufo-Addo urged them to be guided by Hippocratic Oath, and be active citizens and bring doctors’ perspectives to public issues.

“I look forward to you not being narrow in outlook, but developing and maintaining a healthy interest in music, the arts, literature, the environment, sports, public life, and, yes, I want each one of you to be a renaissance man or woman,” he added.

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First Lady, H.E Akufo-Addo Supports Deprived Health Facilities.

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First Lady of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Mrs. Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo, through The Rebecca Foundation has again made donations of hospital equipment to some needy health institutions across the country at the premises of the Office of the First Lady in Accra.

In all, fourteen (14) municipal, district assemblies, constituencies and hospitals benefited from the donations. They include Tolon District Assembly, Builsa North, Nanton, Damongo and Techiman. Others are Fanteakwa North, Abura Asebu Kwamankese, Asante Akyim Central Municipal Assembly, Akim Swedru and Obuasi West. The rest are Tano North, Akatsi South, Sekondi and The Holy Family Hospital at Nkawkaw.

Items donated to the beneficiary health institutions include 3D Ultra sound machines, incubators, examination beds beds, divider screens, washing machines, rollators, operating lambs, refrigerators and thermo scientific ovens among others.

Earlier, H.E. Mrs Akufo-Addo through The Rebecca Foundation made similar donations of hospital equipment including ambulances to some selected municipalities and health facilities across the country.

However, making the donations on behalf of the First lady and The Rebecca Foundation, Director of Operations at the Office of The First Lady, Mrs Akosua Newman stated that, Mrs. Akufo-Addo and The Rebecca Foundation is determined to work towards their set objective of contributing to making health care accessible and affordable to the good people of Ghana, wherever they are.

She said while the Foundation recognized the effort government is making to re-equip the country’s health facilities with ultra-modern hospital equipment and ambulances, it is imperative for corporate institutions and benevolent individuals to contribute their quota by identifying such needy health institutions, especially those in remote areas and support them, even before government gets there.

Mrs. Newman gave the assurance of the continuous work by the First Lady and The Rebecca Foundation to identify essential needs of the vulnerable in society and work hard to assist in diverse ways, adding that, It is their sole responsibility to support those who inhabits remote parts of the country and deprived of some health equipment and assistance.

Expressing their deepest appreciation for the continuous kind gestures of the First lady and The Rebecca Foundation, Member of Parliament (MP) for the Sekondi Constituency, Hon. Andrew Egyapa Mercer, on behalf of the beneficiary institutions said they were very happy to be recipients of Mrs Akufo-Addo’s benevolence.

According to Hon. Egyapa Mercer, though they have been hearing and reading in the news of the good works of the Rebecca Foundation in bringing comfort to the people, they least expected to be called so soon to be beneficiaries and so were elated when they received invitations to come over to receive the equipment.

The Sekondi MP assured the Office of The First Lady and The Rebecca Foundation of them putting the equipment to good use for the full benefit of the beneficiary institutions.

Other government officials present to receive donations on behalf of their constituencies were MP for Swedru and Deputy Minister for Agriculture- Hon Kennedy Osei Nyarko, MP for Tano North and Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection-Hon. Freda Prempeh, MP for Fanteakwa North, Hon. Amankwa Asiamah and MP for Nantong-Hon. Mohammed Tufeiru Hardi.

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10 Incredible Health Benefits of Moringa Seeds

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"Moringa seeds are obtained from the pods of the Moringa plant (Moringa Oleifera) or the drumstick tree, native to Northern India. Fresh and raw moringa seeds are quite tender, but as soon as they get dried, they become hard and start to resemble small beans. They are greyish-white in colour with unique wing-like structures. They can be steamed, boiled or roasted for various purposes," says Dr. Divya Choudhary, Chief Dietitian, Max Super Speciality Hospital. According to Dr. Manoj K. Ahuja, Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj, "Moringa is a nutrient-dense plant that is rich in vitamins, calcium, iron and essential amino acids. It can benefit the body in a number of ways." Widely known as “drumstick tree” in India, moringa goes by different names in different countries and regions. It is known as ‘Sahijan’ in Hindi, “Munaga’ in Telugu, ‘Murungai’ in Tamil. The Tagalog name in the Philippines is ‘Mulunggay’, which sounds very similar to ‘Moringa’. There are many moringa seeds benefits that you should know.

Here are 10 health benefits of moringa seeds:

  1. Improves Sleep

"Steep moringa leaves in hot water for 15 minutes and drink it before you go to bed for a good night's rest. It helps you slip into slumber at night, and in turn will leave you energised to tackle the day," says Dr. Choudhary, Max Hospital.

2. High in Fiber

"Moringa seeds are high in fibre, and help in moving food along your digestive system," says Delhi-based Nutritionist Anshul Jaibharat.

3. Regulate Blood Sugar Levels

Dr. Ahuja says, "Moringa seeds are a great source of zinc and can regulate blood sugar levels which can help manage or even prevent diabetes."

4. Great Source of Iron

"Did you know that a single serving of moringa has almost three times the amount of iron as spinach? This is especially important for vegetarians/vegans or those who suffer from low iron issues, as the body needs iron to enrich the blood and carry oxygen to our muscles, organs and tissues," adds Dr. Choudhary.

5. Reduces Joint Pain

Dr. Ashutosh Gautam, Clinical Operations and Coordination Manager at Baidyanath says, "Moringa seeds make for a great supplement of calcium and help those suffering from joint pain. They help in reducing inflammation and severe bone disorders like arthritis."

6. Lowers Cholesterol

"Some plants have been known to reverse bad cholesterol and according to research, moringa is among them," says Dr. Divya, Max Super Speciality Hospital.

7. Induces Death of Cancer Cells

Dr. Ahuja says, "Moringa seeds are well known for their anti-carcinogenic effects. They can stop the growth and development of cancer cells by accelerating their death count."

8. Promotes Heart Health

"Scientists have proved that moringa seeds can reduce the amount of oxidised lipids in our body and take care of our cardiac health by safeguarding the heart tissues from constructional damages," says Dr. Choudhary.

9. Powerhouse of Antioxidants

"The oil extracted from moringa seeds contains almost 30 antioxidants. It contains vitamins A, B-complex, C and other free radical busters that save our body from severe oxidative damage. In other words, these antioxidant properties of moringa seeds can take care of our overall health", says Dr. Choudhary.

10. Promotes Healthy Skin

Moringa seeds are packed with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties and are thus, very beneficial for skincare. The oil obtained from moringa seeds can be used as a moisturizer or used to treat skin problems like skin rashes and sunburn," says Dr. Ashutosh Gautam, Baidyanath.

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Feli Nuna to Launch Sanitation Campaign during Volta Tour.

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Following the successful release and reception of her first single ‘Azaa’ this year, Feli is set to tour the very region that inspired the song. ‘Azaa', which means ‘Celebration’ in the Ewe dialect was recorded with the very purpose of highlighting the vibrant and colourful culture of the people in the Volta. In a move to cement this intent, starting today Feli will kick off series of activities in a build up to a major festival in 2020.

The song and it’s colorful video is a representation of the vibrant Ewe culture in Ghana, giving Ghanaians a reason to celebrate the unique features of our culture, and others, a reason to come visit the heart of West-Africa region, Ghana. The fast tempo song is produced by Fizzi Marley.

The sanitation campaign tour has the objective of enhancing good public health conditions related to clean drinking water and adequate treatment and disposal of human wastes and sewage. The tour will also aim to protect human health by providing a clean environment that will stop the transmission of disease, especially through the fecal–oral route.

Speaking in an interview with Gerrard-Israel on www.georgebritton.com, the 'Love Me Now' hit-maker revealed that, diarrhea, a main cause of malnutrition and stunted growth in children, can be reduced through sanitation, adding that, there are many other diseases which are easily transmitted in communities that have low levels of sanitation, such as ascariasis (a type of intestinal worm infection or helminthiasis), cholera, hepatitis, polio, schistosomiasis, trachoma, to name just a few.

Feli Nuna revealed that, a range of sanitation technologies and approaches, including community-led total sanitation, container-based sanitation, ecological sanitation, emergency sanitation, environmental sanitation, onsite sanitation and sustainable sanitation has been orderly arranged to educate natives on how to curb the menace.

The Beehyve Entertainment signee however stated that, the overall purposes of sanitation tour are to provide a healthy living environment for everyone, to protect the natural resources, such as surface water, groundwater, soil, and to provide safety, security and dignity for people when they defecate or urinate

The tour which is in partnership with Kaya Tours , will see participants visit parts of the Volta Region and then proceed to Lome. Feli will also take the opportunity to launch her Sanitation Campaign in Senior High School’s across the region. She’ll be pushing the message of the need to recycle , reduce and reuse plastic materials as a way to combat pollution and the effects that come with it.

Felicia Nuna Akosua Tawiah is a Ghanaian rapper, singer, song writer, director and producer, popularly known as Feli Nuna. She signed her first record deal as 'Felly' with Lynx entertainment in 2012 and released her first official single 'Ghana Girl Swag' but took a 2 year hiatus right after the release. She then resurfaced with a new rebrand as Feli Nuna in 2015 under Beehyve Entertainment with 'I like Am' and has been active till present.

Feli ’s next single ‘Azumah’, is scheduled to be released in July this year.

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