Here are the benefits of drinking tea, in particular alokozy green tea


Health Benefits of Tea

Ever wondered what’s the whole fuss about tea? It’s been around for quite some time now and is becoming increasingly popular with people across the globe. What makes tea the most celebrated beverage world-wide is not just its refreshing taste and aroma, but also the fact that it could actually save your life!

In Alokozay Tea, you will find all the nutritional properties of this drink preserved and in fact enhanced so that whether it’s green or black tea- it is no less than a medicine for several ailments.
10 reasons why drinking tea is healthy for you:
Treat for teeth

Alokozay Tea is a natural source of fluoride and drinking three to four cups makes a significant contribution to your daily fluoride intake. Regular intake of fluoride can contribute to dental health in both adults and children and help protect teeth and gums from acid erosion and tooth decay (a cause of bad breath).
Helps hydration

Whether it’s in its pure form or from our food intake, fluid is vital to life, and whilst humans can survive weeks without food, they can only survive a few days without fluid.
Likewise, drinking Alokozay Tea with its enriched nourishment value is vital for a number of bodily functions including:

Transportation for essential nutrients and oxygen (blood)
Excretion of waste products (urine and faeces)
Lubrication (joints and eyes)
Regulation of body temperature

As a result, it is important that you drink a healthy dose of fluids in forms of water or tea to maintain your health and well being.
Increases metabolism

Clinical trials conducted by the University of Geneva and the University of Birmingham indicate that green tea raises metabolic rates, speeds up fat oxidation and improves insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance. In addition to caffeine, green tea contains catechin polyphenols that facilitate the burning of calories.

There is also a suggestion that it can increase endurance in exercise by improving fat metabolism.
Boosts mental alertness

The amino acid L-theanine, found almost exclusively in the tea plant, affects the brain’s neurotransmitters and increases alpha brain-wave activity. The result is a calmer, yet more alert, state of mind.
Boosts immune system

On 21st April 2003, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital released details of a research project which indicated that theanine may help the body’s immune system response when fighting infection, by boosting the disease-fighting capacity of gamma delta T cells. Blood sample analysis found that the production of anti-bacterial proteins is up to five times higher in the tea-drinkers, an indicator of a stronger immune response.
Lowers chances of cognitive impairment

A 2006 study showed that elderly Japanese people who consumed more than 2 cups of green tea a day had a 50 percent lower chance of having cognitive impairment, in comparison to those who drank fewer than 2 cups a day, or who consumed other tested beverages. This is probably due to the effect of EGCG, which passes through the blood-brain barrier.
Lowers stress hormone levels

According to a study by UCL researchers, drinking black tea lowers stress hormone levels. Blood platelet activation, which is linked to blood clotting and the risk of heart attacks, is also lower for tea drinkers.
Reduces stroke risk

Research presented at the International Stroke Conference in February 2009 found that drinking three or more cups of tea per day can reduce the risk of suffering a stroke by as much as 21 per cent. The research, conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), found that drinking green and black varieties of teas has a significant impact on the risk of stroke.
Reduces cancer risk

Research published in April 2009 by the University of L’Aquila suggests that drinking just one cup of regular, black tea per day may help to protect against cardiovascular disease. The research showed that black tea consumption does – depending on dose – improve blood vessel reactivity, reduce both blood pressure and arterial stiffness, indicating a notably better cardiovascular health profile.
Treats bacterial and fungal infections

A study at Pace University reported in American Society For Microbiology (May 2008) found white tea extracts effective at treating bacterial infections, such as Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, pneumonia and dental caries. White tea was also found to be effective in treating fungal infections from Penicillium chrysogenum and Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
– See more at: http://www.alokozay.ca/drink-to-good-health/health-benefits-of-tea/#sthash.eNpKLerJ.dpuf

Do you want to know the health benefits of drinking tea?


Health Benefits of Tea

Ever wondered what’s the whole fuss about tea? It’s been around for quite some time now and is becoming increasingly popular with people across the globe. What makes tea the most celebrated beverage world-wide is not just its refreshing taste and aroma, but also the fact that it could actually save your life!

In Alokozay Tea, you will find all the nutritional properties of this drink preserved and in fact enhanced so that whether it’s green or black tea- it is no less than a medicine for several ailments.

10 reasons why drinking tea is healthy for you:

Treat for teeth

Alokozay Tea is a natural source of fluoride and drinking three to four cups makes a significant contribution to your daily fluoride intake. Regular intake of fluoride can contribute to dental health in both adults and children and help protect teeth and gums from acid erosion and tooth decay (a cause of bad breath).

Helps hydration

Whether it’s in its pure form or from our food intake, fluid is vital to life, and whilst humans can survive weeks without food, they can only survive a few days without fluid.
Likewise, drinking Alokozay Tea with its enriched nourishment value is vital for a number of bodily functions including:

  • Transportation for essential nutrients and oxygen (blood)
  • Excretion of waste products (urine and faeces)
  • Lubrication (joints and eyes)
  • Regulation of body temperature

As a result, it is important that you drink a healthy dose of fluids in forms of water or tea to maintain your health and well being.

Increases metabolism

Clinical trials conducted by the University of Geneva and the University of Birmingham indicate that green tea raises metabolic rates, speeds up fat oxidation and improves insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance. In addition to caffeine, green tea contains catechin polyphenols that facilitate the burning of calories.

There is also a suggestion that it can increase endurance in exercise by improving fat metabolism.

Boosts mental alertness

The amino acid L-theanine, found almost exclusively in the tea plant, affects the brain’s neurotransmitters and increases alpha brain-wave activity. The result is a calmer, yet more alert, state of mind.

Boosts immune system

On 21st April 2003, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital released details of a research project which indicated that theanine may help the body’s immune system response when fighting infection, by boosting the disease-fighting capacity of gamma delta T cells. Blood sample analysis found that the production of anti-bacterial proteins is up to five times higher in the tea-drinkers, an indicator of a stronger immune response.

Lowers chances of cognitive impairment

A 2006 study showed that elderly Japanese people who consumed more than 2 cups of green tea a day had a 50 percent lower chance of having cognitive impairment, in comparison to those who drank fewer than 2 cups a day, or who consumed other tested beverages. This is probably due to the effect of EGCG, which passes through the blood-brain barrier.

Lowers stress hormone levels

According to a study by UCL researchers, drinking black tea lowers stress hormone levels. Blood platelet activation, which is linked to blood clotting and the risk of heart attacks, is also lower for tea drinkers.

Reduces stroke risk

Research presented at the International Stroke Conference in February 2009 found that drinking three or more cups of tea per day can reduce the risk of suffering a stroke by as much as 21 per cent. The research, conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), found that drinking green and black varieties of teas has a significant impact on the risk of stroke.

Reduces cancer risk

Research published in April 2009 by the University of L’Aquila suggests that drinking just one cup of regular, black tea per day may help to protect against cardiovascular disease. The research showed that black tea consumption does – depending on dose – improve blood vessel reactivity, reduce both blood pressure and arterial stiffness, indicating a notably better cardiovascular health profile.

Treats bacterial and fungal infections

A study at Pace University reported in American Society For Microbiology (May 2008) found white tea extracts effective at treating bacterial infections, such as Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, pneumonia and dental caries. White tea was also found to be effective in treating fungal infections from Penicillium chrysogenum and Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

– See more at: http://www.alokozay.ca/drink-to-good-health/health-benefits-of-tea/#sthash.eNpKLerJ.dpuf

Does it justify my being harsh to this patient??


Here I come back guys with this story  about my a one-time embarrassing behavior as a medic though ethics taught me to handle every patient with care and Love.

A 56 year old Sofia(not real name) had and is still my patient whom I have handled for the last 6 years I have been in my clinical practice. This is the lady who had had longstanding History of lower abdominal pain, on and off painful coitus and severe backache for as long as I have known her. She really likes my services and says whenever I don’t attend to her, she gets no improvement because I am the only medical work who only listens and understands and the prescriptions I make gives her a bit longer relief.

As far as I remember, Sofia had done several cancer of the cervix Tests from various Health facilities which all were negative till the last test which which she did last year November which came out positive for cancer of the cervix. I took my time to explain to sofia that the only cure was complete removal of her Uterus(TAH) and after long session of chat/counseling, she seemed to understand me and I even wrote her a referral letter to the nearby Hospital (I work in a small, remote Health center iv) to have her uterus removed thereby increasing her chances of survival. One month later, Sofia shows up again with the now-intensifying symptoms and asks me to try and treat her because there is this lady in her village I treated with similar symptoms(had just cervicitis) and she is better. It was at this time that I sat with Sofia and I counseled and educated her for about 2 hours and even wrote another referral letter after giving some pain killers. She promises that she will go before the week ends and both of us are happy.

This year. January, Sofia came back in our outpatient department and found me in the minor theater doing some procedures. She refuses to be seen by a colleague and sends some one to call me. on hearing it was sofia, I rashed to go meet her and see how she is faring and to congratulate her upon being brave only to be disappointed!, Sofia went home and resorted to using local medicine(Herbs) and she is feeling much pain once again. It was at this time that I lost all the ethics, patience, friendship blah blah…. I hurried her under the nearby tree and told her, our friendship is over, I told her I would never want to see her in my life again, I told her I hated her now because she hates herself too, I told I will never treat her again even if she has a simple headache, I told to look for another health-worker to confide in, and after I told her to go away or go see any other health worker present, and off I dashed back to the theater very much disappointed.

But guess what, last month Sofia showed up again and when she meet me,before I barked unto her, she handed over her operation medical reports and looked very health and better off. She was lucky her cancer was still in stage one but was earlier along complicated by a PID. She had her uterus removed and she is doing very well clinically, and she told me she has resumed doing her routine, and I offered my apologies for treating her badly and unethically(friends again, hahahaha).

During my clinical practice, I have had several similar scenarios though I chose not to treat them in a similar manner and eventually some have even lost their lives. In Africa, traditional way of living still impacts on people’s lives and the existence of myth and superstitions makes things even  very worse. My question now is, should medics employ non-ethical measures where need be to save patients?

What is stress and anxiety?


Last week while attending to patients, this 19 year old girl Brenda(not real name) came with the mother at around 3 pm and found me when I was already tired having had seen about 120 patients and still was no sign of a breath. Brenda carried almost 4 dozens of medical forms which prompted me to relax and find out what the heck was with this young girl because, it is rare to get such teenager who is as quite often sickly. 

Mother explained to me what she had to say, and off I embarked onto Brenda and did thorough physical examinations which revealed nothing significant, reviewed all her medical documents and just found patches of stuff to suggest anxiety related conditions since Brenda was attending lower health units and other private health units who didn’t help much. Before, I almost thought of referral too, I decided to explorer the social and family history, guess what, this girl has had poor social relationships, reported phobia/panic attacks, palpitations, poor stress coping  strategies blah blah blah. Further probing  made me confirm my working diagnosis of Anxiety neurosis! Then I wondered, are we as health workers having time for our patients, because this girl had been treated for various diseases like Asthma, peptic ulcer disease, heart disease, Migraine headache blah blah…. and this made me realize what my lecturer told me that part of the patients we see on daily basis are sick or worse sick due to psycho-social factors aggregating physical diseases so for a complete assessment, one has to look at the patient holistically.

Having said that, what is anxiety?

Anxiety in my view is a normal reaction to any stressful environment. so Anxiety is normal! at least every one of us has ever or will be affected by it in any way e.g fear of disease, being bloke, no school fees, failure of exams, fear to be dumped by your partner, family breakdowns,  etc etc but the way, the way we react to this is very different for each  one of us and when you can’t deal with that stressful event, then the effects of stress take toll on you and you end up with chronic anxiety.

There is a multitude of causes and they fall under genetical makeup of an individual, environment/social, physiological and so many others. For instance, disturbance in the chemical neurotransmitters(these move information form one nerve cell to another) could cause certain anxiety attacks, previous tragic traumas like war/genocide, Rape,an individual raised in a stressful environment like hash parents, over-protection, social pressures and certain medications may all bring anxiety attacks to an individual.

While assessing Brenda, I was informed that right from childhood, she could easily be angered, failure to have her favorite toy could make her cry and refuse food or become withdrawn, could easily be frightened and it became evident when she became unconscious after she had bee beaten by the teacher at school where thenafter she become breathless, she was treated for asthma in the next village Drug shop.

And finally, Oh the mother called the other day and says Brenda has improved and symptoms haven’t come back. Hopefully we were able to find a solution to control(not cure) her symptoms.

Any question or similar experience guys, don’t be shy, share with us.

 

Do your patients too believe/demand for I.v Fluids??


Last week I admitted this patient Moses(not real names). Moses had bronchiopneumonia and physical examinations revealed no signs of dehydration. Since he was not vomiting and his appetite was ok, my nurses were told not to give intravenous fluids but to encourage him to drink it orally and I endeavored much to explain to him the course of management. There after, I disappeared for a 2 hour meeting. My nurse then calls and reports to me that the patient and the attendants were furious and threatened to beat her up and upon demanding a phone talk to the patient, He branded my services fake because I wasn’t doing anything to cure him. “How do I spend an hour here with no any drip?, Did you admit me here just for your nurses to give 2cc and 4cc of water through my vein?”, was Moses’s words. Trying to explain, my words fell on his deaf ears and demanded to be referred to a nearby health facility where in fluids(drip) is a guarantee.                                                                                                                Image

This is not the first time or 20th time I have had it rough with patients for with-holding iv fluids. Patients here in Africa believes in iv fluids and most of them believe its the ultimate cure.

Joselyn(not real name) sworn never to bring her kid because I didn’t give the kid drips on the 3rd day of treatment when after all the symptoms had subsided and I prescribed ORS.

In my opinion, these are many of the medical related myth that needs to be addresses but how to address them remains to be seen. For instance an elderly patient will not believe in your prescription if you don’t write for him/her an injection even if you try as much to explain your course of treatment. Do we need NGO’s like USAID to invest huge dollars to do community education?, I think local governments in Africa should invest much to fight illiteracy other than investing useless projects.

Finally, can I hear what it is for Europe, USA or from any other developed country?