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    Did you know that your body weight is approximately 60 percent water?

    Adequate intake of water:

    1. Acts as a lubricant and cushion for your joints

    2. Enables your body to excrete waste through perspiration, urination, and defecation

    3. Helps prevent constipation

    4. Aids in digestion

    5. Promotes weight loss

    6. Helps flush out waste

    7. Boosts immune system

    8. Checks headaches and migraines

    9. Keeps muscles healthy

    Supporting resources: Everyday Health Media, LLC.com; mindbodygreen.com; top10homeremedies.com


    Even if your hands appear to be clean, they may carry germs. Hands pick up micro-organisms (germs) in a number of ways.

    Though most people are aware of this message, research show that many people still are not either washing their hands at all when they ought to; or hand washing is done improperly.

    As simple as 'washing your hands with soap under running water' may appear, this act yields great health benefits.

    Proper hand washing is the first line of defense, protecting yourself against a number of infectious and the spread of many illnesses to other people. The illness and infections include common cold, meningitis, bronchiolitis, flu, hepatitis A, cholera, and other diarrheal diseases.

    Supporting resources: canada.ca; nemours.org(Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD)



    The numerous and life-saving nutritional and medicinal benefits of mushrooms include:

    1. Good source of iron; checks anemia

    2. Help relieves the body from high cholesterol levels; lowers blood pressure

    3. Help in weight loss

    4. Boost the immune system

    5. Help prevent cancer (e.g. breast cancer, prostate cancer)

    6. Prevents diabetes

    7. Improve bone health; mushrooms are a rich source of calcium

    8. Help in nutrient absorption

    9. Mushrooms have anti-inflammatory powers

    Supporting resources: Reader's Digest Magazine Canada Limited; organicfacts.net; mother nature network, mnn.com


    A research conducted from 2013 to 2014 on vegetables and fruits on the Ghanaian market showns that they did not contain an alarming proportions of pesticide residues.
    However, same survey further disclosed that 26% (in Greater Accra region) and 9% (in Ashanti region) of the sampled foodstuffs had insecticides residue above the acceptable level.

    How to minimize risks to pesticides exposure in your food

    1. Eat a variety of foods, from different sources/sellers. This reduces the likelihood of exposure to a single pesticide

    2. Wash thoroughly your purchased foodstuffs, preferably under running water

    3. Trim and discard fat and skin from meat, poultry, and fish to minimize pesticide residue that might have accumulated in the fat

    4. You may consider having a backyard garden. This will allow you to control which pesticides, if any, are used on the food you cultivate and eat.