Toenail infections are quite a common condition. When you have it, it changes the color, shape, and texture of your nail. It can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. A nail infection occurs when bacteria or fungus grows and spreads on or under the nails. Its most common symptoms include brown or yellow nail discoloration, thickened nails, the nail separating from the nail bed, the nail becoming crumbly when trimmed, and pain coming from the nail. It is crucial for you to see a doctor as soon as symptoms appear when you have diabetes. A toenail infection may cause several complications.
Some Common Causes
Toenail infections are primarily caused by fungi. This is because the feet are a great place for fungi to grow. These microorganisms flourish in warm and moist environments. This may also be caused by bacteria that get under the toenail when the skin is damaged.
A doctor can tell you when you have a toenail infection. They may take a nail sample and send it to a lab for testing. A podiatrist can check on your feet, diagnose foot and nail diseases, and recommend treatment. Diagnosis is important since the symptoms of the toenail fungus infection are the same as psoriasis and nail trauma.
A nail fungus treatment depends on the cause of the infection. It may take months to more than a year to treat the nail infection. Toenail infections are more likely to recur. Some nail fungal treatments include the following: taking antifungal pills, taking antibiotics, using topical antifungals, and nail removal.
Several ways can be done to avoid getting infected with toenail fungus. Here are some of them: making sure that the feet are properly dried, trimming the toenails, wearing clean socks and shoes, wearing proper footwear in public places, not sharing nail trimmers and towels, and applying antifungal foot spray on your feet and toes.
1All about Banga Soup
Banga soup is also known as palm nut soup. It is made from palm fruit or palm fruit Elaeis guineensis. It is highly popular among Africans. This is originally from the Urhobo tribe in Delta State, Nigeria. From there, the soup has become popular all over the continent. It has acquired different names and methods for preparing it. It is called obe eyin in the West / Yoruba. The eastern part of Nigeria calls it ofe akwu while the Itsekiri calls it obey ekpo. It is called lii fulou or luu fiai by the Balyesans. The Akwa–Ibom / Cross River calls it efere abak/atama.
For preparing the soup, it is necessary to extract palm nuts from palm oil, which serves as the main ingredient. To complete this delicious meal, animal proteins such as chicken, fish, and meat are added along with leafy vegetables. The health benefits of the Banga soup are primarily based on the nutritional profile of the palm oil and palm nut fruit, its main ingredient.
The nutritional profile of palm oil
Palm oil is loaded with fat, following this breakdown: 40% monounsaturated fatty acids, 50% saturated fatty acids and 10% polyunsaturated fatty acids. This oil is also packed with vitamin E (tocopherols and tocotrienols) apart from high percentages of palmitic and oleic acid. Moreover, palm oil possesses flavonoids and phenolic acids. It also contains antioxidants called carotenoids which include beta-carotene. This can be converted by your body into vitamin A. these carotenoids are responsible for the reddish-orange pigment of the palm oil.
As an Antifungal / Antimicrobial
The Aframomum Danielli is closely related to grains of paradise or alligator pepper seeds. These are dark and shiny seeds that have a pleasant aroma. This is called by the locals Orima, and it is an essential ingredient in Banga soup. These seeds are known for their potent antibacterial and antifungal activities. The seeds are backed with antioxidant oil properties such as trephine, cineole, and pinene as the major components in the seeds.
Other Health Benefits
It’s high time we checked the many health benefits of this delicious soup.
Improves Brain Health
Palm oil in Banga soup contains tocotrienols. This is a form of vitamin E that is packed with antioxidant properties that may improve brain health. According to medical evidence, tocotrienols in palm oil provide protection for the polyunsaturated fats found in the brain. By improving brain health, palm oil slows down the progression of dementia, reducing the risk of incurring neurodegenerative diseases and stroke and preventing brain lesions from growing.
The presence of vitamin E in the soup is also crucial. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects the body from free radicals. This also helps in preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
Great for the Immune System
Banga soup is loaded with vitamin C. This vitamin incredibly helps in improving the body’s immune system. When you consume the soup, you can also avoid any bacteria infection and any illness that stems from it.
Improves Muscle Health
Protein found in Banga soup can improve muscle health, as it helps add muscle mass and get rid of body fat too. The soup works just like peanut butter which builds muscles and improves muscle health as well.
Good for Heart Health
Banga soup helps prevent heart disease and at the same time improves heart health. According to several medical studies, consuming foods that are loaded with palm oil can help reduce LDL cholesterol or bad cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol or good cholesterol. The soup is also rich in omega 3 which is known to improve a person’s cardiovascular health.
Improves Skin Health
Banga soup has a high vitamin E content that may help promote healthy skin. According to several studies, foods that are loaded with vitamin E can help those who suffer from certain skin disorders like eczema. However, more studies are required to establish this.
Helps with Digestion
Banga soup may help you manage regular intestinal bowel movements. Thus, consuming the soup will provide you with a healthy digestive system which can help you prevent constipation problems.
Helps prevent anemia
The soup is a great source of iron which is instrumental in the formation of red blood cells. This makes it easy to prevent symptoms of anemia.