Petua Greek: Rahsia umur panjang dan sihat

Tidak dapat dinafikan bahawa ajal dan maut adalah di tangan Allah SWT dan telah ditentukan dari azali lagi. Namun begitu, selagi kita hidup dan bernyawa, kesihatan diri perlu dijaga untuk berikhtiar menghindari penyakit, itupun merupakan salah satu daripada sunnah juga. Kata orang, mencegah lebih baik daripada mengubati. Oleh itu, sebelum mendapat pelbagai penyakit kronik yang sebahagian besarnya disebabkan oleh makanan, maka lebih baik kita mengambil langkah-langkah atau mengikuti petua-petua berguna yang sudah terbukti berkesan.

Banyak kajian pemakanan yang dijalankan oleh pakar pemakanan menunjukkan cara pemakanan orang Greek dikatakan memberi kesan yang baik terhadap kesihatan dan lebih panjang umur dalam keadaan yang sihat. Cara pemakanan mereka boleh diringkaskan kepada 4 pendekatan iaitu:

1. Banyak menggunakan minyak zaitun sama ada dalam masakan atau dimakan secara segar (bersama sayur-sayuran).
2. Tidur sebentar pada waktu siang (ini pun selari dengan sunnah Nabi SAW yang menyarankan supaya tidur sebentar sebelum waktu zohor, bagi menguatkan dan menyegarkan badan).
3. Minum 1 atau 2 cawan kopi atau teh setiap hari.
4. Banyak makan sayur-sayuran, buah-buahan dan ikan.

Semua jenis pemakanan ini adalah bagi menghindari penyakit kardivaskular.

Bagi yang mementingkan kesihatan diri, petua yang berguna ini patut diamalkan setiap hari. Semoga kita berada dalam kesihatan yang baik dengan niat untuk mudah mengerjakan amal ibadat kepada Allah SWT.

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4 Simple Secrets To Living Longer

Danica Collins

Greek Researchers Reveal Secrets to Living Longer, Healthy, Happy . . . and Sexy Lives

A just-released study conducted by Greek cardiologists reveals why people who live on Ikaria, an island right off the coast of Greece, live such long, healthy lives that include happiness and sex well into old age.

Apparently, their secrets are simple:

• Heavy use of olive oil

• Naps

• A cup or two of coffee a day (or tea)

• Plentiful fruit, veggies, and fish

“Fish, fruit, vegetables, legumes, and tea shield the cardiovascular system,” the lead researcher said.

“Moreover, daily use of olive oil is beneficial to sexual activity and, if added to the moderate consumption of coffee in the afternoon ‘siesta,’ form the ingredients that may compose the secret of longevity.”

One thing to bear in mind about olive oil in the Greek diet is that the oil they consume is incredibly fresh, whereas in the U.S. genuinely fresh olive oil can be exceedingly difficult to locate.

Interestingly, Ikaria was identified several years ago as one home to some of the healthiest people on earth by National Geographic explorer Dan Buettner. Buettner traveled the globe to uncover the best strategies for living longer. As a result he identified places in the world where higher percentages of people enjoy remarkably long, full lives. Buettner calls these areas, which include Ikaria, Blue Zones (also the name of his bestselling book on the same topic).

While Beuttner’s observations were based primarily on interviews and anecdotes, this latest Greek study quantifies the same findings.

The blogspot Hellas Frappe reported results of the Greek study in detail:

“While in the rest of Europe only 0.1 percent of the population is over 90 years old, in Ikaria the figure is tenfold, 1.1 percent,” said Christina Chrysohoou, a cardiologist at the Athens University School of Medicine.

The study was conducted from June to October 2009 on over 1,400 of the island’s some 8,000 residents, divided into elderly and middle-aged groups and assessing lifestyle, diet, clinical, and other factors.

The study found that the elderly had healthier eating habits and took midday naps more regularly than younger islanders, presenting lower depression rates. And although the risks of high blood pressure, cholesterol, or diabetes are the same as in other parts of Greece, they manifest much later among Ikarians, said professor Christos Pitsavos, a co-author of the study.

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Hadis – 135 ~ Jangan menunda amal

“Maksud Hadis Nabi SAW: “Apabila engkau berada di waktu petang janganlah menunggu (menunda beramal) di waktu pagi. Dan jika berada di waktu pagi , janganlah menunda (beramal) di waktu petang. Gunakanlah masa sihatmu untuk masa sakitmu dan kesempatan hidupmu untuk saat kematianmu.” (HR. Al-Bukhari no. 6416)

Penyahtoksikan badan secara semulajadi – kaedah air garam

Sebagaimana kita tahu, garam asli merupakan bahan pengawet dan juga bahan pembasmi kuman secara semulajadi. Oleh itu, garam boleh berfungsi sebagai bahan bagi menyahtoksik (detoksik) keracunan yang dihasilkan daripada bahan buangan, biproduk dan makanan yang tidak hadam dalam usus besar (kolon). Penggunaan air garam sebagai bahan penyahtoksikan merupakan kaedah semulajadi yang murah tapi berkesan. Selepas proses penyahtoksikan ini badan akan menjadi segar kerana proses penghadaman makanan yang lebih baik, menambah tenaga dan boleh menurunkan berat badan.

Kaedah yang lebih terperinci termuat dalam artikel di bawah ini. Oleh itu, sesiapa yang berminat bolehlah mencubanya dan kongsilah pengalaman anda di sini setelah mencubanya….

Selamat mencuba, semoga kaedah penyahtoksikan ini memberi kesan yang baik kepada kesihatan badan keseluruhannya.

Detoxify Your Body Naturally- Salt Water Flush

By: Danica Collins

Did You Know… that a salt water flush does a superior (and inexpensive) job at detoxifying your colon than a colonic irrigation procedure?

Perhaps you’ve heard the saying: “Death begins in the colon.” Indeed, as toxic debris from inadequate and infrequent elimination gathers in the colon, it produces poisons that can slowly, but surely, cause disease and, consequently, death.

Experts say that approximately 85% of Americans suffer from poor digestion and incomplete elimination. To understand the effects, picture a piece of meat rotting away when it’s unrefrigerated. Lactobacilli turns the meat sour … the biochemical compounds produced by the bacteria as they grow causes the meat to smell bad … putrefying bacteria decomposes the animal proteins … and so on and so forth. It’s not a pretty sight –or smell.

Now, picture that putrefying food happening inside your body, in the company of parasites of the intestine, colon, and organs.

When these parasites feed on body tissues, they produce wastes. Instead of your body obtaining the nutrients you need from the food, it allows those wastes to enter into the bloodstream, along with other byproducts of rotting, undigested food. The waste products then pass through the arterial wall and slowly overwhelm your system.

Eventually, these toxins block your body’s natural ability to flush out poisons that — over time — can kill you.

For all of these reasons, colon cleansing is an essential part of routine health maintenance. But professional colonic irrigation (also called colonics or colon hydrotherapy) are expensive and require a visit to a clinic.

For those seeking to detoxify your body naturally, an inexpensive, safe alternative (or supplement) to colonics, the saltwater flush accomplishes a very thorough inner cleanse you can do yourself at home.

Saltwater flushes have none of the risks of customary colonics or enemas, and the cleansing effect reaches the entire digestive tract. In contrast, colonics and enemas reach only the colon or a small part of it.

Saltwater flushes are very safe and have no harmful side effects.

What is a Saltwater Flush?

Salt has long been used as a harmless preservative and disinfectant. The salt in the saltwater cleanse stimulates the body to repair itself in the same way as when you soak an external wound in saltwater or gargle saltwater for a sore throat.

Think of the saltwater flush as a bath for the inside of your body, where it draws toxins out from the entire digestive tract. When you imagine all of the waste products trapped in your digestive system — not unlike the slime and build-up that accumulates inside a garden hose or household pipes — it makes good sense that your insides benefit from a good washing.

An Amazingly Simple Procedure

Ingredients:

* 2 level teaspoons unrefined, non-iodized sea salt (not iodized table salt or Epsom salt)
* 1 quart (32 oz) purified water, lukewarm

Equipment:

* Quart jar (glass)
* Straw
* Kettle for slightly warming water (do not microwave)

Instructions:

1. Put 2 teaspoons of salt into quart jar.
2. Pour in warm water and stir.
3. Drink the entire 32 oz (~ 950 ml) of saltwater first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, as quickly as possible. Most people find it easier to drink with a straw.
4. After drinking the saltwater, lie on your right side for 30 minutes. This helps the saltwater reach the lower right hand side of the stomach, where the opening to the small intestine is located.
5. After 30 minutes, you are free to move about as you wish, though you’ll want to remain near the bathroom.

What to Expect During the Cleanse

Once in the small intestines, the saltwater stimulates contractions that propel the solution through your digestive system. Within an hour you should hear liquids gurgling in your abdomen, especially if you massage the area.

Everyone is unique, but most likely you’ll feel the urge to eliminate within an hour or two. Most people will have multiple eliminations, and intense diarrhea is not uncommon as the saltwater quickly cleanses the entire digestive tract.

Vomiting can also occur. In fact, at one time hospitals used a procedure similar to the saltwater flush to induce vomiting. If you struggle to keep the solution down the first time, take heart that this reaction can be overcome in time.

The flush process is intensified by gravity as it rapidly expels water from the body. As a result, it can be uncomfortable, but the process is swift and the discomfort should improve quickly after the cleanse.

Until you are certain that the flush is complete, take care not to pass gas except on the toilet — what you think is gas may actually be more liquid.

Tips on Practicing the Salt Water Flush

You might want to drink an herbal laxative tea the night before the flush to intensify and speed the cleansing process.

You might also speed the process slightly by crouching down and massaging your abdomen to help break up waste matter. Vigorous abdominal exercise may have a similar benefit.

The saltwater flush is a highly effective way to expel detoxify your body naturally of toxins and waste. From this salt water flush you will have better digestion, increased energy, feel like a fresher you, and even weight loss.

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Hadis – 134 ~ Jangan jadi pelawak

“Daripada Abu Hurairah, Rasulullah SAW bersabda yang ertinya: “Sesungguhnya seseorang itu terkadang bercakap dengan satu percakapan dengan tujuan supaya orang lain tertawa dengan sebab percakapannya itu. Dia tidak menyangka bahawa perkataan itu akan menyebabkannya dihumbankan ke dalam api neraka selama tujuh puluh tahun.” (HR At-Tirmizi)

Terkini: 10 Penemuan perubatan 2011

Artikel ini dipetik dari Utusan Malaysia untuk dikongsi di sini….

10 Penemuan perubatan 2011

Susunan RAJA INTAN DIANNA RAJA AZAHAM
dianna.azaham@utusan.com.my

Sumber dari Utusan Malaysia

MAJALAH Time baru-baru ini menggariskan 10 penemuan perubatan sepanjang tahun 2011. Ia meliputi teknik, vaksin, rawatan, diet, penyakit dan risiko.

Teknik pengklonan untuk mencipta sel stem.

Sekumpulan penyelidik melaporkan mereka berjaya menggunakan teknik Pemindahan Sel Nuklear Somatik (SCNT) – teknik yang sama mencipta Dolly, kambing biri-biri yang merupakan mamalia pertama diklonkan – ke atas sel manusia.

Oktober lalu, saintis di Yayasan Sel Stem New York berjaya mengubah-suai teknik tersebut dengan menggabungkan DNA sel manusia dengan bahan genetik sel telur. Cubaan sebelum ini mengklonkan sel manusia menggunakan teknik SCNT gagal.

Penemuan tersebut memberi harapan dalam bidang perubatan kerana berkemungkinan dapat menghasilkan sel stem yang akan digunakan untuk merawat penyakit seperti kecederaan saraf tunjang dan Parkinson, satu hari nanti.

Vaksin Malaria yang pertama.

Vaksin malaria pertama yang telah diuji ke atas kanak-kanak di Afrika merendahkan risiko jangkitan malaria sehingga setengah, penemuan luar biasa memandangkan tiada vaksin menentang parasit manusia atau malaria yang menghidap berjuta-juta kanak-kanak setiap tahun sebelum ini.

Para saintis melaporkan vaksin eksperimen yang dikenali sebagai RTS, S itu efektif sehingga 56 peratus dalam memberi perlindungan kepada kanak-kanak berusia dari 5 hingga 17 bulan daripada terkena jangkitan malaria dalam tempoh setahun imunisasi itu.

Namun, tempoh percubaan vaksin eksperimen itu dijangka hanya akan berakhir pada tahun 2014 kerana saintis masih menjalankan pemerhatian terhadap 15,460 orang kanak-kanak tersebut bagi melihat berapa lama vaksin itu dapat bertahan.

Rawatan HIV sebagai pencegahan

Rawatan untuk HIV telah lama dijalankan dengan penggunaan dadah jenis antiretroviral (ARV) yang dapat merendahkan paras virus itu di dalam tubuh manusia, mengekalkan kesihatan pesakit dan mengurangkan risiko penyebaran HIV.

Kajian baru-baru ini mendapati dadah yang sama digunakan bagi merawat jangkitan itu juga dapat memberi perlindungan kepada mereka yang tidak menghidap HIV daripada dijangkiti.

Dalam satu kajian yang dijalankan penyelidik dari Universiti Washington yang melibatkan sebanyak 4,758 pasangan heteroseksual yang seorang daripada mereka menghidapi HIV positif, penjangkitan virus kurang sehingga 73 peratus selepas tiga tahun apabila pasangan yang tidak dijangkiti virus tersebut mengambil pil ARV.

Piramid makanan menjadi ‘sepinggan’ makanan.

Jika sebelum ini Garis Panduan Diet untuk Rakyat Amerika (DGA) mencadangkan piramid makanan sebagai diet seimbang yang menyihatkan, kini mereka memperkenalkan MyPlate, carta makanan berbentuk pinggan.

Carta pinggan berwarna-warni itu dibahagikan kepada empat bahagian sama rata iaitu buah, sayur, bijian dan protein serta bulatan kecil di tepi pinggan itu yang mewakili hasil tenusu, menggantikan piramid makanan yang mengelirukan.

Kajian yang dikeluarkan Januari lalu menggalakkan orang ramai untuk merendahkan semua jumlah jenis makanan dan mencadangkan mereka mengurangkan gula, garam dan lemak, menyeimbangkan jumlah pengambilan dengan pembakaran kalori, mengambil lebih banyak sayur-sayuran dan makanan berasaskan tumbuhan serta makanan laut dan mencadangkan senaman fizikal selama 150 minit setiap minggu.

Bahagian badan membesar di dalam makmal

Pengarah Institut Perubatan Penjanaan Semula Wake Forest, Dr. Anthony Atala Mac lalu mencipta bahagian badan manusia, uretra iaitu tiub kecil yang bertanggungjawab membawa air kencing keluar daripada badan, yang boleh berfungsi dengan baik.

Atala menghasilkan satu bekas menyerupai tiub uretra dan kemudian membenihkannya dengan sel pundi kencing pesakit lalu membiarkan ia ‘tumbuh’.

Apabila organ buatan manusia itu dialihkan ke dalam badan pesakit, ia kemudian terus menjalankan tugas menyingkirkan bahan buangan itu.

Kaitan aneh antara bakteria dan kanser usus besar.

Oktober lalu, kumpulan penyelidik melaporkan bakteria Fusobacteria yang jarang ditemui tetapi didapati membiak di sel kanser kolon dan dikaitkan dengan kemungkinan tinggi untuk jangkitan kanser.

Membandingkan tisu kolon yang sihat dan sel kanser, penyelidik mendapati Fusobacteria 100 kali lebih banyak berada dalam sel kanser.

Ia merupakan kali pertama Fusobacteria dikaitkan dengan kanser. Kajian sebelum ini mendapati bakteria itu dikaitkan dengan risiko tinggi penyebab radang usus besar berulser, keadaan di mana keradangan itu menghapuskan sel yang melapisi usus besar.

Penemuan efektif mengurangkan berat badan

Berdasarkan kajian terbaru, dadah jenis Onexa dapat mengurangkan sehingga 10 peratus berat badan pesakit yang obes dalam tempoh setahun.

Pil tersebut menggabungkan dua jenis dadah iaitu phentermine yang mengurangkan selera dan topiramate yang berfungsi mengawal serangan epilepsi dengan mengatur caj elektrik antara saraf otak yang turut mengawal fungsi tubuh membakar kalori.

Pesakit yang mengambil pil tersebut turut menunjukkan kemajuan dalam tekanan darah mereka, paras gula di dalam darah dan tahap kolestrol, semua yang dapat merendahkan risiko penyebab serangan jantung.

Anjing boleh menghidu kanser paru-paru

Penyelidik dari Jerman baru-baru ini berjaya melatih sekumpulan anjing selama sembilan bulan untuk membezakan sampel nafas pesakit kanser paru-paru dan mereka yang sihat.

Saintis mendapati anjing-anjing itu dapat menyedari perubahan sebatian yang tidak begitu ketara dalam nafas pesakit kanser tetapi mereka tidak dapat menerangkan apa perubahan tersebut.

Air liur menentukan usia

Penyelidik dari Universiti California, Los Angeles (UCLA) mendapati usia mayat yang ditemui dapat ditentukan dari bahan genetik mereka iaitu air liur. Pengaruh persekitaran seperti diet, tekanan, pendedahan terhadap cahaya matahari dan sebarang agen yang mengakibatkan pertumbuhan kanser dalam tisu malah toksik sekalipun tidak dapat menukar DNA di dalam air liur.

Peramal risiko kematian?

Satu kajian mendapati ujian darah yang ringkas dapat meramalkan siapa yang berkemungkinan untuk meninggal dunia kerana serangan jantung ataupun kanser. Kajian selama 12 tahun terhadap hampir 2,000 orang mendapati mereka yang mempunyai paras enzim digelar katepsin S di dalam darah lebih berkemungkinan besar untuk meninggal dunia akibat penyakit tersebut.

Penyelidik masih tidak dapat menentukan bagaimana katepsin S menyebabkan sakit jantung atau kanser tetapi syarikat perubatan kini sibuk cuba menghasilkan bahan yang dapat menyekat kesannya.

sumber: http://www.time.com

Hadis – 133 ~ Amaran kepada orang bakhil

“Maksud Hadis Nabi SAW: “Dan janganlah orang-orang yang bakhil dengan harta yang Allah berikan kepada mereka dari kuruniaNya menyangka bahwa kebakhilan itu baik bagi mereka. Sebenarnya kebakhilan itu buruk bagi mereka. Harta yang mereka bakhilkan itu akan dikalungkan kelak di lehernya di hari kiamat. Dan kepunyaan Allah lah segala warisan (yang ada) di langit dan di bumi.” (HR Bukhari)

Senaman regangan waktu pagi bagi pesakit artritis

Sesiapa yang berasa berat dan sakit-sakit sendi menyebabkannya sukar untuk bangun tidur, terutamanya di waktu pagi, bolehlah mencuba dan seterusnya mengamalkan senaman regangan yag ringkas tetapi berkesan seperti yang dipanjangkan di bawah ini….

Best Stretches for Arthritis Morning Stiffness

By Ellen Greenlaw
Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD

For many people with arthritis, morning is the most difficult part of the day. Waking up with stiff joints or joint pain is a common complaint. Although it may seem like the hardest time of day to get moving, doing a few stretches in the morning can give you a more limber start to your day.

It only takes a few minutes to stretch and warm up your muscles and joints. But for the best results, the key is to do arthritis stretches every day. Taking a warm shower before or after stretching can also help you feel more flexible and limber.

The author asked experts Matt Hyland, PT, PhD, MPA, CSCS, president of the New York Physical Therapy Association, and Sharon Kolasinski, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine, University of Pennsylvania for stretching tips for people with arthritis. See their tips in the three sections below.

Stretches for Arthritis in the Back, Hips, and Knees

These three basic stretches will help loosen your back, hip, and knee joints. You can do all three of these stretches right in bed. Or, if you prefer, you can do them on the floor. These stretches should be gentle enough for everyone — including people who have had knee or hip surgery. But if you have any questions, ask your doctor.

Hamstring stretch:
Lie on your back with your left knee bent and your left foot flat on the bed. Bend your right leg and place your hands behind your right thigh. Lift your right leg into the air and straighten it as much as you can, using your hands to gently pull your leg toward your chest. Hold for about 30 seconds and then slowly release. You should feel the stretch in your lower back and the back of your leg. Repeat this stretch on the left leg and then repeat 2 to 3 times on both sides.

Single knee to chest stretch:
Lie on your back and bend both knees. Your feet should be flat on the bed. Take hold of your right knee with both hands and gently pull the knee toward your chest. You should feel a stretch in the back of your leg and lower back. Hold for about 30 seconds and then slowly release. Repeat this same stretch with the left knee and then repeat 2 to 3 times on both sides.

Piriformis stretch:
Lie on your back with both knees bent and your feet flat on the bed. Cross your right ankle on top of your left knee. Wrap your hands behind your left knee and gently pull your knee toward your chest. You should feel a stretch in the back of your right leg. Hold this stretch for about 30 seconds and then slowly release. Change sides and repeat this stretch with your left leg crossed on top of your right knee. Repeat 2 or 3 times on both sides.

Stretches for Arthritis in the Arms, Shoulders, and Neck

These three basic stretches are a good way to loosen the joints of your upper body. You can do the first stretch in bed, but you’ll need to do the last two stretches while you’re standing.

Serratus punch:
Lie flat on your back with your head on a pillow. Bend your knees if this feels better for your back. Raise both arms in the air, toward the ceiling with your palms facing each other. Keeping your head on the pillow and your arms straight, raise your shoulder blades off of the bed, as if you’re trying to touch the ceiling. Hold this stretch for about 30 seconds and then slowly release. Repeat 2 to 3 times.

Corner stretch:
This stretch can be done either in a corner or in an open doorway. Stand about 2 feet away from the corner or doorway. Place your hands at shoulder height on either side of the wall or doorway. Bending your elbows, lean your body weight into the corner or open doorway. You should feel this stretch across the front of your shoulders and chest. Hold this stretch for about 30 seconds and then slowly release. Repeat 2 to 3 times.

Posterior shoulder and back stretch:
Stand straight with both arms at your sides. Gently bring your right arm across your chest, keeping it straight. Take hold of your right elbow with your left hand and gently stretch your right arm across your body. You should feel this stretch in the upper arm and shoulder. Hold this stretch for about 30 seconds and then slowly release. Repeat with the left arm and then repeat 2 to 3 times on both sides.

Stretches for Arthritis in the Hands

If your hands are affected by arthritis, these simple and easy stretches can help loosen up your joints and help increase mobility.

Towel squeeze:
This stretch can be done with a small hand towel that is rolled up or a large sponge. Take the towel or sponge in one hand and squeeze. Hold for 5 seconds and then relax. Repeat 10 to 15 times with both hands.

Finger extension:
Take a rubber band and wrap it around all five fingers just below your fingertips. Gently spread your fingers apart as far as you can. Hold this stretch for about 5 seconds then release. Repeat 10 times with each hand.

Remember that though you should feel a slight pulling sensation or discomfort while stretching, the stretch should never hurt. If you feel any pain while stretching, talk with your doctor.

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