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My #FGM Horror💔
"My Leg Was Dislocated During FGM; I Now Limp!"
Nastehe Abubakar Recalls It:
"I was led to the bush first before my colleagues were taken there; I thought I was just going for a short tour when my mother led me into a hut. Suddenly, a group of #women wrestled me
to the ground and tore my clothes.
As I struggled to escape from their grip, some pulled my legs apart while the others held my arms down. My mom abandoned me in the hands of the women.
My leg was dislocated in the struggle as they went ahead to have their way, the blade piercing
sharply through my flesh, leaving me in excruciating pain.
After the cut, they didn't bother to check whether I got other injuries but instead bound my legs together with a rope to the waist after sewing my wounds.
For almost a month, I was bound to my waist and slept on my side;
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Another Rough Journey🙏🏽
Also, in November 2018, our attention was called to a case of a 13-year-old girl (from Idoma, Benue State), resident in Lagos but was summoned for #FGM in Ogun State wherein a community of migrant-Benue people were resident.
Her people said, "If she's not ImageImage
circumcised, she won't attend her parents' burial AND if she dies as an uncircumcised girl, her corpse would be thrown into a forest!
I set out for the trip with the amazing Barrister Yemi Adetiba @OluyemiOrija - the most kind lawyer in Nigeria🙌🏽 - she's the founder of @HeadfortF
We actually raised our money (I and the Barrister) to make this journey to an unknown location.
The journey was fearful, long and energy-sapping - we entered one 'igbo irumole😁' to another and Bar Adetiba's husband was calling us every now and then to track down our location.
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5 things you should never say to a suicidal person

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1. “Suicide is selfish and Cowardly.”

This guilt trip is quite common but many people who consider suicide think their existence is a burden to the people they love. 'Self' is the last thing they care about.
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Also, it's counterproductive to help someone by shaming them? Naturally, people would do everything possible to avoid death. We won't say suicide is brave but overcoming the fear of death isn't cowardly.
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We often talk about what foods to avoid to prevent chronic diseases but what about foods we should eat more of?

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When examining what risk factor is responsible for more deaths around the world than any other, the culprit isn't smoking or even high blood pressure.

It's a poor diet.
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According to Ashkan Afshin, lead author of a 27-year global diet analysis recently published in the Lancet, this issue is not just about unhealthy food options; but a lack of healthy foods in our diets and high levels of salt.
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We all desire financial security yet achieve it differently. The plans we make, and the actions we take to feel secure can vary widely.

We found 10 unconventional actions people took to build their financial security.

Intrigued? Read on
Health is wealth – Research states that financial security is inextricably linked to good physical health, mental health and quality of life. Taking care of these can positively impact financial outcomes. We love @Headspace and @FitbodApp
Minimalism – is about owning less, reducing distractions, and understanding what we value. That drives how we save, spend, and invest. A minimalist lifestyle with money-management skills can truly enhance financial wellness. We love @TheMinimalists
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lot of people ask abt what helped me in this weight loss & fitness journey, how difficult was it & how do I keep myself motivated to be at it. A thread on it (1/10) #health #Health4All #fitnessmotivation #HealthyLiving @SandeepMall @IamShajanSamuel @SaravananOrg @drrajatchauhan
find your trigger - to me motivation to change has to come from within. you can get inspired by others but the trigger to start your own journey cannot come from them - my trigger was when i was unable to keep pace with my 4 year old daughter while playing with her :) (2/10)
look for your guide - once you have your trigger, next thing is to look for someone who can guide you as u get started - to me that guide/mentor was @SaravananOrg and his team at @AmuraHealth - they simplified the puzzle around weight loss for me! (3/10)
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Many people desire a healthy lifestyle, but only a few are intentional about it.⁣
Want to live a healthy lifestyle?⁣
Check the images below to see what to do

Drink plenty of fluids.

Water calms the nerves, relieves fatigue by flushing out toxins, and helps to regulate digestion.

Water helps you to stay hydrated and focused.

You need at least 8 glasses a day.
Have enough sleep.

You need 7 to 8 hours of sleep for a healthy life.
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Exercising, quitting smoking, etc. Those are the 'regular' things your doctor will suggest to keep your heart healthy.

But there's more.

Here are 10 out-of-the-box things you can also do to ensure that your heart keeps going strong.

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1. Play between the sheets

Sex may add more than just pleasure to your life. It may also help lower your blood pressure and risk of heart disease. Research shows that reduced sexual activity is associated with higher rates of cardiovascular disease.

2. Brush your teeth regularly

Good oral hygiene does more than keep your teeth white and glistening. Some research suggests that the bacteria that cause gum disease can also raise your risk of heart disease.
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At a rate of 8 hours daily (at least), we spend more time at work than anywhere else during the week but we rarely pay attention to how it can impact our health for better or worse.

Here's how to make your office a healthier place to be.

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1. Remind yourself to sit less

People who work at desks should stand or walk around for at least two hours a day to avoid health risks related to too much sitting. Not only is it good for you physically, it can also aid productivity and focus hand.
Computer programs like Move for iOS or Big Stretch Reminder for Windows can remind you to take breaks at regular intervals; some even provide suggestions for stretches and exercises you can do at your workspace.

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Adding years to life and life to years largely depends on you !
10 Useful Health Principles-
•Watch your food intake both in terms of Quantity & Quality (composition).
•Give preference to Natural,Nutrient dense foods rather than processed, junk ,'empty calorie' foods.. (1/4 )
•Water spells health.Have sufficient water daily.Water helps detoxify your body.
• Have an active life with good amount of outdoor activities,physical exercise & recreation.
• Strike a good balance between social interactions, time with family & time for your own self.( 2/4)
• Sleep well, at regular hours. Early to bed and early to rise still holds good.
• Eat at regular hours and regular intervals. And eat with pleasantness.
• Share your concerns and joy with others. Contain your stress and learn to relax. (3/4)
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Can't sleep? It just might be what you eat before going to bed.

Here are 5 foods you should consider eating to have a great night's sleep (and 5 to avoid).
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1. Milk

Milk contains the amino acid tryptophan, a precursor to the brain chemical serotonin. Although the topic is a controversial one, some people believe that tryptophan and serotonin might make it easier to sleep.
2. Fortified cereal

Carbs, in general, are good for sleep but it’s not a great idea to binge on a box of cookies before bedtime. Instead, try a bowl of cereal which contains “good” or complex carbs. Cereal also goes well with milk which has its own sleep-promoting qualities.
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Fact: Men are more likely to lose their hair than women.

However, hair loss affects both genders & can be quite demoralising. Causes can range from the simple/temporary (like vitamin deficiencies) to more complex issues.

Here are some of them.
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1. Excess vitamin A

Overdoing vitamin A-containing supplements or medications can trigger hair loss. The Daily Value for vitamin A is 5,000 IU per day for adults and kids over age 4 so any more than that can trigger hair loss.
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1b. The good news: hair loss triggered by excess Vitamin A is reversible so once it is halted, hair should start growing normally again.
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There's a reason hypertension called the "silent killer," but there are still a few warning signs you can watch out for.

Let's talk about them...

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While there are some risk factors that can contribute to high blood pressure, the symptoms aren't quite cut-and-dry.

This is because any possible symptoms that could be related to high blood pressure could also be indicative of other health conditions.
According to the American Heart Association, there are three "inconclusively related symptoms of high blood pressure".
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We passionately advocate for #SexualHealth and contraception for women and men to make informed choices.

So, before you select a birth control method, read this:

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1. What birth control options are available?

a. Barrier methods: condoms, diaphragm, etc.
b. Hormonal methods: birth control pills, implants, etc.
c. Intrauterine devices (IUDs)
d. Sterilization: tubal ligation, vasectomy.
e. Natural family planning.
1f. It's also important to be aware of emergency contraception—such as the morning-after pill (Plan B)—which can be used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex.

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Did you know?
Headaches are the most common form of pain in the world.

For most people, popping ibuprofen solves the problem but if your headaches are persistent & medications aren't helping, here are 10 other treatments you can consider.

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1. Massages

In a small study published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, people with migraines who had six weekly massage sessions had less frequent migraines and better sleep than those who didn't.

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2. Stretches

Headache-relieving stretches can get at muscle tension that contributes to pain. Add them to your workout or use them when a headache looms.

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Fact: Insomnia is not the only sleep disorder.

Whenever someone is experiencing difficulties with sleep, they're quick to blame insomnia. However, there are many other reasons responsible for sleeplessness.

Here are 9 of them...
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1. Nocturia

This is a condition that makes patients make many trips to the bathroom during the night, thus making it hard to get enough sleep. Nocturia can affect people at any age, but it mainly affects those over 60.
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For women, nocturia can be a consequence of menopause, childbirth, or pelvic organ prolapse; for men, it can be attributed to an enlarged prostate. A number of other conditions, such as heart disease, can contribute to nocturia, as well.
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Think your uterus rules all when it comes to your period? Think again.

When you experience a late period it's down to factors like stress, diet, hormones, etc. - things easily impacted by the #COVID19 pandemic.

Here's how...
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What stress does to your period

Your brain is responsible for sending signals that release the hormones stimulating your ovaries...which in turn tell your uterus to menstruate. Cortisol, a stress hormone made by your brain, can interfere with that process.
If we're physically stressed, we're showing that by not sleeping, eating, or exercising well. If your system is producing more cortisol than usual because of these responses to ongoing stress, that can create abnormalities.
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Imagine waking up in the morning but when you try to get out of bed, you can't move. It's like your mind is awake, your eyes are open but your body is still sleeping.

Scary, right? That's sleep paralysis.

Here's why it happens and what you can do about it.
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What is sleep paralysis?

This is a short period between sleep and wakefulness where you’re unable to move or speak.

While sleep paralysis is frightening and seems rare, it's more common than you may realize.
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During an episode of sleep paralysis, you're entirely aware of what's going on around you but you can't move or physically interact with your environment.
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Pregnancy is a good thing that women aspire to at some point in their lives. However, it can make women more susceptible to certain infections or make these infections more severe.

Let's talk about it.
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Some infections that occur during pregnancy primarily pose a risk to the mother. Other infections can be transmitted to the baby through the placenta or during birth. When this occurs, the baby is at risk for health complications as well.
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Some infections that develop during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, preterm labour, or birth defects. They may even be life-threatening for the mother. Medications used to treat infections can also cause serious side effects for the baby.
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Salt (sodium) is a key nutrient but too much of it can have unpleasant short and long term effects like hypertension.

But there's more, find out here...

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1. Bloatedness

Too much salt will make you feel more bloated or puffy than usual. This is because your kidneys want to maintain a specific sodium-to-water ratio in your body. As a result, they retain more water to compensate for the extra salt you ate.
This increased water retention may result in swelling, especially in the hands and feet, and can cause you to weigh more than usual.
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Did you know that excess sugar is not only linked to diabetes but also health issues like depression, acne and heart disease?

Here are 10 reasons excess sugar is bad for you.
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1. Weight Gain
Rates of obesity are rising worldwide and added sugar, especially from sugar-sweetened beverages, is thought to be one of the main culprits.
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Sugar-sweetened drinks like sodas, juices and sweet teas are loaded with fructose, a type of simple sugar.

Consuming fructose increases your hunger and desire for food more than glucose, the main type of sugar found in starchy foods.
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Everyone who has had to work from home during this pandemic has had to deal with one major issue - weight gain. This is largely due to unrestricted access to food.

Here are five strategies you can apply to avoid it.
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1. Rethink what you drink

Keep a water bottle or cup next to you, and sip on it throughout the day. Avoid sugary drinks as excess sugar can weaken immunity and upset your natural appetite regulation.
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If you drink alcohol, try to stick with moderate amounts (one to two drinks per day), and reduce the need to use alcohol as a coping mechanism when stressed. Try something else: call your friends, workout, play video games, etc.
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There are lots of embarrassing questions about breastfeeding: Does breast size matter? Can you still nurse your baby if you have bleeding nipples? And so on…

Here are 10 common breastfeeding questions and answers.

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1. Do smaller breasts produce less milk?

Most women are capable of producing enough milk for their babies, no matter what size their breasts are.
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2. Why do some women produce more milk than others?

Breasts have different storage capacity but the amount of milk is not dependent on size — it depends on mammary tissue.
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