The Health Effects of Overweight and Obesity

Overweight and obesity are similar and can be defined as excessive fat that has accumulated in the body abnormally for a long time. And to tell you the truth it is very dangerous to the health. To measure obesity, you have to divide the person's body mass index (BMI), by the square of his or her height (in meters). If your BMI is 30 or more, you then considered being obese. While a person that have a BMI that is more than 25 is considered to be overweight.
It seems some persons like to be obese or Overweight because they are not ready to do anything about it. The truth is obesity is a major risk factor for a number diseases like stroke, hypertension and even some form of cancer. In this blog post, I will be writing on some of this diseases,.
diseases that are related to obesity

Type 2 Diabetes

Apart from family history and other causes, obesity is another major cause of diabetes. It is a disease in which blood sugar levels are higher above normal. This disease is related to heart disease, like hypertension, kidney disease, stroke and even blindness. Diabetes is a major or leading cause of death in the world. Other causes of type 2 diabetes are lack of activities, poor feeding and excess body weight around the waist.

High Blood Pressure

High Blood pressure is the force at which blood pushes against the walls of the arteries while the heart pumps blood. And obesity and overweight play, a major role in the fats build up. If The measurement reads 120 systolic and 80 diastolic, depending on the body weight of the person you would say 120/80 mmHg. And this is normal but if it is higher than this it is called hypertension or high blood pressure. If this pressure rises and it is not controlled and it stays high for a period of time, it can cause ill health and even damage some vital organs in the body.


The risk of you having a stroke is very high if your BMI also increases. As fat build up in your body, it also builds up in your arteries and this is called plaque. These plaques can rupture anytime and this can curse a blood clot to form. And if this clot forms close to your brain, blocking the flow of oxygen and blood to the brain then you will have a stroke  Being overweight or obese can lead to a buildup of plaque in your arteries. 

Abnormal Blood Fats

Obesity and overweight are the major causes of blood fats. You are at risk of having abnormally high levels of blood fats if you do not watch and control your weight. These fats include high levels of bad cholesterol also called triglycerides and low levels of HDL also called good cholesterol.
Abnormal levels of these blood fats especially the bad cholesterol are a risk factor for heart diseases. 

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a disorder in which you have pauses in breathing it can also be called shallow breaths while you sleep.
It happens when you have more fat stored around the neck region. Obesity and overweight can also cause this disease. The store fats around your neck can narrow the airway, making it difficult for you to breathe while you sleep.

The solution is a change of lifestyle. Watch what you eat and get more active to burn those unwanted calories.

Exercise: 5 benefits of regular physical activity

Nothing makes me feel better every morning like a good exercise. It gives me enough energy to carry on and it is on record that it can even help you live a longer life. I tell you the truth for good health, Look no further than exercise. There are many health benefits of regular exercise and physical activities. And in this blog post, I will be writing about five of these health benefits that can improve your life, regardless of your age or sex or even your physical ability.

No. 1: Exercise can help you control your weight

Exercise helps prevents weight gain. The type of exercise you are into is not the issue.  You can choose to park your car few meters to your office and take a walk to your office or you jog for 30 minutes every day, you will still get the health benefit of losing or burning calories. You don"t need to make a retails or set time aside every day for exercise or exercising just take a walk now and then. Use the stairs instead of the elevator. The more intense the activity, the more weight or calories you will burn. 

No. 2: Exercise help combats health conditions and diseases

Fear no heart disease like hypertension or low-density lipoprotein called bad cholesterol if you can exercise always. Because been active help boast high-density lipoprotein called good cholesterol that will help control the bad cholesterol which will now help your blood flow smoothly to all the vital organs in the body. Regular exercises can help treat, prevent and manage some diseases like type 2 diabetes, arthritis, some type of cancer and even depression.

No. 3: Exercise can improve your mood

Are you downcast or you want to relieve yourself of some emotional problems and even stress? A workout for at list 20 minutes will do the magic. Physical activity helps to release some brain chemicals that can make you live happier and look better. Looking better can boost your confidence and equally improve your self-esteem.

No. 4: Exercise help boost energy

Regular exercise can improve and build up your muscle and strength your body and thus boost your endurance. As I.said earlier, Exercise help blood flow to all the organ in the body and in the process deliver oxygen and nutrients to vital organs like the heart and lungs. And these two cardiovascular organs will boost your energy level and you will have enough energy to perform your daily chores.

No. 5: Exercise can help you sleep better
Stay away from those sleeping drugs because exercise can help you better. Physical activities will help you relaxed and you will sleep fast and even deeper but do not exercise few hours before you go to bed.
Please for health reasons before you start any form of exercise it is good you see your doctor or healthcare provider. And if you have not been in physical activity for a long time

causes and treatment for indigestion

Indigestion is caused by a digestive disorder inside the digestive system or a bad eating habit. Indigestion goes with pains in the stomach and bloating, Heartburn and nausea are common features of indigestion and even vomiting. Other common symptoms of indigestion include feeling full always and not being able to eat more food, having a burning sensation inside the stomach or within the esophagus and also having excessive gas in the stomach or belching. Terminal diseases like stomach cancer can also cause indigestion that is why you must not overlook or ignore any form of indigestion.  See your doctor right away especially if you are experiencing  any of the following, severe vomiting, vomit that is bloody, several and unexplained weight loss or dark stools
Common Causes of Indigestion
Apart from the issue of terminal diseases like cancerIn some cases, indigestion is caused by overeating or when you eat too fast. Foods that are too spicy and greasy can also cause indigestion and even fatty foods can also increase the risk of you having indigestion. As I wrote in my other post-,   lying down too soon after you have eating can also trigger indigestion. There are other causes of indigestion that you might not know like smoking, too much alcohol and side effects of medication. 
Diseases that can also cause indigestion include acid reflux, gastric cancer, pancreatic or bile duct problems and even peptic ulcer. Sometimes indigestion happens because of abnormal muscle motility This can be called functional dyspepsia or squeezing action.
Treatment for Indigestion
Some medications can treat indigestion and there are so many Over-the-counter drugs like antacids that can help you treat indigestion but you need to see your healthcare provider for proper medical investigation if the indigestion is caused by any of the causes mention above.
I will advise you go for lifestyle changes to treat your indigestion problems because the medication is not the only treatment option to improve digestion. Examples are, 
1, Eat smaller meals anytime you want to eat.
2, Avoid any spicy and fatty foods that can trigger indigestion.
3, Do not rush your food while eating 
4, After eating, stay for at list 3 hours before lying down.
5, Stop smoking.
6, Reduce the amount of alcohol you consume.  
7, Lower your stress by getting plenty of rest.

Natural ways to treat heartburn

Heartburn is an uncomfortable and unbearable burning sensation in your chest right behind the breastbone. Heartburn is caused by acid reflux, There is a ring of muscle that allows food into your stomach if this born relaxes when it shouldn’t. there will be a problem because it will allow acid from the stomach goes back up to your esophagus, and when there is too much acid in the esophagus, there will be heartburn. As painful it might be there are natural ways to treat heartburn 

   natural ways to treat heartburn

1. baking soda
A baking soda or sodium bicarbonate as it is called can help curb that burning, sensation in your chest caused by acid reflux. Baking soda has a PH close to 8.0 and can neutralize stomach acid. It can treat heartburn naturally because it is a base substance. Just add 1 teaspoon of baking soda into one glass of water, stir the mixture and drink at once and that mixture of one glass is okay for one day. please do not take for more than a week because it contains a lot of salt which can curse some side effect.
. 2 Aloe juice
Aloe juice is one of the natural ways to treat heartburn because it contains some ant inflammation compound that helps heal burns and it can also help with heartburn because it can reduce inflammation. Just take a glass of aloe vera juice before any meal or when you just notice the heartburn and it will calm the system down. You can take it whenever for it has no side effect. While buying get the one that has the laxative component remove.
3. Chew gum
Dental Research has shown that if you chew sugar-free chew gum, it helps clear heartburn within minutes because as you are chewing gum it stimulates the salivary gland to produce more saliva and all the acid built up in your esophagus will be diluted and cleared away.  Mind you, sugar-free chew gum. After a meal, take one sugar-free gum into your mouth and chew for about 40 minutes to clear out any possible heartburn.
4.  don’t lie down just after eating
Heartburn will be worse at night, so do not lie down after you just eat. Stay at list 3 to 4 hours after a meal. If you lie down few minutes after the meal the digested content and fluid will move back into the esophagus and this will curse more acid in that region. While you sleep elevate your head about 5 inches I will not advise you use a pillow because you can slip off the pillow while sleeping. Just place a wedge-shaped pillow under your foam or mattress while dressing in it before bedtime.
5. Change eating habit
One of the ways to treat heartburn is to check your eating habit I mean how you eat when you eat and what you eat.  Don’t take giant size mouthfuls of food into your mouth. Smaller bites are better so that your stomach will digest the food easily and still perform the functions of removing excess acid out of the stomach. Mind what you eat because there are some foods that can trigger heartburn, foods like citrus fruits, deep-fried foods, and even spicy foods. Foods like banana or apple are good they contain natural antacids. 

home remedies for a stomach ulcer

A stomach ulcer can also be called a gastric ulcer, this is a sore that occurs in the lining of the stomach. It can also develop in any other or upper part of the intestine. Stomach ulcers are cursed by harmful effects of acids in the stomach and this too much acid in the stomach is a curse by a bacteria called H. pylori.
It is known that about four hundred million people alive have stomach ulcers and two in every 20 people suffers from stomach ulcer during their lifetime. Sometimes ulcers can recur and more than once in a lifetime, you need and sometimes it can come along with serious complications like bleeding, But before it gets to that stage that you now have to call your healthcare provider, there are trusted and tested home remedies that can help you treat that stomach ulcer 

Some home remedies 

I never believe this until I tried it myself it works like magic Cabbage is a powerful remedy for stomach ulcer. it contains a lot of lactic acids and some amount of vitamin c, cabbage produces amino acids that help blood flow to the stomach lining. When there is much blood flow to the stomach, the lining of the stomach is strengthened and the ulcer is healed.
To treat stomach ulcer, bananas are very effective. You can use ripe or unripe bananas to treat an ulcer. Bananas are very common and some of us never knew it can be used to treat an ulcer. Bananas contain antibacterial compounds can limit the growth of H. pylori the bacterial that curses stomach ulcer.
Bananas also help in wiping out acid from the stomach lining thus living the lining strengthens. And it also contains some compounds that help reduce inflammation in the stomach lining. Eating up to four ripe bananas a day will help to treat it. I like it dry just dry up the bananas and eat like that or mix it with honey and take the mixture always.

3 wonderful kola
This wonderful herbal fruit is found in Nigeria. it can be used in the treatment of many other health issues. it will benefit you if you are managing ulcer and you eat it always. wonderful kola help increase the platelet count and nitric oxide levels in the body. which is very beneficial to the healing process of stomach ulcer. Because of its anti-bacteria functions it help the body fight against the bacteria that causes ulcer.

Natural Ways to Lower Stress

It is true that ninety-five percent of diseases are cursed by Stress and stress is an everyday routine expectation for any man or woman if you do not take charge of your lifestyle. Meaning, you are exposed to stress every day and this can affect your health. However, there are natural ways to lower stress and these natural ways work better than other stress management strategies.
Here are natural ways to lower stress.
1 Meditate
Meditation is called mindfulness and it is one effective way to lower stress. Even when you have a hectic day, meditation done for at list 20-30 minutes a day can help lower your stress.
Meditation is very easy to do and it can be done anywhere; simply clear your mind, create some silent time for yourself and allow those your thoughts to run freely. The main aim here is to refocus attention while clearing your mind of any unwanted thoughts that have filled your mind.
Mediation sessions require you to work on your breathing because deep breathing that can calm your mind, lower blood pressure and regulate the heart rate.
2. Exercise
Exercise like yoga, tai chi or even aerobics can help lower stress naturally. The gentler forms of exercise, help in clearing out the mind, and while you go through the whole day without stress. The more vigorous forms of exercise will help you remove your mind from the issues of the day while you focus on your body movement and how you are going to achieve your aim for the game. I am talking about exercises like football, basketball, swimming or even a tennis game. Exercise helps lower stress by increasing your endorphins level, and also your mood.
3. Baths
Soaking yourself in warm water after a stressful day helps the body for proper blood circulation and release of muscle pains and tension. For the body to achieve this is very easy, you know when you bath with warm or hot water your body temperature and heart rate will increase and for it to come back to normal, the body perspires and this helps the body remove toxins. And the blood vessels will open up and this will improve blood circulation, and in the process remove stress causing acid from muscle.
5. Massage
Massage help blood to circulate properly in the body especially the head. Massage is a very powerful way to lower stress what it does to the body is that it helps to open up blocked channels, remove muscular tension and also calm your mind.
I will recommend reflexology or foot massaging and Swedish massage where long, gentle strokes are used to massage the body.