Ewedu soup is the green slimy soup obtained from cooking the ewedu leaves; the English name of this plant is jute mallow with the botanical name Corchorus olitorius. This soup is usually cooked by Yoruba people in Nigeria. The ewedu soup is mainly eaten with amala and can be combined with local bean soup which is locally known as gbegiri. Most people prefer combining it this way when they want to eat this soup.
Apart from ewedu being one of the most important vegetables to the Yoruba people, there are so many health benefits attached to eating this soup. Find below some of the health benefits attached to eating ewedu soup:
1. For the beautification of the skin: Ewedu leaves contain vitamins that increase the production of collagen in the body. This makes the skin more firm and beautiful. You should take this soup more often in order to have and maintain a beautiful skin.
2. It enhances bowel movement: Ewedu soup is an adequate source of fibre. This means that the soup is quite helpful in controlling weight. It also eases bowel movement and promotes the intestinal health.
3. It contains anti-oxidants: Ewedu soup contains anti-oxidants that are highly beneficial to the body. These anti-oxidants contained in the leaves protect the body from certain medical conditions and chronic diseases.
4. It contains beneficial micronutrients: Ewedu contains micronutrients that play important roles in the well-being of humans. They also help in the regulation of metabolism, heartbeat, and bone density. Generally, this reduces one chances of becoming ill as micro-nutrients and vitamins see to the well-being of the consumers.
5. Home remedy in the treatment of certain illness: Ewedu can also be used locally as it could be taken as a home remedy to ease certain illnesses that involve constipation, dysentery, and related stomach conditions.
6. It contains beta-carotene: Ewedu soup contains beta-carotene which is the main safe source of dietary vitamin A. This is important for normal growth and development in the body. It also strengthens the immune system and helps to improve vision. This means that consuming more ewedu soup could improve your eyesight and nourish your body at the same time.
7. Protection against degenerative diseases: Ewedu leaves contain vitamins A, C and E. These vitamins play a major role in the protection of the body from degenerative diseases. Vitamin A is essential for normal vision, immune system, and reproduction. It also promotes the proper functioning of organs like lungs, heart, and kidney. The vitamin C obtained in ewedu leaves is essential for the proper of healing of wounds, it also works for the repair and maintenance of bones and teeth. This vitamin also helps the body produce collagen; an important protein that is key in the formation of skin, tendons, cartilage, ligaments and blood vessels.
5 ways to get a Clean Face That Will Be the Envy of All within 7 Days
5 ways to get a Clean Face That Will Be the Envy of All within 7 Days
Everyone can relate to that time their complexion starts to clear and another wrinkle or pimple takes residence, and revives the anguish. Surely, you can expect to get a few wrinkles, but why does acne seem to persist into adulthood?
The good thing is you can take control of your complexion and significantly minimize breakouts and aging alike. All you need do is follow a daily routine to help neutralize and prevent them altogether. Here are five ways to get a clean face that will be the envy of all.
1-Follow Basic Skincare Regimen
Clear skin starts with the products you apply to the skin. You don’t have to follow any kind of complicated routine except for three basic products, namely; cleanser, exfoliant, and moisturizer.
Using a gentle cleanser, morning and night—will help remove the excess sebum in your skin. Sebum is the oil that hydrates the skin, but it can also be overproduced and, in turn, block pores. The cleanser will also wash away dirt, grime, sweat, and toxins that have accumulated on the skin, minimizing the threat of clogged pores and breakouts.
You should use a gentle exfoliant twice a week. It will lift dead surface cells away from the skin. The dead cells more than often block pores and prevent healthier, lively skin cells from showcasing themselves.
The third basic product to use is a moisturizer. It helps to soothe and rehydrate your skin. Use one that comes with a sunscreen to protect against dark spots and prevent signs of aging while nourishing the skin.
2-Cut Down On Stress
Changes in your testosterone levels will most times increase sebum production in the skin, which increases the odds of clogged pores. You may also notice that you are more acne-prone when you’ve experienced significant levels of stress. Try to reduce stress and pay closer attention to your cleansing regimen during these periods.
3-Eat And Drink Right
If your skin routinely breaks out after eating certain kinds of food such as milk products or sweets, then you may want to eliminate such foods systematically from your diet to see if your face becomes clearer.
Caffeine and alcohol can both dry out the skin (and dehydrate the whole body). If you drink a lot of coffee or alcohol, you increase your chance of breakouts. Hydrating your entire body however remains the best way to maintain hydrated, clear skin and this will help keep your complexion.
Sugary foods are the biggest offenders because sugar spikes the hormones that produce sebum in the skin, which increases the odds of blocked pores. Try not to eat anything packed densely with sugar, such as cereals, candies, fruit juices, and processed foods.
4-Hygiene Should Be Your Best Friend
Ensure that you wash your skin and rehydrate it whenever you get too sweaty or oily. This is because the dried sweat can clog pores and prevent sebum from being excreted. It’s not bad to cleanse and moisturize more than twice a day, but it’s really only essential when the skin is too oily and requires cleaning.
You should also consider keeping a skin toner on hand to help regulate the oil production in the skin; this may prevent you from getting too oily in the first place. Use it after cleansing, but before moisturizing.
Remember to wash your pillowcases often too given the amount of time your face stays pressed on them. Wash them once weekly, at least, and cleanse your face first thing in the morning to flush away any grime that may have accumulated overnight.
5-See A Dermatologist
If you judiciously follow a skincare regimen and and you still have trouble with pimples and acne, you may want to see a dermatologist to help pinpoint some topical or oral prescriptions that might help clear up your skin—and keep it clear.
10 Rules of Life
10 Rules of Life
Years ago, in the early days of the internet, there was a great site called Global Ideas Bank that was a clearing house for creative ideas to improve society. I can’t find it anymore (though a blog has picked up the idea), but one of the ideas cataloged there was a collection of rules about life. I’d like to pass those rules on with a few of my own.
These rules are rather contrarian. Instead of wise bits of encouragement or a pat on the head, this is tough-love advice that assumes that dealing squarely with reality is the best approach. Each ends with an implied “that’s life—deal with it.”
I’ve added a few comments and quotes.
1. You can’t make people like you. “I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time” (Herbert Bayard Swope).
2. There is no way of getting all you want.Admire without desiring. “My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions but in the fewness of my wants” (J. Brotherton).
3. The world is not fair. “Expecting life to treat you well because you are a good person is like expecting an angry bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian” (Shari Barr).
4. Being good often doesn’t pay off. Make good its own reward. “The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it” (General Norman Schwarzkopf).
5. There is no compensation for misfortune. Life isn’t fair, and it doesn’t owe you anything.
6. We don’t control most things. “Risk taking is inherently failure-prone. Otherwise, it would be called sure-thing-taking” (Tim McMahon).
7. All important decisions are made on the basis of insufficient data. “He who postpones the hour of living is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses” (Horace).
8. Each of us is ultimately alone. There is no supernatural friend who is looking out for you, smoothing the way. This can terrify you, or it can empower you. “The most important things, each man must do for himself” (Sheldon Kopp).
9. When you die, that’s it. “Things work out best for those who make the best out of the way things work out.”
10. Most of us in the West are greatly privileged compared to people living in the rest of the world. It’s human nature to complain and look for more, but it is helpful to look up occasionally to appreciate how you fit into the big picture.
A Christian list would typically be more optimistic, and coming from that worldview, I can see how these rules might seem discouraging. To me, however, they simply seem to be a straightforward distillation of reality. It’s better to see life accurately, warts and all, than to live in a delusion.
I like optimistic advice, but I like realistic advice, too. What similar advice would you give as a bracing dose of reality?
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