Your Guide to Eating Healthily During the Ramadan Season

It’s the time of the year where our Muslim brothers and sisters solemnly follow Ramadan. With roughly more than 15 percent of Singapore citizens practicing Islamic faith, the city-state celebrates the holy month of fasting along with the other countries in Southeast Asia.

When done right, it is believed that the celebration of Ramadan manifolds spiritual blessings together with tangible physical benefits to its followers. For instance, eating only healthy food choices while fasting resets the metabolism, sheds a good few pounds off the body, as well as lowers one’s cholesterol count.

Healthy eating during Ramadan can be quite a challenge but it does not mean rigidly following a boring, bland diet. Fasting is not a reason to eat with abandon, either, nor should it be according to Sunnah or the prophetic Islamic traditions. This article will present ways in which you can eat healthily during the holy month of fasting.

• Stagger hydration
During the summer season, dehydration can be the toughest part to overcome when fasting. Drinking lots of water is not much of a good plan as well since it would cost you multiple visits to the loo in the midst of prayer. Hence is why staggering your hydration through the night is a good way to keep yourself hydrated when you fast during the day. Avoid too much sun exposure to lessen moisture loss by sweating and limit your coffee and tea intake, as they only dehydrate the body further.

• Avoid sugar
As much as we crave sweet treats every now and then, avoid food that are high in sugar during your fast. Sweet treats only gives you empty calories without necessary nutritional benefits. Most of the time, it is also the culprit behind overeating during the Ramadan season. Substitute your sugar-filled snacks for fresh fruits instead.

• Incorporate fiber in your diet
With your irregular meal times and no morning dose of caffeine, constipation becomes one of the many issues people suffer during Ramadan. To prevent this, incorporate fiber in your meal plan to keep your gut moving. Fresh fruit, greens, and wheat-based food helps in boosting your fiber intake and promotes normal bowel movement.

• Use less oil
Hit the pause button on consuming greasy, oily food. Allocate fried foods only for very special occasions and resort to baking or grilling your meal, if possible. This kind of cooking preparation not only uses a lot less oil but they also provide the body with the nutrients that we need.

• Practice moderation
In line with the spirit of the fasting season, do not indulge yourself daily and limit your guilty pleasures to a once a week treat. Practice moderation. You are free to indulge in your Ramadan favorites like pakoras at iftar, but lessen unhealthy food intake to bite-size portions. That way, you can savor them longer instead of wolfing down platefuls of it.

Facts About Measles

You’ve heard about measles few times but you did not bother to investigate further. According to latest updates provided by United Nations and World Health Organization on May 10, 2014, there is an outbreak of measles in Somali. Somali children are facing disability or worse, death due to the outbreak.

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Here in Singapore, cases of measles has plummeted since 1981. For your information, in 1981, the Singapore government implemented obligatory measles vaccination. The measles vaccination is comprised of two doses – the first dose is when an infant reaches 15 months and the second dose is when the child reaches 12 years old.

Here are some facts you need to know about measles:

  • Causes and risk factors: The basic thing that you should know is that measles is contagious and it commonly affects children without immunity. It can spread through sneezing, coughing and contact with items that are contaminated.
  • Signs and symptoms: Symptoms will start to appear ten to twelve days after the contracting of the virus. Symptoms include coughing, sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, fever and blue-white spots.

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  • Complications: Patients can completely recover from measles. Do not worry because death is very rare. Complications can happen though. There are cases that develop ear infection pneumonia and encephalitis.
  • Screening: The screening of measles is based on the symptoms a patient develops. Basically, doctors can identify it through examining the spots of the patient.
  • Treatment: Treatment is given to help relieve the discomfort of the patient. For reducing fever, the doctor will recommend Paracetamol. For coughing, the doctor will recommend cool-mist humidifier. Most importantly, patients should get plenty of rest.

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Refreshing Drinks for Summer

Summer is just around the corner. What are your plans? If you plan to go out of Singapore and seek for colder places, it is up to you. If you want to enjoy summer economically, you can stay here in Singapore and think of other ideas. You can for instance consider the movie house since it is known for its cold conditions. You can also consider the beach and enjoy the sun and the tan. If in this case you want to stay in the house and enjoy a good drink, there are plenty of concoctions in store for you.

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Your summer will be good if you try different refreshing drinks. The good thing about summer drinks is that you can make it in your kitchen. You do not need to spend so much money or seek it out in the market just to taste it. Your children should enjoy the summer. You can make the following drinks:

  • Lemonades: When you speak of lemonade, it refers to a lemon drink sweetened by sugar. There are different variations of lemonades around the world. There are people who will substitute lemons with limes. It is known as limeade.
  • Juice drinks: Juice drinks refer to liquid that contains vegetables and fruits. It is refreshing and it is healthy. That is like hitting two birds at one stone. Sometimes juice drinks can also be used as a flavouring or ingredient when cooking.
  • Sodas and floats: Soda refers to soft drink. Sodas are refreshing but sometimes we hear other people discouraging us from purchasing it because it contains sodium bicarbonate. Floats are creamy that contains carbonation.

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  • Iced teas: If you are the type that wants the basic, you should consider iced teas. Iced tea is a cold tea that is served with ice. It can be sweetened or not. It will depend on you. Ice tea comes with different flavours like lime, strawberry, peach, cherry, lime and many more.
  • Shakes and smoothies: Fast food outlets offer shakes and smoothies to appease their customers during the hot days. There are people who still consider milkshake. Milkshakes are sweet and cold which is made from iced milk, flavouring, ice cream and milk.

There you go. Summers will never be the same if you try one or all of the refreshing drinks mentioned above. Do not hesitate to try one or more. Enjoy the sip! Yes, summer is hot but you have no choice but to endure it and move along with it.

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