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Food & nutrition
September 26, 2017

Fasting can extend your life

“I’m gonna live forever!” So goes the famous line from the aptly titled cult movie, Fame. Living forever. Living longer. It’s the stuff miracle creams, tonics, potions and pills are made of. Everyone wants to live longer, and if we can look younger while doing it, so much the better. Intermittent fasting is one of the latest longevity trends doing the rounds. It’s not particularly new or revolutionary; in fact, Muslims, Hindus, other religions and other schools of thoughts have been practicing it for centuries. Muslims observe a period of a month of fasting, typically from dawn to dusk, Hindus…
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Food & nutrition
June 29, 2017

Weight loss: the highs and lows of intermittent fasting

Simply put, intermittent fasting is making a conscious decision to skip a meal (or more!) on purpose. That’s different to you skipping lunch because you didn’t have time, or breakfast because you were running late for work. Rather, intermittent fasting is a planned dietary intervention. The practice of intermittent fasting has been around for many years, but only recently gained popularity. Done correctly, this way of eating (or not eating in this case!) has several health benefits, including: Weight loss Improved glucose control and lowered diabetes risk Improved mental clarity and concentration Increased energy levels How does it work? Not…
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Food & nutrition
June 6, 2016

5 Healthy eating tips during Ramadan

Ramadan is the holy month for Muslims, during which they fast from sunrise to sunset every day for the full month. Followers of Islam believe that fasting helps Muslims learn patience, modesty and spirituality. How does the fast work? During the day, fasting Muslims only have two meals, the Suhoor (pre-dawn meal before starting the fast) and Iftar (the meal to break the fast). Because of the long break between meals, a fasting person needs good, nutrient-rich food that provides enough energy to manage tasks and activities right through the long day. Here are some tips for eating healthy during…
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Food & nutrition
June 25, 2015

The effects of fasting on your body

The act of fasting is an age-old tradition and is commonly associated with religious beliefs. This time of the year, fasting is particularly important as Muslims participate in Ramadan. (more…)
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Pregnancy
June 15, 2015

Pregnancy and fasting

The holy month of Ramadan will soon begin, which means a month of fasting awaits. Despite the hunger and thirst Muslim people endure during the day, fasting is believed to be spiritually beneficial. However, there are healthy and unhealthy ways to do this. So, what about pregnant women? You’re not just fasting for one, you’re fasting for two. Is it safe? Let’s take a look. (more…)
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