Monday, 28 March 2016

Mother Earth Day 2016 : Saving Our Environment

Every year we celebrate mother Earth Day on 22nd of April, to protect our planet we are residing.
Do you know that we are very near to observe the 50th Mother Earth Day?

But the Question is why we need to observe this?

Why are we making so much effort, raising awareness, arranging walks, voting for the need of prompt action?


The simplest answer is

We are guilty.

Yes! You got it right, we are guilty of being cruel to our environment, bringing destruction to our home, to our own living place. We have interrupted the balance of the ecosystem provided by nature. With our obsession of Industrialization, we have forgotten our living partners, our Natural friends, the bounties nature has provided us.

Now, as a result, we have to admit that 2015 is the hottest year up to date, the airway diseases have risen strikingly, the frequent sore throats, the more heat stroke cases. These are all the gifts of bizarre global changes brought by us. Climatologists have warned that if no appropriate action is taken, these changes will become irreversible.

We have not only become hazardous to ourselves but has also brought danger to our animal friends. They play a significant role in maintaining the balance of life. The list of the endangered species is on the rise. The recent animal on the verge of extinction is Javan Tigers, the others include Indus Dolphins, Snow leopard, Giant Panda, Musk Deer to name a few. They got killed vicariously by choking, the lack of food and habitat, various diseases, (not to mention the excessive and unlawful hunting).

Well, some of our animal friends have taken a leap and become a warrior to heal the damage we have done to our Mother Earth. They not only provide help by maintaining a balance in the ecosystem but also extend a hand to clean the garbage.

In the following video, you can see a site filled with garbage and the cows surrounding them.  It is a part of their daily stroll, together these cows wander to find any leftovers, any organics, gulping them down bravely offering their help to decrease the trash, to start the first step of recycling by separating any organic leftovers.
But what are we giving them in return?

More trash, more dirt, less grass, less healthy food, more inappropriate living conditions.
It is high time that we should come out of the shell and take a look around to the havoc we have created yet nature is so patient that it keeps alarming us with the hottest weather, with more storms, with illnesses, continuously knocking to pay heed.
Are we listening to these calls?

Friday, 18 March 2016

Natural Remedies For Blood Clots That Have No Side Effects

Blood, the fuel running our body, has been doing a marvelous job since we were born.  It is flowing smoothly throughout, transporting nutrients to the body cells, helping in sustaining life. 

Blood makes up about 8% of the body weight. The role of the blood in our life is notoriously overlooked, but when we get a cut or any other injury, it is the components in blood which form the clot preventing unnecessary loss of blood. A clot is simply an amalgamation of red blood cells and other cell components which build up at the site of injury to stop the flow. 

When this blood clots within a vessel, all of these things stop happening. In fact, this might be life threatening since the blood clots may clog the arteries and block blood supply to the vital organs like the Heart or the Brain. Natural remedies for blood clots can help.There are some natural blood thinners that may help.

Usually blood clots are healthy and have the purpose of stopping excessive bleeding. But sometimes too much clotting can be a sign of deeper and more painful health problems.

Risk Factors for Blood Clots

Excessive blood clots or blood clots forming without reason can happen due to a variety of reason. Risk factors associated with blood clots usually involve abnormalities in the blood conduction system caused by high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, blood disorder, liver disease, injury, surgery, family history, being bed ridden or bone fractures.

Symptoms and Presentation of Blood Clots

Symptoms of blood clots depend on their location, whether they are occurring in an artery or a vein, resulting in different clinical conditions.

A blood clot that is formed in an artery that supplies blood to the heart results in CVA or a Heart attack. If it causes blockage of blood to the brain, it may result in TIA or stroke.

The clinical presentation of a Venous Clot is not usually acute and may result in the feeling of warmth, swelling, redness and discoloration. In the case of Pulmonary Embolism, (when the clot formed in a distant vein causes blockage in the lung circulation) the clot can be life threatening needing emergency treatment and supervision.

These clotting abnormalities affect a great number of people each year, who spend a huge sum on the treatment strategies, both interventional and non-interventional.

By accommodating these simple natural remedies for blood clots including habits and diet changes, you can drastically reduce the risk of blood clots, and save yourself a fortune in investing in various drugs and treatments. Just commit yourself and enjoy the bounties of natural treatments for blood clots.

Keep The Clots Away Naturally (Natural Remedies For Blood Clots)

The risk of the formation of blood clots can be reduced by adopting a healthy diet and lifestyle. These are the greatest weapons against the chronic ailments and lifelong medications.

For the purpose of this article, we have classified our natural remedies for blood clots as follows:

  • Blood Thinners (anticoagulants)
  • Anti-oxidants
  • Anti-lipids
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Blood Thinners (Natural Anticoagulants) 

                    Natural Remedies For Blood Clots 

There are number of natural blood thinners that will help prevent blood clots. You can red about natural blood thinners in more detail here.

1. Water consumption

Water is a very effective and underrated blood thinner. Sufficient water intake keeps your body hydrated resulting in smoother flow of blood. It also prevents the blood from clumping and the prevents the platelets from thickening, which coincidentally is the cause of clot formation.

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Saturday, 12 March 2016

Book Review: How to Guide Children's Behaviour.

Asalamoalikum/Good Morning

I have given this utmost opportunity by Miss Jameela Ho, M.Ed, to review her latest set of Parenting books.

                             " How to Guide Children's Behaviour"

                                                        Author:  Jameela Ho

Parenting Set by Jameela Ho.

Islam being the holistic religion encompassing every nook and corner of Life, long before the Birth of the baby to the Life hereafter. Caring and upbringing children in the proper way is an arduous task. The responsibility increases many folds if someone wishes to raise them on true Islamic Guidelines.
This parenting endeavour by Miss Jameela Ho, as a set of three Parenting Books came as a relieve for the parents all over the muslim world.

According to the Hadith,

"Each of you is a Shepherd and Each of you is responsible for his flock." (Sahih Bukhari)

A Hadith on Responsibility

The Author has come up with the this perfect guide to share the responsibility of Muslim Parents as in today's fast paced world raising a Muslim Baby is full of Challenges and Trials. She has chosen Simple words with short sentences to promote the Positivity and Good Morals.

                                                                  The Main Book

The Main Book

In her first Book, she has incorporated various modern day techniques to help the Parents raising the confident and practicing Muslims. She has beautifully amalgamated the Parenting messages from Quran And Hadith with the examples from Day to day life.

She tried to capture the parents attention by actually picturing the whole scenario with the experiences she had been thru her teaching carrier.
She has elaborated 19 working strategies to allow the parents to guide their children towards the positive behaviour and away from the negativity mentioning the corporal punishment as the last resort.
She doesnot support violence against children, to avoid this she advise to practice these strategies in a step by step manner and simply stop when the issue settles.

Being a positive parent our children can be moulded into  a compassionate yet disciplined individuals with no regrets.

                                                                 The Workbook

The workbook is in sequence with the the first book to help the Parents understand in a practical way what they have learned in the guidebook. They are encouraged to practice 22 exercises to help them execute these methods in daily life.
The beauty of this workbook is that it is exemplified by fill in the blanks type of sentences to ease the parents at various situations in their parenting journey.
for e.g
In the section of Consequences:Removal of privilege,
the sentence given is

"If you continue to ---------(behaviour) then you can't --------------(privilege) anymore.

Believe me, this makes Parenting such a fun that you enjoy Hugs and Kisses every now and then.

                                                                            The Journal

Now there comes the Journal which is to track and share your Parenting ups and downs.
A heart warming quote from the Quran, Hadith etc greets you in the beginning of each chapter. If the ample space provided filled in a proper way, this journal helps you deepen your commitment with the better Parenting and promotes positive energy bringing out a wiser and happy Parent cum friend.

Although the books don't have many pics, but the Journal is laced with various beautiful background pictures related to the topic which brings life to your thoughts and experiences. I Really love them

In the essence, these 3 books has awesome ideas for Parents in dealing with their children in a more positive, disciplined yet Islamic manner, encouraging good morals and behaviour.

I, will surely recommend this to all the mums as they are raising the future generations as well as the teachers who can also use them as a resource.

So what are you waiting for?

You can purchase this book at Muslim mommy or ilmaeducation available both in the hard copy and e-book.

Oh Allah! bestow on us from our wives and our offspring the comfort of our eyes and makes us the leaders of the pious

A Beautiful Dua.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

How to maximize health benefits of drinking water early morning

Most of us already know, and agree, that there are numerous health benefits of drinking water after waking up early morning. There are different point of views on whether drinking water early morning without brushing is better than after brushing, but to me, that's besides the point. Water is the simplest form of any liquid or food that we ingest. Our body is composed of 60% of water. We can survive on water, without food, for 3-4 weeks. Without water, we would perish due to dehydration within 3 days. Most of the natural fruits and vegetables, especially those with high fiber content, contain water. Besides quenching our thirst, water as has been used as therapy for many other reasons, like calming down when we are angry, controlling anxiety, getting over a panic attack, losing weight, overcoming indigestion and constipation, finding relief from headaches and heart aches (aka heart diseases) and treating liver and kidney diseases. Infact, there are studies that show that drinking water on empty stomach can lower the risk of colorectal and bladder cancers. 

But then, how much water should we drink in the morning? Some say two glasses, others say four. Japanese claim you can cure zillion of diseases by taking 4 x 160 ml glasses (about 640 ml) of drinking water on after waking up early morning. Some websites even recommend gulping down a liter of water early morning. I suggest taking as much water as one can tolerate and divide it throughout the day.

You have to be careful of water intoxication. Yes, really, you can drown in your own fluids if you are over-hydrated. And your stomach also has a limited capacity to expand in one point in time. Naturally, if you fill it too much, your stomach will hurt and you might even vomit. Listening to your body is the best thing to do. Drink slowly and as much as you can. There is no doubt that there are many benefits of drinking water after waking up, but it doesn't mean you drink all of it - the recommended 8-10 glasses a day - in one sitting. 

Why Drinking Water On Empty Stomach Is Important?

When you wake up after a long sleep, your body is naturally dehydrated. No matter how much water you drink the day before, you have used up all your stores. The body never stops working while you sleep. The heart continues pumping blood, we continue breathing and all metabolic activities continue functioning, even if it's at a slower rate. The benefits of drinking water after waking up include rehydration, boosting metabolism, giving a push to your kidneys telling them to start the day on a refreshing note. You're actually getting your body set to begin the day. Compare this to the norm of drinking a 16 oz. cup of coffee (loaded with sugar and caffeine) which can further dehydrate your already thirsty body.

Immediate, major noticeable benefits of drinking water after waking up include: 

1. Hydration:

Water is an inexpensive (or free), widely available, caffeine free and naturally low in sodium liquid ready for ingestion any time of the day. Rather than filling up on carbonated drinks, full of nutrient deficient, empty calories and or caffeinated beverages all day, making water preferable as a primary source of hydration is the best choice a person can make. Dehydration isn’t as uncommon as people might think and it comes in many forms. Dehydration doesn’t necessarily mean you’re feeling lightheaded and thirsty. Dehydration simply means the body isn’t getting the water it needs to run to its fullest.

We’re constantly losing water through urine, stool, tears, breath and sweat. Even when we are not sweating, there is some evaporation of water through our skin. We need to continue replenishing the water content of our body by sipping small amounts all day. 

Most health professionals recommend taking 8 glasses of 8 oz water all day. This is called 8x8 rule. This equals to about 2 liters of pure water, no caffeine, no sugars, no cream. 

2. Heartburn and Indigestion:

This is very simple. Heart burn and indigestion is mostly a result of increased acidity in the stomach that refluxes into the esophagus. The cause is mostly over eating, eating fast, eating spicy and oily food. Those who suffer from GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) are asked to sleep with their head elevated to ease the discomfort of heart burn. Drinking water early morning without brushing will push down and dilute any of the acid in the empty stomach that is waiting to cause discomfort. It will also fill up the stomach to give it a head start, so as to churn any food that is ready to come in. It is recommended to start your day with a glass of water and a heavy breakfast to keep you feeling full, fresh and active all day long. 

3. Regulate Bowel Activity:

The main cause of constipation is dehydration. Increasing water intake can help with constipation, which is a very common problem. Benefits of drinking water after waking up will not only cure dehydration but will add fluid to the colon and bulk to stools, making bowel movements softer and easier to pass. This is a great way to stimulate bowel movement. Your body depends on rhythmic contractions that occur in your colon to help move food along. These contractions depend on gastrocolic reflex, which is when you fill your stomach with food or drink, your body senses a new arrival and sends signals to your intestines to evacuate, increasing the likelihood of a bowel movement. To achieve this, water is a good calorie free choice. 

4. Glowing Skin And Shiny Hair

It has been found that adequate hydration has a profound effect on healthy skin and hair. Without water, skin would appear dull with prominent pores and wrinkles. A variety of skin structures, that support collagen build up responsible for skin elasticity, require water to work effectively. One study shows that every 500 ml (2cups) of water taken in increases blood flow to the skin, making it look radiant. Another study summarizes that drinking more than 2 L of water per day can have a significant impact on skin physiology.
Water also increases the metabolic rate and promotes the digestive system to flush out toxins from the body. This in turn also gives you a healthy and glowing skin.

Just like our skin, hair also needs lubrication from inside out. Dehydration has a direct impact on the growth of hair. Lack of moisture results in dry and brittle hair and water is a natural miracle ingredient that supports vitamin consumption and assists in efficient and healthy hair growth. Water makes almost ¼ of the weight of a hair strand, thus, drinking 8-10 glasses of water every day will give you gleaming and healthy tresses. Our hair thrives on moisture-rich environment and water is one of the best ways to quench its thirst. 

5. Prevents Gall Stones, Kidney Stones and Bladder Infections:

Adequate water intake is known for preventing stones in gall bladder and kidneys, basically because of diluting effect. However it is essential to maintain balance between water intake and water output. Naturally we cannot count how much water is lost when we sweat, especially after a work out or some strenuous activity, so we tend to keep drinking to rehydrate. Normally, a healthy kidney has the capacity to excrete 800 ml to 1 liter of water every hour. Every 3-4 liters of fluid ingested, including water in food and other beverages will produce 2.5-3 liters of urine. So it is not recommended to take in more than 1 liter (4-6 glasses) of water in one hour as it will put load on the kidney. 

Also it is advisable to eat water rich foods like grapes, berries, melons, citrus fruits, and tomatoes etc that add to the water content in your body and limit salt intake as it tends to retain water and your urine output may not be as much as you are drinking. The more urine you pass, the better it is for kidneys and bladder infections. 

6. Water As A Superb Detox:

Another benefit of drinking water after waking up is that you provide your body with a good supply of fluid to flush out the toxic waste products of metabolism that occurred throughout the night. This cleansing process gets rid of harmful substances that could have disrupted the normal functioning of the body. Water removes toxins and waste products from the body thereby cleansing it. Water is required to process all the nutrients from the food we eat and carry the assimilated nutrients to the cells. 

7. Crucial For Weight loss: 

Drinking water is a crucial tactic when it comes to weight loss. But drinking water after waking up is the most optimal way to do it. Firstly, it purifies the colon and it improves the stomach's chances to absorb nutrients properly. A better digestive system automatically takes care of a lot of other things.  Then it kick starts your metabolism & has been proven to increase your calorie burning potential throughout the day. Not only that, but water actually fills you up & curbs your appetite, allowing you to make smarter choices for your breakfast. According to two studies, drinking 500 ml (17 oz) of water can temporarily boost metabolism by 24-30%. It is better to drink cold water to increase energy expenditure, as body will use energy (calories) to bring the water to body temperature. Researchers also estimate drinking 2 liters (68 ounces) in one day can increase energy expenditure by about 96 calories per day. Drinking water half an hour before meals can also reduce the amount of calories people end up consuming, especially in older individuals. One study showed that dieters who drank 500 ml of water before meals lost 44% more weight over a period of 12 weeks, compared to those who didn’t. Overall, it seems that drinking adequate water (especially before meals) may have a significant weight loss, especially when combined with a healthy diet.

We tend to complicate things when it comes to taking care of our health. A few simple steps can go a long way in taking care of ourselves. One easy way is by drinking sufficient water on empty stomach first thing in the morning. Not only will it clear the stomach, it will go a long way in reducing the risk of a number of diseases. The truth is water is not only a miracle cure but is also a very vital part to a person’s well being. Simply put, taking care of your body and keeping it hydrated and active, can work wonders for your health.