Looking for an easy way of shedding weight and losing stubborn belly fat? This simple Ginger and lemon recipe is all you need!

Shedding weight and losing belly fat is almost a mission impossible to many. Are you afraid that you may not be able to wear that perfect dinner dress because of your protruding tummy? Worry no more. This simple recipe will give you back your slim waist line in no time.

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1. Bring one cup of water to boil and bring it down.

2. Add a slice of fresh ginger, cover and allow it to steep for at least five minutes.

3. Squeeze the juice from one fresh lemon; add into the ginger water and drink.

Drink this tea every morning before breakfast and watch how you lose weight and belly fat in less than two weeks.

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7 great tips that will help you get pregnant quickly and easily: A must read!

Are you a woman who is worried about delay in getting pregnant or a man who is getting worried about your inability to get your woman pregnant? Worry no more!

Age and infertility issues are two of the greatest problems preventing women from conceiving when they want to. These problems can be solved by simple treatment methods and in some cases stringent tests and treatments are required. However, the tips below will help you get pregnant easily and without stress.

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1. Go for medical checkup: Infections and other sexually transmitted diseases can frustrate your effort to get pregnant. It is important therefore that you get tested in the hospital and complete your treatment as untreated infections can have adverse long term effects on your reproductive system.

2. Healthy eating habit and maintaining correct weight: Couples need to eat healthy if they must avoid delayed conception. Diets rich in vitamins and minerals, Omega 3 acids, fresh fruits and leafy vegetables, foods rich in folic acid like greens and broccoli are recommended as well as the consumption of at least 2 liters of water per day.

3. Avoid smoking, alcohol and caffeinated beverages: Oh yes, you need to cut down on alcohol intake if you want to be called a parent soon. Research has shown that smoking reduces your fertility by 50%. Also, ongoing research says that caffeine rich food reduces the flow of blood to the uterus and penis.

4. Have sex on your fertile days: Yes, you need to form the habit of being intimate with your husband on your fertile days. Ovulation occurs between day 9 and 14 of your menstrual cycle, so you don’t have to worry if you don’t have an ovulation prediction kit, we just gave you the days to watch out for.

5. Avoid Cycling or Biking: Men should avoid or cut down the hours they bike or cycle. Research has proven that too much rubbing of the groin and pelvis on the bicycle seat may lead to difficulty in getting and maintaining erection.

6. Avoid the use of some Vagina Products: Are you one who loves to use vagina products that contain chemicals such as lubricants, glycerin, vagina sprays, scented typhoons, vagina tightening soaps etc? Then you need to stop as they are potential sperm killers. Also, avoid douching, it hinders tactility of sperms.

7.Ideal sex position: there is no sex position that guarantees pregnancy. But, it is important that you opt for positions that will guarantee that the semen stays in the vaginal and cervical tract for some minutes.

Others reasons are: ensure that you always have morning sex always with your partner as sperms are said to be most potent in the morning. Avoid pressure sex, sex should be fun. Do not fret over sex, avoid stress and other strenuous activities, engage in the right exercises and avoid medications that can delay your chances of getting pregnant. Also, do not forget to pray, this is the most important!

Here are Four Nutritional and Health Benefits of Eating Oats

Taking cereals and oats could be very helpful to your body giving you the ability to fight diseases.

Oats (Avena sativa) are a cereal commonly eaten in the form of oatmeal or rolled oats.

They are mainly eaten as porridge, as an ingredient in breakfast cereals and in baked goods (oatcakes, oat cookies and oat bread). Over the past few decades oats have become a very popular “health food”.

Oats are loaded in dietary fiber (containing more than any other grain) and have a range of healthy cholesterol-lowering properties.

This MNT Knowledge Center feature is part of a collection of articles on the health benefits of popular foods.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration claims that oats, as part of an overall heart healthy diet, could lower the risk of heart disease.

The possible health benefits of oats include: reducing the risk of coronary artery disease, lowering levels of cholesterol, and reducing one’s risk of colorectal cancer.

1) Oats and coronary artery disease
A study titled “Oats at 10 Years”, published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, found that eating foods rich in whole-oat sources of soluble fiber (oats, oat bran, and oat flour) may help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.3

The Editor of the journal, Dr. James M. Rippe, said:

“This is an extremely important study. It tracked the value of oat-based products and showed the correlation between consumption and a healthier lifestyle. It is an outstanding benchmark.”

2) Colorectal cancer
Researchers in Britain and the Netherlands pooled published evidence that covered nearly 2 million people to evaluate whether a high fiber diet (mainly from whole grains and cereals like oats) is linked to a lower risk of colorectal cancer.

The study found that for every additional 10g of fiber in someone’s diet there is a 10% reduction in their risk of developing colorectal cancer.4

3) Blood pressure
An article published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that a diet which includes plenty of whole-grains (such as oats or wholemeal bread) is just as effective as taking anti-hypertensive medication in lowering blood pressure.5

4) Digestion and obesity
According to a wide-reaching collection of scientific reviews published in the October 2014 supplement issue of the British Journal of Nutrition, oats may play an important role in improving satiety, diet quality and digestive, cardiovascular and general metabolic health.

Whole grains are often recommended for their beneficial effects on the gastrointestinal tract. The researchers suggest potential health effects ranging from improved immune health to reducing risk for obesity and chronic disease.

According to the supplement, epidemiological evidence suggests that regular consumption of whole-grain foods may be correlated with lower body mass index (BMI). The researchers state that eating oats appears to help reduce hunger and increase feelings of fullness.

Nutritional breakdown of oats
Dietary fiber – oats are rich in a specific type of fiber called beta-glucan. This particular type of fiber is known to help lower levels of bad cholesterol. One cup (81g) of dry oats contains 8.2 grams of fiber1, the recommended daily intake of fiber is 25g for women and 38g for men.2

Minerals – oats contain manganese, selenium, phosphorus, fiber, magnesium, and zinc. Oats are also rich in carotenoids, tocols (Vitamin E), flavonoids and avenanthramides – a class of polyphenols.

Calories – one cup of dry oats (81g) contains approximately 307 calories.

Risks and precautions when consuming oats
Although oats don’t contain gluten, in rare cases they are grown in the same fields as wheat or barley and these crops can sometimes contaminate oats with gluten. Therefore, those who suffer from gluten intolerance may have to exercise caution when eating oats.

Here are Nutritional and Health Benefits of Onions You Don’t know

Eating onions can be very helpful to your health. Experts say it can help you cure some medical illnesses.

Onions are part of the allium family of vegetables and herbs, which also includes chives, garlic, scallions and leeks. Allium vegetables have been cultivated for centuries for not only their characteristic, pungent flavours but also for their medicinal properties.

Onions can vary in size, shape, color and flavour. The most common types are red, yellow and white onion. Flavours can vary from sweet and juicy with a mild flavour to sharp, spicy, and pungent, often depending on the season in which they are grown and consumed. The possible health benefits of consuming onions include lowering the risk of several types of cancer, improving mood and maintaining the health of skin and hair.

Nutritional breakdown of onions

Consuming onions could lower the risk of several types of cancer, improve mood and maintain the health of skin and hair.

Onions are a nutrient-dense food, meaning that while they are low in calories they are high in beneficial nutrients like vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. One cup of chopped onion contains approximately 64 calories, 15 grams of carbohydrate, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of cholesterol, three grams of fibre , seven grams of sugar, two grams of protein and 10 per cent or more of the daily value for vitamin C, vitamin B-6 and manganese. Onions also contain small amounts of calcium, iron, folate, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium and the antioxidants quercetin and sulfur.

Possible health benefits of consuming onions

Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions. Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like mangoes decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality, diabetes, heart disease and promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, overall lower weight.

Cancer: Allium vegetables have been studied extensively in relation to cancer, especially stomach and colorectal cancers. Their beneficial and preventative effects are likely due in part to their rich organosulfur compounds. Although the exact mechanism by which these compounds inhibit cancer is unknown, possible hypothesis include the inhibition of tumor growth and mutagenesis and prevention of free radical formation.

Onions are also a source of the strong antioxidant vitamin C that helps to combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer.

Colon cancer: High fiber intakes from all fruits and vegetables are associated with a lowered risk of colorectal cancer.

Prostate cancer: In a study published by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers used a population-based, case-controlled study to investigate the relationship between allium vegetable intake and prostate cancer. They found that men with the highest intake of allium vegetables had the lowest risk for prostate cancer.

Esophageal and stomach cancer: Frequent intake of allium vegetables has been inversely related with the risk of esophageal and stomach cancer. Several survey-based human studies have demonstrated the potential protective effects of consuming alliums, as well as reports of tumor inhibition following administration of allium compounds in experimental animals.

Listen Up Guys! Here are 7 Medical Test Every Man Should Take Right Now

One major way to prevent anyone from suffering because of illnesses, is to go for certain medical tests. For the men, these are medical tests you should take right away.

Admit it, guys: You don’t even like going to the doctor when there’s something wrong, let alone for preventative check-ups. But being proactive about your health—by getting recommended screenings for serious conditions and diseases—could mean you’ll spend less time at the doctor’s office down the road.

Depending on age, family history, and lifestyle factors, people need different tests at different times in their lives. Here’s a good overview for all men to keep in mind.

1. Diabetes

You may never need a screening for diabetes if you maintain a healthy weight and have no other risk factors for the disease (such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure). But for most men over 45—especially overweight men—a fasting plasma glucose test, or an A1C test, is a good idea, says Kevin Polsley, MD, assistant professor of internal medicine at Loyola University Health System in Chicago.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also recommends diabetes screenings for overweight adults younger than 45 who have a family history of the disease, or who are of African American, Asian American, Latino, Native American, or Pacific Islander descent.

Fasting plasma glucose and A1C are both blood tests that should be done in your doctor’s office. The A1C test does not require fasting beforehand, but if your doctor wants to test you using fasting plasma glucose, you will be asked not to eat or drink anything but water for eight hours beforehand.

2. Sexually Transmitted Infections

Even if you’ve been in a monogamous relationship for years, it’s not a bad idea to get tested if you haven’t already done so. Many common sexually transmitted infections can go undiagnosed for years. For example, people can go as long as 10 years without showing symptoms of HIV. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that everyone ages 15 to 65 be screened for HIV at least once. This is especially important, Dr. Polsley says, if you have had unprotected sex, used injected drugs, or had a blood transfusion between 1978 and 1985.

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a one-time hepatitis C screening for all adults born between 1945 and 1965, regardless of risk factors. “Believe it or not, there’s a lot of hepatitis C cases out there in which people either don’t have symptoms yet or don’t know what’s causing their symptoms,” says Dr. Polsley. “Screening for STIs is something I offer as routine at just about every physical, regardless of a patient’s age or health history.”

3. Body Mass Index

You don’t need to make an appointment to figure out your body mass index, a measure of body fat based on your height and weight. Regardless of whether you calculate this stat yourself or your physician does the math for you, it’s important to be aware of this number, says Dr. Polsley.

A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal weight. Although this calculation isn’t perfect—and can sometimes label healthy people as overweight or vice versa—most doctors agree that it’s still an important component of assessing overall health. “It can be a very good opportunity to discuss diet and exercise, and to show our patients how important these things are,” Dr. Polsley says.

4. Cholesterol

The American Heart Association recommends men have their cholesterol levels tested every four to six years once they turn 20. “Men have an overall higher risk for cardiovascular disease than women, and high cholesterol is often a big part of that,” Dr. Polsley says. But your doctor may want to screen you earlier (and more often) if you have heart disease risk factors such as diabetes, tobacco use, or high blood pressure.

Cholesterol is measured by a blood test, and your doctor may ask you not to eat for 9 to 12 hours beforehand. Generally, a cholesterol test will measure your levels of total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and triglycerides. Depending on your results, your doctor may make dietary recommendations or prescribe a cholesterol-lowering medication like a statin.

5. Blood pressure

Like high cholesterol, high blood pressure is often a symptomless condition—but luckily, the test for hypertension is quick and painless, involving a rubber cuff that squeezes the arm and measures the flow of blood through a large artery in the bicep. “You should have your blood pressure checked pretty much every time you see your doctor,” says Dr. Polsley, starting at age 18.

Don’t get to the doc often? Have it checked at least every two years, or yearly if your numbers were previously considered borderline (a top “systolic” number above 120 or bottom “diastolic” number higher than 80).

You can check your blood pressure at health fairs, in pharmacies, or at home with a monitoring device. If your systolic pressure cracks 130 or your diastolic goes over 85, your doctor may recommend lifestyle modifications—like exercising more and eating less salt—or they might prescribe medication.

6. Colonoscopy

Most men should be screened for colon cancer beginning at age 50, but those with a family history of the disease may benefit from earlier testing. Men and women alike tend to dread this test—in which a small camera is inserted into the anus and explores the large intestine for polyps or other signs of cancer—but Dr. Polsley says it’s not as bad as it sounds.

“The preparation for the test is actually the worst part,” he says: You’ll need to empty your bowels completely before the exam, which may involve not eating solid foods for one to three days, drinking lots of clear liquids, or taking laxatives. “The actual colonoscopy shouldn’t be too uncomfortable, because you’re sedated through the whole thing.”

But here’s the bright side: If your doctor doesn’t find anything suspicious, you won’t need another colonoscopy for up to 10 years.

7. Prostate exam

Screening for prostate cancer is more controversial than for other cancers, says Dr. Polsley, and some studies have shown that these tests can be expensive and unnecessary, and may do more harm than good. But he suggests that all men over 50 at least talk with their doctors about the pros and cons of these tests—usually either a digital rectal exam (in which the doctor inserts a gloved finger, or digit, into the rectum to feel for lumps and abnormalities) and a PSA test, which measures a protein called prostate-specific antigen in the blood.

Prostate cancer screenings can and do save lives, but they may also result in false-positive or false-negative results. And because many cases of prostate cancer progress very slowly, some men (especially older men) don’t benefit from aggressive treatment. Whether you decide to get screened for prostate cancer should be a decision you make with your doctor, says Dr. Polsley. In the meantime, it’s important to know the symptoms of an enlarged prostate—like having to urinate frequently or having trouble urinating—which could also signal cancer.

Seven easy ways to become a better version of yourself in 2017

To have a successful, productive and fabulous year, you might need to drop some habits and pick up new ones.

Here are 7 tips that will help you in 2017.

1. Stop procrastinating

Virtually everyone is guilty of this, irrespective of age group. Procrastination is a deep grave where destinies are buried.

In 2017, be more assertive and prompt with whatever decision you make.

You plan to take fitness classes? Go for it. You want to learn how to drive? Don’t procrastinate. Do it.

2. Get off social media… live a little

Smartphones, gadgets, social media and the internet control the world’s attention and Nigeria is no exception

In the coming year, look for other hobbies/interests that would help develop your skills.

Away from social media, you can use your free time to add value to yourself in many ways.

3. Be positive; compliment yourself

Compliment yourself occasionally for the great things you do rather than constantly worrying about your shortcomings.

See the good in yourself, have a sense of purpose and keep your dreams alive; and above all, do a daily evaluation of your life.

4. Stop using ‘busy’ to ignore everyone

In the coming year, no matter how busy you may be, create time for your loved ones. Don’t let your job take their place; they would always be there when the job is no more.

In 2017, reply their text messages and pick up their calls.

5. Don’t compare yourself with others

Life is in phases and where you are at the moment was once experienced by others, so, don’t compare your life with theirs.

Focus on yourself, believe in your potentials and don’t hate on anyone’s pace.

6. Don’t overwork yourself

Money must be made but that doesn’t mean you have to overstretch yourself all the time.

Try your best to find a balance between work and life.

7. You aren’t always right

Take corrections in love in 2017. They’ll take you far.

When you’re corrected, heed to corrections and accept responsibility for your actions.

Very important Health checks every Man needs to make in 2017 (MUST READ)

The year 2017 has rolled into today. It brings with it a carry over of the recession in the country. Expectedly, there is an upping of the pressure on the average Nigeria to just to survive but succeed and have a reasonable good life.

For both men and women, it is vital to have good health to be able to pursue personal goals that ultimately lead to success in any endeavour. On the average, women tend to take better care of their health than men.

A woman is more likely to go to see a doctor if she notices any signs in her body. Men are more likely to just ignore the signs and trudge on.

A man is more likely to drive his car to his mechanic to check out the funny sound he heard as he drove out from the house.

In essence men get their cars tuned regularly, change the engine oil and plugs, visit the car wash and generally keep their cars sparkling clean. But visit a doctor for a health check? Nooooo, not the average man!

“Our busy lives and work schedules often prevent us from seeking routine preventive care,” says Robert W. Brenner, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Founder of the Preventive Medicine Program at New Jersey-based Summit Medical Group. “But evidence-based preventive medicine is cost-effective and reduces the risk of illness and disease.”

“Cars get routine check-ups. So do planes,” adds Daniel Cosgrove, MD, Medical Director of the WellMax Center in La Quinta, California. “But for our bodies, the most precious thing we have, we wait for symptoms. And unfortunately, most diseases are far advanced by the time one gets symptoms.”

Based on your individual health conditions, your doctor will determine which tests you should have, and how often to have them, but in general, the medical exams suggested below will help keep your body as a finely tuned machine throughout your life.

Now that you are in your 20s

You need to have an annual physical exam by your family doctor, who will check your blood pressure, measure your height and weight and determine your body-mass index (BMI). He will send for screening for testicular cancer, and also teach you how to do monthly self-exams. He will also test your cholesterol level (this test must be repeated after five years.)

Depending on your individual circumstances, your doctor may want to do an electrocardiogram to check for heart disease, and blood tests to screen for diabetes, thyroid disease, liver problems, and anaemia.

Again, depending on risk factors, your doctor may also recommend screening for sexually transmitted diseases, HIV infection, and alcohol abuse.

As you step into the 30s

Now that you have stepped into your 30s, you still need to repeat the tests you did in your 20s.

But beyond those tests, you must necessarily undergo vision examination, to enable your doctor pick up early signs of problems in the eyes. You should also get screened for coronary heart disease, especially if you come from a family with strong history and/or risk factors for cardiac diseases.

Life in the swinging 40s

Your first set of medical tests, expectedly, would be the routine blood pressure as well as height and weight checks. In fact you should by now be familiar with how to determine your BMI. Then of course, you have to do screening for testicular cancer.

Similarly, find out your cholesterol level, which give an indication of the risk of other systemic problems.

The doctor would also ask you to have an electrocardiogram to check for heart disease, and blood tests to screen for thyroid disease, liver problems, and anemia. Now this very important: you must check for early signs of prostate problems, now that you are in the 40s. You should also do diabetes screening, and repeat it every three years. If the test proves negative, and you have passed 45 years, it should be repeated after three years.

Depending on the risk factors, for instance, if you are smoker, your doctor may also recommend screening for oral cancer. He would also conduct routine check for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), vision examination and screen you for coronary heart disease, if you come from a with strong family history and/or risk factors.

In the golden 50s and 60s

With the advancement of age, the human body needs more care just like an aging car. Beyond the now routine tests, such as annual physical examination, regular blood pressure check, BMI monitoring, testicular cancer check, cholesterol check, you need to have an annual screen for Type II diabetes.

Again as noted earlier, your risk factors will determine whether you should be screened oral cancer and other soft tissues cancers and STDs.

Now that you are in mid life, you need to undergo screening for lipid disorders, have an annual electrocardiogram, vision and hearing examinations, screening for prostate and colon cancer (with fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy at age 50.

And of course, your doctor will screen for coronary heart disease, particularly if you come from a family with a strong history of cardiac conditions and/or risk factors. He will also screen you for abdominal aortic aneurysm, and carry out carotid artery ultrasound screening, vision and hearing examinations.

He will check you for osteoporosis and screen for lung cancer – depending on the risk factors peculiar to your situation. He would continue colorectal screening based upon previous studies and results.

SHISHA: The Good, Bad and Ugly Side of Smokers’ Fad

A female undergraduate of a tertiary institution in Lagos, has disclosed that smoking shisha is the perfect way to unwind in the evening as a new report makes some shocking revelations.

What is shisha?

Shisha is a glass-bottomed water pipe in which fruit-flavoured tobacco is covered with foil and roasted with charcoal. It is also known as hookah, narghiles, arghilehs or hubble-bubbles. The fruit or molasses sugar used for sweetening the tobacco gives the smoke a more aromatic scent than normal cigarette smoke.

Speaking exclusively to Daily Sun, 26-year-old Sandra, an undergraduate of a tertiary institution in Lagos, said that smoking shisha is the perfect way to unwind in the evening.

“After a long day, I usually go to a shisha joint,” she revealed as she inhaled a mouthful of the substance, exhaling smoke that swirled in the air, creating a temporary cloud.

“It relaxes me the same way that some people will enjoy a bottle of beer or need a cigarette to keep going while they’re working. I like to enjoy my shisha. If I don’t do it, it feels like I’m missing something.”

While speaking at a drinking joint in Okokomaiko, Lagos, where shisha was on offer, the young man in charge, Samson Ekpo, a shisha smoker, disclosed that the popular flavourings for shisha include apple, plum, coconut, mango, mint, strawberry and cola.

“Either wood or charcoal is burnt in the shisha pipe to heat the tobacco and create the smoke, because the fruit syrup or sugar makes the tobacco damp,” he explained. Usually, the tobacco pipe with a long flexible tube is connected to a container where the smoke is cooled by passing it through water.

At parties and drinking joints, shisha pipes are conspicuously displayed, making it smoking a fad on the rise. The desire for the potpourri of chemicals cuts across ages and social strata. Even popular celebrities are not left out.

Emmanuel Adebayor, the Togolese soccer star, proudly displayed his picture where he was savouring the aroma on his Instagram page. Sometime ago, it was alleged that the wife of a former Super Eagles player proudly shared a photo of herself inhaling and exhaling mouthfuls of shisha at a club.

A Nollywood star, after divorcing her husband, allegedly shared a picture of herself puffing shisha in Dubai. One popular controversial Nigerian singer also shared her picture having a ball puffing shisha in a lounge.

Why we smoke shisha

Reasons for puffing shisha vary from one user to the other. For Aisha, a young lady in her early thirties, it is a sociable fad. “I tried shisha after my friends said that it’s relaxing. But I didn’t get the same effect. I’m just interested because it seems it’s a social thing,” she said.

“It’s definitely a social thing for me, being a non-drinker,” Rocky, an Indian, told a reporter, “It’s a great way to chill out with friends or family without alcohol being consumed. Plus, the atmosphere is awesome, very calm, it also tends to raise interesting cultural discussions. Also, it tastes good.”

Another Indian respondent said online that shisha was actually invented in India. “So it should make you feel Indian. I don’t know why it’s associated with Middle Eastern culture when, in fact, more Indians smoke it,” he noted.

At Regional Hotel in Isashi, Lagos, another spot where shisha is sold, the bottles were on display at one end of the wide-open bar, steaming and beckoning on patrons. Blessing, a 25-year-old man, told the reporter, “Shisha is good for elderly people. It works well for the heart and waist. It is not as harmful as cigarettes.”

However, a medical doctor, Dr. Khalid Anis, disagreed, enumerating the implications of smoking shisha.

An online report stated that shisha smoking was as damaging as smoking cigarettes because it contains nicotine and caustic compounds such as tar, carbon-monoxide, cobalt and lead, and a host of cancer-causing chemicals in amounts equal to or greater than that of cigarettes. The effect, according to the report, is that “carbon monoxide replaces oxygen in red blood cells, making it harder for the body to deliver oxygen to vital organs, which could lead to organ damage.”

The report further stated that shisha could be addictive: “It produces similar increased blood nicotine levels and heart rate as cigarettes. The inhaled substances trigger chemical reactions in nerve endings. This releases dopamine, which is associated with the feeling of pleasure. This seems to play an important role in nicotine addiction. A shisha smoker is still smoking tobacco and the nicotine in it causes dependence after using it for several times.

“Shisha can spread infectious diseases like tuberculosis, herpes, and hepatitis. Viral infections can be transmitted through the sharing of the same mouthpiece, a common custom in many cultures.”

However, a niche tobacco expert, Dr. Kamal Chaouachi, insists that most of the reports, including that of the World Health Organisation, are “alarmist”, pointing out that there has not yet been enough research into the long-term effects of shisha smoking.

Chaouachi, who teaches at Paris IX University and has researched shisha for 15 years, said that comparing shisha with cigarettes amounted to comparing oranges with apples.

According to Chaouachi, studies led by independent researchers at the Royal University of Saudi Arabia have shown that shisha smoke is 30 times less concentrated in chemicals than cigarette smoke, contradicting the WHO’s warnings.

“It is ludicrous and anti-scientific to claim that hookah or shisha smoke is 200 times more toxic than cigarette smoke,” he said. “While about 5,000 chemicals have been identified so far in cigarette smoke, chemists and pharmacologists from Saudi Arabia only found 142 chemicals in shisha smoke. Also, a medical team in Pakistan found that shisha smoke could be much less carcinogenic and radioactive than cigarette smoke.”

These conflicting opinions about the health implications of shisha have left the choice of continuing or quitting in the hands of users.

One of such smokers, Paul Obinna, said he was considering quitting the habit, though he had been hooked on it for a while.

He said: “If you watch the way people smoke shisha, they take deliberate, deep breaths before exhaling, so there is a lot of smoke being inhaled. No doubt, inhaling tobacco smoke, whether it is from shisha or cigarettes, is never going to be good. I know that, but, at the end of the day, it is just something I enjoy.”

Here Are 8 Foods That Can Boost Your S*x Life

Looking for a way to boost your s*x drive? Here is the easiest ways to do it by eating the right food.

1. Spinach
Come to think of it, Popeye and Olive Oyl were always chasing one another around. Eating spinach will not only help you get Victoria’s Secret-ready—thanks to its appetite-suppressing compounds—but it will also put you in the mood by increasing blood flow below the belt. “Spinach is rich in magnesium, a mineral that decreases inflammation in blood vessels, increasing blood flow,” explains Cassie Bjork, RD, LD of Healthy Simple Life. “Increased blood flow drives blood to the extremities, which, like Viagra, can increase arousal and make sex more pleasurable,” says psychotherapist and sex expert Tammy Nelson Ph.D. “Women will find it is easier to have an orgasm, and men will find that erections come more naturally.”

2. Green Tea
The secret to a hotter nightlife starts with a hot cup of tea. Green tea is rich in compounds called catechins, which have been shown to blast away belly fat and speed the liver’s capacity for turning fat into energy. But that’s not all: Catechins also boost desire by promoting blood flow to your nether regions. “Catechins kill off free radicals that damage and inflame blood vessels, increasing their ability to transport blood,” says Bjork. “Catechins also cause blood vessel cells to release nitric oxide, which increases the size of the blood vessels, leading to improved blood flow,” she explains.

3. Pesto
Pine nuts, one of the key ingredients in pesto sauce, are exceptionally high in zinc, and women with higher levels of zinc in their system have been shown to have a higher sex drive than those with lower levels.

4. Red Wine
If you’re looking for a way to simultaneously boost your libido and calm those pre-date jitters, pour yourself a glass of red. Women who drank one to two glasses had heightened sexual desire compared to ladies who didn’t down any vino, a Journal of Sexual Medicine study found. (Just be sure to cut yourself off after your second glass; enjoying more than that didn’t stimulate any further arousal, and knocking back too much can stop the show before it starts.) What makes the elixir so beneficial is a rich antioxidant profile that triggers nitric oxide production in the blood, which relaxes artery walls. As with many of the foods on this list, that increases blood flow down south.

5. Steaks and Burgers
If your crazy-busy schedule is to blame for your lack of libido, you’re not alone. “One of the primary reasons couples stop having sex is because they’re tired, fatigued and stressed. But sometimes, there’s a biological component at play,” says Nelson. One of the causes of fatigue in women is iron deficiency. The condition can sap energy, which may result in a low sex drive, explains Nelson. Bjork concurs, adding, “Iron deficiency is common and can result in feelings of exhaustion, weakness and irritability, which doesn’t make anyone feel like getting intimate.”

6. Fatty Fish
It’s no secret that oily coldwater fish like wild salmon, sardines, and tuna are overflowing with omega-3 fatty acids, but here’s something you may not know: The nutrient not only benefits your heart but also raises dopamine levels in the brain. This spike in dopamine improves circulation and blood flow, triggering arousal, Bjork and Nelson explain. There’s more: “Dopamine will make you feel more relaxed and connected to your partner, which makes sex more fun,” adds Nelson.

7. Coffee
A recent survey discovered that the #1 spot for first dates is Starbucks. Looks like we’ve figured out why. In a recent study–albeit on animals–coffee consumption was found to make females more eager to engage in sex, and more likely to want it again after a brief rest. But studies show that men are more sensitive to caffeine than women are; guys begin to react within 10 minutes of sipping joe. Since decaf also creates an enhanced level of alertness, a buzz-free bean might be the right pick-me-up for guys who want to avoid first-date jitters.

8. Dark Chocolate
Good news, chocolate lovers: Your go-to indulgence can help get you in the mood. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids that have been shown to reduce stress and relax blood vessels, sending blood to all the right regions—no Twinkie can claim that. Those same flavonoids can also help diminish body fat, which can boost your confidence in bed, making it easier to focus on the main attraction. Just be sure to avoid the worst dark chocolates for weight loss and instead, opt for an ounce of our go-to bar, Lindt 85% Cocoa Excellence. It carries notes of sweet stone fruits and, unlike other bars, doesn’t contain alkalized cocoa, which contains far fewer beneficial flavonoids.

Foods that naturally enlarge b00bs and make them more attractive

Did nature curse you with breasts like zit-plasters, rather than bestowing the curvaceous bosom you desire? Even if you don’t have the full figure, you can still make your breast bigger with the help of certain foods and supplements. The following are 7 foods that can influence the size of your mammary glands and boost your breast size.

Milk

Ah the humble white stuff. Milk contains hormones that mimic hormones found in the human body, including estrogen, progesterone, and prolactin. They are not only found in cattle that have been treated with bovine hormones, but are present in the milk of all cows. Some believe that these female hormones present in cow milk may trigger breast growth. However, this effect hasn’t been proven.

However, unless you’re lactose intolerant, adding more cows’ milk to your diet will not be harmful, and may even help you boost your bust. Full or half-fat milk is better, because this milk has healthy fats, which may help increase your breast tissue.

Green Leafy Vegetables

Cabbage, spinach, watercress, and kale… These are all wonderful vegetables for your general health. But did you know that, if you want to enlarge your breast size, they could have another benefit?

Green leafy vegetables are full of phytoestrogens (a plant-derived estrogen). While phytoestrogens do help breast development, the levels present in cabbage, spinach, kale, and other leafy vegetables aren’t high enough to grow new breast tissue. However, green leafy vegetables are full of healthy antioxidants, iron and calcium. These can prevent stretch-marks, and help the tone and appearance of your formed breast tissue.

Try serving green, leafy vegetables on the side of your meal, or make a healthy green salad with spinach and watercress.

Nuts And Seeds

Fennel seeds, flax seeds, and sunflower seeds are all high in natural estrogen. Estrogen is the female hormone that plays a role in boosting breast size, and in achieving a good shape. Sprinkling some seeds over your breakfast cereal is an excellent way of increasing the estrogen in your diet. Raised levels of estrogen reduce levels of the male hormone testosterone, which may reduce breast size.

Some nut, such as walnuts and pistachios, are excellent sources of phytoestrogens. Containing much higher levels of phytoestrogens than green, leafy vegetables (pistachios have more than three times more phytoestrogen than collard greens). This stimulation of sex-hormones means they may help increase breast size.

Make a healthy stir-fry using nuts, fennel seeds and green vegetables.

Seafood

Shellfish such as prawns, oysters, and other shellfish contain high levels of manganese. Manganese is a mineral that is vital for human health, but it also supports your sex hormones. Supporting your sex hormones (estrogen and progesterone) means that it may help increase breast size.

Other oily fish such as salmon are high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Omega-3 is a polyunsaturated fat. Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are excellent healthy fat-choices if you want to target a small bosom. Other choices may target your stomach and thighs, but the polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats may target your breasts without targeting the problem areas of your body. Omega-3 is also essential for your general heart and cognitive health.

Fruit And Vegetables

Fruit and vegetables are delicious and good for you, but they may also help your breast grow. Apples, carrots, cherries, plums and cucumbers are all high in estrogen. This estrogen helps to regulate the level of levels of breast-shrinking testosterone.

There are anthocyanins and antioxidants in fruit and vegetables which help build healthy tissue (which may help build breast tissue) and protect against damage from free radicals. Raspberries, strawberries, peaches, and dried prunes are all high in phytoestrogens, so you should eat three portions of these fruit every day.

Soy Foods

Soy products are high in isoflavones, which can help your body increase the production of its own estrogen, and may promote breast-growth. Soy is also rich in phytoestrogens, and is packed with protein-goodness that can fight the free radicals that can harm your body; soy can even actively repair some of the damage that has been done to your body.

Soy isoflavones are at their highest in: tofu, edamame, and other low-produced soy-products . Try drinking soy milk and replacing some of your meat-based meals for soy alternatives (such as tofu chilli, yum-yum!).

Lean Meat

If you want to have bigger breasts, you can’t ignore protein. Protein is vital. Lean meat is a particularly good source of protein. Protein produces cells and regrows cells. So, if you’re looking to grow your breasts, it’s particularly important that you eat a palm-sized portion of protein at each meal every day (unless you have a medical reason not to).

Lean chicken is especially good, as it also increases the production of estrogen in your body. So munch those chicken breasts to increase the size of your own breasts.

Avoid These Foods

If you want to have a new, fuller figure, it’s important to know the foods that may prevent breast growth, or even cause your tissue to shrink. The following are 5 food and drink choices that may cause your tissue to shrink:

Low-fat dairy: Low-fat dairy lacks the healthy fats needed to grow breast tissue.

Fatty meat: Fatty meat might encourage overall weight-gain, rather than the targeted weight-gain you desire.

Citrus juices: Citrus fruit is very healthy, but eating a lot of it speeds up your metabolism which burns extra calories and may shrink breast size.

Green tea: Green tea has wonderful antioxidant properties, and may reduce the risk of breast cancer. However, drinking two to three cups a day may shrink breast tissue over a prolonged period of time.

Ginger tea: Ginger tea is excellent for tackling nausea, but reduces breast size by burning fat (breast tissue is, after all, fatty tissue).