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Monday, 19 August 2013 04:07

Dates

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Ramadan might be over, but that does not mean we should leave behind the dates fruit. Make it a habit to consume it on daily basics to gain some nutrition as well follow the sunnah of the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh). Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I saw Messenger of Allah () eating some dates while sitting on his buttocks, with his legs raised. [Muslim].


The Dates fruit is categorized amongst the fruits of heaven in Islam; it is mentioned in the Muslims’ holy book, the Qura’an, twenty times. In addition, the messenger of God, the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh), advises, “if anyone of you is fasting, let him break his fast with dates.”[ Ahmad and at-Tirmidhi] Nonetheless, dieticians recommend Dates as part of a balanced diet, if one's health permits it. So what is so good about Dates?


Dates contain a lot of nutrients such as sugar, fat, protein, vitamins, fiber, calcium, oil, iron, potassium, which are required on the daily basics to person. Hence, choosing Dates as part of a meal automatically prevents a person from over-eating since it provides the above mentioned elements that satisfy hunger. Moreover, Dates are easy to digest which makes it easy for the digestive system to process this food. Within the domain of the digestive system, Dates contain laxative elements which prevent constipation. The nicotinic content in Dates is also proven to cure intestinal disorders.


Pregnant women should consume dates in order to achieve their daily nutrition. In addition to Islamic belief, scientific studies prove that Dates consumed by pregnant women immensely benefit the growth of the fetus. Also, studies have shown that Dates contain some stimulants that strengthen the muscles of the uterus in the last periods of pregnancy. This helps with the dilation and reduces post-delivery bleeding. Not only do Dates help enrich the breast-milk in breast-feeding mothers, but also lessen the chances of post-delivery depression. The benefits of Dates are certainly not limited to the previously mentioned. Dates are also beneficial to the respiratory system, vision, and other health factors.


There’s a variety of ways people choose to eat the Dates fruit. Some eat it ripe and as is, where others, particularly in the Arabic world, eat it with butter, bread and almond stuffed. Dates paste is also commonly used in Middle-Eastern recipes such as combining it with cucumbers, along with many other meals. When left to soak in water for a full night, the syrup released from the Dates is another way of gaining its full nutrition. What’s convenient about this fruit is that it’s available at most local fruit markets and supermarket as well as being affordable.

Thursday, 06 June 2013 01:29

Green Tea & Coffee protects the heart

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பச்சை தேயிலை மற்றும் காபி இருதயத்துக்கு பாதுகாப்பு! – ஆய்வு அறிக்கை

 
பச்சை தேயிலை மற்றும் காபி ஆகியவற்றை வழக்கமான உணவாக கொண்டால் இருதயத்துக்கு நல்ல பயன் அளிக்கும் என்று ஜப்பானில் நடந்த ஆராய்ச்சியில் விஞ்ஞானிகள் தெரிவித்துள்ளனர்.
 
ஜப்பான் தேசிய இருதய மையத்தின் தலைமை விஞ்ஞானி யோஷிஹிரோ கொகுபோ கூறுகையில் “பக்கவாதத்தின் அபாயங்கள் மீது பச்சை தேயிலை மற்றும் காபியின் இணைந்த விளைவுகள் குறித்த முதல் பெரிய அளவிலான ஆய்வு இதுதான்.”  மேலும் அவர் கூறுகையில் “நீங்கள் ஒரு சிறிய ஆனால் உறுதியான  வாழ்க்கை மாற்றத்துக்கு உங்கள் உணவில் தினமும் பச்சை தேயிலை சேர்ப்பதன் மூலம் குறைந்தபட்சம்  பக்கவாதம் ஏற்படும் அபாயத்தை தவிர்க்கலாம்”.
 
பச்சை தேயிலை அல்லது காபி குடிக்கும் மக்களுக்கு பக்கவாதத்தின் அபாயம் குறைந்தபட்சமே என்கிறது சயின்ஸ் டெய்லி அறிக்கை.
“வழக்கமாக டீ மற்றும் காபி குடிப்பது,  ரத்த கட்டிகள் உருவாகாமல், இருதயத்தை ஆரோக்கியமாக வைக்க  பெரிதும் உதவுகிறது” என்று கொகுபோ கூறினார்.
 
தண்ணீருக்கு பிறகு உலகின் மிக பிரபலமான பானம் தேயிலை மற்றும் காபி தான். அதனால் இந்த ஆராய்ச்சி முடிவுகள் மற்ற நாடுகளுக்கும் பொருந்தும் என்று கருதப்படுகிறது.
 
Friday, 03 May 2013 01:17

Indian Spice

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Monday, 22 April 2013 03:59

Keep fit and stay healthy

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Everyone knows that we should be exercising on regular basics. But, how many of us are really doing it. Do you know the importance of exercise? Not only does working out helps you to slim down a few kilos, but there are also many other reasons to include some regular activity in your routine. Read on to get motivated to exercise.

Exercise has many important benefits. It helps to minimize depression and instantly boost the mood due to the production of “feel- good hormones”, endorphins.  If you are feeling down, just do some exercise and you will absolutely feel great and more upbeat by the end of your session.

Exercise do helps you to sleep better at night due to the actually physical activity, which ensures that your body and mind are ready for a good rest.

Another advantage is reducing stress level. Worries in life tend to shrink in size while you are engaged in a work out. Combined with the production of endorphins, stress and anxiety will decline.

Exercise enhances focus and mental clarity. Research has shown that those who involves in regular exercise have fewer chance of suffering from Alzheimer’s senility.

It promotes better energy levels. It may sound doubtful, but in fact the more you exercise, the more energy you will have. Feeling sluggish? Go for a jog or a slow walk along the beach or park. Strength and stamina can be improved with regular exercise. Those troublesome tasks will feel much easier, and you will be able to do more for longer period of time.

Exercise also helps to tone your muscles, leaving you looking more defined. The extra muscle mass will also help to increase your inactive metabolism.

Self-esteem and self confidence can greatly be improved once you starting to tone up your body. You will look better and feel better. The extra energy, stamina and endorphins will spread out into other areas of your life, which makes you feel more in control of yourself and your life.

Exercise can improve balance and coordination as well as cardiovascular fitness, helping reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack. According to India Today, India's no.1 killer is Heart disease. You might be thinking, I am not living in India but in Singapore. But look at our meals, which include briyani, mee goreng, chicken rice and many others.

Aerobic activity is physical exercise of relatively low intensity that depends primarily on the aerobic energy-generating process. It will improve both the health and efficiency of your heart and lungs. The improved circulation results in glowing completion and improved transportation of oxygen around the body.

Getting Started

30 minutes every day is ideal. If 30minutes is too much for you, try to divide into smaller intervals. Go for a walk at lunch time or use steps at the office instead of the elevator. Use your car less and make an effort to ride a bicycle or walk. It would greatly improve your lifestyle.

Type of exercise include, brisk walking, jogging, running, swimming, cycling, skipping rope.  Try to activity that you enjoy most and are good at. You should have fun while you are working out, if not try swapping to another work out. It will want to keep you going and your sense of well-being will be heightened.

Our Indian community has never tried to incorporate a regular workout into our daily routine. Start today and you will quickly notice the difference when you skip a session. Having less energy and feeling more stressed and anxious are some of the most obvious symptoms that quickly return.

Once you have started exercising regularly, you will wonder how you ever managed without it. You body and health will reward you as well.

 

Friday, 19 April 2013 01:19

Benefits of Blood Donation

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The Link between Blood Donation and Iron Content

Blood donation is an excellent way to reduce the amount of iron accumulated in our body. While iron is, without doubt, a necessary mineral, excess iron can stimulate the formation of free radicals, which can cause damage to body tissues. Free radicals are also associated with cancer. The excess iron brings about oxidization of cholesterol, which is harmful for the arteries. Hemochromatosis is a genetic disease characterized by excess accumulation of iron in the tissues due to improper metabolism. The disease damages many important organs, such as the pancreas, adrenal glands, etc. It may also cause diabetes, liver disease and heart diseases. Donating blood on a regular basis helps regulate the level of iron in the donor's body. Studies have shown that regular blood donation can be beneficial for the circulatory system and can reduce the risk of heart diseases.

Health Benefits

Blood donation also sheds extra calories and reduces blood cholesterol level. After donating blood, the number of blood cells in our body decreases. This stimulates the bone marrow to produce new, fresh red blood cells in order to replenish the loss.

Parameters to Know Before Donating Blood

The process of blood donation includes a free medical checkup for the donor. Before donating blood, the donor's hemoglobin level is tested. If it is found to be lower than 12.5 g/dL, it isn't safe for the donor to lose any more blood, as it could make him/her anemic. Besides hemoglobin, the donor's blood pressure and body weight is also checked. Most importantly, the donor's blood is also examined for the presence of five diseases, namely hepatitis B, hepatitis C, syphilis, HIV/AIDS and malaria. A donor carrying any of these diseases is not allowed to carry on with the procedure.

After reading this article and you feels that you want to do a blood donation. Please don’t hesitate to Submit your particulars to 90672616 or http://goo.gl/euspg as pre registration is preferred. Information about the event is stated below:

Blood Donation Camp

 

Event Date: 4th May 2013

 

Venue: Masjid Bencoolen
             Level 3, Multipurpose Hall
             51 Bencoolen Street 
             Singapore 189630

 

Wednesday, 27 February 2013 16:22

Protect your privacy on the Internet

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Protect your privacy on the Internet

Your privacy on the Internet depends on your ability to control both the amount of personal information that you provide and who has access to that information.

Think before you share personal information
First, read the website's privacy policy

Privacy policies should clearly explain what data the website gathers about you, how it is used, shared, and secured, and how you can edit or delete it. (For example, look at the bottom of this and every page on Microsoft.com.) No privacy statement? Take your business elsewhere.

Do not share more than you need to

Do not post anything online that you would not want made public.

Minimize details that identify you or your whereabouts.

Keep your account numbers, user names, and passwords secret.

Only share your primary email address or Instant Message (IM) name with people who you know or with reputable organizations. Avoid listing your address or name on Internet directories and job-posting sites.

Choose how private you want your profile or blog to be

Modify Windows Internet Explorer or website settings or options to manage who can see your online profile or photos, how people can search for you, who can make comments on what you post, and how to block unwanted access by others.

 

Reference Microsoft Safety & Security Cetre

 

Eyecare Instructions for people using computers and computer professionals

Spending long hours in front of television or computers is part of people's life today. Especially if you are a computer professional, there is usually no escape from it. This causes many eyes and vision related problems in future. Here are some useful eye care tips for computer users.

After every 20 to 30 minutes of work, look at a distant away object and blink several times. This will help in better focusing
Blink frequently. People tend to reduce blink rate while working on computer. This can lead to dry eyes. Try to blink 12 to 15 times every minute.
Exercise you eyes at frequent intervals. Eye exercise is simple. All you need to do is just blink several times, then close your eyes and role them in clockwise and anti clockwise direction. While doing this, inhale and exhale slowly and open your eyes slowly after doing this.
Rub your palms against each other till them become warm. Cover your eyes with your warm palms for about a minute. Palming is another great way to relax and soothe your eyes.

Splashing water on you face during breaks can keep you refreshed. This also helps in cooling your eyes.
A few minutes of walk during breaks will refresh your body and mind. It is also good for your eyes as walking increases blood supply to your eyes.
Fix an anti glare screen on to your monitor or use anti glare glass while working on computers. Also position the monitor and lights in such a manner that glare from the screen is minimum.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013 16:09

Dark Circles - Natural eye care, removing dark circles

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 Dark Circles - Natural eye care, removing dark circles

  • Grate 3 pieces of cucumber and squeeze them through a muslin cloth and extract the juice. Dip cotton pads in this juice for 2 minutes and place on eyelids and darkened areas. Relax for 15 minutes for best results continue for 2 to3 days.
  • Take 1 teaspoon of Tomato pulp,1 pinch of Turmeric powder, half teaspoon of lime juice and 1 teaspoon of gram flour. Make a paste of the above ingredients and apply gently on the eye lids and the darkened areas and let it remain for half an hour. Remove gently with moist cotton pads after half an hour. Repeat this for a week
Monday, 11 February 2013 15:05

Chicken Kebabs Recipe

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Chicken Kebabs Recipe

Ingredients:
500 gms Chicken (cut into pieces)
1 cup Cornflour
1 tsp Garlic (Lasun) juice
2 tblsp Curd (Dahi)
2 cups Clarified Butter (Ghee)
1 Cellophane Bag
1 tsp Ginger (Adrak) juice
1 tsp Black Pepper (Kali Mirch)

Method:
Soak chicken pieces in salt, garlic and ginger juice for 12 to 16 hours.
Now put cornflour in the bag with little salt and black pepper.
Add pieces of chicken removed from garlic juice and ginger and vinegar.
Shake the bag well with chicken, cornflour, salt and pepper in it.
Heat the ghee in a pan.
Then gradually add pieces of chicken and fry them till golden brown on high flame.
Continue frying till all the pieces are done.
Server hot with green salad.