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Make wise food choices to stay healthy through Ramadan

During the holy month of Ramadan, it is important for Muslims to eat sensibly at suhoor and iftar in order to maintain health and avoid fatigue and debilitating hunger pangs.

At suhoor, choose foods that are packed with complex carbohydrates such as wholegrain bread, brown rice, oats, beans and chickpeas, which are digested slowly and provide a sustained supply of energy that helps to keep fatigue at bay for a long time. Sugary treats like pastries and cakes should be avoided because they cause blood sugar levels to spike and then fall rapidly, leading to feelings of listlessness and acute hunger pangs. Fruit such as dates, grapes, apples and bananas release energy more steadily and also provide essential vitamins and minerals.

Protein-rich foods like yogurt, milk, eggs and nuts will help to prevent hunger pangs, and also provide the nutrition the body needs to carry out essential maintenance of muscles and other tissues.

At iftar, avoid eating too quickly and do not force yourself to eat huge portions. A main meal should consist of protein in the form of meat, fish, beans or lentils, with carbohydrates such as rice, potatoes or pasta, as well as vegetables, followed by fruit for dessert.

Foods mentioned in the Qur’an are very good choices: lentils contain a lot of protein and fiber, which is good for digestion, and olives contain healthy essential fats. Figs make a great dessert and contain lots of fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium and essential B vitamins.

Looking after your precious eyesight

The gift of sight is an advantage many of us take for granted. It is often only when we know someone who suffers from loss of sight, or we begin to lose our own sight, that we remember how lucky we are to see the smiles on our families’ faces clearly, to be able to read, and write and drive.

If you start to experience problems with your eyesight, however, often something can be done to improve the situation if you visit your doctor as soon as possible and follow their instructions.

In children, strabismus is a visual problem in which the eyes point in different directions. It is one of the most prominent and common visual ailments among children and considered a form of deviation of the eye.

It is sometimes also called “lazy eyes” and it is a medical condition that can be successfully treated. You need to see a doctor or the child could lose his or her vision. It is important to follow the doctor’s treatment so that the child’s eye can heal.

Among adults, eye diseases are often caused by diabetes and high blood pressure. If the eye suffers significant damage, the problems may be severe and blindness could occur. This usually happens when there is bleeding in the eye and you must consult a doctor.

It is advisable for those who suffer from diabetes or chronic blood pressure problems to go for an eye test every year. It is very important for people over 40 to measure the intraocular pressure to ensure healthy eyes because high but painless intraocular pressure could lead to glaucoma. Look after your eyes.

Smoking is a serious public problem

Smoking affects every organ in the human body, and increases the risks of developing serious illnesses such as cancer and heart disease. It kills people prematurely. It causes a great deal of pain and suffering for smokers, their families and friends.

Smoking has no benefits associated with it. If you’re a smoker, we advise you to quit immediately. Consult your health care provider to discuss the various smoking cessation options that might be available to you.

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