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Disease outbreak feared in Philippines after Haiyan

70 ViewsAs residents of central Philippines struggle to recover from the devastation caused by the fierce Typhoon Haiyan, there are growing concerns about disease outbreak. The unimaginable destruction caused by Haiyan has led to mass displacement of people resulting in lack of clean water, lack of proper shelter, poor sanitation, and generally deplorable living conditions. […]

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Dead foods you should ban from your diet

288 ViewsBy Asunta Simoloka The following manufactured foods have been stripped of all their life giving properties and in Deepak Chopra’s words, they are dead foods. Breakfast maize meal Breakfast maize meal is a term used in Zambia for heavily processed maize that is also refined to a powdery consistency. Processed maize meal, without the […]

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A reader’s questions about balanced diet, vegetarianism

138 ViewsBy Asunta Simoloka In response to an article introducing the health and nutrition page, a reader asked what foods make a balanced diet and why some vegetarians die early. Balance. A balanced diet is a pattern of meals that combine different foods in the right proportions to nourish and keep the body healthy. Every […]

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The mighty Termitomyces titanicus mushrooms

641 ViewsBy Asunta Simoloka Termitomyces titanicus mushrooms, believed to be the largest edible mushrooms, grow wildly at the beginning of the rainy season in Zambia. The impressive nutritional profile of termitomyces titanicus mushrooms underscores the healing power of nature and exemplifies the nutritional superiority of village style diets. Generally, mushrooms have robust amounts of vitamin […]

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Health Insights: Waist size and fitness level Vs body weight

115 ViewsBy Asunta Simoloka Body weight, including body mass index, is widely used as the exclusive indicator of wellness. However, a growing body of evidence shows waist size and fitness level to be more dependable indicators of wellness, and strongly implies that the role of weight as the sole indicator of wellness is overstated. The […]

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Health Insights: Exercising for a sound mind

93 ViewsBy Asunta Simoloka Like the body, the human mind is designed to thrive on exercise. Inactivity creates a hostile environment that keeps the human mind from functioning optimally. Exercise is the ultimate mood booster that stimulates production of feel-good hormones known as endorphins while suppressing the secretion of stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. Given […]

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Health Insights: The Super Nutritious Mulberries

144 ViewsBy Asunta Simoloka Mulberries, fruits known as ‘marubeni’ in Zambia, have nutrients that promote good health and create a perfect antidote for numerous diseases. Mulberries are endowed with lots of iron, essential for avoiding and treating anemia or low blood count. Iron also boosts the oxygen carrying capacity of blood thereby improving oxygen distribution […]

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Health Insights: The toxicity of Soft Drinks

129 Views By Asunta SimolokaSoft drinks, defined as carbonated, non alcoholic beverages, are typical in modern diets.  Some experts have dubbed added sugar in soft drinks as an ‘invisible killer.’ Added sugar is extracted sugar, like table sugar, added to food, it should not be confused with healthy sugar that naturally exists in food, fruit, […]

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Health Insights: Lusala (Dioscorea roots) unmatched nutrition

14590 ViewsBy Asunta Simoloka Dioscorea roots, known in Zambia as Lusala, underscore the unmatched nutrition that people forego when they abandon indigenous foods. This healthy tuber contains iron and copper, essential for the formation of red blood cells and B vitamins needed by the body for various metabolic processes. Lusala is loaded with fiber, a […]

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