We all know how frustrating things could get when a seemingly “simple” medical condition renders us helpless, and more embarrassing is how it’s something we once read somewhere but paid little attention to. In any case, we all need to be health conscious and this starts with familiarising oneself with vital medical tips. These are some DIY (Do It Yourself) health tips that can help improve your health:

  1. Hypertension and Diabetes can cause severe damage to the heart. If you have any of these conditions, use your medication regularly and in the correct dosage. For emergencies at home; call for help, ensure you are not in any danger yourself, ensure victim has enough space and can breathe easily and most especially, don’t panic.
  2. After a bubbly weekend, take Vitamin B supplements to protect your liver and Aspirin to sidestep that hangover. Also, rehydrate by drinking plenty of water.
  3. Woke up with a stiff neck? Run hot water over your neck for 20 secs, then cold water for 10 secs. Repeat 3 times and watch your neck muscles relax.
  4. If you scald your skin with hot water or steam, cool it with aloe vera juice or gel. The cooling and anti-inflammatory components protect your exposed skin and aids fast healing.
  5. Fight foot odor with a mixture of vinegar and water. Soak your feet every night in 1 part vinegar and 2 part water. This kills odoriferous bacteria. Also keep your feet dry all times.
  6. To calm a nagging cough that keeps you awake at night, take 1-2 teaspoons of honey at night. Research shows honey is effective at fighting cough and promoting sleep
  7. In case of electric shock; take precaution and avoid touching the victim with bare hands. Instead, use objects made of plastic, cardboard or wood. Turn off electricity source and do not move the person. Then, call for medical help.
  8. Reduce your cholesterol level by ignoring food with saturated fat like red meat and dairy products. Choose lean cuts of meat, low fat-dairy, nuts and omega-3 fat.
  9. Did you know? The best medicine for a healthy heart is exercise. Exercise comes in various forms, from brisk walking to cycling. Choose the one that suits you and keep your heart healthy.
  10. Anyone with nail puncture must get a tetanus shot. This is the commonest way tetanus is contracted. Keep your environment clean and always wear footwear outdoors.
  11. For a convulsing child (seizure); keep all sharp objects away, remove clothing to reduce temperature, and if vomiting, clear mouth to avoid choking. DO NOT PUT spoon or oil in baby’s mouth.
  12. Ever wonder why honey is so popular? It’s because it is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, helps reduce ulcers and coughs. It also helps in wound healing and strengthens the immune system.
  13. Douching, which involves washing the vagina, is bad. It could spread bacteria beyond your vagina. Instead, maintain good hygiene and wear clean underwear always.
  14. By law, no woman should be denied employment or offered lower wage because of her gender. If this ever happens, consult a lawyer or human rights NGO.
  15. Do you desire a healthy blood cholesterol level? Avoid alcohol and smoking. Shed some weight, eat lots of vegetables and maintain an active lifestyle.
  16. Walnuts are rich in quite a number nutrients and minerals which support brain health. They also contain antioxidants which help to slow down aging.
  17. As a young, middle-aged or elderly individual, recurrent headaches or dizziness may not always be induced by stress Sometimes, they’re manifestations of a transient ischemic attack and if untreated, could lead to stroke.

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