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Why you should have the flu jab

The weather is getting colder now, as the days get shorter, it is obvious winter is approaching. This means fireworks in the sky and flu is on the agenda. Flu does put a strain on you, as it subjects your body to a challenge, through stress which affects your blood pressure. It also affects your heart and the general heart function.

According to the British heart foundation, (BHF), There is evidence that heart attacks happen most after an infection. Older people are most vulnerable. As we get older, our immune system works less efficiently, so flu jab is necessary to give us that extra protection. The most recent flu vaccines have added ingredients to improve protection.

The best time to have flu is in October, from your GP surgery or a local pharmacy

Besides older people over 65, other vulnerable groups are those with disabilities and pregnant women.


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You are at risk of heart and circulatory diseases if you have a fat belly


If you have a big stomach, you have the tendency of developing heart and circulatory problems, even if you are not overweight.
Researchers found that those with a healthy weight, but large belly had an 87% increased risk of problems such as heart attack, stroke, bypass surgery or death.
In addition, they have a 52% chance of developing diabetes and high blood pressure.
In effect what we are saying is that a big stomach spells danger.
Your waistline seems to be a better indicator of overall risk than BMI

So, burn that fat, and keep that stomach flat, to stay healthy and alive.

Keep active

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Watch how much you drink during this Summer

Drinking more than the recommended amount can reduce your life expectancy.
Research has proved that we are at greater risk of dying from a number of heart and circulatory conditions if we overindulge.
In summer we tend to drink much more, especially when we go on holidays, but hey! you need to keep in mind the recommended limits, don’t go mad at it. Always remember you could be damaging your health. Just watch it, know when to say no, your health is more important.

It found that drinking more than 12.5 units of alcohol per week (5 pints of average strength beer/ or 5 medium glasses of wine) has the risk of developing a stroke or heart failure and related heart diseases.

So the advise is to try to drink below the above levels.

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Being overweight and cholesterol


If one is overweight, it probably means you consume a lot of either fatty food or eat sugary stuff which includes drinks. Remember alcohol breaks down into sugars which inevitably stores as fat if not burned through activity.

So what really is bad for us.

  1. Non HDL cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides
  2.  Sedentary lifestyle or inactivity
  3. Smoking
  4. Diet high in saturated fat and trans fat

What happens when you get active is this, the body stimulates to move bad (Non-HDL)  cholesterol to the liver for disposal rather than staying in the cells and blocking arteries. Making you healthier, so the more active you are the better.

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Why teff is good for your digestive system

This tiny grass seed is a staple food in Ethiopia and Eritrea. The seeds produce a harvest proportionally hundreds of times greater than wheat or other staple grains. This, combined with its ability to withstand high temperatures in which to grow, has meant teff thus staved off famine many times.

Teff has much to offer nutritionally without being a superhero. It has a particularly high calcium content plus plenty of iron and protein; it is gluten-free and colours vary from white through to very dark brown. White teff is generally preferred.

The flavour is mild, somewhat bland but nutty, and being so benign has very many culinary uses, ground into flour or as a whole grain.

In Ethiopia its major use is in injera, a lightly fermented (sourdough) but flatbread; this is made big enough to form a thin, pancake-like platter on which food is served and it is also torn off to use as an eating aid.