SPORTS SCIENCE is a new television program soon to be aired on Omy TV to dive more into the scientific aspects of the game, causes and the symptoms of the players involved. SPORTS SCIENCE will be live from the studios of Omy TV every Thursdays and Friday at exactly 10:30am to 11:00am, with your host, Elvis Asare, a Physiotherapist.
The program seeks to discuss how the healthy human body works during exercise, and how sports and physical activity promote health, physically, mentally and socially.
The study of sport science incorporates many other academic studies and areas, like physiology, psychology, anatomy, engineering and chemistry.
There will be a discussion on the injuries involved in sporting activities. The Causes, Symptoms, Effects, and how long they will be sub-lined during the period of injury.
In view of that, SPORTS SCIENCE host Elvis Asare, with his able panelists will cover every injury related issues and will advice on whom to see in order to recover on time and also, the period in which the recovery will be due.
Stay tuned on Omy TV and enjoy this amazing program which will give you great insight on injuries occurred during sporting activities.
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Bananas are an incredibly popular food pretty much anywhere you go. Grown in 107 countries, they represent the fourth most valuable crop the world over. They are delicious ripe, cooked, dried, even slightly under-ripe. They are great plain but nicely complement ice cream, cereal, and yogurt. Bananas are also one of the healthiest snacks you can have, with enough sweetness to make you forget how much nutrition you’re getting.
But what would happen if you ate two bananas every day? We will take a look at the health outcomes of that habit, the good and the not-so-good. (Spoiler alert: it’s mostly good news.) Bananas are full of healthy potassium, fiber, vitamin C, and B6, but they are not recommended for people with certain conditions. And since we know you’re wondering, we’ll also let you know how many bananas you’d have to eat to overdose.
What You Get in Two Bananas
First let’s look at the nutrition facts for two bananas. If you consume this much each day, you’ll take in:
900 mg Potassium (24% RDA)
54 g Carbohydrates (18% RDA)
2 g Dietary fiber (24% RDA)
28 g Sugar
6 g Protein (4% RDA)
You will also get the following percentage of RDA for these vital nutrients:
2% Vitamin A
34% Vitamin C
40% Vitamin B6
So what will happen if you do this every day?
You’ll Make a Big Dent in Your RDA for Potassium
Many of us don’t realize how important potassium is to the body because we don’t know exactly what it does. Potassium is actually one of the most critical nutrients because it is used by every cell in the body to generate the electrical charge needed to function properly. Potassium also plays a role in keeping the heart rate steady, maintaining a healthy blood pressure, and triggering the release of insulin when needed to regulate blood sugar.
The RDA for potassium in healthy adults is between 3,500-4,700mg per day. Certain other factors such as lifestyle can affect the recommended amount, so speak to your doctor if you’re concerned that you’re not getting enough. But two average bananas contain approximately 900 mg of potassium, so that’s a nice start. Other good sources of potassium include white beans, potatoes (white and sweet), beets, spinach, watermelon, and tomato sauce.
You’ll Help Maintain a Healthy Blood Pressure
You probably know that too much sodium is a huge risk factor for high blood pressure. What you may not know that it is actually the balance of sodium and potassium that works to control hypertension. The process centers in the kidneys, which help control blood pressure by regulating the amount of fluid stored in the body. Your kidneys filter your blood and suck out extra fluid, which is directed to the bladder as urine.
It is that balance of sodium and potassium that’s used to draw excess water from the bloodstream toward the bladder. When the balance goes off, more fluid is retained and blood pressure is driven up. On average, fewer than 2% of US adults meet their daily RDA for potassium, which means a lot of folks have a significant risk factor for hypertension.
You’ll Lower Your Cancer Risk
An overall diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables is important for minimizing cancer risk because you get your daily dose of critical nutrients without added salt, sugar, food dye, and chemical preservatives. But bananas are especially good because they are high in vitamin C, which is crucial in the fight against carcinogenic free-radicals.
The fiber in bananas is also important for regulating digestive health, and is thought to reduce your risk of colorectal cancer.
You’ll Boost Your Heart Health
Achieving the right balance of sodium and potassium is also important for heart health. A recent study revealed that people who got at least 4,069 mg of potassium every day had a 49% lower risk of dying from ischemic heart disease than people who got less than 1,000 mg.
That’s no small amount! But bananas help heart health in other ways, too. The fiber, vitamin B6, and vitamin C all work together to support a strong ticker.
You’ll Soothe Your Upset Stomach
If you’ve ever been to the doctor with an upset stomach, chances are that he or she recommended you follow the BRAT diet. Short for bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast, the BRAT diet is comprised of basic foods that are easy to digest.
Bananas are great for keeping your stomach and digestive system happy because the potassium helps stabilize your electrolyte balance. The fiber also helps to promote regularity.
You’ll Take in Almost 30g of Sugar
Sugar is a dietary bad word these days, but when it comes to bananas, you don’t need to worry so much. Experts recommend greatly reducing your intake of added sugar, the kind that is pumped into food where it doesn’t exist naturally. The sugar in bananas is natural and comes with a healthy dose of fiber, too.
Fiber helps to slow digestion (sugar and carbohydrates otherwise burn quickly), and stabilizes the impact to your blood sugar. Therefore, bananas are a good mid-day snack or addition to your meals when you need to stay energized.
You’ll Have to Work Really Hard to Overdose
As we’ve mentioned, most Americans are deficient in potassium, and two whole bananas a day won’t provide your full RDA. You’d need to eat 7 or 8 bananas to get enough daily potassium from that source alone. However, too much potassium is just as dangerous as too little – it can destroy your heart muscle, for one. But for a healthy person to reach that danger zone, he or she would need to eat 400 bananas in one day! We suspect that stomach capacity would stop that attempt long before anyone got too much potassium from eating bananas.
So for any healthy person, eating two bananas a day is a great idea. People who are taking beta blockers for heart disease should be careful, as beta blockers raise potassium levels. And bananas are classified as “medium” on the glycemic index, so a twice-a-day habit might not be the best idea for diabetics. Otherwise, have at it. Research indicates that a high potassium intake reduces your risk of death by any physical ailment by a solid 20%. That’s a nice healthy cushion!
If you are considering marriage, you need to be sure that there are no signs you shouldn’t marry him in the picture. Marriage is a huge commitment and should be for a lifetime. If the guy you are considering linking your life up with has any of the signs you shouldn’t marry him as discussed here, you need to carefully consider not only not marrying them but not dating them. The things listed here are issues that will most likely cause huge problems should you decide to get married.
1. They have been unfaithful
One of the top signs you shouldn’t marry him is if he has been unfaithful to you. If someone cannot remain faithful to you throughout the time period that you are dating, it is very probable they will not remain faithful throughout a lifelong marriage. The bare minimum you should be able to expect from your husband is his faithfulness. That is not an extra benefit in a good marriage. It is expected.
2. They have an alcohol or drug problem
If you are dating a man with an alcohol or drug problem, you need to get away from him as quickly as you can. Run away from that relationship! It holds nothing but heartache from you. You cannot fix him or save him from himself. Save yourself the heartache of marrying a man with an addiction problem
3. They have a different faith with you
Marrying someone who is of a different faith than you are can bring you both so much heartache. I am not talking about little differences in denominations of the same faith. Those can usually be overcome fairly easily. But if the two of you have completely different faiths, a happy future will be difficult for you to attain. And it is much easier to choose someone from the start that shares your faith than to break it off with someone of a different faith that you already care deeply for.
4. You fight constantly
If you cannot get along when you are dating, most likely you are not going to get along when you are married. In fact, you will probably fight much more. I have often heard it said that your relationship is the best it is ever going to be when you are dating. Marriage is hard, even when you both love each other deeply and are committed to treating each other kindly. If you cannot work out your conflicts before you get married, then don’t get married at all
5. You aren’t sure if you love him
If you do not know deep down in your heart that you are deeply and totally in love with your boyfriend then you absolutely do not need to marry them. Do not enter a marriage with doubts in your head and your heart. That gut feeling is there for a reason and it is usually right. At the very least, postpone a wedding when you have doubts to give yourself time to sort your feelings out. If you do end up working through your feelings then your guy will still be there if
6. Nobody likes them
Is your boyfriend a well-liked guy? What do people usually think of him? What is the general, common opinion of him? Those are very important questions to consider. While everyone has someone that doesn’t like them, if your boyfriend is disliked by a lot of people, there is most likely a reason for that that you need to consider carefully.
Cell phones are practically attached to our hips—but that might not be the best place for you to put your favorite handheld device. Neither are these other spots.
In your pocket
Keeping your phone in your pocket seems logical, but you could be doing more harm than good. According to Lilly Friedman, MD, this is actually the worst place to store your cell phone.
“When cell phones are on, connected to a wireless network, and placed in a pocket, the radiation is two to seven times higher than if it were placed in a purse or holster,” she says.
There is a correlation between radiation from a cell phone and tumour growth, she adds. Plus, radiation can change the structure of DNA and affect male fertility, according to Dr. Friedman.
The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer also found that cell phone radiation is additionally carcinogenic to humans.
Merely sitting on your phone could cause health issues such as sciatica or other back problems as well.
In your bra
Some research and case studies show that keeping your phone in your bra could be linked to breast cancer due to the radiations and vibrations from the phone.
That said, there is not enough evidence to establish a definite relationship between the two.
Still, keeping your phone in your bra, especially a sports bra, is a bad idea due to the skin-irritating bacteria it could harbour, Muscle & Fitness reports.
In your bed or under your pillow
Sleeping with your cell phone is a bad idea for a few reasons. First, keeping your phone under your pillow could build up heat and present a potential fire hazard, especially if your phone is charging or has a defect.
It’s also known that the LED light from phone screens can disrupt melatonin production and circadian rhythms, hurting your sleep quality, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
And, of course, there’s also radiation to consider as well. The amount of radiofrequency radiation cell phones give off are the same ones emitted from microwaves.
There is also concern about the safety of cell phone use with respect to cancer and brain tumours, per the American Cancer Society.
Keeping your phone plugged in when it has a full battery causes damage to the battery itself. It’s not that your phone “overloads” with power.
But heat buildup, from stacking things on top of your phone or keeping it under your pillow, makes your phone hotter and battery-damaging—mainly if you use knock-off cables.
Close to your face
Keeping your phone close to your face means bacteria transfers to and from your phone, making your skin and phone dirtier.
This combination leads to more acne, skin irritation, and even wrinkles, according to Allure.
Try using ear pods instead to keep the surface of your phone at a distance from your face.
In your glove compartment
Extreme temperatures are the worst conditions for your phone. So keeping your device in your glove compartment during the extremely hot or cold months of the year could lead to problems.
According to Time, excess heat can cause everything from data loss or corruption to battery leakage.
The cold weather presents just as many issues for your device. In cold temperatures, many smartphones shut off, have display problems, shortened battery life, and in rare cases screen shattering.
Notice a theme here? The extreme sun and heat at the beach is a recipe for phone disaster.
Protect your device after you finish taking beautiful beach pictures. Hot and sunny conditions could, again, cause your phone to overheat.
Anywhere in your bathroom
Although cell phones could arguably be the new newspaper, it’s not a good idea to take yours into the bathroom.
Even if you keep your device on a counter or away from the toilet, anything within three feet of a flushing one could end up with bacteria or viruses in the air, according to a study published in Applied and Environmental Microbilogy.
“The detection of bacteria and viruses falling out onto surfaces in bathrooms after flushing indicated that they remain airborne long enough to settle on surfaces throughout the bathroom,” wrote the study authors.
With more than half the Indian population struggling with excess weight, weight loss is on the mind of most people. For the very same reason, people go to far extremes and try every new diet and enroll in the most expensive gyms, whatever aids their weight loss journey.
Your gym trainer says that your workout is the most important part of your weight loss, while your nutritionist might tell you otherwise. But what exactly is more important for weight loss?
Neither workout or diet, there is another thing which matters the most when it comes to losing weight.
The National Sleep Foundation says that adults aged between 18 to 64 should get seven to nine hours of sleep every night. This good night sleep plays a major role in losing weight and also in maintaining it. It is because people those who sleep less than five to six hours every day are 45 per cent more likely to be obese.
In many countries, the number of people who are sleep deprived is almost equal to the number of people who are obese. Not denying the fact that exercising regularly is a vital habit to hit your ideal weight, but sleep has the unique ability to make you lose weight and keep you away from the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart diseases. What does poor sleep do?Poor sleep drains you of energy, affects energy balance and function in every tissue of your body, as per experts. A good workout or a healthy diet is dependent on your sleep because poor sleep can make you overeat or not eat at all and won’t give you the required energy to workout.
This happens because sleep deprivation affects the hunger-regulating hormones making binging a biological inevitability and not a matter of willpower. StudyAccording to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, men and women who cut 80 minutes from their regular sleep cycle, ate 549 extra calories the next day. Another study from the University of California – Berkley used brain scans of people to find that sleep deprivation impairs activity in the brain’s frontal lobe, which is in charge of complex decision making and increases the activity in the brain’s reward centre, the one that lights up in response to salt, sugar and fat.
When you are sleep deprived, your brain wants more high-energy foods for fueling itself. Thus, it’s no surprise that when you are awake at 2 or 3 in the night, you do not think about salads.
And if somehow one managed to stick to their weight loss routine even after being sleep deprived, it will make their weight loss progress suffer.
In one study led by the University of Chicago, when dieters slept for 8.5 hours every day for two weeks, their weight loss results increased. However, when they got 5.5 hours of sleep, their rate of fat loss dropped by 55 per cent, while following the same diet.
Not just this, a research published in the Journal Diabetologia shows that four days of sleep deprivation reduces the body’s insulin sensitivity, increasing your risk for fat storage.
A good quality sleep helps you stick to your diet as well as workout routine. The consequences of poor sleep are worse than just feeling tired, so be wise and sleep tight.
Do you or someone you know experience constant chronic pain? If your answer is “yes”, your best bet to help yourself (and them!) is to have a piece of dark chocolate.
Yes, really! Chocolate helps reduce pain and improve overall health. In fact, the health benefits of dark chocolate are so extensive that it is considered by many to be a superfood.
The benefits of chocolate come from the cacao bean. The higher the concentration of cacao in your chocolate, the more health benefits you get.
While there are many different types of chocolate, dark chocolate with a cacao content of 65 percent or more is best for reducing chronic pain.
Dark chocolate is superior to milk chocolate because it has more healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, fewer carbohydrates, less sugar, more fiber, higher levels of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.
Dark chocolate also has more flavonoids, which are nutrients found in plants that reduce inflammation and boost immunity.
Here are 4 unexpected health benefits of dark chocolate — aka healthy reasons to eat more of it
1. Your hormones increase
Chocolate increases the production of endorphins, the body’s natural opiates. As a result, it decreases pain and lifts your mood.
It’s also the only known food source of ananamide, a natural cannabinoid that attaches to the body’s cannabis receptors, just like marijuana. This is another source of chocolate’s pain-relieving effects.
Chocolate also boosts the release of the body’s natural amphetamines, phenylethylamine, which increases energy.
Serotonin, a neurotransmitter that acts as an antidepressant, is also boosed by eating chocolate. This may be why so many people reach for chocolate when they need a mood boost.
2. It’s good for the heart
The heart benefits of chocolate are considerable. It helps restore the flexibility of the arteries as well as preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels.
Eating chocolate has also been shown to reduce levels of ‘bad’ cholestrol and raise levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL).
As a result, it reduces atherosclerosis, a disease of plaque buildup inside arteries. Probably because of these effects, daily chocolate consumption has been linked to a lower risk of stroke.
3. Your brain also benefits
Chocolate is also good for the brain. A study at Harvard Medical School found that two cups of hot chocolate a day helped improve blood flow to essential parts of the brain.
This indicates that chocolate could help in fighting diseases of progressive cognitive decline, such as Alzheimer’s.
4. It has benefits during pregnancy
If someone you love is expecting, there are health benefits to eating chocolate for both mom and baby.
A Finnish study found that pregnant women who ate chocolate had less stress and their babies smiled more than the babies of moms who didn’t eat chocolate.
So, with all these dark chocolate health benefits, what’s not to like?
Well, chocolate does have a lot of calories, about 150 per ounce, so moderation is key. The trick is to substitute it for less healthy treats.
So the next time you’re looking for a dessert for yourself or a gift for someone you love, choose a nice box of dark chocolates.
You’ll get a tasty treat, plus some great health benefits and chronic pain relief, too!
When it comes to an action as involuntarily as sneezing, there is little we can do about it. When we feel the urge to cough or sneeze, our reflex reaction is to cover our mouth with our hands.
But what if we told you that you have been sneezing the wrong way all along and no, we are NOT kidding?
As a society, we have been taught since childhood to say “excuse me” and “I am sorry”, whenever we cough or sneeze.
But what we are NOT told (or we have conveniently forgotten) is that when your body is clearing out the airways with a sudden expulsion of air out of the nose and mouth, you are not supposed to use your hands as a cover. You need to change the way you sneeze
Yes, we know that nobody is carrying tissues or handkerchiefs all the time and sneezes do come unannounced. But if you sneeze on your hands, it actually becomes really easy to transfer those germs to someone else, from doorknobs, taps to handrails.
“If somebody sneezes into their hands, that creates an opportunity for those germs to be passed on to other people, or contaminate other objects that people touch,” Dr Vincent Hill, chief of the waterborne disease prevention branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What should you do instead?
Thankfully, the solution is not that difficult. If you do not have a tissue or napkin handy, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve (not on your palms) or in the bend of your arm. The important thing to remember is that you will still need to WASH your hands after sneezing.
Did you know that this hygiene etiquette, issued by CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), has been around for more than a decade? Yeah, no kidding. So the next time you have the urge to expel a million bacteria out of your airways, we suggest that you steer clear of using your hands.
Orange is the best color for eye health! The color is produced by beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body
These nutrients help increase vision at night and prevent eye dryness
Helps reduce the risk of eye infections
Lutein and zeaxanthin are related to vitamin A and beta-carotene
Will protect your eye tissues from sunlight damage
Reduces risk of cataracts and macular degeneration
Eat dark, leafy greens with a fat, such as olive oil, to maximize absorption of lutein and zeaxanthin.
Super high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds
Catechins may help lower the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration
You can also find catechins in chocolate and red wine
Quinoa, brown rice, and whole grain oats are high in vitamin E, zinc, and niacin which are eye-boosting nutrients
Niacin is important for overall eye health
Many grains are fortified with niacin
Try swapping white carbohydrates for brown one
Another orange vegetable that is a great source of vitamin A and beta-carotene
The extra vitamin A will fuel rhodopsin, the protein necessary to help the retina absorb light
Carotenoids are found in fruits and vegetables that are yellow and orange. They help decrease the risk of many eye diseases and infections.
Chia, flax, and hemp seeds are high in omega-3, a fatty acid our eyes need to thrive
Nuts and legumes are high in vitamin E which has shown to improve vision and slow age-related issues
Water is essential to everything, but if you’re experiencing dry eyes or blurry vision you may be at risk for dehydration
Water also helps flush out toxins from the body
Keeping hydrated with water will also help in focus and concentration with your eyesight
Just 15 minutes of jogging every day could reduce the risk of depression, a doctor has said.
Speaking on the back of a recent study that found physically active people are less at risk of the mental health condition, a medic from Massachusetts General Hospital urges the public to ‘just move’.
Whenever patients come to him complaining they are feeling down, the doctor tells them to ‘get outside and do something’ before he will prescribe an antidepressant. Dr David Agus, from the hospital’s department of psychiatry, told CBS News: ‘My patients now, when they say, “I’m starting to feel a little depressed and not do as much,” my first thing is not prescribe a pill, but get outside and do something.’
‘Fifteen minutes of jogging, an hour of gardening.’
Depression is the leading cause of disability in the US for people aged 15-to-44, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
The condition affects more than 16.1million Americans (6.7 per cent) every year.
And in the UK, 19.7 per cent of people over 16 showed symptoms of depression or anxiety in 2014, Mental Health Foundation statistics show.
President Akufo-Addo says his government is working to complete abandoned infrastructure in the health sector.
He said although there are difficulties in working on abandoned infrastructure as new ones are being put up, the government remains committed to completing them to improve the quality of health service delivery in the country.
Addressing parliament during his third state of the nation address on Thursday, Akufo-Addo noted that the incident of having many uncompleted and abandoned health facility projects is a sign of “underdevelopment” that has plagued the country for many years.
“We have problems of numerous structures at various stages of completion that cannot be finished and brought to use because new structures are being started and there is no money to finish the ones started earlier. Again, this is a long standing problem that is a mark of our underdevelopment. We will not ignore or sweep the problem under the carpet and we are dealing with it and we will complete them,” he said.
The government in August 2018 said it was actively pursuing the completion of some abandoned hospitals aimed at tackling the health crisis the country faced.
The assurance was premised on Citi FM and OccupyGhana petition to the Presidency demanding the operationalization of all completed but non-functioning health facilities and timelines for the competition of abandoned ones.
The government through the Ministry of Health in an extensive response to that petition gave specific timelines for the competition of the key health facilities it had identified and had direct oversight responsibility for.
The facilities were the Wa Regional Hospital, Madina district hospital, Nsawkaw district hospital and the Tepa district hospital.
The others were the Twifo Praso hospital, Kumasi Regional hospital, Salaga district hospital and Konongo district hospital.
But Citi FM’s latest checks revealed that the government had missed some of its deadlines, and it was unlikely to complete abandoned projects on time.
But the government insists that it is working to ensure that the abandoned and uncompleted infrastructure are completed and put to use.
President Akufo-Addo further added that the government is expecting some 275 ambulances in June 2019 to improve the delivering of emergency healthcare services in the country.
“We are expecting the arrival of 275 ambulances ie. 1 per constituency, to make treatment of emergency cases more effective. Drone technology has also been introduced into that system to help deliver essential medicines, blood and blood products to remote communities. We still face problems of inadequate infrastructure in our health establishments,” he said.
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