Choosing the Right Family Planning Method

Sex is both for procreation and pleasure. However, every sexual intercourse for pleasure between a couple can equally result in pregnancy and procreation without a family planning method. Considering the health of the woman and the financial capacity of the couple, there’s a limit to the number of children any couple can have and raise in the best possible way. This is made possible through the adoption of a family planning method by a couple while they are still having children so they have control over when their meeting can lead to a pregnancy.

Getting Health Insurance with a Pre-Existing Condition

Are you the one that has a pre-existing condition and is losing faith in health insurance due to rejected claims? Does the term “pre-existing conditions” confuse you? Are you concerned about buying a health insurance plan for yourself or your parents due to pre-existing disease? All of these questions are answered in this article.

At its most basic, it is defined as an illness or disease a person has at the time of buying a health insurance plan. But, more than that, it also includes:


What Dark Skinned People Need To Know About Skin Cancer

Before we go far into this article, we should make one thing very clear. “No matter what color your skin is, if you’re exposed to the sun, there’s a possibility that you can get skin cancer”

It’s true that darker people tend to get more of a pigment called melanin; and it protects the skin from the sun’s harmful rays but that doesn’t necessarily mean people with dark skin can’t get skin cancer. It’s just not as much as the fair skinned people do.


Train Your Brain to Handle Information Overload

Does it ever feel like the thoughts in your head are just one giant to-do list?

The human mind can juggle a gigantic amount of information — but there is a limit. At some point, you reach a critical point where you start missing things, getting angry, avoiding things and people, and struggling at work, home or in your relationships.

So how do you overcome this overwhelm? You can start by doing these;

Just get it done

Sometimes the best way to get it out of your head is to just get it done and out of the way. Whatever is riffling up your mental capacity — house chores, replying a bunch of emails, working out, laundry — stop thinking and start doing.

When we move to get tasks done instead of away from them, the tension is reduced, and your confidence level goes up.

Or, cancel it out
If you keep avoiding something for a long time, then ask yourself. Does it really need to get done? If not, cancel it off your list for good.

You exhaust yourself thinking there’s some finish line you have to cross.

Ask someone to help you
When it gets too overwhelming you can ask for assistance.
Tell your partner or kids you need them to take on more of the household chores or you can tell your boss you’ll have trouble meeting that deadline without more support. Whatever gets you help.

Stop overthinking it
Feeling overwhelmed could just be having too much to think about. When you start getting ahead of yourself, observe your thoughts and let some of them go. Go beyond all the thinking about and just get it done.

It might not get you to zero mental stress, but it’s definitely a start.


How to Manage Your Anxiety

It is normal to be anxious from time to time especially when you are about to go for an interview, give a speech before a crowd of people, ask a girl out or after something terrible happens like surviving an accident. The feeling of fear, palpitations (your heart beating faster), sweating, rapid breathing or dryness of the mouth before any of these occasions is normal because such feelings are very temporary, and they disappear after some time (a few minutes after that interview or speech; or a few days after the terrible incident).

However, if you frequently feel tensed up, afraid or worry that something bad is going to happen to you for no reason or cause, and this is affecting your ability to do things you normally did before, then you may have a mental health condition known as anxiety disorder. A mental health condition is a problem of the mind the same way diabetes is a problem of the body; it is not a sign of bad luck or evil in you or your family, neither is it a curse on you from some evil forces. It can be treated.

Anxiety disorder is a mental health condition in which the affected person experiences one or more of the following:

Fear, panic or worry which can last for many days or months; the fear or panic can also come suddenly, last for minutes and repeat itself. This constant fear or panic usually cannot be attributed to any cause by the person or it just results from normal circumstances which other people have no problems with like objects, heights, and social gatherings or meeting new people.
Along with the irrational fear comes bodily symptoms like:
-excessive sweating on the hand or feet
-the heart beating very fast
-a burning sensation in the chest
-rapid breathing or shortness of breath
-dizziness or a headache
-sleeping problems where the person can't sleep due to this irrational worry

There are many other symptoms that come with this mental health condition depending on the type of anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorder has no known single cause, but there are risk factors associated with it. These include:

  • Genetic predisposition to developing an anxiety disorder meaning it can be inherited from parents if it runs in the family
  • Being under severe stress for a very long time can contribute to the development of an anxiety disorder in a person.
  • Experiencing a very traumatic incident like being raped, an attack by armed robbers, surviving a civil war or fighting in a war can trigger an anxiety disorder in a person who has a genetic predisposition to developing it.

How do you take care of anxiety? Well, it depends on whether it is the everyday normal and temporary anxiety that comes before important activities or it falls into a mental health condition.

If you normally feel anxious before important occasions like giving a speech or asking a lady out, doing the following can help calm you down:
- taking a very deep breath several times a few minutes before taking the stage
- taking a good rest a day before the event
- having a mindset that it is just a moment and no matter what happens you're not going to die and the world will not come to an end.
If your anxiety looks like it is abnormal, the very best thing to do is to see a doctor who will take a detailed medical history from you and carry out a physical examination on you after which he or she will refer you to a clinical psychologist or a psychiatrist, if he or she is not one, for special medical attention. This special medical attention will involve medications and what is known as cognitive behavioural therapy (the psychiatrist helps you to recognize and change your thought patterns and behaviours that are associated with the anxiety).

For more advice and help, consult a doctor online via The Reliance Care App.


Employee Health Insurance; Why is medical insurance important?

Although a lot can be said about doing business for yourself - whether through freelance or owning your own business - being a regular employee has its own perks and the topmost merit is being covered by medical insurance.

The availability of health insurance is so important that it is almost impossible to overestimate its benefits. On the one hand, the ability of sicknesses to destroy your finances and lead you to debt is so great that it is almost unparalleled.

Secondly, illnesses not only cost you money, but it could prevent you from earning more.

Even though being ill is out of your control and should not be taken against you during the performance evaluation (which may determine your salary increase), It doesn’t do you any good compared to colleagues who worked more simply because they were still there when you were sick.

But the benefits of health insurance are not limited to just having it. Here is a look at the three most important advantages of health insurance for employees.

  • Emergency situations

It’s uncontrollable. Emergencies occur even if you don't have money. And who has the time to find the fault with which hospital and / or doctor will charge less when you are sick?

If you have a good healthcare provider (aka RelianceHMO), you can go to a decent hospital and you don't need to have the money. It's like a credit card payment that someone else is paying. (For very expensive illnesses, We’ll only cover a certain amount, but this is still a huge "discount" on the total bill, which you would otherwise have to pay yourself.)

  • Attract and retain the most qualified employees

Whether health insurance is absolutely necessary to attract and retain the most qualified employees will depend upon factors such as whether your competitors or other similarly sized employers in your area are offering health insurance.

  • Ensure the wellness of your workers

Our corporate health insurance plans offer preventative care that can keep employees healthy and working. If employees don't get preventative care and wellness checks (which they might not do if they don't have insurance), you could end up having more employees out for long periods of time with serious illnesses.



When You Eat Matters Just As Much As What You Eat

Most of us know what we eat can impact our waistlines. But what about when we eat? It’s time everyone starts paying attention to the times they eat.
Eating late is extremely fattening. It adds to our waist size,causes inflammation and increases the chances of having type 2 diabetes.

Our bodies become more insulin resistant throughout the day. This means sugar stays in your bloodstream and is transformed into fat. That’s why it’s best to avoid eating after dark.

In fact, experts recommend eating 75 percent of our daily calories before 2 p.m., with breakfast and lunch being our largest meals, and dinner the smallest. It’ll become a habit before long. Getting plenty of protein and healthy fat in the morning and at lunchtime will reduces the chances of being hungry. 

It may seem really difficult at first but try eating within a 12-hour window or less, only when there’s daylight ― for three days and then working up to a week or more.

It gets easier as time goes on. You can even reap health benefits by adopting daytime eating just five out of seven days per week.

For more advice and help, feel free to ask a Doctor on via The Reliance Care App


How much do you weigh? Is it healthy for your body?

Find out where you stand, It may drive you to take some positive steps toward change.

Am I at a healthy weight? It’s an important question.

One way doctors use to answer this question is the body max index, or BMI — an estimate of how much body fat you have.The results are based on your height and weight.

BMI Table for Adults
This is the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommended body weight based on BMI values for adults. It is used for both men and women, age 18 or older.

BMI table for adults

Why does it matter?
A high BMI raises your risk of some of the leading causes of chronic illness and death. That includes type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer.

If your BMI isn’t where it should be, discuss it with your doctor. Together you can decide the necessary steps to take, to ensure you’re at a healthy stand.

There’s good news if you do need to lose some weight. Even a little weight loss — 5 to 10 percent of your body weight — may help you improve your health.

Ps: BMI isn’t perfect.
It doesn’t literally measure fat. So in some cases, it may not be the best way to know if you need to lose weight. For instance bodybuilders, may have a high BMI without excess body fat. If you have questions about your BMI, be sure to talk with your doctor.



Smoking and its adverse effects on your sight

More people are aware of the link between smoking and cancer, but many people do not know the impact that smoking can have upon the eyes.

Millions of people in Nigeria are putting their sight at risk by continuing to smoke, medical experts warn.

Despite the clear connection between sight loss and smoking, only 2 in 10 people recognize that smoking can lead to blindness.

Smokers are twice as likely to have eye problems and lose their sight compared with non-smokers.

That is because Tobacco in itself can cause or worsen a number of eye conditions.

How can smoking cause adverse effects on your eyes?

Yes it can! Cigarette smoke contains toxic chemicals that can irritate and harm the eyes.

For example, heavy metals, such as lead and copper, can collect in the lens - the transparent bit that sits behind the pupil and brings rays of light into focus - and lead to cataracts, where the lens becomes cloudy.

Smoking can make diabetes-related sight problems worse by damaging blood vessels at the back of the eye (the retina).

Smokers are threefold more likely to get age-related macular degeneration - a condition where a person loses their ability to see fine details, meaning their central vision has been affected.

And they are over 10 times more likely than non-smokers to develop sudden loss of vision caused by optic neuropathy, where the blood supply to the eye becomes shut out.

Stopping or avoiding smoking is one of the best steps you can take to protect your vision, along with having regular sight/eye examinations.

"Smoking increases the risk of sight-threatening conditions, such as age-related macular degeneration, which is an important reason why smokers should consider quitting."



Getting fit, Staying fit

Regular exercise can help you live longer and may reduce your risks for a host of diseases.

Recent studies show:

Getting a lot of physical activity in your free time is associated with a reduced risk of premature death, even when genetic disorders are factored into account.
Improving fitness appears to help men live longer following a heart attack.
Lifestyle physical activity, such as taking the stairs, playing football or jumping ropes and walking is as effective as organized gym workouts in improving fitness. Even infrequent exercise helps postmenopausal women live longer

How do you know whether or not you're fit? That depends on lots of things, such as your age, overall health, family history, exercise routines and eating habits. Of course you can’t change all these factors, but if you work on the ones you can do something about, your overall health is bound to improve. Here are some benefits of physical activity:
Helps to prevent bone loss
  1. Increases muscle tone and mass
  2. Boosts energy levels
  3. May help you manage stress and relieve tension
  4. Helps you stay fit and healthy
  5. Can help keep weight under control
  6. May help to improve blood cholesterol levels
  7. May help prevent or control high blood pressure

Physical exercise takes time and effort. This may be why it is so difficult for many to get started. It may also be the reason why some start strong and then stop steaming. Being fit does not mean you spend hours in the gym or going until you let go. Even if you can only hold 10 minutes here and 15 minutes there, every little bit counts. To be successful, your training program must be part of your daily life, just like working, cooking, swimming and eating. Let's go!


Beer and your Belly

That excess abdominal fat that droops over our belt lines is dangerous to our health. It may not seem that way but this article will enlighten you. Also excess abdominal fat is not a byproduct of beer alone. Here are some commonly asked questions about the belly bulge.

Q: How does a “beer belly” form?

Calories generally increase belly fat, whether they’re from alcohol or sugary foods or just from eating too much food. An average beer is usually more than 150 calories, hence the buildup. Beer can also alter the fat burn process, because your liver will preferentially burn alcohol instead of fat when it is consumed.

HMO in Ekiti

Health insurance in Ekiti

HMO in Ekiti
Afolabi Hospital, Ado Ekiti
St.Gregory Hospital, Ado-Ekiti
Federal Medical Centre, Ido-Ekiti
Ile Abiye hospital, Ado Ekiti
General Hospital Oke-Igemo, Ijero Ekiti

HMO in Lokoja

Health Insurance in Kogi state

HMO in Kogi state

Niger Hospital, Lokoja.12B IBB ROAD, LOKOJA, KOGI STATE
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HMO in Ondo

Gbask Hospital, Akure, Ondo state
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Hope Specialist Hospital, Akure
Shekinah Hospital, Owo Garrage, Akure
State Specialist Hospital, Ikare, Ondo state