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  • Health Benefits of Fasting

    During Ramadan, Muslims worldwide embark on a month-long fast, refraining from eating and drinking during daylight hours similar to intermittent fasting. Fasting during Ramadan is not only significant from a religious perspective, but it also has numerous health benefits for others that go beyond the spiritual realm. Let's take a look at some of the major health benefits that fasting can offer. Reduces hypertension Fasting has been shown to help lower blood pressure levels, reducing the risk of hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. Enhances the Health of Your Liver Increased liver enzyme levels are often signs of liver damage or disease. Multiple studies have shown that intermittent fasting can decrease liver enzymes, suggesting enhanced liver health. Intermittent fasting can also reduce oxidative stress and inflammation. Increases brain function Fasting can improve brain function by promoting the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein that supports brain health and cognitive function. Balances the Hunger Hormone Ghrelin Fasting helps to regulate the Hunger Hormone Ghrelin, leading to better appetite control and aiding weight management. Fasting may hold deep significance within the Muslim religion, but its health benefits are relevant to people of all backgrounds to improve their overall well-being. Introducing fasting as a practice within your family may not happen overnight, it is essential to take gradual steps and allow everyone to adapt at their own pace. Here are some steps you can take to introduce fasting to future generations. Steps to introduce Fasting to children Educate Start by explaining the significance of fasting during Ramadan in simple terms that children can understand. Teach them about empathy, gratitude, and self-discipline. Lead by example Children learn best by observing. Demonstrate fasting with patience and positivity by encouraging them to join you in small ways such as skipping snacks between meals. Start with shorter periods: Gradually ease children into fasting by starting with shorter periods, such as half-day fasts or skipping a meal. Monitor their comfort level and adjust accordingly. Fasting has become increasingly popular among people who are striving to lead a healthy lifestyle. We're not just nourishing our bodies; we're also nurturing the generations to come. By instilling values of mindfulness, discipline, and gratitude, we lay the foundation for a healthier and more compassionate future. Selamat Berpuasa to our Muslim friends!

  • Do You Know Someone Who Is Or Was Battling Cancer?

    Let's begin by acknowledging that cancer is not a life sentence. It is a health challenge that can impact individuals from all walks of life. In Malaysia, Prostate Cancer takes the lead as the predominant cancer among men, making up 9.3% of cases, while Breast Cancer holds the top spot for women accounting for a substantial 32.9%. Although it is a relatively common illness, let's prevent cancer development by consuming a well-balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Your food consumption should include food that is rich in antioxidants to help combat free radicals and reduce the risk of cancer. Sit less, move more. Did you know that sitting for a prolonged period can affect your health negatively? While it is relaxing to just chill on a couch, we should also take note of our sedentary lifestyles that can contribute to the risk of cancer development. Now you have a reason to start taking a stroll in the park or join the gym. Just keep moving. Say NO to Alcohol Whether you are drinking away your worries, or just having social drinking sessions with your friends, you need to reconsider the damage that it does to you. Alcohol contains a toxic by-product that binds with our DNA, leading to cellular damage and incorrect replication, potentially forming cancerous cells. Lighten the load, protect your body. Another crucial tip would be maintaining a healthy weight! Obesity can lead to many diseases, including breast and prostate cancer. The relationship between weight gain and cancer risk differs across various types of cancer. For instance, the elevated production of estrogen from fat cells is believed to enhance the likelihood of developing postmenopausal breast cancer. Defend and thrive tomorrow. Inadequate health care, poor living conditions, and certain types of infections could contribute to cancer development. An example would be "Helicobacter pylori", a type of bacteria that infects your stomach and causes chronic inflammation that significantly increases the risk of developing gastric cancer. Hence, it is important to fortify our health with the right supplements. Early screening saves lives. Taking proactive steps and opting for an annual screening is crucial in safeguarding our health. As the age-old adage wisely states, "prevention is always better than cure". Your path to well-being begins with lifestyle changes and a regular check up. Vitamode extends wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2024.

  • Stay Healthy On-the-Go: A Guide to Wellness While Traveling

    It's that time of the season again! It is great to have the chance to explore new places, savor different cuisines, learn about the cultures, and experience the vibrance of each destination. While traveling is a thrilling adventure, it often comes with challenges. When we travel, our bodies go through big changes like altered sleep patterns, exposure to new cuisines and environments. Whether you're off on a month-long adventure to your dream destination or just planning a fun family getaway, it is important to look out for yourself and your loved ones while enjoying the trip to the fullest. So, what can you and your loved ones do to stay healthy while traveling? Smart food choices It can be challenging to resist those tempting yet greasy meals that could upset your stomach if consume too much. You can manage this by savoring small bites of the delicious food and balance it with healthier options like a nutritious sandwich or a refreshing fruit salad. It is fine to try some unique drinks from different places, but the best way to stay hydrated is by drinking plenty of water to maintain a normal body temperature. Don't forget to keep an eye on your alcohol and sugary drinks intake to stay on the healthy track! Exercise on-the-go Your travel plans extend beyond the cozy hotel bed. Don't limit yourself to just lounging around, go out and explore! Organize walks in the local surroundings or visit tourist spots. Some tourist spots offer taking a hike to nearby forests or hills for a more adventurous experience. Many hotels offer gym facilities where you can do simple lunges or squats too. If you're a morning person who enjoys starting the day with a quick stretch session, consider bringing along your yoga mat. This way, you can enjoy some relaxing stretches and practice simple yet effective yoga exercises wherever your travels takes you. Prioritize sleep When you're out exploring new places or enjoying time with friends, it could occasionally result in late night hangout and could extend into next day early morning. Nevertheless, it is crucial to prioritize your well-being and ensure you get a sufficient 7-9 hours of sleep each night. With this, you will be able to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to make the most of your travel adventures as feeling refreshed is one of the keys to fully savour and enjoy every moment during your travels. Allow yourself the luxury of waking up naturally without setting an alarm, as feeling fresh is one of the keys to fully savoring and enjoying every moment during your travels. Practice proper hygiene Maintaining good hygiene is essential for a comfortable and healthy travel experience. It's more than just tossing a toothbrush or shampoo into your luggage. Consider having a little hand sanitizer in your handbag, especially if you've been visiting crowded historical museums or shopping malls. Let's also not forget the wet tissues, your secret weapons for cleaning tables or chairs just to steer clear of the “unexpected marks". wherever you grab a bite at a restaurant. Mindful travelling Traveling is your golden ticket to escape reality. If you've been pushing yourself too hard with work or school, start your day with some easy breathing exercises or meditation to kick stress to the curb. Take a few minutes each day for yourself to recharge. And hey, if your travel plans get a bit hectic, treat yourself with a spa day to rewind Vitamode wishes you happy travels and a safe journey!

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