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Beans: The health benefits of eating this food will surprise you

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Beans: The health benefits of eating this food will surprise you

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Of course, beans contain amino acids which are the chemicals that combine to form protein and help build muscle. But recent studies have also shown that they are rich in a type of antioxidant called polyphenols.

Antioxidants fight the effects of free radicals, which are chemicals that affect a wide range of processes in the body, from physical aging to cancer and inflammation.

There other surprising health benefits that come with eating beans; read on to see five of them.

Here are five surprising health benefits of eating beans

In addition, beans contain saponins and phytosterols, which help lower cholesterol.

Medical practitioners do affirm that people who consume beans may be less likely to die of a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular health problem. And this is as a result of a 2013 analysis of previous studies that found a clear correlation between eating beans and a reduced risk of coronary heart disease.

However, as mentioned earlier, beans help to lower cholesterol; and since high cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease and heart attacks, it goes to say that beans help to promote heart health.

As a matter of fact, participants who consumed more beans were less likely to develop diabetes during the course of the study, and this might be as a result of the fiber and antioxidants contained in the beans.

It can also be due to the low glycemic index of the beans compared to other carbohydrates.

However, it is important to note that glycemic index measures the effect of carbohydrate-containing foods on blood sugar, with foods low on the index causing blood sugar levels to raise the least.

In addition, recent studies have also shown that Some studies have shown that beans act as antioxidants and anti-inflammatories whose effect could reduce the risk of cancer.

Every lover of beans knows this: Eating beans help prevent food craving. And this is due to the fiber and healthy starches in beans.

As a matter of fact, People tend to feel fuller after consuming beans, which may prevent overeating and even help with weight loss.

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How to have a healthy Vagina

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Ladies: Here are 4 tips for an odourless vagina

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The Vagina is different from the Vulva. Many people, including women, think they mean the same thing.

The vulva is the part you see on the outside. It includes the lips surrounding the vagina (the labia majora & minora), the clitoris (the orgasm generator that looks like the head of a matchstick), the Bartholin’s glands, the vaginal opening, the hymen and other parts.

The vagina is the MUSCULAR TUBE ON THE INSIDE, that runs all the way to the womb.

Knowing this, let’s go to the main topic

(1) Don’t wash the Vagina

There’s a lot of bad information out there, telling women that they need to get their vaginas to smell and feel fresh.

And so, a lot of women wash their vaginas with soap, feminine products and even water. This act leaves the vagina open to overgrowth of harmful organisms (Read my article on my IG page called “Why you should not wash the vagina” for more info ).

Use protection when having sex. And if you feel that you want to have unprotected sex, ensure that you and your partner get tested for STIs beforehand.

Avoid Condoms that contain Spermicides. Also avoid lubricants that contain Glycerin, Petroleum products, parabens, scents, flavors, non-natural oils & dyes.

When having sex, avoid doing things that move from anal play to vaginal play, so as to avoid transferring harmful organisms.

If you can, pee after sex to reduce chances of getting a UTI.

(3) Choose Underwear fabric wisely

Wearing underwear made out of cotton is usually an awesome choice, because it is breathable & also absorbs moisture down there.

Also, if you know that you sweat often or you engage in physical activity that makes you sweat, try to change out of your sweaty underwear as soon as you can, to limit bacterial growth.

(4) Treat problems promptly

Dear woman, your body is unique. Take time out to understand your vagina, your different normal discharges and the time of your cycle that they come (Check out my reel on “Vaginal discharges” on my IG page).

If you notice any abnormalities around your genitalia (itching, discoloration, rash, abnormal discharge), don’t be quick to use medication without seeing a Doctor first.

Using antibiotics and other medication carelessly can lead to vaginal problems that may be difficult to treat.

(5) Prioritize your health

Whatever affects your general health will ultimately have an impact on your vaginal and sexual health, if not treated promptly.

So eat healthy, keep fit, sleep well and go for regular health checks.

If you are sexually active as a woman, go for regular cervical screening. Prioritizing your health is always a good decision.

Let me give you a small gift for that : If you want your vagina to smell and taste good, instead of scrubbing it like laundry, try eating fruits like Pineapples in moderation.

There’s no definitive scientific evidence that it works, but I have met several women who say that it definitely works.

Do you have a story to tell about Vaginal health?

Or have you had any good/bad sexual experience you’d like to share?

Share them in the comment section!

I’d love to hear from you!

Toluwani Binutu is a Medical Doctor based in the UK. With experience in a wide range of specialties, from Emergency medicine to Health insurance , he is passionate about wellness. He believes that the key to living your best life lies in your ability to stay healthy. For more health tips , you can check out his Instagram handle @tolubinutu

Pulse Contributors is an initiative to highlight diverse journalistic voices. Pulse Contributors do not represent the company Pulse and contribute on their own behalf.

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3 things to know about MBGN 2021 winner

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Oluchi represented FCT/Abuja and competed against 36 other girls to emerge the winner. The contest took place on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at Eko Hotels Victoria Island, Lagos.

These are some things to know about her.

Oluchi is a 25-year-old lady who hails from Abia State, although she lives in the United States of America.

Oluchi is a registered nurse who studied at the University of Texas, Arlington where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2017.

She has participated in many pageants in the United States like Miss Africa Texas Pageant where she emerged the winner in 2016. She also contested in Miss Nigeria USA in 2019.

By emerging the winner of this year’s MBGN and being the Miss World Nigeria 2021, Oluchi would represent Nigeria at 70th Miss World Final in Puerto Rico.

https://www.pulse.ng/lifestyle/3-things-to-know-about-mbgn-2021-winner/wpqh85k

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We Outside: Safety precautions learnt from Kayaking

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We Outside: Safety precautions learnt from Kayaking

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I thought I was going to die. I rowed the kayak boat so hard, I couldn’t feel my arms for days.

The boat kept moving with the tides because it was about to rain and, getting the boat to turn was difficult.

After I got off the kayak boat, the fear made me want to vomit and defecate at the same time.

I wasn’t the only one with a less than pleasant experience, someone’s kayak boat turned upside down.

Others had a better time rowing the boat and enjoyed the experience.

The fundamental thing is to have a life jacket on in case your boat capsizes, even if you can swim.

The second most important thing is to listen to the instructor if it is your first time and ask as many questions as you can.

Wear ideal clothing because there is a very high chance that water will splash on your outfit. You need an outfit that is at least water-resistant, comfortable and will protect you from the cold.

Kayak in still waters and small water bodies, surf zones and rivers can be dangerous. Kayak around the shore and where there are no speed boats or ships because speed boats can make you lose your balance and ships can’t see kayak boats.

Finally, do not go kayaking alone and do not kayak while intoxicated or high. Do all these and you won’t have such a terrible experience like I did.

We Outside is a content series that helps you with ideas for what to do for a fun outing.

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Here are the reasons why you keep losing hair

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Here are the reasons why you keep losing hair

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But apart from the hereditary, what other reason causes hair loss?

Everyone loses hair, the fact that you combed your hair and saw strands of hair on your comb shouldn’t make you panic.

The average person loses 50-100 hairs per day. However, if you find yourself losing large clumps of hair, you may be balding or sick. You should see your doctor.

This is a myth. The sun will not make you go bald but, it will lead to your hair breakage and dullness.

Using too many products on your hair can lead to a build-up of products but, it usually doesn’t lead to hair loss or balding except, the product is manifestly terrible. For example, the woman who used gorilla glue spray on her hair.

Events like childbirth, severe stress or menopause can lead to hair loss, you might be worried and wonder why this is happening but do not overthink this, when these events pass, your hair will grow back.

A bad diet is not good for your hair health. If you do not want to lose your hair, eat foods with enough vitamins and protein, (especially protein). Eat alot of fish, egg and meat. Also, eat a lot of fruits and vegetables.

Regular maintenance and less manipulation reduce the chances of losing your hair.

https://www.pulse.ng/lifestyle/beauty-health/here-are-the-reasons-why-you-keep-losing-hair/y19dxtz

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Tekno launches new collection with fashion label Boohooman

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Tekno launches new collection with fashion label Boohooman

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Jay Hassan, PR Manager of Boohooman had this to say to Pause Magazine about the new collection, “The collection takes inspiration from the seventies art scene and old school hip hop to form a varied selection of wares comprising the likes of standout suiting, matching sets, 70’s fabrications galore, vintage silhouettes and more.”

About Tekno, he says, “Tekno is the perfect ambassador for Boohooman. His sleek sense of style and vibrant energy matches perfectly with who we are as a brand, and our latest campaign is a testament to that”

https://www.pulse.ng/lifestyle/fashion/tekno-launches-new-collection-with-fashion-label-boohooman/zk95ks3

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Depression is real

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Depression is real

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Depression is the most common mental health problem in the world, affecting more than 260million people of all races and ages.

It presents differently in different people, and affects more women than men.

Sometimes, Depression is brought about by a notable event like Childbirth, losing a loved one, failing in business etc. At other times, especially in those with a family history of depression, there may be no obvious reason. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide.

If you suspect that you or your loved one is depressed, please check for these symptoms;

– Persistent Anxiety & fear, sometimes for no obvious reason.

– Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed

– Having suicidal thoughts and feeling that life is not worth living

– Constant tiredness, poor sleep, aches and pains

– Poor appetite and sex drive

– Avoiding spending time with loved ones

Okay, now for some good news.

Depression can be treated, using methods like Medication, talking therapies and even lifestyle modifications.

The exact mode of treatment will be determined by a Mental health expert, usually a Psychiatrist.

In the end, what I want you to take away from this is;

If you are depressed, there’s help for you.

Toluwani Binutu is a Medical Doctor based in the UK. With experience in a wide range of specialties, from Emergency medicine to Health insurance , he is passionate about wellness. He believes that the key to living your best life lies in your ability to stay healthy. For more health tips , you can check out his Instagram handle @tolubinutu

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