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5 REASONS YOU SHOULD NEVER SKIP BREAKFAST

Breakfast is often referred to as the most important meal of the day, and for good reason. During a busy morning, it’s easy to let breakfast fall low in your list of priorities, but taking just a few minutes to have something to eat can really make a difference to your day. If you don’t have time to eat before leaving the house, there are lots of breakfast ideas that can be eaten on-the-go or when you get to work.

It’s important that you understand the importance of having breakfast. Without breakfast you are effectively running on empty, like driving your car on a low or empty fuel tank.

Nutritionists typically advise that:

  • breakfast should be eaten within two hours of waking
  • a healthy breakfast should provide calories in the range of 20-35% of your guideline daily allowance (GDA).

Are you struggling to establish a consistent breakfast routine? Here are 5 reasons you should never skip the most important meal of the day:

  1. Apart from providing us with energy, breakfast foods such as; soya beans, milk, nuts and cheese are good sources of important nutrients such as calcium, iron and B vitamins as well as protein and fibre. The body needs these essential nutrients and research shows that if these are missed at breakfast, they are less likely to be compensated for later in the day. Fruit and vegetables are good sources of vitamins and minerals so try to eat them during breakfast, whether it be a banana or glass of fruit juice.
  2. Breakfast can be good for your waistline too. Research shows those who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight and more likely to be within their ideal weight range compared with breakfast skippers. If you skip breakfast, you’re more likely to reach for high sugar and fatty snacks mid-morning.
  3. Breakfast also restores glucose levels, an essential carbohydrate that is needed for the brain to function.
  4. Eating breakfast can also can improve your mood and help reduce the effect of stress, resulting in improved memory and concentration levels.
  5. In studies amongst children, breakfast can improve behavior and has been linked to improved grades. Just like any other organ in the body, the brain needs energy to work. Establishing good breakfast habits in childhood and maintaining them throughout adolescence may be an important factor in reducing the prevalence of breakfast skipping and developing good eating habits that last a lifetime.

Next time a voice in your mind tells you it won’t hurt to skip breakfast today because you are busy, don’t listen. Instead, try having something that wouldn’t take up time to prepare. If you find yourself in situations like this often, try to keep a steady supply of fruits, as they are work perfectly as a quick breakfast option.

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UNDERSTANDING YOUR BODY TYPE

In our society today various individuals are struggling with their unique differences, it’s quite hard to fit into an environment that views a particular way as normal. This most times creates an avenue for individuals to downgrade other individuals who do not fit into their perceived ideal. They do not accept what they do not understand and then discriminate.

Both men and women suffer societal discrimination, its either they are too fat or too slim to fit in. This can affect the mental health of these individuals which in turn makes them resent their own bodies. Many people have now been subjected to taking pills or supplements, trying to exercise and even try to eat the right foods. Not that any of this is bad, for some, it works perfectly while others find it difficult. However, it is important to know and understand your body type, so efforts made would not be wasted.

Knowing and understanding your body type plays a major role in your daily life. It affects how you lose or gain weight, your choice of clothing, it also helps you understand how to maintain a healthy lifestyle that is best for you.

What are the different body types?

  • The Ectomorph body type 

Would you describe yourself as long and lean? Is it difficult for you to put on muscle mass? Do you have a delicate frame? Tend to have a fast metabolism? If you said, “yes” to any of these questions, then you most likely have an ectomorph body type.

  • The Mesomorph body type 

Would you say you are not too fat and not too lean? Do you eat a varied and balanced clean diet, but feel frustrated about not attaining your physique goals? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, you might be eating and training for a body type other than your own. To reach your fitness goals, it’s best to start with the basics and to know your body type.

  • The Endomorph body type 

Do you have a wide body frame? A slow metabolism?  Do you find it difficult to stay lean?  The endomorph is the hardest body type to have in terms of managing your weight and overall fitness, but to get a more balanced physique, you should focus on developing your shoulders and stripping away excess fat from your lower body.

What’s the best way to train for my body type?

Only you can say what your goals should be. Many great bodybuilders started as either rail-thin ectomorphs or endomorphs who struggled with their weight. They learned to overcome their natural tendencies and take control of their life, and so can you!

That being said, you may very well find that you have the most success if you use your body type to your advantage.

Ectomorph: Eat a lot of protein and carbs, don’t overdo aerobic activities. Just because you’re thin doesn’t mean you’re healthy, so still take your diet and fitness seriously!

Mesomorph: Lift moderate weight regularly, and engage in aerobic activities regularly. Don’t worry about getting “bulky,” but watch out for creeping fat gains. You’re not invincible to them!

Endomorph: You may benefit from lifting moderate weights and maintaining a relatively fast training pace.

Can You Be a Combination of Two Body Types?

When it comes to these three different body types, there is no one-size-fits-all. You can be a combination of two, sharing characteristics from both. Hopefully, this post has given you the information you can use to help identify your body type or see if you share traits from two. This way, you will be able to adjust your diet and training regime accordingly to optimize results.

Learning to understand your body type would keep the anxiety away and help you to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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GETTING PREGNANT WITH PCOS

getting pregnant with PCOS

   PCOS is the most common cause of infertility in females, 5% – 10% of women between the age of 15 and 44, (during the years you can have children), have PCOS. Most women find out that they have PCOS in their 20s and 30s when they have problems getting pregnant, but PCOS can happen to anyone at any age after puberty. The prevalence of infertility in women with PCOS varies between 70% and 80%. It also responsible for approximately 25-30% of infertility in females.

    Most women will be able to conceive with a combination of fertility drugs and lifestyle change. While some women with PCOS will need IVF, a lot of people can get pregnant using lower-tech fertility drugs or treatments. Many women with PCOS struggle with Obesity and this is because PCOS affects how your body produces insulin which can lead to weight gain.

One of the main reasons why most women with PCOS do not get pregnant is because they do not ovulate regularly. Also, women with PCOS who are overweight are more likely to experience severe Anovulation – a situation where the ovaries do not release an oocyte during a menstrual cycle, which therefore causes Ovulation not to take place.

Diet Tips for Women with PCOS to Aid Fertility

  1. Include more protein and greens in your meals.
  2. Eat a bigger breakfast and a smaller dinner.
  3. When you eat carbohydrates, make them complex carbs like beans and whole grains.
  4. If you eat sweets or high carb food, combine them with healthy fats like Avocado, Olive oil, Nuts, or proteins to slow down the sugar spike.
  5. Avoid processed foods such as bagels, white rice, and low-fiber cereals which can cause insulin to spike.
  6. Eat regularly from time to time as not eating food is not the solution.
  7. Consume less of dairy products.

MEDICATIONS

People with PCOS sometimes need medications to treat it and also to help them conceive.

1. METFORMIN.

Metformin is a diabetic drug that is used by women with PCOS. It helps by improving insulin sensitivity in the body, it also helps to promote weight loss, restart regular menstrual cycles, improve the effectiveness of some fertility drugs, and reduce the rate of miscarriage.

2.           CLOMID

This is one of the most commonly used fertility drugs and also the most commonly used treatment for women with PCOS. Clomid helps a lot of women conceive but it is not always successful for some because they develop Clomid resistance and this is when Clomid does not trigger ovulation as expect

3.         LETROZOLE

Doctors may consider the use of Letrozole if other fertility drugs do not work. Letrozole is a cancer medication drug but it can be used as a fertility drug. Studies have found out that it may be more effective than Clomid at stimulating ovulation in women with PCOS.

4.       GONADOTROPINS

They are fertility medications given by injection that contain follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) alone or combined with luteinizing hormone (LH). it works directly on the ovaries to make multiple follicles (cyst containing eggs)

5.  FERTILITY PROCEDURES (IVF- in vitro fertilization)

IVF involves using injectable fertility drugs to stimulate the ovaries so that they produce good and mature eggs. The eggs are now removed from the ovaries (EGG RETRIEVAL). The eggs are now placed together with sperm and the sperm fertilizes some of the eggs. After the fertilized eggs have had about 5 days to divide and grow, one or two are transferred into the uterus (embryo transfer). After two weeks, your doctor will ask for a pregnancy test to see if the process was a success or not.

WILL YOU NEED AN EGG DONOR?

PCOS does not mean you automatically need an egg donor unless there are additional fertility issues like repeated failed IVF cycles or when you’re close to menopause.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PCOS AND FERTILITY

  1. Do not underestimate diet and lifestyle
  2. Getting pregnant with PCOS requires a first understanding of how it is linked with fertility.
  3. Know when fertility treatments are needed for PCOS infertility.
  4. Understand what fertility treatments can not do for PCOS
  5. Be an informed fertility patient if you need treatment.
  6. Implement a PCOS fertility diet no matter which path you choose.
  7. Make exercise part of your weekly routine.
  8. Implement stress management techniques.

Once you’ve been diagnosed with PCOS and are trying to get pregnant, it is recommended that you speak to a doctor. This would assist you in finding the most effective treatment options, including fertility-boosting medications and high-tech modalities.

You can get started by today by talking to a licensed doctor online with Tremendoc.

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Tremendoc Completes 35,000 Telemedicine consultations in first half of 2020

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the nature of events that followed, triggered a global increase in demand for Telemedicine consultations. As more people are confined to their homes, it has become increasingly necessary to find innovative ways to access basic needs without having to move from place to place.

Global health guidelines have also advised patients to connect with their healthcare providers virtually before having an in-person visit, in order to limit exposure of patients and medical staff to the coronavirus. These factors have prompted a corresponding increase in telemedicine consultations worldwide.

In Nigeria, Telemedicine adoption has also seen a similar increase. One stand out example of this is Tremendoc Limited, Nigeria’s leading telemedicine platform. Tremendoc completed a milestone 35,000 telemedicine consultations as at June 2020 on its mobile app; an unprecedented feat in an industry still very much in its early stages globally.

“Today, on behalf of Tremendoc Limited, I celebrate the fulfillment of a major milestone”, Jay Chikezie, Founder/CEO of Tremendoc wrote in a Linkedin article.

“As we celebrate this major milestone, we are thankful for the thousands of customers who entrust us with their most valuable possession— their lives. We recognize the immense responsibility that comes with that trust, and it is amazing to witness the frontline role Tremendoc is playing in the advancement of telemedicine in Nigeria.” – Jay expressed further.

The Tremendoc app connects patients to a pool of 200+ licensed doctors, using video call, audio conference, and chat features.

The adoption of Telemedicine consultation could very well contribute to providing improved access to quality healthcare, and Tremendoc is leading this innovative charge in Nigeria.

The company’s focus is geared towards ensuring that every Nigerian has timely access to quality healthcare, when and wherever they need it. Following successful partnerships with industry giants such as Sterling Bank, Axa Mansard and UBA, Tremendoc is quickly revolutionizing healthcare delivery across Nigeria.