VITILIGO AND NUTRITION

as salaam alaikum,
According to ibn Qayyim Al Jawziyyah (RA), in his book, “the medicine of the prophet,” Salah the alaihi wa Salem, the consumption of fish and milk can cause the vitiligo, this is in the section on general principle, on page 283 The Translation of johnstones of Penelope. , text Islamic society publications

Selon Ibn Qayyim Al Jawziyyah ( ra ) , dans son livre , “La médecine du Prophète , « salah la alayhi wa salem , la consommation de poisson et le lait peut provoquer le vitiligo , cela est dans la section principe général , à la page 283 de la traduction des Johnstones de Pénélope. , texte islamique société publications

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Maybe this is something that people with less melanin , skin pigment , can tolerate, or it affects all of our digestions but the white patches are not so noticeable on whiter skin, I dont know, only God knows

Peut-être que ceci est quelque chose que les gens avec moins de mélanine,pigment de la peau, peuvent tolérer, ou qu’elle affecte l’ensemble de nosdigestions mais les taches blanches sont pas si sensible sur la peau plus blanche, je ne sais pas, Dieu seul le sait

 

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BONES…HELP THEM STAY STRONG

 

This post is about technique not about nutrients. It’s an suggestion for a practical way to use herbs thats are great for strengthening bones from the inside out.

This is an area that is new to me  and insha’allah I’ll share as I learn. Inspired by the plants on my window ledge and beginning to research parsley and its ability o tines bones from within I thought how can I make this amazing herb alhmdulilah(praise the Creator), part of my diet?

SMOOTHIES!!! or Soups.

Smoothies are better because everything is  RAW, all the vitamin and minerals stay intact

SOME VITAMINS ARE DESTROYED BY COOKING

http://www.beyondveg.com/tu-j-l/raw-cooked/raw-cooked-2f.shtml

SOME FRUITS AND VEGGIES G.I.  BECOME HIGHER DUE TO COOKING

http://www.livestrong.com/article/430497-why-does-the-cooking-method-change-the-glycemic-index/

You can buy fresh herbs quite cheaply in Arabic and Asian areas in large cities because they are so much a part of the diet.

£1 for 2 bunches of parsley , coriander/dunyia , mint, fenugreek/ methi or dill.

If you are a single person or small family sometimes herbs get wasted or end up in the recycling.

Some times washing and chopping herbs every day is a bit off putting but they have to be part of our daily diet.

So what to do?

Here’s an idea

Wash , drain and dry herbs, overnight preferably

You will need small sandwich bags, ribbon and scissors

Roughly chop herbs

parsley bag 1 (1)

Place a handful in bag, in bag should be added to other food items to make enough for 2 smoothies

parsley bag 1 (2)

Tie up bags with colour coded ribbon , P=pink P= parsley. D=dark blue D=danyia/coriander, you’ll work it out

parsley bag 1 (7)

Place bags inside another big place and place in freezer be mindful of what you have in there and use up ASAP and replace

Frozen herbs can be added to smoothies OR chopped more in frozen state and added last minutes to soups…enjoy

 

 

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WHOLEFOOD – THE HUMBLE POTATO

WHOLE FOOD

I am a massive fan of wholefood in the sense of using as much of the food as possible. The way the Creator made most if not all food produce, is that all parts can be used, not necessariy for eating but for far more than we in our urban bubbles are aware of .

For example,leaving the skin on a potato versus peeling, it will retain some of the indigestible fiber and lower the impact of the potato starch on blood glucose levels.

Potato Fat Content.

If you are going to choose the Potato Diet, as your chosen way of trying to lose weight.
You will want to know how much Fat their is in a Potato. A medium sized Baked Potato has a trace, 0.2 grams of Fat, that is obviously without any dressing. When people are using the Potato Diet to try an shed a couple of pounds, it’s always the Baked Potato Filling, that they struggle with.

It wouldn’t be worth eating a Baked Potato which has a trace of Fat, only to fill it with Cheese or another high fat filling, that would be 1 step forward, and 2 back.

Why not try a couple of these Low Fat Baked Potato Fillings, so that you keep your Potato Fat Content as low as possible.

JACKET POTATO

Low Fat Sour Cream, instead of Butter.
Low Fat Cottage Cheese, instead of Regular Cheddar Cheese.
You can also try Low Fat Cheese, but in the past, i have always found it a little dry.

So just remember, that the Potato Fat Content is basically nothing, it’s always the topping or filling that is adding Fat to your meal.

Regardless of cooking method, some dietary carbohydrates, such as potatoes and refined grains, have a higher GI score than others. Choose whole grains, such as brown rice and whole-grain wheat bread, when possible, to control postprandial blood sugar levels. Furthermore, the GI of any food is based on your body’s ability to digest and absorb carbohydrates. The exact scores and numbers vary among healthy subjects, people with diabetes and people with diabetes taking insulin. Talk to your dietitian if you need help planning meals for a diabetic diet.

EXTRACTS TAKE FROM THE FOLLOWING LINKS

http://jacketpotatodiet.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/430497-why-does-the-cooking-method-change-the-glycemic-index/

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FAT GIRL SLIM

FAT GIRL SLIM…..tonight as I was coming home from busy day and having been really good and mindful with my food consumption over the last week, I thought about stopping and buying halal chicken and chips, well just halal deep fried chicken
and no chips,I thought I would make salad to have with it.Then alhmdulilah I had a brain wave and remembered I had some veggie burgers in the freezer, grilled veggie burgers,not ideal but better than halal fried chicken.Salad of avocado, tomato, fresh corriander and a nice dressing, no bread, pasta etc, alhmdulilah for restraint :) ….and veggie burgers in the fridge, need to get some more for stand by days like this :)
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WOMB HEALTH-WOMB-MAN MATTERS

WOMB HEALTH

The womb- AL RAHIM, sounds like raheem, meaning mercy, is mentioned in the first verse of chapter 4 of the Quran called “an-nisa” the women.

“O mankind, fear your Lord, who created you from one soul and created from it its mate and dispersed from both of them many men and women. And fear Allah , through whom you ask one another, and the wombs. Indeed Allah is ever, over you, an Observer.”

“O mankind! Have Taqwa of your Lord, Who created you from a single person, and from him He created his mate, and from them both He created many men and women, and have Taqwa of Allah through Whom you demand your mutual (rights), and revere the wombs. Surely, Allah is always watching over you.”

Ibn kathir(ra) is one of the classical Islamic great scholars but his tafsir of this verse it a little bit lacking and not surprising because a man ,although conceived in a womb,  does not possess a womb and all that goes with it. “And revere the womb by not cutting the relations of the womb, but keep and honor them, as Ibn `Abbas, `Ikrimah, Mujahid, Al-Hasan, Ad-Dahhak, Ar-Rabi`, and others have stated. 

http://www.islam-universe.com/tafsir_ibn_kathir/4.10383.html

womb baby.jpg

It is a great shame that over  the years too many Muslims have neglected the body and focus their Islam on the heart and the head, the intellectual and the spiritual, forgetting the body is the vehicle  that facilitates the actions of ibada/worship and pleasure.

Inspired, maasha’Allah (as God would have it be) many many moons ago by Queen Efua, an African American naturopath and healer, we are going to begin to start taking our womb health more seriously, insha’Allah (God willing)

Degeneration of health

STAGE 1

Prolapse rectum/colon causes prolapse womb, rectocele prolapse which can cause lower back pain.it can also cause 3-5 days menses and vaginal itching.

Attributing factors are:

  • Bowel movement less than 2-3 per day
  • Diet high in diary and starches
  • Diet containing flesh foods; white meat, chicken and fish.
  • Night time, eating after sunset
  • Lack of exercise

STAGE 2

Cysts and fibroid tumors, caesarian section (but not due to size of baby) , difficult birthing, lack of sexual orgasm due to poor circulation/blockages, menses 5-8 days OR acure menses 8days to 2 weeks.

Attributing factors are:

  • Flesh foods in diet ,red meat, beef , lamb, pork
  • Drugs, orthodox(pharmaceutical) and unorthodox (marijuana, crack, ecstasy, poppers)
  • Continued neglect of exercise
  • Dairy, starchy refined carbohydrates, sugar
  • Fried foods
  • One bowel movement a day, small, hard stools
  • Kidney stones

STAGE 3

Tumors, hysterectomy, removal of womb/uterus, sterility, lack of enjoyment for sexual activity, suppressed emotions, discomfort with femininity.

Attributing factors are:

  • Continual negligence of physical condition
  • Possible one bowel movement a day or a few times a week, producing hard small flaky stools.

But all is not lost and there is always time for us to begin to heal ourselves, providing we put our trust in the Creator and the natural resources the Creator has provided for us.

womb fruits

 

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Parsley….Anti-inflammation Smoothie

Anti-inflammatory smoothie

I have been in so much pain these winter months and we are still not out of the woods, my neighbor suggested that I have bath in the morning rather than at night, to relax my muscles and thus set me up for the rest of the day’s activities
Today is the 2nd time I’m trying this and this time, advice by my mother ,who is a qualified aromatherapist, I took my oil in the bath room ; camphor, eucalyptus, frankincense and black pepper, ginger and lavender.
Oils dropped into hot bath water and left for 30 minutes to let the bath water cool and warm the actual metal enamel of the bath and let the oils infuse the air.

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I then thought I should get the plants of the window a bit of water
I pondered and reflected, parsley and chives, such tough plants maashallah, I don’t water them regularly, they’re out in the sometimes freezing weather and still they’re vibrant and green
Parsley, I ponder, maybe there is something in parsley that will toughen me up to this cold British weather because my body is telling me that something is wrong the pain I am in is not helps by flax seed oil, which I take regularly
Without thinking it got some fresh parsley out of the fridge and chopped with scissor into my already blended smoothie full of anti- inflammatory but missing on vital ingredient parley
Ant inflammatory winter smoothie
• 1 large ripe, banana
• 2 slices of fresh pineapple including kore
• 3 tsp powdered cinnamon
• 2 level spoon spiralina
• 4-5cme piece fresh ginger
• 4-5cm piece of fresh haldi turmeric curcumin
• 21 stems of fresh parsley
• Blender topped up with coconut water

The banana, pineapple and cinnamon give it a sweetness that balances the green taste and it’s actually quite nice

Inshallah I will do this every time I make a smoothie, especially after reading the health benefits fresh parsley contain, alhmdulilah praise the creator.
Parsley is rich in many vital vitamins, including Vitamin C, B 12, K and A. This means parsley keeps your immune system strong, tones your bones and heals the nervous system, too. It helps flush out excess fluid from the body, thus supporting kidney function.

HEALTH BENFITS FROM CARE2.COM

Parsley is a pretty little Mediterranean herb that lends a sprinkling of color to your plate. But let’s not think of it as just a garnish—after all, parsley has been around for more than 2000 years, and boasts some time-tested benefits that you should know about.
• Parsley is rich in many vital vitamins, including Vitamin C, B 12, K and A. This means parsley keeps your immune system strong, tones your bones and heals the nervous system, too.
• It helps flush out excess fluid from the body, thus supporting kidney function. However, the herb contains oxalates, which can cause problems for those with existing kidney and gall bladder problems.
• Regular use of parsley can help control your blood pressure. The folic acid in this herb is like a tonic for your heart.
• Parsley essential oil, when massaged into the scalp, may reduce hair loss.
• Use parsley daily, and you’ll feel relief from joint pain. That’s because the herb has anti-inflammatory properties.
• Parsley tea relaxes stiff muscles and encourages digestion.
• Studies indicate that parsley—especially its essential oil—may have a role in inhibiting cancerous tumors. In fact, scientists have billed it a ‘chemoprotective’ food.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/7-surprising-health-benefits-of-parsley.html#ixzz3yRVGezGb

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Karimah Keep Fit PERFECT PORRIDGE

 

By Karimah Bint Dawoud, Qualified Clinical Nutritionist

It’s just started to  get  a little chilly at the morning and people love porridge. The spices are optional but are healthy ,wise ,beneficial , mainly anti-inflammatory and anti-biotic. Fantastic food to eat after training, home made spicy porridge made with cashew milk. It’s packed with L-Arginine, which is a necessary amino-acid for converting protein. It’s also good for the heart, blood vessels and immune system. It is important to remember when we get our nutrients from whole foods as opposed to tablets and processed training formulas, that there are hundreds if not thousands of un-identified components in the wholefoods that enhance absorption and well being.

Perfect Porridge

Perfect Porridge

 

We like to pre-soak the oatsthe night before, as it makes for quicker cooking time and optimum nutrition and digestion.

Here’s an extract from Nourishing Traditions which explains the reason why oats need to be soaked:-

“All grains contain phytic acid (an organic acid in which phosphorous is bound) in the outer layer or bran. Untreated phytic acid can combine with calcium, magnesium, copper, iron especially zinc in the intestinal track and block their absorption. This is why a diet high in unfermented whole grains may lead to serious mineral deficiencies and bone loss. The modern misguided practice of consuming large amounts of unprocessed bran often improves colon transit time at first but may lead to irritable bowel syndrome and, in the long term, many other adverse effects. Soaking allows enzyme, lactobacilli and other helpful organisms to break down and neutralize phytic acid. As little as seven hours of soaking in warm acidulated water will neutralize a large portion of phytic acid in grains. The simple practice of soaking cracked or rolled cereal grains overnight will vastly improve their nutritional benefits.”

 

INGREDIENTS for single portion

  • 50- 100g porridge oats (pre-soaked) depends on your size and if you are training.
  • ½ -1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½- 1 tsp turmeric/haldi powder
  • ½- 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 banana
  • 130 ml milk nut milk like almond or cashew for cooking
  • 125 milk for serving
  • Fresh or cooked fruit and/or  clear honey, to serve

 

METHOD

 

  1. Soak the oats in water  for at least 8 hours/overnight, allowing them to ferment
  2. When ready to cook, drain liquid off through colander and place in a small saucepan,
  3. pour in the milk
  4. Add spices and stir for 1-2 minutes
  5. Leave to stand for 2 minutes before serving
  6. Place in bowl, add remaining milk if desired
  7. Add honey, banana, other fresh or cooked fruit

 

Karimah Keep Fit, here to empower you

 

Further reading

http://www.highonhealth.org/why-its-very-important-to-soak-oats-before-you-eat-them/

 

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FEED THE NEED, feeding the homeless on Central London, THE SLEEPING BAG COLLECTION

As salaam alaikum, may the Peace of the Creator be with you.

We hope this post inspires you to give either in money or in goods, you and a friend could buy a sleeping bag and donate to us. Sleeping bags need to be winter weight.

We now photographically document and date who we give sleeping bags to to avoid duplication and encourage responsibility amongst homeless and needy, it also sends out a message that we are not a soft touch.

These are some of the grateful people who have sadly found themselves without a key to their own home, left home or left theri country and found themselves on the street or someone else’s floor or sofa.

Please be part of the solution to help those less fortunate than us, praise God we have roof over our head and heating.

Please reference your doantions “SLEEPING BAGS”

feed the need dec 2015sleeping bad dec 2015slp bg dec 2015sleeping bags muhammd jamshedBOSNIAN BRAD PITTJORDAN BROTHER NOV 2015 SBKATLIN BOSNIANOV 2015 SB

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FEED THE NEED, Karimah’s Cuisina , feeding the homeless in Central London December 2015

The attention to details and the quality of what we do illustrates how an islamic charitable feeding of the less fortunate should be done,maasha’Allah. By The Grace of Allah , we strive to provide good food to represent good Islamic charity, even down to the napkins we wrap our cutlery in.
These fotos show only a tiny aspect of the preparation that goes on before we get out on the streets.It’s not about bums on seats, it’s about quality, we are Muslims not little boys.
If we can inspire you to share food of this standard and better, in the way that we do and better than we have forfilled our purpose alhmdulilah rabeel alameen.

Even white ricew we spice it up! Alhamdulilah

Even white rice we spice it up! Alhamdulilah

feed the need rice lamb and kidney beans

Good un stunned lamb minced alhmdulilah with kidney beans in the process of cooking

We also cook a vegan lentil and spinach curry

 

 

 

napkins cutlery

A nice napkin can provide a memory of better days or the thought that we have for the person we are giving the food to

 

rice spice lentils tomato passata

 

Insulted bags are vital for health and hygeine.The look on a homeless person face and their exclamation of “oh its hot!” is priceless that they notice the attention we pay to them, it is these details that make all the difference to teh way we are perceived by the wider communication, showing that we care enough alhmdulilah rabeel alameen for guiding us and the support HE give us

Insulated Bags keep food warm

Insulated Bags Keep Food Warm

We need photographically document who we give sleeping bags to , to help homeless be more responsible for what is given to them, these winter weight sleeping bags are between £25-50, so please, we need your help

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EAR MASSAGE

EAR MASSAGE

In this cold northern hemisphere weather I am getting into the habit of massaging myself with oil before I go outside, when I come out of the shower and before bed.

Most of us apply some sort of moisturizer after bathing but we sometimes forget the feet and seldom do the ears get a massage.

I suffer with terrible spinal pain, partly hereditary spondylitis and maybe some from a horse riding fall. This morning I had enough and was aware that acupressure points in the ears are correlated to organs and other parts of the body.so I gave it ago, massaging my ears with a little coconut oil and I’m now hooked as it seems to have relieved some of the pain. The following interesting article from integrative health care goes in depth into this fascinating therapy.

accupunture ear

The Benefits of Ear Massage

Ear massage triggers the release of the body’s natural painkillers, endorphins. 

Auriculotherapy is reflexology of the ear. The auricle of the ear (the external, protruding portion), can be viewed as a microsystem representing the entire body. Microsystems are valuable in many disciplines, including neuroanatomy, foot and hand reflexology, face and scalp acupuncture, and iridology.

The first defined microsystem is a figurative representation of the human body mapped in the brain’s cortex. Called somatosensory mapping, a distorted human figure reflects the corresponding body parts in the sensory and motor cortex. Also known as the cortical homunculus, this figure has disproportionately large lips, hands, feet and genitals, reflecting the larger cortical area allocated for the innervation of these body parts.

Similar to the cortical homunculus, the ear has been mapped in detail to reflect associated areas with the entire human body. Due to its high level of accessibility, this auricular microsystem can be used to treat health conditions affecting all parts of the body. Stimulating points on the ear can alleviate problems associated with nearby regions of the face and head as well as relieve pathological disorders in the chest, abdomen, lower back, and feet. According to microsystem theory, there are no direct connections between the ear and specific distal body parts. Rather, nerves from the ear connect to reflex centers in the brain that send neurological reflex pathways to the spinal cord, which in turn, sends them on to the neurons reaching distal body parts.

While ear massage can be used to address a countless array of health issues, musculoskeletal pain and addiction have demonstrated some of the most dramatic responses to auriculotherapy.

Pain

Regardless of the mechanism, applying pressure to the ear in specific locations has been found to relieve distal body pain. Ear massage triggers the release of the body’s natural painkillers, endorphins. Studies have demonstrated that ear stimulation increases levels of endorphins in both the blood and cerebrospinal fluid.

Ear massage also aids in breaking the pain-spasm-pain cycle. Most chronic pain is due to the constriction of connective tissue surrounding muscles in spasm. Muscles remain in spasm when the brain instructs motor neurons to initiate and sustain their contraction. The stimulation of ear reflex points connected to the brain can reset the brain’s electrical prompts, stopping unwanted activation of spinal reflexes. According to Oleson, “Pain sensations that are due to irritated nerves can be relieved by the normalizing of pathological, hypersensitive reflex pathways that interconnect the ear microsystem and the somatotopic brain.”

Consult an auriculotherapy map to locate the correct reflex area to address a specific painful body part. Identification of a tender area on the ear typically corresponds with the most beneficial point to relieve the distally located pain.

Addiction

Auriculotherapy is used throughout the world to reduce substance cravings and assist in the detoxification of addictive substances. Explanations for the effectiveness of auriculotherapy in facilitating drug independence derive from both a Western neurological conceptualization and a Traditional Oriental Medicine perspective. The first evidence of auriculotherapy’s in reducing substance cravings of drug addicts came from Dr. Wen of Hong Kong in the 1970s, and was expanded upon by Dr. Michel Smith, a physician who practices Oriental Medicine in New York City.

A Western neurological basis for using auriculotherapy as part of drug detoxification focuses on the area of the ear primarily used in addiction treatment, the concha. The two concave or hollow areas of the outer ear, the concha correspond to the autonomic nervous system via the vagus nerve and the brain’s hypothalamus. Influencing these nervous system components enhances relaxation and maintains balance. Auriculotherapy’s release of endorphins has the additional benefit of improving mood without the aid of the addicted substance.

Traditionally, five points are stimulated on the outer ear to aid the addiction recovery process. Possession of an illustrated ear map will facilitate locating each of the five points: Sympathetic, Shen Men, Heart, Liver and Lung.

Remember the ears

While the majority of research has focused on ear acupuncture, auriculotherapy works with any type of ear stimulation. Many massage therapists include a general, feel-good ear rub at the conclusion of a session. However, learning the anatomy and body map of the ear can add a new level of healing to a massage. Since the ears provide direct access to the central and peripheral nervous systems, spending some time to focus on specific ear locations will benefit your client by amplifying the bodywork performed.

ear massage cats

References:

Netter, MD, Frank H., Atlas of Human Anatomy, Ciba-Geigy Corporation, 1989.

Oleson, PhD, Terry, Auriculotherapy Manual, Health Care Alternatives, 1998.

http://www.auriculotherapy.com, FAQs, Terry Oleson, PhD, 2006.

http://www.brainconnection.com, Motor Humunculus, Scientific Learning, 2006.

http://www.emedicine.com, Massage, Traction, and Manipulation, J Michael Wieting, DO, MEd, 7/18/05.

http://www.integrativehealthcare.org/mt/archives/2006/05/why_include_ear.html

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