Women’s bone health: a daily minute of running

Women’s bone health: a daily minute of running

A July 2017 study by the University of Exeter found that, “A single minute of exercise each day is linked to better bone health in women, new research shows.” The researchers found that, “those who did "brief bursts" of high-intensity, weight-bearing activity equivalent to a medium-paced run for pre-menopausal women, or a slow jog for post-menopausal women, had better bone health.”

 

 

 

 

Source: EurekAlert!, the online, global news service operated by AAAS, the science society.

A link between artificial sweeteners, weight gain and heart disease

A link between artificial sweeteners, weight gain and heart disease

A study published in July 2017 by the University of Manitoba found that, “Consumption of artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, sucralose and stevia, is widespread and increasing. Emerging data indicate that artificial, or non-nutritive, sweeteners may have negative effects on metabolism, gut bacteria and appetite, although the evidence is conflicting.”

“The longer observational studies showed a link between consumption of artificial sweeteners and relatively higher risks of weight gain and obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and other health issues.”

We suggest honey or dates rather than sugar or sweetener.

 

 

 

Source: EurekAlert!, the online, global news service operated by AAAS, the science society.

 

 

Menopausal symptoms: fermented red clover extract 

Menopausal symptoms: fermented red clover extract 

A July 2017 study by Aarhus University Hospital found that, “The vast majority of women in the menopause are familiar with the status of Red Clover as an herbal medicine that soothes hot flush symptoms and hormonal fluctuations. This holds true, new research shows, if the red clover is taken in a fermented form. Fermented Red Clover extract is demonstrated to decrease significantly both the number and severity of daily hot flushes.

“The study also found that the extract prevents the normally accelerated menopausal bone loss affecting one in three women over the age of 50 (e.g. results showed treatment blunted bone loss in the spine completely).”

 

Long working hours impacts on the heart

Long working hours impacts on the heart

Research published by University College London in July 2017 found that, “People who work long hours have an increased risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation … The study showed that, compared to people who worked a normal week of between 35-40 hours, those who worked 55 hours or more were approximately 40% more likely to develop atrial fibrillation during the following ten years.”

 

Healthy eating patterns the best strategy

Healthy eating patterns the best strategy

A July 2017 study by the Harvard Chan School of Public Health found that,

“Improving the quality of one's diet over time, even with modest changes, is associated with lower total and cardiovascular mortality. “

And that it is better to,

“Focus on overall healthy eating patterns, rather than on individual nutrients.”

 

Drinking coffee for health benefits

Drinking coffee for health benefits

Researchers at Imperial College London in a July 2017 study found that “People who drink around three cups of coffee a day may live longer than non-coffee drinkers.”

Dr Gunter added: "Due to the limitations of observational research, we are not at the stage of recommending people to drink more or less coffee. That said, our results suggest that moderate coffee drinking - up to around three cups per day - is not detrimental to your health, and that incorporating coffee into your diet could have health benefits."

 

 

Cranberries

Cranberries

 

Prebiotics are molecules we eat but can’t digest.

Some may promote the growth and health of beneficial microorganisms in our intestines.

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in a July 2017 study found, “first evidence that certain beneficial gut bacteria are able to grow when fed a carbohydrate found in cranberries.”

 

 

The Mediterranean diet and colo-rectal health

The Mediterranean diet and colo-rectal health

An interesting conclusion about the “Mediterranean Diet” from a study published in June 2017 suggests that the three most important things are, “loading up on fish and fruit, and cutting back on soft drinks.”

The researchers found that, "each one of these three choices was associated with a little more than 30% reduced odds of a person having an advanced, pre-cancerous colorectal lesion, compared to people who did not eat any of the Mediterranean Diet components.”

Adherence to the Mediterranean Diet components was defined by the researchers as, “consumption levels above the group median for fruits, vegetables and legumes, nuts and seeds, whole grains, fish and poultry and a high ratio of monounsaturated to saturated fatty acids, as well consumption below the median of red meat, alcohol, and soft drinks.”

 

Vitamin D3 twice as effective as Vitamin D2

Vitamin D3 twice as effective as Vitamin D2

In a July 2017 study, researchers at Surrey University concluded that, “vitamin D3 was twice as effective in raising levels of the vitamin in the body than its counterpart D2.”

Public Health England has previously reported that, “more than 1 in 5 people in the UK have low levels of vitamin D and has increased the recommended intake of the vitamin to 10 micrograms per day, throughout the year, for everyone in the general population aged 4 years and older.”

“Daily consumption of products containing vitamin D3 but not vitamin D2 will enable the population to meet this target helping to avoid the health implications such as osteoporosis, rickets and increased risk of cardio vascular disease which are associated with insufficient levels of vitamin D in the body.”

The researchers state, "our findings show that vitamin D3 is twice as effective as D2 in raising vitamin D levels in the body, which turns current thinking about the two types of vitamin D on its head. Those who consume D3 through fish, eggs or vitamin D3 containing supplements are twice as more likely to raise their vitamin D status than when consuming vitamin D2 rich foods such as mushrooms, vitamin D2 fortified bread or vitamin D2 containing supplements, helping to improve their long term health."

 

 

 

 

The sulforaphane in broccoli may help with diabetes

The sulforaphane in broccoli may help with diabetes

Researchers at the University of Gothenburg and Lund University, in a June 2017 study, “have identified an antioxidant, - richly occurring in broccoli - as a new antidiabetic substance. A patient study shows significantly lower blood sugar levels in participants who ate broccoli extract with high levels of sulforaphane.”

 

The impact of delayed meals on sugar levels

The impact of delayed meals on sugar levels

A June 2017 study by Surrey University finds that, “postponing meal times by five hours delayed rhythms of blood sugar by the same time frame. This discovery demonstrates that mealtimes synchronise internal clocks that control rhythms of blood sugar concentration … people who struggle with circadian rhythm disorders, including shift workers and long haul flights, might consider timed meals to help re-synchronize their body clocks.”

 

Cocoa and chocolate good for cognition

Cocoa and chocolate good for cognition

Cocoa and chocolate good for cognition

In a May 2017 study, researchers at University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila and the University of Rome found that,

“Although randomized controlled trials investigating the acute effect of cocoa flavanols are sparse, most of them point towards a beneficial effect on cognitive performance. Participants showed, among others, enhancements in working memory performance and improved visual information processing after having had cocoa flavanols."

And for women, "eating cocoa after a night of total sleep deprivation actually counteracted the cognitive impairment (i.e. less accuracy in performing tasks) that such a night brings about. Promising results for people that suffer from chronic sleep deprivation or work shifts.”

 

Sunnah Days 2017

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Sunnah Days 2017

INTRODUCTION

The well-known hadith suggests 17, 19 and 21 of the lunar month.   Islamic scholars have advised that cupping is not restricted to those dates. 

We offer hijama cupping every day of the month (except Wednesdays before sunset). 

Each month we publish the Sunnah Dates as published by the Saudi Press Agency, by the Moroccan Ministry of Awqaf and by the ICOUK.

There are differences of opinion about sighting of the new moon. We do not decide who is right nor impose one opinion over others. We simply offer a service to all members of the community whatever view they take about the matter.  And Allah knows best.

SUNNAH DATES IN JULY 2017

 UK / North Africa

Friday 14 July 2017

Sunday 16 July 2017

UK / Middle East

Tuesday 11 July 2017

Thursday 13 July 2017

Saturday 15 July 2017

WHY DO YOU OPEN ON WEDNESDAYS?

We prefer not to do hijama cupping between Maghrib (sunset) on Tuesdays and Maghrib (sunset) on Wednesdays. 

We are open on Wednesdays during the day to receive calls, to arrange appointments and give telephone advice.

We see people for appointments on Wednesdays after Maghrib (sunset) because it is Thursday in Islamic terms.

 

IS SUNNAH CUPPING RESTRICTED TO JUST "THE SUNNAH DAYS"?

The short answer is: no.  Because to do so is to restrict the Sunnah of hijama cupping as explained by Ibn Qayyim who advised cupping at any time of the month in respect of certain issues.

 

 

 

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Grinding Teeth - Bruxism

Grinding Teeth - Bruxism

Hakim Chisti in "The Traditional Healers Handbook" in a section called "Gnashing of teeth while sleeping" advises, "Give a purgative for the brain and massage the neck with oil before sleeping."

In the section describing brain purgatives, he advises, "1/2 teaspoon each of chamomile and marshmallow herb. Boil in 1 1/2 cups of water for 5 minutes.  Cool, strain and drink."

Father's involvement and childhood obesity

Father's involvement and childhood obesity

A June 2017 study found that, “fathers' increased involvement with child caregiving was linked with a decreased likelihood that their children would become obese from age 2 to 4.”

More involvement in, “physical child care (such as bathing and dressing children) and the frequency that they took children outside for walks and playtime were linked with a decreased likelihood of obesity in their young children."

 

Marriage, fatherhood and weight

Marriage, fatherhood and weight

Bath University, in a June 2017 study, concluded that, “Being married makes men gain weight, and the early days of fatherhood add to the problem.”

“There's no effect on male BMI if their wife becomes pregnant, but in the early years after childbirth men gain weight.”

“It confirms the idea that people who are single but seeking marriage have more incentive to stay fit and make more effort than those who are married. It also supports the theory that marriage leads to more social occasions involving richer foods, or more regular meals for men; while putting paid to the idea that married couples have better physical health because of increased social support.”

 

Autism

Autism

Someone called us today about their son who has autism. We referred them to Hakim Salim M. Khan of Leicester and Hakim Mohammad K Karim of Inverness.  We understand that Hakim Mohamed Karim does hold Clinic sessions in London from time to time.

We also mentioned a BBC Radio 4 interview with Nura Aabe a British Somali woman whose son Zackie has autism.

We also mentioned holding therapy.

 

 

 

 

 

Red Onions

Red Onions

A June 2017 study by Engineering professor Suresh Neethirajan and PhD student Abdulmonem Murayyan at the University of Guelph concluded that, “the red onion not only has high levels of quercetin, but also high amounts of anthocyanin, which enriches the scavenging properties of quercetin molecules … We found onions are excellent at killing cancer cells …”

“Onions activate pathways that encourage cancer cells to undergo cell death. They promote an unfavourable environment for cancer cells and they disrupt communication between cancer cells, which inhibits growth."

"Anthocyanin is instrumental in providing colour to fruits and vegetables so it makes sense that the red onions, which are darkest in colour, would have the most cancer-fighting power."

The researchers determined, in an earlier study, that, “onions are effective at killing breast cancer cells.”

"The next step will be to test the vegetable's cancer-fighting powers in human trials," said the researchers.