AWAS! Golden Churn Creamery Butter keluaran New Zealand mengandungi DNA babi

Untuk makluman dan perhatian semua umat Islam. Berhati-hati semasa membeli belah bahan makanan di pasaraya…. pastikan butter (mentega) yang dibeli adalah halal, bukannya mentega seperti di bawah ini….

Dipanjangkan Memo Makluman daripada Bahagian Penyelidikan, Jabatan Agama Johor yang mendapati mentega jenama Golden Churn Creamery Butter keluaran New Zealand mengandungi DNA babi….

Sumber: Chef Amer

Hadis Qudsi – 36 ~ Kufur percaya ramalan bintang

Berkata Ibnu Mas’ud r.a. bahawasanya Nabi SAW telah bersabda: Allah Taala telah berfirman:

“Sesungguhnya orang yang berkata, bahawasanya kami telah dituruni hujan oleh bintang si anu dan bintang si anu, nescaya ia telah mengkufuri Aku dan mempercayai bintang itu. Dan sesungguhnya orang yang berkata bahawasanya Allah Taalalah yang telah menurunkan hujan, maka ia telah mempercayai-Ku dan mengkufuri bintang itu.” (Riwayat At-Thabrani)

Mengurangkan tekanan darah secara semulajadi

Tekanan darah yang tinggi di kalangan pesakit hipertensi (penyakit darah tinggi) boleh dikurangkan dengan menggunakan kaedah semulajadi. Kaedah ini mungkin lebih sesuai bagi mereka yang baru mengalami tekanan darah tinggi atau mereka yang mempunyai tekanan darah yang belum mencapai peringkat serius. Kaedah ini boleh dijadikan rawatan alternatif kepada pesakit darah tinggi yang belum teruk.

Secara ringkasnya, sebelum menggunakan rawatan semulajadi ini, penyebab kepada darah tinggi perlulah diketahui oleh seseorang pesakit. Pada umumnya, 3 kaedah yang telah dikenalpasti ialah dengan pengambilan vitamin K2 (menaquinone), ekstrak grapeseed, dan ekstrak blueberry. Selain itu, pengambilan bawang putih, sama ada dalam bentuk pil, gel atau mentah serta omega-3 juga boleh membantu mengurangkan tekanan darah, di samping menguatkan sistem pertahanan badan daripada serangan patogen pembawa penyakit.

Untuk perincian kaedah, lihat artikel yang dipanjangkan di bawah ini….

Decrease Your Blood Pressure Naturally

By Dr. Michael Cutler
May 27, 2011 – Posted in: Alternative Medicine, Easy Health Options Digest, Heart Concerns

Unhealthy blood pressure is a silent killer that can lead to heart and brain problems, cholesterol issues, kidney troubles and blood sugar imbalances. Happily, natural vitamins and nutrients can help combat these serious threats to your blood pressure health.

Amazingly, more than 23 million people struggle with blood pressure problems despite exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy diet and taking multiple prescription medicines.

Why does a person’s blood pressure spiral out of control? Three culprits are often overlooked:

Calcium buildup in the arteries,
Inadequate amounts of nitric oxide (NO2),
Presence of the enzyme angiotensin II.

Calcium plaque deposits in the blood vessels may cause blood pressure to rise. The diameter of veins and arteries affects the amount of pressure blood must exert to pass through. A larger opening requires less pressure. But when blood vessels become lined with layers of calcium deposits, blood has to squeeze through narrowed pathways and blood pressure soars.

Unbalanced levels of NO2, which is naturally produced in your body from arginine (an amino acid) and oxygen, may also cause blood pressure to increase. The gaseous molecule signals the blood vessels to relax and open up to allow blood to easily pass through. The widening of the blood vessels — called vasodilation — increases blood flow, decreases blood pressure and helps keep blood platelets from sticking together.

Lastly, blood vessel constriction and water retention caused by the angiotensin II enzyme may cause blood pressure to rise. When the blood vessels constrict, blood must try to squeeze through, which can damage the lining and turn your arteries hard and stiff. Plus, this enzyme can also raise your sodium levels, resulting in water retention and elevated blood pressure.

Natural vitamins and nutrients can support the body’s efforts to eliminate these serious threats to your blood pressure health:

Vitamin K2 — also known as menaquinone — helps remove unwanted calcium from blood vessels and delivers it to bones, where it’s needed.

Grapeseed extract causes blood vessels to relax by greatly affecting the body’s production of NO2, as well as helping prevent calcium from entering into the muscle cells of the heart and arteries.

Blueberry extract helps stop production of angiotensin II with natural angiotensin – converting enzyme (ACE) – inhibiting properties. It also contains polyphenols that fight inflammation which can weaken and damage blood vessels.

With these all-natural methods, you can effectively manage your blood pressure and help protect your cardiovascular system. You’ll be glad you did: A balanced blood pressure and healthy heart provide a solid foundation for a healthy life.

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Kenikmatan di sebalik bencana

“Banyak kenikmatan yang tersembunyi di antara taring-taring bencana. Banyak kegembiraan yang menghadap arah di mana beberapa musibah menanti. Bersabarlah atas ujian-ujian yang menimpamu kerana segala sesuatu ada sebabnya. Setiap kesusahan itu ada kegembiraannya. Setiap yang murni ada campurannya.”
~ Imam al-Ghazali dalam “Mukasyafah al-Qulub”.

Hadis – 53 ~ Ujian bagi ahli syurga

“Maksud Hadis Nabi SAW: “Setelah seseorang itu tercatat namanya di Syurga dan dia tidak berupaya mencapainya melalui ibadah, maka Allah SWT mendatangkan ujian yang dengannya dia bersabar maka kekallah namanya sebagai ahli Syurga.” (HR At Tabrani)

Kesan kurang zat besi ibu kepada bayi dalam kandungan

Kajian terkini menunjukkan bahawa ibu hamil yang mendapat anemia disebabkan kekurangan zat besi (ferum) mempunyai risiko besar melahirkan anak yang akan mendapat penyakit pernafasan, iaitu asthma semasa peringkat bayi dan kanak-kanak, dan mungkin akan kekal sehingga dewasa. Oleh itu, ibu hamil perlu mendapatkan sumber zat besi (ferum) yang cukup sama ada melalui makanan yang kaya dengan zat besi atau perlu mengambil suplemen zat besi, vitamin dan mineral lain.

Perincian tentang perkara ini dipanjangkan dalam artikel berikut….

Mom’s Low Iron Levels Can Affect Her Baby’s Lungs

By Emily Main, Rodale.com
Thu, May 12, 2011

Anemia caused by iron deficiency is one of the most common complications of pregnancy, with 9.3 percent of moms suffering from the disorder. But it’s not just the mother who’s affected by it. According to a new study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, being anemic during pregnancy can lead to asthmatic babies.

The details: The authors interviewed 597 mothers who had taken part in studies related to asthma in pregnancy and early childhood. Some of the mothers had no history of asthma, while others either had asthma themselves or had children who developed asthma early in childhood. Using interview data and medical records from the women’s pregnancies, the authors compared anemia rates with childhood asthma rates and found that anemia during pregnancy led to a threefold increase in early-onset wheezing, a respiratory problem that develops at age 1 or 2 and leads to a 50 percent chance that a child will develop asthma by age 6.

In total, 12 percent of the mothers in the study were anemic during pregnancy, mostly due to iron deficiency (as opposed to other causes of anemia, such as vitamin B12 deficiency or the destruction of red blood cells, known as hemolytic anemia). Among their children, 22 percent were wheezing by age 1 and 17 percent were diagnosed with asthma by age 6. Mothers who had asthma themselves who were also anemic during pregnancy saw as much as a fourfold increase in the risk their children would develop wheezing or asthma.

How a mother’s stress can affect the later healthof her baby.

What it means: It’s not entirely clear what it is about iron-deficiency anemia that affects a chid’s respiratory development, says Elizabeth Triche, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology at Brown University and the study’s lead author. “We know that oxygen is needed to develop the airways appropriately,” she says, adding that adequate blood iron levels are needed to carry oxygen from the mother to the fetus. She cites a study from 2004 that found results similar to hers, in which mothers with low iron typically had children with wheezing levels.

However, she says, “it could be that iron deficiency is just a marker for other nutritional deficits.” Prior studies have found that maternal deficiencies of selenium, vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc, vitamin E, and folic acid can contribute to respiratory development problems in infants.

With so much conflicting advice around, should women drink during pregnancy?

Protecting your baby’s lungs during pregnancy starts with a healthy diet, and with a few other healthy behaviors:

If you have asthma, take care of it.

Whether you’re iron deficient or not, having asthma during pregnancy can put you at risk for high blood pressure, premature birth, and birth defects, found a study published in the 2009 New England Journal of Medicine. So make sure you and your doctor have a good conversation about ways, both medical and nonmedical, to keep it under control for those nine months. Many pregnant women believe they have their asthma under control when they really don’t, the 2009 study found.

Ditch the fast food.

That should be a no-brainer when you’re pregnant—you don’t want your baby being exposed to the pesticides and genetically modified ingredients found in junk. But eating a whole-foods diet can boost your iron levels, too. “Diets clearly have been changing negatively in respect to iron over the past 20 years,” Triche says, pegging iron deficiency to diets that rely heavily on junk food. And, according to a study published last year, a healthy pregnancy diet also wards off allergies and eczema in children.

Eat an iron-rich diet.

“You should certainly always try to get as much iron as possible from whole foods,” Triche says.

If you need recipe ideas, search the Rodale Recipe Finder for Anemia Recipes.

“But many women can’t get enough from their diets,” Triche adds, so ask your OB-GYN for suggestions about prenatal vitamins you can take. The supplements also help prevent deficiencies in some of the other vitamins and minerals that can affect your baby’s lungs.

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Today’s Quote – 197

“Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.” ~ Jim Rohn

Makanan bagi rambut sihat

Rambut juga memerlukan makanan yang tertentu dan seimbang untuk sentiasa sihat dan terhindar daripada pelbagai masalah. Secara amnya, rambut yang sihat mempunyai cukup kandungan asid lemak omega-3, zink dan vitamin A dalam pemakanan seharian. Namun begitu, terdapat beberapa jenis makanan yang membantu menyihatkan rambut iaitu termasuklah protein, buah-buahn, sayur-sayuran hijau, bijirin, kekacang dan asid lemak ikan (omega-3).

Artikel berikut memaparkan secara terperinci 10 jenis/kumpulan makanan yang boleh menyihatkan rambut dan secara tak langsung mengurangkan masalah-masalah rambut.

Top 10 Foods for Healthy Hair

When it comes to healthy hair, it’s not just what you put on your tresses that count — it’s what you put in your body, too.

By Hilary Parker
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

“Lather, rinse, repeat” may be standard advice, but shampoo and conditioner alone won’t give you the healthy hair you crave. For the most luxurious locks possible, you’ll need to step out of the shower, and into the kitchen.

“Your hair grows about 1/4 to 1/2 inch every month, and the foundation of all of our new hair, skin, and nail growth is the nutrients we eat,” says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, a Chicago-based dietitian. “If you eat a healthy diet, you will grow stronger and healthier cells throughout your entire body — inside and out.”

If you were born with fine, thin hair, you’ll never have rope-thick tresses — no matter what you eat — but a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of growth-promoting protein and iron can make a difference, say nutrition and hair experts.

And beware of dietary supplements often marketed to thicken hair or make it grow faster. They may backfire.

“Even though you can find beauty supplements on the shelves of most stores, try to get the nutrients you need from foods whenever possible,” Paradi Mirmirani, MD, a dermatologist in Vallejo, Calif., tells WebMD. “In rare instances, excess supplementation of certain nutrients, such as vitamin A, has been linked to hair loss.”

Read on for the 10 top foods that should be the foundation of your healthy hair diet.

(What are some of the things you do to keep YOUR hair healthy and shiny? Talk with others on the Skin Care: Share Your Tips message board.)

Healthy Hair Food No. 1: Salmon

When it comes to foods that pack a beauty punch, it’s hard to beat salmon. Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, this high-quality protein source is also filled with vitamin B-12 and iron.

“Essential omega-3 fatty acids are needed to support scalp health,” says Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD, a dietitian in Los Angeles and a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. “A deficiency can result in a dry scalp and thus hair, giving it a dull look.”

Vegetarian? Include one or two tablespoons of ground flaxseed in your daily diet for some plant-based omega-3 fats.

Healthy Hair Food No. 2: Dark Green Vegetables

Popeye the Sailor Man didn’t eat all that spinach for healthy hair, but he could have. Spinach, like broccoli and Swiss chard, is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, which your body needs to produce sebum. The oily substance, secreted by your hair follicles, is the body’s natural hair conditioner.

Dark green vegetables also provide iron and calcium.

Healthy Hair Food No. 3: Beans

Beans, beans, they’re good for your … hair?

Yes, it’s true. Legumes like kidney beans and lentils should be an important part of your hair-care diet. Not only do they provide plentiful protein to promote hair growth, but ample iron, zinc, and biotin. While rare, biotin deficiencies can result in brittle hair.

Blatner, who is also a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, recommends three or more cups of lentils or beans each week.

Healthy Hair Food No. 4: Nuts

Do you go nuts for thick, shiny hair? You should.

Brazil nuts are one of nature’s best sources of selenium, an important mineral for the health of your scalp.

Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that may help condition your hair. They are also a terrific source of zinc, as are cashews, pecans, and almonds. A zinc deficiency can lead to hair shedding, so make sure nuts are a regular on your healthy hair menu.

Healthy Hair Food No. 5: Poultry

Chickens and turkeys may have feathers, but the high-quality protein they provide will help give you the healthy hair you crave.

“Without adequate protein or with low-quality protein, one can experience weak brittle hair, while a profound protein deficiency can result in loss of hair color,” Giancoli tells WebMD.

Poultry also provides iron with a high degree of bioavailability, meaning your body can easily reap its benefits.

Healthy Hair Food No. 6: Eggs

When it comes to healthy hair, it doesn’t matter whether you like your eggs scrambled, fried, or over easy. However they’re served up, eggs are one of the best protein sources you can find.

They also contain biotin and vitamin B-12, which are important beauty nutrients.

Healthy Hair Food No. 7: Whole Grains

Sink your teeth into hearty whole grains, including whole-wheat bread and fortified whole-grain breakfast cereals, for a hair-healthy dose of zinc, iron, and B vitamins.

A whole-grain snack can also be a great go-to food when your energy is zapped halfway through the afternoon, and you’ve still got hours to go before dinner.

Healthy Hair Food No. 8: Oysters

Oysters may be better known for their reputation as an aphrodisiac, but they can also lead to healthy hair — and who doesn’t love that?

The key to their love and hair-boosting abilities is zinc — a powerful antioxidant.

If oysters don’t make a regular appearance on your dinner plate, don’t despair. In addition to getting it from whole grains and nuts, you can also get zinc from beef and lamb.

Healthy Hair Food No. 9: Low-Fat Dairy Products

Low-fat dairy products like skim milk and yogurt are great sources of calcium, an important mineral for hair growth. They also contain whey and casein, two high-quality protein sources.

For some healthy hair foods “to-go,” try throwing a yogurt or cottage cheese cup in your bag when you head out in the morning to snack on later in the day. You can even boost their hair benefits by stirring in a couple of tablespoons of ground flaxseeds or walnuts for omega-3 fatty acids and zinc.

Healthy Hair Food No. 10: Carrots

Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, which promotes a healthy scalp along with good vision.

Since a healthy scalp is essential for a shiny, well-conditioned head of hair, you’d be wise to include carrots in your diet as snacks or toppings on your salad.

The Big Picture: A Balanced Diet for Healthy Hair

When it comes to foods for healthy hair and beauty, variety is the best way to go.

“An overall balanced diet of lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fatty fish like salmon and low-fat dairy will help keep hair healthy,” Giancoli says.

If you’re tempted to drop pounds fast with the latest fad diet, it could leave you with less-than-healthy hair — along with a growling stomach. Low-calorie diets are often low in some of the most important nutrients for healthy hair, including omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and vitamin A. In addition to stunting hair growth and leading to dullness, super-low calorie plans may even cause hair loss.

“Crash diets can affect the hair cycle,” Mirmirani tells WebMD. “Losing a significant amount of weight in a short amount of time can affect that normal hair rhythm. Two to three months later, you might notice a significant increase in shedding. This is a temporary problem that you recover from with a well-rounded diet.”

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Hadis – 52 ~ Musibah penghapus dosa

“Maksud Hadis Nabi SAW: “Setiap musibah yang menimpa seorang muslim, maka hal itu boleh jadi penghapus dosanya, walaupun hanya kerana tertusuk duri.” (HR Muslim)

Betulkah banyak tidur boleh kuruskan badan?

Kajian terkini menunjukkan orang yang kurang tidur akan makan lebih makanan berlemak dan berprotein tinggi. Mungkin kenyataan ini ada kebenarannya kerana orang yang kurang tidur (kurang daripada 6 jam) akan mengalami keletihan, mengantuk, pening atau mood yang kurang baik pada keesokan harinya.

Apabila badan letih selalunya kita akan mencari makanan yang boleh membekalkan tenaga dengan segera, tentunya makanan tersebut banyak mengandungi gula dan lemak seperti air berkarbonat atau makanan ringan, atau kita akan sentiasa mengunyah supaya tidak mengantuk untuk membuat kerja. Ini akan menambahkan lagi jumlah kalori yang diambil untuk hari tersebut.

Sebaliknya, jika cukup tidur (7-9 jam), proses metabolisme berjalan dengan lancar dan ini dapat menurunkan selera ingin makan, mengurangkan rasa lapar, menambah tenaga, menyebabkan rasa riang kerana tiada rasa mengantuk atau keletihan, di samping menambahkan semangat untuk melakukan sesuatu pada hari tersebut.

Oleh itu, jika hendak sihat dan menjaga badan supaya tidak naik, tidurlah secukupnya mengikut peringkat umur masing-masing, kerana masa tidur yang diperlukan oleh bayi dan kanak-kanak tidak sama dengan remaja, orang muda dan orang tua.

Sleep Well

By: Michael Breus, PhD, ABSM
Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sleep disorders include a range of problems — from to narcolepsy — and affect millions of people. Dr. Michael Breus shares information and advice on sleep disorder and treatments and causes.

Sleep More, Eat Less, Lose Weight

The other day I read about yet another new diet — this one an anti-carb plan imported from France. Do you ever feel like everywhere you look there’s some new fad diet? Some claim you should only eat protein, others that you should only eat raw greens, and still others think you should only consume liquids. Most of these diet plans are ineffective (and some of them seem downright dangerous), and they all overlook one important aspect that can affect what and how much we eat: sleep.

The connection between sleep and diet may seem surprising. We’ve known for a while, though, that there is a fairly well-established link between sleep deprivation and diabetes and obesity. A new study out of Columbia University may help explain this connection. The study’s findings suggest that sleep deprivation may actually make you eat more. They found that:

People who are sleep-deprived will eat more foods high in fat and protein

When compared to other women who had slept nine hours, women who had only slept four hours consumed 329 more calories on average

When compared to other men who had slept nine hours, men who had only slept four hours consumed 263 more calories on average

Notice the difference between the men and women? Interestingly, while both men and women ate more high-protein food, sleep-deprived women ate on average 31 more grams of fat than did their male counterparts. We know that women tend to sleep more poorly than men — it seems that the increase in hunger due to of sleep is also not equal. Though the study only looked at adults, other research shows that this desire to eat more food (especially junk food) is also a problem for teens.

There are several possible reasons that people with less sleep eat more. Less sleep leads to poor judgment in many situations, and if you’re very tired throughout the day you may either eat more food to attempt to stay awake, or constantly look for quick fixes like energy drinks and bars, which are more often than not full of sugar and calories (they also can make it even more difficult to fall asleep, which makes the problem of eating because of sleep deprivation that much worse). Also, time spent sleeping is time you aren’t eating — if you’re up late at night, you may be likely to snack.

Do you find that you eat more throughout the day after a bad night’s sleep? Are you tired, both from of sleep and of useless fad-diets? It might be time for a diet that focuses not only on what you eat, but how you sleep.

I am very excited about my new book, coming out on May 10th:-The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan: Lose Weight through Better Sleep. I wrote this book to help you learn more about how sleep can boost your metabolism, decrease your hunger, and increase your energy and willpower. The science is there to overwhelming show that better sleep can help you be healthier, happier, and even thinner.

For you and your whole family, a solid start to a healthy body is just a good night’s sleep away.

Sweet Dreams,

Michael J. Breus, PhD

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