Wednesday December 12, 2018

6 Mistakes that are Making You Unhealthy

Health has been neglected extremely in today's world. This is why health issues have increased worldwide drastically. Find out here which mistakes make you unhealthy.

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In today’s world, everybody is racing against time in order to make it big into the world. Health has been severely neglected. You think you are healthy if you are not having junk food, not drinking too much caffeine, not into the habit of smoking and being just an occasional drinker. Well, it would surprise you to know that you are not completely healthy even then. Well here are some mistakes which most people make when comes to health.  You may find these mistakes trifling for now but they most definitely make their presence known later on by making you unhealthy.

We have recorded 6 mistakes here which takes a toll on your health:

Not Drinking Adequate Water

Almost 60% of an adult human’s body is water. Water is extremely crucial for survival. Due to their fast-paced lives, people are drinking less and less of water. This will definitely turn out to be problematic in the future.  It is absolutely necessary to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day in order to maintain the water level in the body. Not drinking adequate water will lead to dehydration. Dehydration, in turn, leads to dry skin, mood swings, fatigue, and constipation.

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No Proper Exercise

The main purpose of doing exercise is to keep the body fit and healthy.  Proper exercise helps in making the person more energetic and increases the stamina. But people in their hectic lives have less time or no time for exercise. Exercise not only deals with various physical problems like obesity, poor digestion but also with mental problems like depression and stress.  Lack of exercise may make a person lazy, prone to mood swings and also cause various health problems.

Missing Meals

Meals are the main source of energy for our body. If you do not have meals, then you are depriving your body of the much-needed energy. Missing meals is the most common problem that is affecting the health due to the fast lifestyle of people. Various people in the working field miss their meals for some reasons. Skipping a meal is extremely harmful to the body and one should definitely not do it.

Not Having Meals on time

This is an extension to the problem of not having meals. You may think that since you are just having your meal late instead of skipping, your health is not affected. Well, you are wrong. Having a meal at the wrong time is just as harmful as not having a meal at all.  In fact, research shows that if you have a meal at the wrong time, it can lead to severe indigestion and poor health.

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Not Having Enough Fats

In this health-oriented world, a lot of people don’t consume fat or consume very less fat in order to maintain their body shape. Fat as per the nutrition chart is one of the main source energy. If you don’t give your body enough energy then it could lead to your body not functioning properly.

Lack of Sleep

Due to their fast schedules and need to work at odd hours, people are sleep deprived. When you are sleeping, that is the only point when the brain can take rest. If you don’t give the brain sufficient amount of rest it might lead to the brain not functioning properly. It is necessary to sleep for at least seven hours in order to give the brain rest and wake up to feel rejuvenated and reinvigorated.

 

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Women Hit Especially Hard In Congo’s Worst Ebola Outbreak

For the afflicted, the road to recovery is long and lonely.

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Congolese health workers register people and take their temperatures before they are vaccinated against Ebola in the village of Mangina in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. VOA

The Democratic Republic of Congo is in the throes of its worst-ever Ebola outbreak, with more than 420 cases in the country’s volatile east, and a mortality rate of just under 60 percent. But this outbreak — the nation’s tenth known Ebola epidemic — is unusual because more than 60 percent of patients are women.

Among them is Baby Benedicte. Her short life has already been unimaginably difficult.

At one month old, she is underweight, at 2.9 kilograms. And she is alone. Her mother had Ebola, and died giving birth to her. She’s spent the last three weeks of her life in a plastic isolation cube, cut off from most human contact. She developed a fever at eight days old and was transferred to this hospital in Beni, a town of some half-million people in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

More than 400 people have been diagnosed with Ebola here since the beginning of August, and more than half of them have died in a nation the size of Western Europe that struggles with insecurity and a lack of the most basic infrastructure and services. That makes this the second-worst Ebola outbreak in history, after the hemorrhagic fever killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa between 2013 and 2016.

This is 10th outbreak to strike the vast country since 1976, when Ebola was first identified in Congo. And this particular outbreak is further complicated by a simmering civil conflict that has plagued this region for more than two decades.

Guido Cornale, UNICEF’s coordinator in the region, says the scope of this outbreak is clear.

“It has become the worst outbreak in Congo, this is not a mystery,” he said.

What is mysterious, however, is the demographics of this outbreak. This time, more than 60 percent of cases are women, says the government’s regional health coordinator, Ndjoloko Tambwe Bathe.

“All the analyses show that this epidemic is feminized. Figures like this are alarming. It’s true that the female cases are more numerous than the male cases,” he said.

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Health workers walk with a boy suspected of having been infected with the Ebola virus, at an Ebola treatment center in Beni, near Congo’s border with Uganda. VOA

Bathe declined to predict when the outbreak might end, though international officials have said it may last another six months. Epidemiologists are still studying why this epidemic is so skewed toward women and children, Cornale said.

“So now we can only guess. And one of the guesses is that woman are the caretakers of sick people at home. So if a family member got sick, who is taking care of him or her? Normally, a woman,” he said.

Or a nurse. Many of those affected are health workers, who are on the front line of battling this epidemic. Nurse Guilaine Mulindwa Masika, spent 16 days in care after a patient transmitted the virus to her. She says it was the fight of her life.

“The pain was enormous, the pain was constant,” she said. “The headache, the diarrhea, the vomiting, and the weakness — it was very, very bad.”

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Marie-Roseline Darnycka Belizaire, World Health Organization (WHO) Epidemiology Team Lead, talks to women as part of Ebola contact tracing, in Mangina, Democratic Republic of Congo. VOA

For the afflicted, the road to recovery is long and lonely. Masika and her cured colleagues face weeks of leave from work to ensure the risk of infection is gone. In the main hospital in the city of Beni, families who have recovered live together in a large white tent, kept four meters from human contact by a bright orange plastic cordon. They yell hello at their caretakers, who must don protective gear if they want to get any closer.

And for Baby Benedicte, who is tended to constantly by a nurse covered head to toe in protective gear, the future is uncertain. Medical workers aren’t entirely sure where her father is, or if he is going to come for her.

Also Read: Congo Start Trials For Drugs Against Ebola

She sleeps most of the day, the nurse says, untroubled by the goings-on around her. Meanwhile, the death toll rises. (VOA)