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Sitting In The Toilet For Long Can Give You Pile – Doctor Warns People Who Spend Hours On Phone While Using Toilet

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Nigerians have been warned of the consequences of sitting long hours in the toilet.

A medical practitioner, Dr. Olufunmilayo said sitting in the toilet for too long can lead to a person developing Hemorrhoids also known as pile.

In a Twitter thread, Dr Olufunmilayo explained what could happen to the anus after prolonged sitting on a toilet seat.

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Natural Remedies for Stomach Ache

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Home Remedies for Stomach Pain

Stomachache is a very common misnomer for abdominal pain; it is just one of the several causes of abdominal pain. Your abdomen comprises of all the organs between the front part of your thorax (chest) and the pelvis, therefore, pain from any of these organs is termed abdominal pain. Nevertheless, we will still refer to it as stomachache for the purpose of this article.

Stomachache is very common, and everyone must have experienced it at some point in time. While severe stomachache is a medical emergency that needs to be treated by your doctor, you can easily treat mild ache by just making good use of the things available in your kitchen.

 Are you ready to explore the several options of home remedies for stomach pain available for you? let’s ride on!

Home Remedies for Stomach Pain

When you are busy with some projects in the office, or lying down peacefully at home, you might start to feel some uneasiness in your stomach.

This could be because there has been accumulation of excess gas in your stomach, heartburn from peptic ulcer or gastroesophageal disease, cramping from diarrhea, constipation or just a bad reaction from the food you ate a few minutes or hours ago. 

Whichever one it is, there are several home remedies for stomach pain that you can try, to get immediate relief before going to the hospital for appropriate evaluation and treatment. 

Give It Some Time

Stomach aches are sometimes mild and all you need to do is to give it time. A good example is diarrhea from mild food poisoning or from eating food that your stomach is not used to. In such situations, by allowing your body to flush itself of the offending food, you will be okay in no time. 

 Drink Enough Water

Water is necessary for a lot of functions in the body. This includes digestion and absorption of food. In cases of stomach pain due to diarrhea or constipation, it is imperative to take enough fluids. Adequate water intake helps in preventing and relieving constipation. 

Dehydration due to diarrhea or vomiting could be very dangerous if body water is continuously lost without being replaced.  Taking adequate water in such situations therefore comes very handy.

Apart from the water lost to vomiting and diarrhea, some important substances in your body, known as electrolytes are lost as well, therefore doctors recommend taking Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) in such situations, since they also contain glucose, salt and other electrolytes needed by the body. Here is a quick guide on how to prepare ORS at home.

 Take a Warm Bath or Use a Heating Pad

The use of heat as a natural remedy comes in handy especially when the pain is as a result of muscle cramps. In this case, taking a warm bath or applying a heating pad or bag to the aching area will relax the tense muscles and ease your symptoms. Heat therapy can also be used for indigestion. 

Be careful not to use excessive heat to avoid causing harm to yourself.

READ ALSO: 7 Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Menstrual Cramps

 Add Some Ginger to Your Tea and Cooking

Ginger has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiviral properties that makes it a good natural remedy for a lot of diseases.

Adding ginger to your tea and cooking can be very helpful for treating your upset stomach. It helps with nausea, indigestion and other symptoms as well. 

 Increase Your Fiber Intake

Constipation, as earlier mentioned, is an important cause of stomachache. This can be prevented, as well as treated, by incorporating a good amount of fiber-containing foods in your diet. There are several options available. This includes

  • Fruits like apple, banana, citrus, strawberries
  • Potatoes 
  • Barley
  • Oats
  • Dried beans
  • Whole grains
  • Most vegetables etc.

Potash used to be a wonder drug

The popular kanwa (potash) in Northern Nigeria, has been used for ages to ease symptoms of stomach ache, especially if it is due to acid reflux, constipation or spasm. 

According to research, potash has many other uses e.g in fertilizer production, toothache treatment, as a preservative, fire extinguishing, cleaning purposes, etc.

Nevertheless, medical experts have warned that its excessive use could result to decreased sperm production, kidney failure and heart diseases (arrhythmia), so it is best to use safer alternatives.

 Peppermint Helps to Relax Your Tense Muscles

The menthol content in peppermint helps to ease your symptoms of stomachache. It has also been shown to relax muscles when a person is having abdominal cramps. However, it is not recommended for you if you are suffering from peptic ulcer or any acid reflux disease.

 Aloe Vera Juice Can Ease Several Symptoms of Stomachache

The juice from Aloe Vera plant contains substances which may ease your symptoms by reducing inflammation, encouraging bowel movements to treat constipation, improving digestion of proteins, reducing excessive stomach acid, removing toxins etc. 

You Can Use Over-the-Counter Medication

There are several over-the-counter medications available, depending on the symptoms you are having.  This includes laxatives for constipation, loperamide for diarrhea and cramps, antacids for reflux disease, and pain relievers like paracetamol. 

Nevertheless, you should always consult with your doctor before you buy and take any medication.

Things You Should Avoid

  • Avoid lying down too quickly after a meal: this is especially important for people experiencing acid reflux. Lying down immediately after a meal will push the acidic contents of your stomach upwards, eventually causing heartburn.
  • Avoid carbonated drinks: carbonated drinks can easily cause an increase of gas in your system, resulting to burping and flatulence. Excessive amounts of gas will likely cause stomachache, so it is preferable to reduce your intake of such drinks and swap them with water, fruit juice or the likes
  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol
  • Avoid foods that are difficult to digest
  • Avoid improperly cooked food

When Should You Seek Medical Care?

Using the above home remedies for stomach pain might be all that you need for a mild ache, but sometimes it can be severe or be associated with some symptoms that will necessitate you to see a doctor as soon as possible for specialized evaluation and treatment. These includes:

  • Blood in stool
  • Bleeding from the anus or rectum
  • Severe pain
  • Effortless weight loss
  • Yellowing of the eyes
  • Severe vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Stomachache during pregnancy
  • Heartburn that does not get better after taking over-the-counter antacids
Conclusion

We believe that by reading up to this point, you are now enlightened on several home remedies for stomach pain that you can easily try at home

However, this should not stop you from going to the doctor for professional treatment if your symptoms persist.

Have you tried any of these methods before? please share your experience with us in the comment box below.

FAQ

Q: Should I take antibiotics for stomachache?

A: There are several causes of stomach ache and each is treated differently. Antibiotics should only be used when it is evident that harmful microorganisms are responsible for causing the ache. This will be confirmed by your physician.

Q: Should I be worried if I experience recurrent stomachache?

A: Recurrent stomachaches could mean that you have an underlying problem that needs to be treated. You should consult your doctor for immediate and appropriate investigations and treatment.

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You Will Be Surprised At These Facts About Toothpastes

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FACTS ABOUT TOOTHPASTES; The use of toothpaste for maintaining fresh breath, preventing tooth decay, tooth stains and gum disease (gingivitis) have been practiced for a very long time now.

It will interest you to know that apart from the above uses, there are several other amazing facts about toothpastes that you have probably never heard of before. 

Are you ready to know those facts? Strap on your seatbelts and we will journey with you all through.

Do Color Codes On The Tube of Toothpastes Mean Anything?

For quite some time, there has been a false claim about toothpaste color codes in circulation. According to the claim, consumers can decide on which toothpaste to buy by studying the color code to know which ingredients were used to make the toothpaste.

The color code is a small colored square at the bottom of your toothpaste. It is usually green, blue, red or black —some of the most common colors used by toothpaste brands. The colors are used to claim that the formulation of the toothpaste is as follows:

Green: Contains only natural ingredients

Blue: Natural ingredients with some additional medicine

Red: natural ingredients and chemicals

Black: purely made of chemicals

This is entirely false! The colors are nothing but marks deliberately put on the toothpaste tubes during production to show light beam sensors the exact place to cut, seal or fold during the automated process.

To know the formulation of the toothpaste you intend to buy, just read through the pack and you will see the ingredients it contains.

Toothpastes Contain Seaweed

Do you know that most Toothpastes contain seaweeds?

Seaweeds are a group of plants and algae that survive on water bodies. Most toothpaste brands use seaweeds as part of their ingredients.

Seaweed is a thickening agent, so it stabilizes toothpaste, thereby making it consistent on your toothbrush whenever you squeeze it out of the tube.

Toothpastes Used To Be In Powder Form

The toothpaste we know today was not always like this. 

Before it was turned into a paste, the evolution began from the Egyptian toothpowder made from powdered ashes of Ox hooves and burnt eggshells; and the Greek toothpowdercontaining crushed bones and oyster shells.

This continued to the 19th century with additional ingredients like chalk, salt and charcoal.

Most Toothpastes Contain The Same Set of Active Ingredients

While there are a lot of different toothpaste brands today, each advertising to try and convince you to buy their product, it will interest you to know that most Toothpastes contain the same set of ingredients. 

The ingredients in most Toothpastes are as follows:

Abrasives e.g hydrated silica, calcium carbonate

Detergents e.g sodium lauryl sulfate 

Fluoride compound e.g sodium fluoride, stannous fluoride

Preservatives

Binders

Abrasives helps to remove stains and deposits on the surfaces of teeth; detergents break up and wash the stains; fluoride helps in tooth decay prevention; preservatives increase the lifespan of the toothpaste while binders increases consistency.

Specially formulated toothpastes contain additional ingredients. Your dentist will recommend one for you if you have sensitive teeth or tartar on your teeth.

Toothpastes Can Clean Surfaces Other Than Your Mouth

These are some of the most interesting facts about toothpastes. After reading this, you will realise how useful toothpastes can be in your house and even at work.

Toothpastes Can Relief You From Skin Irritation and Acne

Rubbing a small amount of toothpaste on your skin after an insect bite or sting can bring you immediate relief from the irritation before you can get a definitive treatment — if needed.

Toothpastes has been used for sometime to treat acne. Some amount of it dabbed on your pimples and allowed overnight can help clear your pimples, especially when you continue for some days. For this purpose, it is recommended to use toothpastes that do not contain gels.

Dirty fingernails can also be cleaned using toothpastes. There are reports that it is effective for this purpose.

Toothpastes Can Remove Offensive Odors From Your Skin.

Sometimes, coming in contact with fish, garlic and onions in the kitchen can leave your hands with an offensive smell that is difficult to remove by just washing with soap.

Here is what you can do.

Wash your hands first with soap or detergent, then rub some toothpaste on your hands, allow it for sometime and then rinse. You can also try it for other offensive smell on your skin.

 Toothpaste Can Make Your Jewellery to Sparkle

It is a Saturday or Sunday morning, you have an important event to attend and you are already running late, then you realise that your jewellery has lost it’s sparkle but there is no time to take it to the jeweler for cleaning. Well, toothpaste to the rescue.

When you add some toothpaste to a soft bristled brush or cloth and use it to polish your silver or even diamond jewelry, in no time, you will have a sparkling clean jewelry right in front of you. Amazing right?

However, you should exercise caution while polishing your pearls, as this might scratch or even damage it.

In addition to polishing your jewellery, you can also polish your silver kitchen utensils and ornaments, using the same procedure above.

Toothpaste Can Polish Your Bathroom Too

Just as you can use toothpaste to clean your kitchen utensils, jewelries and ornaments, you can do same to the items in your bathroom.

It does an amazing job cleaning your bathroom sinks, mirrors, glass doors, faucets etc. Giving them the sparkling look.

Whenever any of the above is stained, you can squeeze some amount of toothpaste on the area, allow it for sometime and scrub it off.

Toothpaste has the added advantage of deodorising your drain as well.

What Toothpaste Can Do To Your Fabric

When you clothes are stained with ‘tough’ stains from soup, coffee, juice or other food and hoisehold items, you might no longer need to use expensive stain removers for that. 

To do this, apply some toothpaste on the stained area, allow for sometime and rub vigorously. By the time you wash the cloth,the stain is likely to disappear or at least, reduce by a large extent

Toothpaste and Your Walls

Regardless of the number of books you buy for your kids, some might still choose to use the walls of the house for their crayon arts. Toothpaste therefore serves to keep your walls clean.

To clean the crayon markings —as well as other stains —, apply some amount of toothpaste (preferably white) using a wet cloth and then wash off the residue.

You can also use it to fill small holes on your walls, and as an adhesive to stick your posters to the wall, and when used for this, it has no damaging effect on your wall.

Conclusion

Now that you have read up to this point, we beleive that you have learnt amazing facts about toothpastes, and have realised that it can be used for several other purposes apart from teeth cleaning.

Do you know more of such facts about toothpastes? Please do not hesitate to share with us in the comments below. 

We would love to hear from you.

FAQ

Q: How effective are herbal toothpastes?

A: A lot of the ingredients of herbal toothpastes are yet to be scientifically declared as effective in teeth cleaning, nevertheless, it has been used for quite a while, and people have attested to its effectiveness.

Q: Which toothpaste brand is the best for me?

A: Toothpastes basically contain the same active ingredients; also, there are different toothpaste formulations for different conditions (e.g whitening, tartar, tooth decay). Your dentist should help you choose the best one for you.

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Abiodun To Launch Health Insurance Scheme In Ogun

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Governor Prince Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State will launch the Basic Health Provision Fund and the Health Insurance Scheme in the state on Thursday.

This was said by Mr Kunle Somorin, Chief Press Secretary, on Wednesday in Abeokuta.

According to the statement, the implementation of the scheme would begin with the vulnerable groups, including children, nursing mothers, the aged and the physically challenged.

“The present administration in Ogun, having understood the prevailing economic constraints in the country, is aligning with the global and national agenda.

”This is for the pursuance of the goal of Universal Health Coverage by the year 2025, thereby establishing the Ogun State Health Insurance Scheme.

“The Ogun State Health Insurance Agency will be responsible for mobilizing financial resources for the scheme, pooling of risks, purchase of health care services for the beneficiaries and performing general oversight functions, the statement read in parts.

Furthermore, it noted that the basic benefit package of the scheme would cut across both preventive and curative health services.

“We have taken into cognisance the prevailing local morbidity and mortality profile, including pre-and post-natal care, as well as normal delivery.

“Beneficiaries of the insurance scheme will be able to access basic healthcare in primary, secondary and tertiary facilities,” it added.

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