Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others at home and the workplace.
WHEN should you wash your hands?
BEFORE AND AFTER
Eating or feeding children
Using the washroom (toilet), changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
Before, during, and after preparing food
Applying contact lenses
Handling pets, domestic animals, animal feed, animal waste or garbage
Tending to someone who is sick
Giving any medication or first aid
Coughing, sneezing, or blowing and scratching the nose
And whenever your hands appear dirty
Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them in most situations. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Although alcohol-based hand sanitizers do not remove harmful chemicals, they can quickly reduce the number of germs on your hands in some situations.
Tiger nuts may promote a healthy digestion in various ways.
For starters, they are high in insoluble fiber, which passes through your gut without being digested. Insoluble fiber adds bulk to your stools and helps food move through your gut easily, reducing the likelihood of constipation (1, 6Trusted Source).
Tiger nuts are also presumed to contain resistant starch, a type of fiber that can feed the friendly bacteria in your gut, helping your digestion run smoothly (7).
Moreover, tiger nuts may contain enzymes, such as catalases, lipases and amylases, which help break down foods in your gut, relieving gas, indigestion and diarrhea (7).
Keep in mind that the high fiber content of tiger nuts may initially cause unpleasant gas or bloating. Those interested in trying them should increase their portions gradually.
Animal studies show that tiger nut extract may help reduce blood sugar levels. This may, in large part, be due to the high fiber content of the tubers which may slow down the absorption of sugar in the gut (5).
Moreover, test-tube studies show that tiger nut extract may inhibit the action of carb-digesting enzymes in your gut.
As a result, less sugar may be absorbed from your gut in a way similar to the action of some blood-sugar-lowering diabetic medications. This is thought to potentially lower blood sugar levels, though more research in humans is needed (11Trusted Source).
Diets rich in monounsaturated fats are linked to lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol and higher levels of “good” HDL cholesterol. They are also associated with a lower risk of heart attack, stroke and death from heart disease (15Trusted Source, 16Trusted Source).
What’s more, tiger nuts are rich in the amino acid arginine. Arginine can promote heart health because your body can use it to make nitric oxide, a compound that helps arteries and veins dilate, hence lowering blood pressure (17Trusted Source, 18Trusted Source).
Research also links tiger nuts to better blood circulation and a lower likelihood of blood clots — both of which can reduce your risk of heart disease (7).
Tiger nuts may contribute to a stronger immune system.
In one test-tube study, tiger nut extracts were tested against several types of bacteria that can infect humans. The extract was effective against E. coli, Staphylococcus and Salmonella bacteria (19Trusted Source).
Another cell study found similar results. The researchers added that tiger nut extracts might also be effective at fighting antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections (20Trusted Source).
However, more studies are needed before strong conclusions can be drawn.
The physical side effects after an abortion can vary from woman to woman and there are potential side effects and risks that you should be aware of.
It is important to talk to a health professional as well as the doctor who performed your abortion about possible side effects.
Your period should return about 4-6 weeks after the abortion. If your doctor has prescribed antibiotics, it is important to take them as directed in order to help prevent infection.
Anticipated Physical Side Effects Following An Abortion
The following is a list of side effects that are frequently experienced after an abortion. It is possible to experience these side effects for as long as 2 to 4 weeks following the procedure.
Abdominal pain and cramping
Spotting and bleeding
Potential And More Serious Complications Following An Abortion
Although serious complications occur in fewer than 1 out of 100 first trimester abortions and approximately 1 out of every 50 late term abortions, it is important to be aware of the following risks:
Heavy or persistent bleeding
Infection or sepsis
Damage to the cervix
Scarring of the uterine lining
Perforation of the uterus
Damage to other organs
It is important to understand that these risks are rare and that some of these risks are associated with child birth. What matters is that you are aware that these risks exist as you strive to make an informed decision about your pregnancy.
Severe Abortion Physical Side Effects
If you have had an abortion, call your doctor and seek medical attention if your side effects become severe or if you experience any of the following:
Severe abdominal and back pain that prohibits you from standing up
Bleeding that is heavier than a normal menstrual period