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13 years 2 months ago - 13 years 1 month ago #107 by Zehra
Walking is the best form of excecise.
Its simple.
It increases blood circulation.
It increases metabolism,burns calories,burns body fat there by reducing weight.One minute of walking burns three calories while one minute of brisk walking burns ten calories.
It lowers blood pressure.
It lowers blood sugar.
The American Diabetic Association recomends the diabetics to walk atleast four miles or forty blocks perday.
Walking helps ease the back pain.
Focus on savoring the outdoors, no matter the season, and you'll be a natural walker. If you choose to stride inside,shopping in a mall or walking on a treadmill.
Try to walk from 20 to 30 minutes at a time, picking up the pace, and add an extra day's walk by the month's end. Stand up straight, with shoulders back and tummy tight to protect your back. Keep your chin parallel to the ground. Raise your intensity -- and pulse -- by making pistons of your arms. Bend your elbows at an 85-degree angle and move them from mid-chest level to your hips and back.
Keep it interesting by changing routes and music. And add intervals to one or two walks a week: Start by walking 5 minutes at a steady pace. Then walk as fast as you can for 90 seconds. Recover for the next 90 seconds by walking at a leisurely pace. If you're outside and without a watch, speed up from one light pole to the next. Repeat another four times, and cool down with a 5-minute stroll. In the coming weeks, expand high-intensity portions or cut relaxed ones by 15 seconds when you're ready to take it up a notch.Exercise itself is a reward.

Stretch It Out:
Stretching a little goes a long way toward pain-free walking. After your walks, do these moves to target the muscles you've worked. Gently hold each stretch 10-20 seconds, and repeat on the other side. Remember not to bounce.
-- Hamstrings: To loosen the back of your thigh, stand straight on one leg and place the other foot on a low bench or ledge. Lean your body slowly forward at the hip. Keep your back straight as you do this.
-- Quadriceps: Try the Flamingo to stretch the front of your thigh. Place one hand on the wall and, while standing on one leg, bend the other knee, and hold your ankle or foot behind your rear. Keep your torso(body) upright and knees together.
-- Calves: Stand facing a wall with palms against it. Stretch one leg behind you. Keep both feet flat on the floor. Bend your other knee slightly forward, but not beyond your toe. Keep toes pointed forward, hips parallel to the wall and back straight.

Back pain, can be eased by walking:If your back hurts the cure may be as simple as walking. Walking can lessen pain, hasten healing, boost strength, increase flexibility, and, in the long run, prevent recurrences.
A 2004 study in The Spine Journal showed that a single session of an exercise such as walking can reduce low back pain 10 to 50 percent. And a 1993 study found that just 10 minutes of treadmill walking led to a significant reduction in back pain.
Typically, the cause of back pain is a muscular strain or spasm brought on by lugging around heavy objects. But sometimes it strikes with no noticeable cause. The pain usually lasts a few days or weeks, but if the injury involves compressed nerves or spinal discs, the hurt can last months, or even years.
Walking works because it stimulates the brain to release serotonin and endorphins, neurotransmitter chemicals that make you feel better physically and mentally. Walking also blocks pain through distraction. This is known as the gate control theory of pain: When you work the big muscle groups in the trunk and legs -- muscles with correspondingly large nerves -- the signals fired to the brain literally overload pain messages coming from smaller nerves.
Start out slow and easy and gradually build up speed and distance .
Always walk on a flat surface while you're healing, because hills force you to lean forward and strain the lower back. Be prepared for some discomfort -- at first.

However, if walking gives you shooting leg pain or numbness, stop and see a doctor.

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13 years 1 month ago #112 by ammtulmehdi
This is indeed a wonderful article sister Zehra. The subject of Diabetes is very vast and you have covered a great deal. I would like to add a few common myths that Muslims in general and Mahdavis in particular believe.

People assume that they can eat anything and everything as much as they possible???

The fact is there are several Hadiths and Naqal E Mubarak which say that we should never eat stomach full. Inshallah, I will post the Hadith and Naqal E Mubarak.

Doubling the dose of medication and eating more food, to put glucose level back under control??

That does more harm than good to your body. That puts you under a risk of sudden Hypoglycemia. Moreover flucuation in glucose level damages blood vessels and nerves.

My suggestion to all is eat whatever you want but be content. There is always a next time!!!!

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13 years 1 month ago - 13 years 1 month ago #131 by Zehra
Anxiety, also called generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), is a mental disorder characterized by persistent excessive or unrealistic fears or worries. The term “anxiety” is commonly used to refer to a general state of unease or apprehension about future events; this is a common feeling experienced by everyone at some point in their lives. GAD describes the condition in which those feelings of fear and worry are persistent?People with GAD may be overly concerned about their health, finances, family problems, or work and the feelings of nervousness or dread disrupt their everyday lives. These feelings are accompanied by physical symptoms including headaches, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and muscular tension.
In addition to GAD there are several other anxiety disorders that have anxiety as an integral part of the disorder, including:Panic disorder: in which people experience sudden attacks of terror, usually accompanied by a pounding heart and sweatiness, that give them a sense of unreality, a fear of impending doom, or a fear of losing control.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): in which people are obsessed with certain fears (e.g. cleanliness, safety) which compels them to perform certain rituals (e.g. cleaning, counting, checking) to relieve the anxiety that these fears produce.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): a disease that can develop in people who have taken-part in or witnessed a terrifying event that involved physical harm or the threat of physical harm (such as war or kidnapping) and may cause the person reliving the stressful event over and over.
Social anxiety disorder: those with with social anxiety disorder experience overwhelming anxiety in everyday social situations and the fear of that anxiety may pervade their lives.
Specific phobias: irrational fears about specific things that pose little or no actual danger, such as heights, water, flying, or spiders.
These feelings occur on most days for at least six months. People with GAD can’t relax and worry constantly and so may have difficulty concentrating. They may also have trouble falling asleep or sleeping through the night. Some of the other physical symptoms that may accompany anxiety include:
muscular tension
muscle aches
difficulty swallowing
trembling or twitching
having to go to the bathroom frequently
feeling out of breath
hot flashes
gastrointestinal discomfort or diarrhea
The anxiety that occurs with GAD can range from mild to severe. Mild anxiety may allow sufferers to maintain a job and function normally in social situations, while severe anxiety can make work and social interaction unbearable and make even simple daily activities very difficult.
The cause of anxiety disorders, including GAD, is unknown. However, there is evidence that anxiety disorders tend to run in families, suggesting that either genes or family environment (or both) may play a role in their development. There is some evidence to indicate that genes may play a modest role in GAD specifically. However, it is unlikely that anyone inherits an “anxiety” gene; instead, inheriting certain genes makes the development of GAD more likely to occur.
Factors that may increase the risk of developing generalized anxiety disorder include:
Female sex: Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from GAD.
Childhood trauma: People who experience traumatic events as children are at higher risk for GAD.
Serious illness: Having an illness such as cancer can make a person feel anxious about the future, treatments, etc.
Life stress: Stressful situations in ones life, especially when they occur in bunches, can make a person feel overwhelmed and lead to anxiety and, potentially, GAD.
Personality traits: People with certain personality traits including those with chronic insecurity, and those with some personality disorders, such as borderline personality disorder, may be at increased risk of GAD.
Heredity: Some evidence suggests that GAD has a genetic component that causes it to run in families.
GAD tends to occur in tandem with several other disorders. In fact, it rarely occurs on its own. Common co-morbidities or dual-diagnoses include other anxiety disorders, depression, and/or substance abuse. It is important to treat these other disorders as well as the anxiety; otherwise the anxiety symptoms may keep coming back.
Psychotherapy, or counseling, can also help improve anxiety symptoms. Psychotherapy involves talking with a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, or counselor to discover what caused an anxiety disorder and how to deal with its symptoms. Unlike medication, it addresses the root causes of the anxiety and also may help provide coping mechanisms for how to deal with anxiety symptoms when they occur. One type of therapy shown to help with GAD is called cognitive behavior therapy or CBT. CBT helps a person recognize when his/her thoughts and behaviors are unhealthy and provides methods for replacing them with healthy ones. A lot of the feelings of helplessness that accompany mental disorders such as GAD stem from a perceived loss of control. CBT can helps a person learn to change the way he/she thinks and feel even when situations occur that are beyond their control.
There is no reliable way to prevent anxiety. However, a person may be able to reduce his/her risk of GAD by limiting the one risk factor that is underhis/her control: life stress. It is likely that differences in genetics and personal history determine whether a particular stressful event will cause a given person to experience anxiety. Taking steps to reduce the sources of daily stress may help a person better cope with major life events when they do occur.

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13 years 1 month ago #139 by Zehra
Depression is a serious biological disease that affects millions of people each year.
The disease affects men and women of all ages, races, and economic levels. However, women are at a significantly greater risk than men to develop major depression. Studies show that episodes of depression occur twice as frequently in women as in men.
Although anyone can develop depression, some types of depression, including major depression, seem to run in families. Whether or not depression is genetic, the disorder is believed to be associated with changes to levels of chemicals in the brain such as serotonin and norepinephrine.
Major depressive disorder (MDD):It is commonly known as depression. MDD can be diagnosed by a health care professional when a patient demonstrates at least 2 weeks of depressed mood or loss of interest accompanied by at least four additional symptoms of depression.
Symptoms of Depression:
Constant sadness
Trouble sleeping
Low energy or fatigue
Feeling worthless or guilty for no reason
Significant weight change
Difficulty concentrating
Loss of interest in favorite activities
Treatments :
Depression is a disease that can be successfully treated. There are a variety of ways to treat depression, including prescription medication and psychotherapy. Some people may use natural remedies such as herbal therapy. Only a health care professional can determine the appropriate option to treat the depression.
Prescription medications:
There are several types of prescription antidepressant medications that are divided into different classes. Each antidepressant class affects the levels of chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters, which are thought to be involved in regulating mood.
It's important to know that it could take as many as 6 to 8 weeks for the full therapeutic effect to occur. It is important to give the medication a chance to work and to take it exactly as directed by your health care professional.
Psychotherapy is known as "talk therapy," which research has shown can be very helpful for people with some forms of depression. Like all treatment options, psychotherapy can be used alone or in combination with medication or other treatments.
-Healthy living:
The following are some suggestions for a natural approach to a healthy lifestyle, which may help provide some relief of depression symptoms:
Maintaining proper sleep hygiene as advised by the health care professional.
Eating a well-balanced diet
Managing anxiety as advised by the health care professional
Participating in a structured and supervised exercise program as advised by the health care professional
Setting realistic goals for oneself
Creating small and manageable tasks. Depression is a real medical condition.
Depression can be a chronic condition.

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13 years 1 month ago - 13 years 1 month ago #167 by Zehra
Honey is a remarkable viscous liquid, prepared by the bees from the nectars of various plants. It has occupied a prominent place in traditional medicines throughout world history. The ancient Egyptians, Assyrians, Chinese, Greeks and Romans employed honey for wounds and diseases of the gut
Both the holy Qur'an and Hadith refer to honey as a healer of disease.

'And thy Lord taught the bee to build its cells in hills, on trees and in (men's) habitations..... there issues from within their bodies a drink of varying colours, wherein is healing for mankind. Verily in this is a Sign for those who give thought'.
(Translation of Quran 16:68-69)

In addition,Prophet Mohammed(May Allah bless him and give him peace)said:

'Honey is a remedy for every illness and the Qur'an is a remedy for all illness of the mind, therefore I recommend to you both remedies, the Qur'an and honey.'(Bukhari)

In recent years, scientific support is beginning to emerge confirming the beneficial effects of honey on certain medical and surgical conditions.
Prorerties of Honey:
Antibacterial and antifungal properties:These properties of honey are well established. Undiluted honey inhibits the growth of bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, certain gut pathogens and fungi such as Candida albicans. At a concentration of 30-50%, honey has been shown to be superior to certain conventional antibiotics in treating urinary tract infections.
Anti-diarrhoeal properties:
At a concentration of 40%, honey has a bactericidal effect on various gut bacteria known to cause diarrhoea and dysentery such as Salmonella, Shigella, enteropathogenic E. coli and Vibrio cholera.
Wound-healing and anti-inflammatory properties:Honey is of value in treating burns, infected surgical wounds and decubitus ulcers. Honey is very viscous, enabling it to absorb water from surrounding inflamed tissue.
Nutritional properties:
Uncontaminated honey is a healthy, easily digestible, natural and energy rich food. It contains carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, enzymes and vitamins. One tablespoon of honey provides 60 calories and contains 11g of carbohydrates, 1mg of calcium, 0.2mg of iron, 0.lmg of vitamin B and 1mg of vitamin C.
Germ-Fighting Properties :Honey is a natural antiseptic Honey contains antimicrobial agents, which prevents infections by killing the bacteria in and around the wounds. When using honey it may help to heat it up before putting .Many types of bacteria can’t survive in honey, so wounds heal, swelling eases, and tissue can grow back.
Honey may also be effective in the treatment of ulcers.
Burns, too, heal better with honey. The advantage of honey is that it not only prevents infections from occurring, it actually accelerates skin healing.. Since the sugar in honey absorbs water it helps to trap some of the moisture so that the bacteria and other microbes can’t grow as easily as in other food.
When honey comes into contact with body moisture, the glucose oxidase enzyme introduced to the honey by the bee slowly releases the antiseptic hydrogen peroxide at a sufficient level to be effective against bacteria but not tissue damaging. Not only is honey anti-bacterial, it also draws body fluids and nutrients to the area and so assists cell growth and prevents a scar forming by drying out of the wound.

The osmotic action of the honey draws out and provides a film of liquid between the tissues and the dressing, allowing the dressing to be removed painlessly, without tearing of the re-growing cells .
Benefits And Uses Of Honey :
Easily digested: Because sugar molecules in honey can convert into other sugars (e.g. fructose to glucose), honey is easily digested by the most sensitive stomachs, despite its high acid content. It helps kidneys and intestines to function better.
Good source of antioxidants: It plays a big role in the prevention of cancer as well as heart disease.
Has a low calorie level: Another quality of honey is that, when it is compared with the same amount of sugar, it gives 40% less calories to the body. Although it gives great energy to the body, it does not add weight.
Rapidly diffuses through the blood: When accompanied by mild water, honey diffuses into the bloodstream in 7 minutes. Its free sugar molecules make the brain function better since the brain is the largest consumer of sugar, thus, reduces fatigue.
Supports blood formation: Honey provides an important part of the energy needed by the body for blood formation. In addition, it helps in cleansing the blood. It has some positive effects in regulating and facilitating blood circulation. It also functions as a protection against capillary problems and arteriosclerosis.
Does not accommodate bacteria: This bactericide (bacteria-killing) property of honey is named "the inhibition effect". Experiments conducted on honey show that its bactericide properties increase twofold when diluted with water.

Royal Jelly: Royal jelly is a substance produced by worker bees inside the beehive. Inside this nutritious substance are sugar, proteins, fats and many vitamins. It is used in problems caused by tissue deficiency or body frailty.
Colds and coughs:Honey is remedial in cases of persistent coughs and sore throat. The strong antibiotic properties it contains coats the throat and reduces throat irritation.
Mix 6 oz. liquid honey, 2 oz. glycerin with juice of 2 lemons. Bottle and cork firmly. Use as required.
For blocked noses, place a dessert spoon of honey in a basin of hot water and inhale fumes after covering your head with a towel over the basin.
For sore throats: Let 1 teaspoon of honey melt in the back of the mouth and trickle down the throat. Eases inflamed raw tissues.
Uneasiness felt in the mouth and throat due to infection can be relieved immediately with honey, so there is extensive scope for honey in cough mixtures and expectorants.
Skin:Honey is extremely nourishing for the skin when used as face pack and helps in rejuvenating the skin leading to the elimination of fine wrinkles. It is a good moisturiser. Honey has considerable Laxative effect on the human digestion system which in turn helps in reducing skin problem i.e. (pimples) and other problems associated with constipation, which become revealed on the skin.
Diarrhoea:At a concentration of 40%, honey has a bactericidal effect on various gut bacteria known to cause diarrhoea and dysentery
Teeth:Although Honey is sweet, it helps to maintain and protect teeth! Its anti-microbial activity has been tested on several species of dental plaque bacteria.
For poor digestion: Mix 1:1 honey with apple cider vinegar and dilute to taste with water.
Patients suffering from various maladies of stomach who consume 10 grams of honey on an empty stomach in the morning & do not eat anything thereafter for about 1 hour, will start feeling relief from the disorders within a few days.
Weight control:
Honey has low calorie content. Honey, when compared with the same amount of sugar, gives 40% less calories to the body. Although it gives great energy to the body, it does not add weight.
Conjunctivitis (pus in the eye):Honey dissolved in equal quantity of warm water. Apply, when cooled, as lotion or eye bath.
The Heart:British researchers have discovered that honey slows the oxidation of \'bad\' LDL cholesterol, which is responsible for causing arteriosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. So Honey can fight against Cholesterol. And the darker the honey, the better.
Pure honey taken with food daily (instead of white sugar) relieves complains of cholesterol. This is beneficial for people suffering from Heart-disease, Diabetes, High-blood Pressure, and Stroke,
Appetite:Honey improves appetite in children suffering from conditions of Appetite loss.
Headaches & Migraine:
Take 2 teaspoons at meals to prevent an attack. For Migraines, Take 1 dessert spoon honey dissolved in half a glass of warm water at start migraine. Repeat in 20 minutes if necessary.
Insomnia:Honey helps in nervous disorders including Insomnia and acts as a tonic in recovery of any damage to the human nervous system.
In cases of Insomnia (Sleeplessness) one teaspoon full of honey mixed in Luke-warm water (or milk) & drunk before going to bed helps in getting sound sleep.Asthma
Honey helps in conditions of Asthma as many conditions of Asthma respond favourably to Honey.
Fatigue and exhaustion:
Honey is best used to increase the physical stamina & energy level of the human body & since honey is easily absorbed in the blood, it is the best ingredient to remove tiredness ad fatigue after hard work almost instantly.
Dissolve 1 teaspoon honey in warm water or quarter honey balance of water in a jug and keep in the fridge. Honey is primarily fructose and glucose and so it is quickly absorbed by the digestive system.
Osteoporosis:1 teaspoon of honey a day helps calcium utilization and prevents osteoporosis.
Burns:Apply freely over burns. It cools, removes pain and aids fast healing without scarring. Apart from being a salve and antibiotic, bacteria cannot live in honey.
Constipation:For patients suffering from constipation as spoon of honey mildly heated with a small quantity of wheat husk added after it is cooled & administered to the patient, gives immediate relief.
Else, take ½ teaspoon honey mixed with ½ - 1cup warm water 2-3 times a day.
High Blood Pressure:
Take 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon ginger juice and 1 teaspoon cumin powder 2 times a day.
Anaemia:Honey is the best blood enricher by raising corpuscle content. Take 1 ripe banana with 1 tablespoon honey 1-2x a day
.For Curing Arthritis:A paste should be made from one partof honey and two parts of luke warm water added with a small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. This paste should be massaged on the itching part of the body and the pain will recede within fifteen minutes in most cases.
Hair Loss:
For hair loss or baldness, patients may apply a paste made out of hot olive oil, one tablespoon of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder. The paste should be applied and kept for approximately 15 minutes,and then washed off with luke warm water.

Honey is a most valuable food,. Its frequent if not daily use is vitally important.

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13 years 3 weeks ago #178 by S.D.Ilyas
Figs are the fruit of theFicus tree (Ficus caricaa).It ia a member of the mulberry family.Its one of the sweetest fruits when fully ripe. Fresh figs are highly perishable. Figs tend to be more popular in their dried form because fresh figs are very delicate and tend to deteriorate quickly Ripe figs should never be washed until ready to eat and should be kept covered and refrigerated.. Unripe figs should be kept at room temperature and out of direct sunlight.

The medicinal values of Fig are discussed in the Quranic verses in Sura al Teen. The Quraan says: “I swear by the Fig and the Olive” (Sura no. 95: verse no. 1). Fig plant is one of the only five plants mentioned in the Quraan, along with olives, grapes, pomegranate and dates.
Hadith provides us with an event related to the fig: According to Hazrath Abu DardaRA someone presented figs to the Prophet Mohammed (May Allah bless him and give him peace) and he began distributing it among his followers. He said: “Eat it as it cures various diseases”. According to Ibn Seereen, a scholar in the science of dreams, figs, if seen in dreams, denote wealth.
Hazrath ImamJafar Assadiq R.A.advised eating figs to remove bad breath.
The medical scientist, Al Shaikh al Raess, Bu Ali Ibn Sina, recommended figs to treat constipation, liver problems, urinary problems, heartburns, chest pains, piles and epilepsy. It is recommended to eat at least five figs early in the morning for four to ten months regularly, to completely eliminate piles.

The medicinal benefits of fig are :
Figs are high in dietary fiber and a rich source of magnesium as well potassium.
Figs contain a relatively high amount of vitamins A, B, and C and are low on calories - about 50 calories each.
Figs are ideal for those trying to lose weight. They contain the digestive enzymes for all the three components of diet i.e Proteins, carbohydrates and fat.
Figs are also recommended in the treatment of asthma, coughs, colds and diabetes. Syrup made from fenugreek (methi) seeds, figs and honey is very effective in curing cough and bronchial asthma.
The phosphorous content of the fig benefits the nervous system.
Fig are good for diabetic patients: The American Diabetes Association recommends figs for a high fiber treat. Fig leaves reduce the amount of insulin needed by diabetic patients who have to take insulin injection. Fig is rich in Potassium. Potassium helps to control blood sugar. Fig leaves have anti-diabetic properties
Figs are useful in the prevention of hypertension: People used to take more sodium in the form of salt. Low potassium and high sodium level may lead to hypertension. Figs are high in potassium but low in sodium. So, it helps to avoid hypertension.
Strengthens bones: Figs are rich in Calcium. Calcium helps to strengthen bones.
Figs are recommended to athletes and children.
Due to its high alkalinity it has been considered to be beneficial to people who wish to quit smoking.
Figs help dissolve and expel kidney and urinary bladder stones, and help patients suffering from kidney failure and patients who have a kidney transplant.Figs clear the obstruction of liver and gall-bladder and relieve inflammations of kidney and urinary bladder.
It is a good nourishing tonic and provides protection against the effects of toxins.
It is useful in pharyngitis, chest congestion, bronchitis, and also for liver and spleen ailments. It is a good expectorant.
If it is chewed during fever, the patient feels relief from the dryness of mouth.
It clears the intestinal obstruction,.
It is anti-ulcer and antibacterial powers.
It is carminative and expels the gases from the intestines.
It is also useful in colics and is a good diuretic.
It is useful for mental illness if taken regularly.
Dry figs are baked till they are roasted well and powderd.this powder is beneficial for dental ailments and also helps in removing stains from teeth.
Older people suffer from loss of vision.It is mainly due to muscular degeneration.Figs are recommended for the treatment of vision loss.
. Similarly, this powder can be used against spots on the face and the skin in general.
The fig, a member of the mulberry family, is one of the sweetest fruits when fully ripe. Fresh figs are highly perishable.. There are literally hundreds of fig varieties. Processed figs are used to make pies, pudding, cakes, other bakery products, jam, jellies and preserves.

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