Following the report that has been making the rounds on social media for a while now – that model, Blac Chyna’s mother went online to blast her daughter for not seeing her for years and keeping her grandkids away from her – Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh has also reacted to the news.
But her reaction was not welcomed by many of her followers who feel she has no rights whatsoever to have a say in the matter.
Tonto says no matter what the case may be, she’d never drag her daughter on social media the way Tokyo Toni did her daughter.
My mother calls me out like this on social media? The only Real flesh & blood A human can ever have??? I feel your pain mama, but you shld be the last person to publicly disgrace you and your whole family like this… I am a mother I will never do this,I will borrow money and come to you and sleep at your gate day to day until you let me in and forgive and talk things over.. The both need Healing.. Lord where did Love and family Values Go? So sad,The pain in this World is just Crazy
And then her followers came for her and it was a whole lotta trash talk.
sony____a wrote, @tontolet the same way you also bring your shit to social media, like even spiritual attack, stuffs that should not be on social media, y’all are same, you are like her.
And she replied,
@sony____a chia but do you even see my parents pictures o my page or do I ever bring my daddy daughter drama on social media??? No nah be fair bro
Ezikvinnie wrote, @tontolet if I hear! How many gate u siddon when u had issues with Churchill? Abeg talk anode thing
And she replied,
@ezikvinnie Sir I don’t think you understand what we are saying,Tokyo never married Blac Chyna. That’s a mother daughter relationship
Another user, richard__d1 wrote, @tontolet Tokyo never married Chyna yes we all know that but you are in no position to judge the action Tokyo took on social media, you can quietly break up with your husband and disgrace him anywhere but not social media. You are still crashing on the table you are shaking, you sound stupid trying to defend yourself.
To which she responded,
@richard___d1 Judge? Honey if only you will calm down,Maybe remove the negativity you have in your head about me and sincerely read my post.i am sure you will understand my words better!! I’m not shaking tables but if am on this table and it’s shaking no shame in falling.. Shebi person wet fall they stand up?
Persisting, Richard wrote back,
@tontolet Have you been in Tokyo’s shoes as a mother? No,not yetis yes you are judging her because you have no single ideal of the pains she is going through. Stop trying too hard to give me a modest clap back cos we know the real you,you called Ada Slim mother a bitch here on social media,the lady who supported u from nothing to something…
The importance of magnesium in the body is too often overlooked in favor of calcium or even iron.
Many people may not even know what it is or what it does. Truth is that this mineral is responsible for over 300 metabolic reactions in the body, including protein, DNA, RNA, and antioxidant synthesis; muscle and nerve function; cell signaling, glucose and blood pressure regulation; and the formation and structure of bones and soft tissue. (1) Yet most people don’t get enough magnesium in their daily diets.
In addition to its role in the synthesis of antioxidants, most notably glutathione (the “master antioxidant”), magnesium binds to heavy metals in the blood (e.g., cadmium, chromium, nickel, zinc, and others), assisting in their elimination from the body. (2, 3) It also has the ability to prevent stroke.
Magnesium from food is absorbed in the small intestine and is distributed throughout the body in the blood. It is part of bones and soft tissue. The kidneys maintain a proper magnesium level in the blood and if there’s too much, it gets flushed out as waste. (4)
The Dangers of Magnesium Deficiency
In 2009, the World Health Organization reported that 75% of Americans were magnesium deficient. A recently published meta-analysis of forty separate studies from nine countries regarding the effects of magnesium on human health involved over one million participants over a period of four to thirty years and found some interesting results.
Here’s what they found:
Many people have low serum (blood) magnesium levels (2.5-15% of subjects in included studies).
Increasing daily magnesium by 100mg a day didn’t affect the incidence of cardiovascular disease or coronary heart disease.
Increasing daily magnesium intake by 100mg a day significantly reduced the risk of stroke, heart failure, type 2 diabetes, and all-cause mortality.
“…many adults fail to meet the recommended daily intake of magnesium, despite the fact that epidemiology studies indicate that low levels of serum magnesium can increase the risk of a wide range of diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes (T2D), Alzheimer’s disease, and cardiovascular disease (CVD)…However, no clear association was found between magnesium intake and the risk of coronary heart disease or total cardiovascular disease, which may have been due – at least in part – to the relatively limited number of studies included in our analysis.” (5)
The current recommended dietary amount for magnesium is 400-420mg for men over 19 years and 310-320 for women (add 40mg if pregnant for healthy fetal development). (6)
Importance of Magnesium
Dr. Mildred Seelig was a world-renowned magnesium scholar. She published studies and books about magnesium and its role in human physiology and the consequences of chronic deficiency. In her book Magnesium Deficiency in the Pathogenesis of Disease, she cites inadequate magnesium as a significant factor in:
Ischemic heart disease
Sudden infant death
Infantile myocardial infarction (heart attack) and arteriosclerosis
Kidney disease and kidney stones
Imbalance among magnesium, vitamin D, and phosphorus—too much calcium and/or phosphorus increases the body’s need for magnesium and exacerbates magnesium deficiency symptoms (7)
Fetal tissue development, eclampsia, and toxemia during pregnancy (8)
In a separate study, Dr. Seelig described the link between vitamin D, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus: these nutrients must be in balance in order for the body to properly process each. (9) There is no hard answer on what the ratio should be for a particular person because the variables are too great. (10) It is therefore critical to maintain a healthy balanced diet, get your dose of sunshine, and cut out soft drinks(they are ridiculously high in phosphorus, which leads to magnesium depletion) in order to use each of these nutrients effectively. (11)
Additionally, chronic magnesium deficiency can cause:
Magnesium Deficiency and Heart Disease
“Mid-1950s, USA: Something in our lifestyle was allowing many otherwise healthy people to drop dead from heart attacks. The search was on for the cause. With no pathogen and no toxin, researchers began to look for things that ‘correlated’ with heart attacks or strokes. Factors associated with an elevated risk of heart disease became the way to study this increasing problem. High blood pressure, smoking, obesity and high serum cholesterol came to be the best known of a growing list of cardiovascular risk factors—things to avoid or clinical measurements to correct.”
“However, populations from all over the world showed high rates of sudden cardiac death in areas with low soil and/or water magnesium levels; and animal research as early as 1936 implicated low nutritional magnesium in atherosclerosis—the hardening of arteries. By 1957 low magnesium was shown to be, strongly, convincingly, a cause of atherogenesis and the calcification of soft tissues. But this research was widely and immediately ignored as cholesterol and the high saturated-fat diet became the culprits to fight.” (13)
This excerpt is from studies by Andrea Rosanoff, Ph.D., a colleague and collaborator with Dr. Seelig who continues Seelig’s work. While it is certainly true that hypertension, obesity, smoking, and chronically high LDL cholesterol contribute to cardiovascular disease, they aren’t the only factors—they have become the most conspicuous markers. Doctors often don’t test for blood or urine magnesium when treating or aiming to prevent heart disease.
How Did This Happen?
Somewhere along the line, calcium and vitamin D became trendy nutrients and people were told they needed more of both. Milk and many packaged foods have been fortified with them for years (as synthetic supplements). Without balance among these, magnesium, and phosphorus, body chemistry is thrown out of whack and you end up with inadequate magnesium to offset the larger amounts of calcium and vitamin D. From Dr. Rosanoff: “high cellular Ca:Mg [calcium to magnesium] ratios manifest in tissues as the ‘fight or flight’ response, bringing on clinical symptoms of CVD.”
Rosanoff explains that processed foods contain few ingredients that contain naturally-occurring magnesium. Furthermore, commercial wheat, fruit, vegetables, and other food crops have been so hybridized, chemicalized, and genetically modified that their natural magnesium content has noticeably decreased in the last 60 years. (Yet another reason to eat organic!)
“As the modern processed-food diet and the stressful high-Mg-requiring lifestyle that goes with it expand throughout the world, more and more of the growing human population will experience the marginal Mg status our society has been living with for decades, and we can expect (and we now see) increasing levels of CVD as a result.” (Ibid.)
Some health conditions can contribute to magnesium depletion, such as:
Gastrointestinal disorders: chronic diarrhea, Crohn’s disease, intestinal inflammation due to surgery or radiation therapy
Kidney disorders: diabetes, taking diuretics, other medications
Age: the older we get, the more difficult it becomes for the intestines to absorb magnesium from foods.
15 Magnesium-rich Foods to Prevent Stroke, Heart Failure, and Diabetes
This is by no means an exhaustive list but a guide for the most common foods with a high magnesium content. Leafy greens, nuts, legumes, whole grains, and seeds of all kinds are high in magnesium.
Cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, and kale
Fatty fish (e.g., wild-caught salmon, mackerel)
Fruits and berries, including bananas, and figs
Herbs, including chives, parsley, fennel, and basil
Nuts, seeds, and legumes, including almonds, cashews, pine, and Brazil nuts; sunflower and pumpkin seeds, lentils, and Lima beans
Spices, including coriander, cumin, mustard seed, and clove
When it comes down to the nuts and bolts of life, Magnesium is a catalyst we couldn’t live without.
Magnesium passes through cell membranes, transporting other minerals (such as potassium) from cell to cell throughout the body. Communication between cells requires protein synthesis that is catalyzed by magnesium. The processes that result from the break-down of proteins affect hormone secretion and gland function. Additionally, magnesium and calcium that float around outside of cells carry them to different parts of the body, with implications for immune system function. (14)
Magnesium’s Role in the Prevention of Stroke and Diabetes
Magnesium is a potent vasodilator, meaning it opens up blood vessels, thereby decreasing blood pressure. Ischemic stroke(the most common) occurs when there is a blockage or blood clot in a blood vessel that cuts off blood flow to the brain. Dilation of blood vessels to prevent blockage is therefore highly preventative.
Magnesium deficiency commonly affects people with diabetes, both types 1 and 2; almost half of people with type 2 diabetesare lacking in this mineral. The mechanism that causes this effect may be increased loss of magnesium via urination as the body tries to rid itself of excess sugar. Inadequate magnesium has been shown to increase insulin resistance, which makes it harder for the body to regulate blood sugar.
Other Sources of Magnesium
Food isn’t the only source of magnesium: Epsom salts and seawater are also rich in this important mineral and your skin will absorb it. Too much magnesium is almost impossible if it comes from food or through the skin. Magnesium supplements are available but as with any supplement, if it’s not derived from a food source, it’s synthetic and not readily used by the body. It is possible (and toxic) to get too much magnesium from supplements. Adverse effects of excess magnesium supplementation include:
The Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine advises against magnesium supplementation if you have any problems with your kidneys. The upper limit of daily magnesium intake via supplement is 350mg for adults. Less than that doesn’t cause trouble in most people. (15)
Drug Interactions with Magnesium
Magnesium supplements adversely impact actions of the following medications. It’s always best to inform your healthcare provider if you a) want to begin supplementation or b) are already taking supplements of any kind.
Bisphosphonates for osteoporosis
Digoxin (heart medication)
Proton-pump inhibitors for stomach acid
Food is our fuel, our sustenance, and our medicine. Anything you buy in a package or grow synthetic chemicals will get to you eventually. Real organic food works with your body to nourish and maintain balance. Swallowing a pill may seem more attractive than eating a salad but there really is no substitute when it comes to promoting health.
A low or high consumption of eggs is found to be safe in generally healthy or diabetic persons. Scientists found that dietary cholesterol in eggs has little effect in the overall bad cholesterol levels in the blood. (Photo : Alfredo Estrella | AFP/Getty Images)
Researchers at the University of Sydney have cleared up a continuing belief that eating eggs could increase cardiovascular risk for pre-diabetic and diabetic persons.
A new study published May 7 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating up to 12 eggs a week for a year does not increase cholesterol levels.
Participants of the initial clinical trial were asked to maintain their weight while on a high-egg and low-egg diets for three months. Researchers defined that the high-egg diet entails eating 12 eggs per week while participants on low-egg diet shall consume less than two eggs per week.
For an additional three months, the same participants were asked to undergo a weight loss program while maintaining the same high-egg and low-egg diets. They were followed up for a total of 12 months
Overall, researchers did not observe adverse changes in cardiovascular risk markers for both groups. The participants also achieved significant weight loss despite their egg consumptions.
“While eggs themselves are high in dietary cholesterol – and people with type 2 diabetes tend to have higher levels of the ‘bad’ low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol – this study supports existing research that shows consumption of eggs has little effect on the levels of cholesterol in the blood of the people eating them,” said lead author Dr. Nick Fuller, from the University’s Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders.
“People with prediabetes or T2D who consumed a 3-mo high-egg weight-loss diet with a 6-mo follow-up exhibited no adverse changes in cardiometabolic markers compared with those who consumed a low-egg weight-loss diet. A healthy diet based on population guidelines and including more eggs than currently recommended by some countries may be safely consumed,” the researchers said.
Health Benefits Of Eggs
Eggs are among the richest sources of dietary cholesterol. While this is the case, it also presents a wide range of nutritional benefits like proteins and micronutrients attributed to good heart health.
Compared to common breakfast options like cereals, pancakes, or bagels, eggs are found to be a healthier choice. Eggs are rich sources of biotin, vitamin A, and antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin.
In deciding whether eggs are beneficial or not, experts at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health advised looking at the context of the entire diet.
Previous studies showed that moderate consumption of eggs, up to one egg per day, did not pose cardiovascular risks in healthy individuals. Additionally, the cholesterol found in eggs has little effect on the LDL cholesterol levels in the blood.
Overall, nutrition experts said it is best to maintain a moderate to low egg-based diet with an emphasis on plant-based proteins.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day… if you’re losing weight.
Those who skip it in their hurry to get to work in the morning may end up piling on the pounds.
A study has found people who never or seldom eat breakfast are more likely to be obese and put on weight.
Those who skipped breakfast also had larger waists, researchers who took measurements from almost 350 adults found.
The experts have long disagreed over the importance of the first meal of the day, with a University of Bath study finding in 2016 that skipping breakfast did not make people hungrier.
People who never or seldom eat breakfast are more likely to be obese and put on weight, researchers who took measurements from almost 350 adults have found
But the latest research, from Mayo Clinic in the US, found more than a quarter of people who skipped breakfast were obese, compared to just over one in 10 people who ate it frequently.
Over the past year, those who never ate breakfast reported the greatest weight gain.
The authors, led by Kevin Smith at Mayo Clinic, state in the conclusion to their study: ‘Infrequent breakfast consumption is associated with indices of central obesity and weight gain, with these associations being more evident in individuals who never eat breakfast.
‘Our findings on healthy adults are consistent with prior observations in the young, corroborating the concept that regular consumption of this meal is an important and independent contributor of healthy weight at all ages.’ The study took information on the breakfast habits of 347 people aged 18 to 87, who were weighed and measured for their hip and waist circumference.
Participants reported whether they never ate breakfast, had an ‘infrequent’ breakfast one to four times a week, or a ‘frequent’ one five to seven times a week. To be included in the study, they needed to have followed this breakfast routine for two or more years.
The results, presented at the Experimental Biology annual conference in San Diego, show 26.7 per cent of people who never ate breakfast were obese, compared to 10.9 per cent of people who ate it frequently. It has been suggested people who skip breakfast make up for the calories they miss in later meals and snacks.
The study found that more than a quarter of people who skipped breakfast were obese, compared to just over one in 10 people who ate it frequently
Those who skipped breakfast had waists an average of 9.8cm (3.8 inches) larger than those who ate it five to seven times a week, even taking into account age, gender and body mass. They also self-reported having gained the most weight over the previous year.
Naveed Sattar, professor of metabolic medicine at the University of Glasgow, who was not involved in the research, said: ‘Eating breakfast may lead people to snack less in later parts of the day, but to prove this we need proper trials to test that theory.
‘It could also be that people who skip breakfast have different, potentially less organised or more chaotic lifestyles which also lead them to eat excessively or less healthily in other meals throughout the day.
‘So eating breakfast in itself may not lead to lower weight, instead acting as a marker of lifestyle.
‘Until we know for sure, I would encourage people to start their day with a healthy, fibre-rich breakfast.’