TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY!!

Get a check-up done today! Yes you, and right now! (Dramatic much lol)

We really need to do better. Some people don’t see the need to smell a hospital except they feel sick. Do you wait for your car to crash before you take it for maintenance? (Some of you shouldn’t answer that). You shouldn’t wait for your car to crash before taking it for a routine maintenance; you shouldn’t wait for your body to crash before taking it for a routine check-up! (I feel I should shout for those at the back)

Dear Inspired Pens readers schedule your check up. Take care of your body. Take care of your health, for yourself and for the people that are counting on you. All these chronic diseases don’t make noise early enough.

A lot of things that are taking lives could have been arrested early if you saw your doctor! Get a pap smear done, go for a breast examination, get a colonoscopy done, get your prostate checked out, and take your vaccines. All these big big grammar can be easily explained by your doctor, so ask and get it done.

While we are on the subject of doing right by our body, let’s also talk about self-care.

Some people are of the notion that this body is a perishable good, it is dust and taking care of it is not a necessity. While indeed, it is a perishable good, taking care of it is a necessity! Take care of yourself. Do things that make you feel pretty or handsome. Go for a spa day, do facials, get manicures and pedicures, take care of your skin (I am trying to do better in this department), treat yourself to a nice dinner once in a while, exercise, etc

These things are quite important. Keep yourself in good health and keep yourself looking good.

Don’t you know that your body is a temple? God wants us to be healthy and look our best to do what we need to do.  Out of the many reasons to take care of ourselves, this should rank as number 1.

We can do better!!!

Here’s To Health : The Heart. 

The heart is a very delicate muscle located in the body. For those who might not know, yes it is a muscle that is continually pumping blood to the system. Without the heart working properly, normal living is compromised. When we were still small, we were made to believe or it was the general notion that the heart was shaped like the love sign. That now seems very funny to me because if it were so, the heart might not be able to do up to half of what it does now as a four chambered muscle compartment with specialized structures. 

The heart is so beautiful when pumping. What of when it pumps irregularly or pumps at a low speed or at a high speed or when it stops pumping, not so beautiful actually.  God has made everything perfect and detailed and all we need to do is to nurture and everything will stay perfect. Unfortunately, that is not the case. God has created the human body with all the essential parts, including the heart. Being very detailed, He left nothing out in making sure they all work properly. What we see nowadays is that, we human beings, are damaging this perfect work. 

How? We are not giving adequate care to our body and by adequate care I don’t mean stuffing our bellies with food. I mean nurturing our body, eating good food, eating fruits, exercising regularly, resting often and going for medical checkups.

As a medical student, my concern is the health of every individual that is breathing and it hurts to see us damaging our lives. It costs more when sick than when healthy. 

What are the ways we can take care of our heart and eventually live a long and healthy life? As said earlier : eat well, take walks, exercise regularly, rest, sleep, go for checkups regularly, reduce stress as much as possible. 

Let’s stop stuffing ourselves with fatty and unhealthy foods, the heart doesn’t like fat. Let’s stop living as if the world is on our shoulders, the heart doesn’t like that. Let’s stop being lazy to exercise, the heart as a muscle wants to be exercised. Let’s give this muscle what it wants in exchange for a long and happy life!

All these can’t be overemphasized. Let’s make the journey towards better health deliberate. 

Live healthy!

Afoma. 

Skin care 101

Heyyyyy guys, It’s Temi.Od here. I’m really sorry for being out for a long while. Now that I’m less occupied I’m here and I’ll try to be more consistent. I think I need to re introduce myself. I’m Temi and I’ve been taking on the beauty and fashion segments the times I’ve been on and that’s what I’ll continue with. So today I’m here to talk about skin care. 

A lot of ladies suffer with skin problems such as: acne, dark spots, discoloration and all that and spend lots of money to clear them. Why not go the natural way, safe, cheap and effective .I’m basically just here to share my skin care routine. Although, I have not really had skin problems, but I do break out sometimes and these steps help me get my flawless smooth skin back. Ps: I’m not a beauty expert. I’m just sharing what works for me and I certainly guarantee you that nothing here will harm your skin. So let’s proceed .

  This is my natural skin care routine.

So first off, these are the following items I use / you will need.
– black soap
– A facial scrub
– coconut oil
– Almond oil
– Tea tree oil
– Vaseline
– shower gel that contains coconut oil, Shea butter or vitamin E oil
– moisturizer ( Nivea, cocoa butter, oils)

When I’m up in the morning, I like to wash my face with cold water to feel awake and awaken my skin cells.
Then I proceed to washing my face with black soap. There are different brands of black soap. I use a brand called Dudu-Osun.

It’s made with pure natural ingredients and it smells good too. There are so many brands of black soap but this particular brand contains natural ingredients like honey, shea butter, camwood, palm kernel oil, citrus juices , aloe Vera , lemon and lime juices.

Black soap fights acne, eczema, dark spots and also cleanses the skin, leaving the skin refreshed and healthy. Note that black soap is a bit drying so if you have dry skin don’t leave it on your face for more than 5- 10 minutes before washing. I wet this soap with a little water and rub all over my face. I leave for about 5 minutes before I wash off with clean water. You can also apply this soap on target areas like where there’s acne on your skin, it dries it up and it disappears in no time. It also clears dark spots and dark marks, so apply to dark spots to make them no longer visible.

After this step I would clean my face with a face towel and then move on to moisturizing my face because of all that dryness from the soap. I never really liked lotions or cream because I tend to sweat. But a good skin moisturizer I recommend is a Nivea skin lotion or jergens with Shea butter lotion. I’ve used both and they’re really hydrating but because I tend to feel hot a lot I switched to using something lighter, Oils.

Oils like : coconut oil, almond oil, tea tree oil are very moisturizing and have many advantages.
Coconut oil : as we know coconut oil is used for basically almost everything. From cooking, to hair care, to make up removal.  It leaves the skin healthy and glowing

Tea tree oil : dries up pimples, helps eliminate eczema, help with scars and dark spots, eliminates stretch marks

I use a brand from Swiss garde. Any brand of tea tree oil would do.   

I like to take little quantities of these oils and apply generously on my face and skin and let it sit in.

I use Vaseline for my lips as a lip balm to prevent chapped lips and also on my lashes to make them appear a bit longer.

I would take my bath either with Dudu Osun or a shower gel enriched with Shea butter and vitamin E.
A brand like Enliven leaves the skin nourished, smooth and silky. Trust me you’d love the feel of your skin after you bath with it.

Read the bottle for more information

For night time and days I wear make up. I make sure to exfoliate my skin with a good facial scrub.  I recommend the almond and carrot scrub by beauty formulas. It’s amazing. Super affordable too.

But here’s how to make your own scrub at home. Grab honey and sugar. Pour a bit of both and mix together then apply on the face and scrub.

This is how the honey and sugar scrub comes out.

Exfoliating helps to get rid of dead skin,  dirts  and leaves the skin very smooth and clean. I recommend you exfoliate 3-4 times a week depending on how much you wear make up.  

Lastly  guys, drinks lots and lots of water.

I’m serious lol

    Remember to take off your make up before you go to bed and incorporate washing and cleansing your face after make up removal.

This is basically what I do to maintain a clear, flawless skin and it helps me a lot. I’ll put pictures so you guys don’t think I’m here to play lol.

This is all I have for you today. I hope you found it very informative, helpful and interesting. Please like this , share and come on our blog to see more. Try this out and comment guys. I want to know how it works for you!! Until next time. Bye loves.

IG: Temi.od, SC: Teyteyy1

TEMI.

Here’s to health! 

Hi lovelies! I hope we are good!. I’ll be sharing a few tips i learnt on hair health today. As we all know Black is beautiful and our hair is our pride whether its black or not. A lot of times we wonder why some of our friends hair is so thick and ours is like really light and can break so easily. It’s cos we have different hair porosity, width and type. I’d be talking on hair porosity.

Okay you most likely are wondering what is hair porosity again now? Hair Porosity refers to how well your hair is able to absorb and hold moisture. It is affected by the flexible outer hair layer called the cuticle, which determines how easily moisture and oils pass in and out of your hair. For most, porosity is genetic, but it can also be affected by external factors such as exposure, heat treatments and chemical processing. Knowing your hair’s porosity can help you choose the right products to keep your hair well-moisturized, supple, strong and shiny.

Now Determining Hair Porosity:

There are two methods you can use to find out how porous your hair is.

*The Float Test: Take a couple of strands of hair from your comb or brush and drop them into a bowl of water. Let them sit for 2-4 minutes. If your hair floats, you have low porosity. If it sinks, you have high porosity.

*The Slip’n’Slide Test: Take a strand of hair and slide your fingers up the shaft (toward the scalp). If you feel little bumps along the way, this means that your cuticle is lifted and that you have high porosity. If your fingers slip smoothly, then you have low porosity hair.

Hair with low porosity has a tightly bound cuticle layer with overlapping scales that lay flat. This type of hair is usually considered healthy, and is often very shiny, especially when it’s dark in color. Low porosity hair repels moisture when you try to wet it and is hard to process since it resists penetration of chemicals.Low porosity hair is also prone to build-up from protein-rich deep conditioning products, which can leave it feeling stiff and straw-like. Stick to protein-free, daily conditioners with humectants such as glycerin or honey. Use moderate heat with protein-free deep conditioning treatments to help open up the tightly bound cuticle.Low porosity hair requires moisturizers rich in emollients such as shea butter, jojoba oil, coconut oil and mineral oil. It also benefits from humectant products, which attract and hold moisture to your hair. Choose lighter, liquid-based products such as hair milks that won’t sit on your hair and leave it oily or greasy.

Furthermore, Hair with medium porosity often requires the least amount of maintenance. The cuticle layer is looser, allowing just the right amount of moisture to enter while preventing too much from escaping. Hair with normal porosity tends to hold styles well, and can be permed and colored with predictable results. Over time, however, these processes can damage your hair and increase its porosity.Occasional deep conditioning treatments with protein conditioners can benefit medium porosity hair, but proteins should not be included in your daily regimen.

Now hair with high porosity can be either an inherent property of hair or the result of damage from chemical processing, rough treatment or environmental damage. High porosity hair has gaps and holes in the cuticle, which let too much moisture into your hair and leave it prone to frizz and tangling in humid weather. Even simple acts such as bathing, swimming and shampooing can create more damage and breakage due to the sheer amount of moisture highly porous hair can absorb.Be sure to use anti-humectants in climates with high heat and humidity. This will help seal your damaged cuticles and prevent them from absorbing excess moisture in the air.Because highly porous hair can also lose moisture easily, it’s important to use leave-in conditioners, moisturizers and sealers. Layering these products will help your hair hold on to the moisture you’re giving it. You can even follow up with a heavy hair butter to help fill the gaps in your damaged cuticles and further protect your hair from losing too much moisture. I hope this few points has given you more understanding about your hair and I sincerely hope we’d be intentional about doing the hair porosity tests. Do have a great fulfilling day ahead and ensure to wait on the next article, it’d be more revealing. Have a great day once again!
Timilehin.

DRUG- FOOD INTERACTIONS 

DRUG INTERACTIONS; HOW YOUR DIET AFFECTS THE DRUGS YOU USE.

The increasing availability of Over The Counter drugs (OTC) and the absence of counseling after drug dispensing by patent drug vendors can be nailed as the primary cause of the increase in cases of drug abuse, drug deaths and microbial resistance. It therefore becomes necessary to create awareness on possible actions foods and drugs can have on one another.

What is drug incompatibility?

It refers to the interactions between two or more substances which in turn leads to changes in physical, chemical or therapeutic properties such dosage form. Interactions can either be between drug -drug or drug- food interactions.

What is drug –food interaction?

It simply refers to the effects of food minerals or nutrients in  the modification of  expected therapeutic effect of  pharmaceutical  dosage forms.  With this we are expected to know our diet can affect the drugs we take in.
Below are examples of over the counter drugs and some incompatible food substances

TETRACYCLINE AND MILK: The presence of polyvalent cations such as calcium ,magnesium in milk makes it incompatibly with tetracycline. Why? Tetracycline forms insoluble or partially soluble complexes that will affect the availability of tetracycline. Iron containing blood tonics can also have same effect on tetracycline
ACETAMINOPHEN AND ALCOHOL:  Pain relievers like paracetamol or Tylenol are known to contain acetaminophen. Acetaminophen however does not mix with alcohol thus two or more alcoholic drinks per day hereby increasing its liver toxicity.
ANTIMALARIAL DRUGS AND VITAMIN C OR IRON CONTAINING SUPPLEMENTS: The concomitant use of vitamin c and antimalarial drug reduces the therapeutic effect expected as vitamin c has an antagonistic effect of the anti malarial drug.
FLAGYL (METRONIDAZOLE) AND ALCOHOLIC DRINKS: severe unwanted reactions are most times triggered by the concomitant use of the above.

Combining drugs with the drinks above may seem like the best way to avoid getting to taste it but it is not safe and could sometimes be fatal.

I hope the above pieces of information will guide our choice of food when using different drugs.
ODDIE