Health

Why cashew nuts should be go-to snack

The cashew seed is often considered a nut in the culinary sense; and the nut, native to South America with a soft consistency and sweet flavour, is eaten on its own, and can be found all over the world. In Rwanda, cashew nuts can be found in supermarkets and some nutritional clinics. For...

Monday, August 31, 2020 - 12:08am

Modern diet and its impact on health

Harvesting food while conserving natural resources, and meeting the demands of a growing global population, is the goal of modern farming and ranching practices. Some of these practices include; food biotechnology - which involves a range of processes used to enhance foods through various...

Monday, August 31, 2020 - 12:06am

Can’t sleep? Here’s what you should know

Being unable to sleep is not only frustrating, it can hinder productivity at work, not to mention put one’s health at risk. For some people, falling asleep is not a problem. However, many others have difficulty falling and staying asleep throughout the night. Health experts say that the...

Monday, August 24, 2020 - 12:08am

Why green tea is good for you

Looking for a natural source of caffeine? Nutritionists say green tea, a popular beverage consumed worldwide, is the way to go. Green tea is derived from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant and comes in several varieties. It can be enjoyed hot, cold or even in powdered form, and it’s...

Monday, August 24, 2020 - 12:07am

Reasons for getting a good night’s rest

Sleep specialists encourage getting at least seven hours of sleep each night. Medics explain that a single night of poor sleep can leave one feeling lazy and too tired to work efficiently, exercise, or eat healthfully. And over time, continued sleep deprivation raises the risk of a number of...

Monday, August 24, 2020 - 12:06am

How to get a healthy glow without makeup

Many people, especially women, desire to have fair and glowing skin. While many use makeup as a way to attain good skin, there are other ways to have clear skin without wearing makeup. Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, wearing face masks is one of the ways to prevent the spread of the virus....

Monday, August 17, 2020 - 12:13am

The health benefits of sesame seeds

Sesame is a flowering plant in the species sesamum, also called benne. Numerous wild relatives occur in Africa and a smaller number in India. It is widely naturalised in tropical regions around the world and cultivated for its edible seeds, which grow in pods. Although sesame seeds are imported...

Monday, August 17, 2020 - 12:12am

Health impacts of air pollution

World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that seven million deaths globally were attributed to the combined effects of the household and ambient air pollution in 2016. About 94 per cent of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.  Based on the current scenario of...

Monday, August 17, 2020 - 12:11am

What should nursing mothers eat?

World Health Organization recommends all mothers to initiate breastfeeding as soon as possible after birth, within the first hour after delivery. Mothers are expected to receive practical support to enable them to initiate and establish breastfeeding and manage common breastfeeding difficulties...

Monday, August 10, 2020 - 12:04am

Healthy reasons to have a smoothie

When it comes to health benefits, smoothies are always a better option than juice, nutritionists say.  This is so because juice often lacks the pulp of fruits and vegetables. In addition, peeling fruits or vegetables before putting them into a juicer makes them prone to germs and oxidation...

Monday, August 10, 2020 - 12:03am

A guide to postpartum weight loss

After having a baby, many women wonder how long it takes to lose baby weight and bounce back to a pre-baby body.  ‘There are lots of things you can do to get into shape again. But it’s really important to give yourself a break: Your body just birthed another being. Things moved...

Monday, August 10, 2020 - 12:01am

Local study reveals causes of primary infertility prevalence in Rwanda

A new study has revealed that the overall prevalence of primary infertility caused by chromosomal abnormalities was at 25.4 per cent among the patients who consulted the genetic department. Dubbed “Prevalence of primary infertility caused by chromosomal abnormalities and assessment of...

Monday, August 3, 2020 - 10:47am

You need spiced tea; here’s why

Spiced tea can either be black or with milk, depending on one’s preference. Generally, studies have shown that spiced tea offers not only benefits of tea, but also the various spices added. Spiced tea typically contains a high amount of antioxidants that help strengthen one’s...

Monday, August 3, 2020 - 10:46am

Pregnancy diet: Why you should focus on essential nutrition

Pregnancy is a critical period where nutrition requirement increases in that the expectant woman needs extra nutrients to sustain herself and the foetus. Private Kamanzi, a dietician and nutritionist at Amazon Nutrition Cabinet in Kigali that deals with diet, physical wellness and lifestyle,...

Monday, August 3, 2020 - 10:44am

Mood swings: What are they?

Research reckons that changes in the hormone oestrogen are what triggers mood swings. In the days and weeks before a period, a woman’s oestrogen levels escalate and fall intensely. They level out one to two days after menstruation begins. These shifts may affect mood and behaviour. “...

Sunday, August 2, 2020 - 11:18pm

Stunting in children: Early intervention key in fight

Recently, a ten-day outreach campaign on hygiene, nutrition and modern family planning was launched in Nyabihu District. This, according to health ministry officials, was partly geared towards curbing stunting in children below the age of five, which is still a challenge in the country....

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 2:40pm

Can dark chocolate keep the doctor away?

Although chocolate consumption has long been associated with conditions such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, and hypertension, chocolate is believed to contain high levels of antioxidants. Some studies have suggested chocolate could lower cholesterol levels and prevent memory decline. It is...

Monday, July 27, 2020 - 12:08am

How yoga can ease menstrual cramps

Many women who menstruate experience period pain (dysmenorrhea) for one to two days every month.  Menstrual cramps occur when the uterus contracts to shed the uterine lining. This can cause pain in the stomach, lower back, groin or upper thighs. Aniket Ukey, a yoga trainer and fitness...

Monday, July 27, 2020 - 12:07am

What is hydrotherapy and how does it work?

Although hydrotherapy is very effective in physiotherapy rehabilitation, Charles Munyambonera, a physical therapist in Kigali, says it is not used as much within. He says that this form of treatment is very effective, especially for people with rheumatic ailments. “This is because when...

Monday, July 27, 2020 - 12:06am

Kidney beans; health benefits and more

The kidney bean is a reddish- brown or speckled legume with the colour and shape of a kidney. It is a popular variety of ‘ibishyimbo’ the local name for the common bean. Though available in markets countrywide, they are more concentrated in Gicumbi District to the north. When...

Monday, July 27, 2020 - 12:04am

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