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  • Juice Recipes to Detox Every Organ in Your Body (And Burn Fat)

    Lately, the term detox has been used for almost everything.

    You can detox your mouth, detox your liver, foods to detox your body and so on.

    I’ve written on almost every detox practice there is, and today, I want to share with you some simple, delicious and tasty detox drinks for weight loss that will help you shed pounds as easy as it can be.

    Before I share you the drinks, I feel obligated to explain what detox actually is.

    With our diet and all “thanks” to the processed food we eat on a daily basis, we consume lots of toxins.

    These toxins accumulate in our body, and they are doing enormous harm to our body.

    One of the reasons why we accumulate body fat around the belly is toxins. So, by removing (detox) these toxins, we are losing weight.

    With that being said, let’s take a look at some of these detox drinks for weight loss.

    Pomegranate, Lemon, and Pineapple

    Pomegranates have been gaining popularity recently to a level few people could anticipate.

    So, why not capitalize on the trend?

    Toss in some lemon and pineapple, and you’ve got yourself a great detox drink for weight loss.

    If you didn’t know it, pomegranate contains, even more, antioxidants than green tea, making it extremely beneficial for you.

    The lemon is there to balance the sweetness of the pineapple and the pomegranate.

    Green Juice

    I will share several “green” detox drinks for weight loss with you, but let’s start from the basic one.

    The idea here is that you get all the beneficial nutrients from your green veggies, without eating them.

    You want cucumber, collards, and spinach, some of the best greens in there to help you hydrate and boost your metabolism.

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  • Empowering communities to take charge of their health care in Ethiopia

    Farmer Lomi Dechasa teaches other villagers about proper health care. (Credit: Xaume Olleros)

    GERMAMA, Ethiopia — Lomi Dechasa remembers when women in her Ethiopian village were only allowed to urinate and defecate twice a day — before sunrise and after sunset. Going during the daytime was taboo for females.

    “If a man saw you doing your business during the day, you would become a laughing stock. They would sing songs ridiculing you. It was painful,” said Lomi, standing in the muddy courtyard of her home on a farm growing wheat and teff a two-hour drive outside the capital, Addis Ababa.

    It was easy to spot women relieving themselves because there were no private toilets. They had to squat in the farm fields.

    But those days are over for Lomi because her household is a proud owner of a new pit latrine. It’s nothing fancy. Just a small outhouse made of rough-hewn planks of wood. Gaps between the boards are filled in with a mixture of mud, straw and cow dung. A stone slab with a hole makes up the floor. A thick sheet of plastic serves as the roof.

    With a big smile, Lomi eagerly showed off the latrine. The highlight of her tour was when she pointed to a yellow plastic jug filled with water hanging near the door. She pulled a stopper out of the jug and a stream of water shot out. She took a chunk of pink soap wedged between the boards on the latrine’s wall, splashed water on her hands and washed them.


    A pit latrine seems like a simple thing. But it’s a game changer on farms where the lack of a proper toilet used to cause a variety of illnesses, many of them potentially fatal. The outhouse was made possible by Ethiopia’s successful Health Extension Program (HEP), which has trained 39,000 health workers across the country. They provide guidance about sanitation, vaccinations, family planning, disease prevention and several other issues.

    Ethiopia’s remarkable progress battling malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS is largely due to the HEP. The program was started by the charismatic Dr. Tedros Adhanom, who served as Ethiopia’s health minister from 2007 to 2012 and is one of the most successful change leaders in Africa.

    Improving the lives of women and girls along with providing better access to health care were among Dr. Tedros’ key goals. They continue to be his top priorities as he campaigns to be the next director-general of the World Health Organization.

    One of Dr. Tedros’ biggest devotees is Christian Tadele, an affable 29-year-old official who has been working for the Ministry of Health since he graduated with a sociology degree nine years ago. Tadele has fresh memories of what life was like before the HEP. He grew up in a rural area of the northwestern region of Amhara, where malaria was a big killer.

    “We would all go to school cheerful and laughing, but then someone would have to carry us home because the illness would erupt while we were in class,” he said. “Even the farmers while working their fields, they would fall down to the ground because of malaria.”

    Christian paused and got a bit choked up before adding, “Actually, I lost my little sister to malaria. She was 5 at the time. There were no health facilities nearby. There were no drugs. No one to reach us. If there had been someone, HEP workers, to provide us with the drugs, she would have been alive now. She would have been in college. The HEP has saved millions of lives. Truly. Millions of Ethiopian children are celebrating their birthdays.”

    He added that the HEP is about much more than training a battalion of health workers.

    “The basic philosophy is that the right knowledge and skills are transferred to households so that they can take responsibility for producing and maintaining their own health,” he said. “Long ago, we health workers thought we were producing the health in the community. But we now think the community can produce its own health.”

    Christian Tadele visits a HEP health post. (Credit: Xaume Olleros)

    Villagers work with the HEP staff to identify health challenges and they look for their own solutions and implement their own designs, Tadele said. It’s vital that the villagers take ownership of the problems and are completely invested in solving them.

    “It’s a community-owned program led by the community,” he said.

    On a recent HEP inspection visit, Tadele took a two-hour drive outside of the capital on bumpy dirt roads that make you feel like you’re sitting on a jackhammer. Along the way, he passed farmers tilling fields with wooden ploughs pulled by oxen. His minivan had to swerve around mule trains loaded with big bundles. A group of willowy distance runners — possibly training for the Olympics — glided by on a morning workout.

    He pulled up to a small yellow building with a sign near its entrance that said, “No mother should die while giving birth.” It’s the health post of the HEP workers in Germama, which serves 586 households in the area.


    More than 16,000 health posts have been built across the country under the initiative started by Dr. Tedros. Ethiopia’s HEP model has been replicated in more than a dozen countries.

    Two HEP workers staff the health post in Germama, and they take turns going out into the villages to work with the people. Christian met with the one on duty, Hana Alemu, a young woman who has been on the job for seven years. Like all HEP workers, she had to have at least a 10th grade education and a year of health training.

    The walls of the office are covered with posters about TB screening, guidelines to spot malnourishment and danger signs for maternal health and newborns. Each family has a file documenting a variety of information, including whether their kids were vaccinated and what kind of latrines, water sources and handwashing facilities they use.

    A short walk away across a farm field is the home of Lomi Dechasa, the woman who showed off her new latrine. Her family lives in a traditional walled-in compound that includes a thatch-roofed building for a kitchen and a separate structure that serves as a family room and sleeping area. Goat skins lined a ledge around the rooms. Both buildings have hard-packed dirt floors and no electricity or running water.

    Christian gave the tidy home high marks for having windows that allow for ventilation. Villagers used to be reluctant to add windows because of security concerns. But the health official noted the cow-dung fire smoldering in the cooking area lacked some type of smoke stack to clear the fumes from the room. More work needed to be done.


    Lomi is a feisty woman who lobbied Christian whenever she could. She had precious face time with an official from the capital and used the opportunity to constantly remind him that her village needed electricity and a better water supply.

    Rather than be annoyed, Christian was encouraged. It showed him that the villagers were shedding their complacency and becoming less willing to just shrug their shoulders and accept their lot in life.

    “This is the sign of development here,” he said. “Now the people have the mindset. They understand.”

    Another thing that was reassuring was that the 38-year-old Lomi only had three children. Her mother gave birth to 13 children and 11 survived.

    Family planning is one of the topics Lomi champions in the special role she plays in the HEP. She’s a leader of the “Women’s Development Army,” a group of grassroots health volunteers. Her community elected her to lead women from five households.

    Once a week, they meet to sip coffee and discuss health issues. An illustrated booklet with 63 health messages guides the discussion. Pictures show a man accompanying his wife to a prenatal visit and feeding her nutritional food. Diagrams tout the benefits of breastfeeding.

    Christian started flipping through the book and pointing out special points before Lomi jumped in and enthusiastically took over.

    “Lately, we’ve been talking about the danger signs of pregnancy,” she said.

    Lomi added that less than an hour’s drive away, there was a new health center where women can give birth with the assistance of medical professionals. The facility has a Toyota Land Cruiser that has been converted to an ambulance that can be called for emergencies.

    The farm woman marveled at how much her life has changed in just a few years.

    “It was truly ugly before,” she said. “There was no health service. When someone was sick, there was no treatment. Now, we can receive health services at our doorsteps.”

    Back in the capital, the new minister of health is building on Dr. Tedros’ legacy and improving the HEP. The continuing challenge will be making sure that there is no complacency in addressing communicable diseases.

    “Although we have controlled malaria today, it can always come back — sometimes with a vengeance. The same is true with HIV and TB,” said Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu, who took over the ministry in 2012.

    Meanwhile, chronic diseases are on the rise. As people live better and longer, they’re more prone to developing diabetes, hypertension, cancer, asthma and cardiovascular problems, Dr. Kesetebirhan said.

    “We are upgrading the HEP workers to be able to deliver the package for the second generation of the HEP,” he said. “The vision we have is in probably 10 to 15 years from now, some of the HEP workers will be family physicians.”

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  • Face Mask Magically Removes Stains, Acne Scars And Wrinkles

    Your skin is your friend; it protects you from the elements and literally keeps you together. You in turn do your best to protect it from any kind of damage. The teen years can leave acnes scars on the face, and as years passing by, wrinkles and stains can also damage your skin. Some healing procedures of pimples and acne on the face can often leave traces in the form of dark spots and scars.

    If you have uneven or problematic complexion, stains or spots on the face due to acne and pimples, skin full of wrinkles, the regular use of these superb face masks will do wonders for you.


    Cinnamon possesses anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-microbial properties so it helps reduce the risk of diseases caused by bacteria. Nutmeg is an anti-inflammatory and helps your acne scars disappear. Honey is an anti-bacterial agent and helps disinfect and speed the healing process of acne. It will soak up impurities and help detoxify your skin. Lemon will aid in lightening blemishes, any scars and will even out the skin tone.

    For this magical face mask you will need one teaspoon honey, one teaspoon fresh lemon juice, half teaspoon cinnamon and half teaspoon nutmeg. Mix all the ingredients together into a paste. If you have sensitive skin, dilute or omit lemon. In such cases, add a little more honey to the mixture be thick. Apply the paste to the face, but avoid the eye area and mouth. Let it stand for 30 minutes or at least 10 minutes if you cannot stand the burning sensation. Tingling calms down in the first 5 minutes, then disappears. In the end, flush the mask with warm water and apply the cream you usually use. Note that you should not use this mask to exfoliate the skin.



    Aloe Vera and turmeric is a great source of nutrients, enzymes and polysaccharide that acts asantifungal, help remove the toxins present in the skin and also balances natural moisture level of the skin. Make a paste of fresh turmeric and mix one teaspoon of Aloe Vera pulp with it. Apply this pack onto the pimple marks, wash off after 20 minutes.


    While there is a quite a bit hub bub around dairy products causing acne, applied topically it seems that milk can improve your outbreaks and skin tone. For most part, it just soothes the irritated skin, and helps tone down the redness. For this pack you will need; one tablespoon plain yogurt or milk and one tablespoon of natural raw honey. Mix one tablespoon of milk or yogurt thoroughly with one tablespoon of honey. You can apply the mixture with a cotton pad, let it set for 10-15 minutes and wash off your face getting rid of loosened dead skin.



    Avocado and banana are the fruits that contain lot of essential vitamins and minerals, helping to regenerate skin, make it soft, and whiten it efficiently. You just need to chop the avocado, banana and put them into blender to puree them together. It can be mixed with pure honey or olive oil. After washing your face, apply this mixture onto your skin. Leave it for 20-30 minutes and then rinse off with warm water. Not only effective in fading acne scars, this mask can also help you moisturize your skin gently.


    Papaya is one of the best skin firming and anti-aging fruit that can be effective for removing deep wrinkles and dark skin. Papaya also contains an enzyme called papain, which reduces inflammation and helps prevent the pus from forming. Mix mashed papaya with honey for making a hydrating skin care facial mask. Apply it all over your face and neck; let it set for about 10 minutes which could be effective to remove wrinkles. This anti-aging fruit mask exfoliates damaged and dead skin cells and makes the skin smooth, tight and firm.


    Everyone wish to have soft and glowing skin. For those who don’t have time to escape to a spa for relaxation, these homemade masks are a great solution for giving skin a boost. Even better, they are all made from non-toxic ingredients. These ingredients help in promoting elasticity, reduces blemishes, protects your skin fromsunburn. It also hydrates your skin and locks in moisture. Another advantage of these face masks is that it is suitable for all skin types. The ingredients are neither too dry nor greasy.

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  • Foreigners angling for Ethiopia coaching Role sport news

    By Bonface Osano

    A number of foreign managers are salivating for vacant Ethiopia national team coach job, sources at Ethiopian Football Federation told Soka25east.com. They include 61-year-old West German-born Peter Neururer, who has “openly” expressed desire for the role.

    Neururer has no experience coaching in Africa, and has only worked at club level, with stints at Hannover 96, FC Schalke 04, VFL Bochum among others.

    Immediate former Togo coach Tom Saintfiet who is currently in charge at Bangladesh is also “strongly”s eying the job. The 43-year-old is not new to Ethiopia having worked with them for six months in 2011 before leaving for Yanga SC in Tanzania.

    “The Walia Ibex” are without a coach since the sacking of Yohannes Sahle in May this year; Gebremethin Haile who took charge on interim basis has seen through his contract, which ended October 11.

    EFF will however delay the process of recruiting a new coach till next year (2017) to save cost, and incase CECAFA Senior Challenge will be staged later this year then Haile shall be engaged for the assignment.

    The federation’s official kitting partner “Errea” is also keen on the process as part of technical support agreement they signed. They are believed to prefer Italian manager.

    A new coach’s immediate work will be to assemble a squad to deliver Kenya 2018 CHAN qualification. 

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  • Ethiopia’s Hajin Tola won the inaugural CanKen 5K road race in Mississauga

    The inaugural CanKen 5K road race was held on Sunday in Mississauga, Ont. in an effort to strengthen Kenya-Canada relations through sport, business and community. The 5K was dominated by the Toronto Olympic Club as the event attracted some of southern Ontario’s top talent featuring Kenyan and Ethiopian teams.


    At the front of the pack, Ethiopian Hajin Tola won in 14:45 and performed a political gesture crossing his wrists above his head in an “X,” done in solidarity with the Oromo people in his home country. The protest is the fourth such notable act by an Ethiopian at a race in the past month.

    How the protests got started

    Olympic silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa was the first to make headlines in August when he performed the protest in Rio in the men’s marathon. He feared for his life following the race as the protest was directed at the Ethiopian government.

    The protests are being done in response to the government’s displacing of Oromo people outside of Addis Ababa as the municipal boundary of the capital city is extended into neighbouring areas.


    Why the “x” gesture?

    The anti-government protest is meant to signify being handcuffed at the wrists. The Oromo people, with much of the population living in an area named Oromia, are the largest ethnic group in the Horn of Africa. As many as 500 people have been killed in the protests between November 2015 and June as reported by Human Rights Watch.

    Lilesa, the Olympic marathon silver medallist, performed the protest in Rio and said after the race that “If I go back to Ethiopia, I will be killed.” He has since arrived in the United States on a special skills visa and has not returned to East Africa though his family remains in Ethiopia. A GoFundMe page in his name has raised more than US$160,000 for travel and living costs.

    Also in Sunday’s race was Ebisa Ejigu who won the Quebec City Marathon at the end of August and also protested against the Ethiopian government. Ejigu finished fourth on Sunday in 15:04.

    At the Mississauga race, the first three positions were awarded cash prizes of $1,500, $750 and $500 in both the men’s and women’s categories. Jane Murage was the women’s race winner in 17:16. There were a number of notable figures on hand for the inaugural event including Deputy Kenya High Commissioner to Canada Ambassador Jane Onsongo.


    The 1K kids dash encouraged the next generation of runners to participate with a medal being awarded to all participants and trophies going to the top three finishers.

    The Toronto Olympic Club won the team trophy for fastest average time and Team Umoja won the largest turnout trophy. Team Umoja is mainly drawn from Kenyans living in Canada.

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