Ever heard the popular saying “health is wealth”? This gives a large meaning to our life, as health is considered the most valuable and precious for every individual. Good health means not only the absence of disease in the body but a complete physical, mental, social as well as spiritual well-being of an individual.
The office of information, KNA in Bungoma had a chat with one of the health researchers on non-communicable diseases/conditions.Mr. Kevin Michieka highlighted the following health benefits of a banana flower apart from preventing cancer it also prevents, controls, and manages hypertension, diabetes, constipation and also improves lactation, reduces abnormal menstrual pains, and boosts iron levels.
The banana flower contains; potassium, magnesium, iron, Vitamin E, Tannins, Flavonoids which can reduce inflammation and the spread of growth of cancer cells among other benefits.
Mr. Kevin Michieka together with a group of nurses in Bungoma county are planning to ensure the reduction of non-communicable diseases in Kenya and the whole world. This aims in training individuals on the importance of eating more vegetables and fruits.
“Vegetables and fruits can be either eaten raw, as juice/salad or even cooked, but should be eaten in all these forms to get all the antioxidants such as vitamin E, Flavonoids and Anthocyanins just to mention a few,” Michieka explained.
The expenses of managing non-communicable diseases can be reduced by eating well ( vegetables and fruits, reduced sugar, salt, junk foods, alcohol, processed foods and fats, regular physical activities and most importantly taking enough water), Kevin added.
Most locals are suffering from lifestyle conditions and they have no knowledge on how to prevent, control, and manage, and that’s why they have come up with the project of teaching people how to eat well to prevent non-communicable diseases.
The mode of training is through their Youtube channel, local seminars in villages/schools, and their book(Eat Well to Prevent Diseases) which they give out after training.
They are urging the government to chip in and help them get even more people for them to provide the knowledge.
“We are urging the government to get more copies of our books to the public libraries and schools so that as a group we can prevent, control and manage non-communicable diseases/Lifestyle conditions.”Michieka pleaded.
They are doing this, to assist the government in achieving its Big Four Agenda mostly in the health se