FOODS THAT HELP OR HINDER SLEEP

BY Nicole D’allesandro and Karimah bint Dawoud.
Last night I lay awake wondering why I wasn’t sleeping ? This morning it occurred to me that maybe just maybe the fact that we had been grinding black pepper last night had kept me awake. I could smell the pepper in the air hours before bedtime and had been grinding people in the evening not the morning. After doing some research I found out that there is a relationship between black pepper and insomnia as well as these other foods.
Most people already abstain from coffee or other caffeinated beverages close to bedtime, but turns out what you eat can also play a big role in the quality of your sleep each night.

AARP Americna Association of Retired Persons, offers a list of 12 foods that sabotage sleep. Some might surprise you more then others. Check out what you should avoid eating (and drinking) for several hours before heading off to bed:
1. Celery
Celery and other foods with a high water content (i.e., cucumbers, watermelon, radishes) are natural diuretics that may cause you to wake in the middle of the night with a full bladder and promote the need to go to the toilet.
2. Tomatoes
Tomatoes are rich in tyramine, an amino acid that triggers the brain to release norepinephrine, a stimulant that boosts brain activity and delays sleep. Other tyramine-rich foods include eggplant, soy sauce, red wine and aged cheeses, such as brie and Stilton.
3. Cheese Pizza
Foods high in fat and fried foods take longer to digest and can cause discomfort that interferes with sleep.
4. Alcohol
Although a nightcap or a glass of wine before bed may help you doze off quicker, it disrupts sleep later in the night and robs you of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.
5. Black-bean chili
The body has a hard time digesting beans, so stomach-rumbling gas pains will keep you from a good night’s sleep, says Helen Rasmussen, a research nutritionist at Tufts University.

Dark Chocolate
Dark Chocolate

6. Dark chocolate
A small piece of dark chocolate each day helps keep your heart healthy—but don’t nibble it right before you go to bed. Dark chocolate, hot cocoa and tea all contain caffeine, and if you’re caffeine-sensitive, you may find yourself staring at the ceiling instead of snoozing.
7. Sweets
A handful of sweets/candy may cause your blood sugar levels to spike and then fall rapidly as the body releases insulin to bring them under control. You may fall asleep easily, but these fluctuations make it difficult to stay asleep.
8. Tacos
A taco liberally sprinkled with hot sauce may set your taste buds tingling, but eating it within a few hours of lights-out can set you up for a bad case of heartburn and a restless night. Same goes for any spicy foods because chilli and peppers are stimulants that can aggravate insomnia.

Black Pepper is a Stimulant
Black Pepper is a Stimulant

9. Steak
Foods high in protein and marbled fats, such as steak and roast beef, are slow to digest. If your body is busy digesting food, there’s more of a chance that you’ll have a restless night.Beef is one of the worst red meat to eat late at night becasu its so difficult to digest . According to Islamic Medicine beef should only be eaten by those who do a strenuous days work.
10. Carbonated soft drinks
Caffeine, that sneak thief of sleep, can turn up in unexpected places, including fizzy drinks.. Added to a food or beverage, caffeine must be listed as an ingredient; if it occurs naturally (coffee, tea, chocolate), it doesn’t. Check the label.
11. Dagwood sandwich
A heavy meal, including big sandwich, just before bed can rob you of the shut-eye you need. Allow at least three hours post-meal before you turn in so your body has a chance to digest the food and you don’t feel too uncomfortable to sleep.
12. Broccoli
Broccoli is a nutrition powerhouse, but its slow-to-digest fiber will keep your body working hard into the night. Broccoli and its relatives cauliflower and Brussels sprouts also contain an indigestible sugar that will produce large amounts of gas.
On the flip side are foods (and beverages) that go a long way towards improving the quality of your sleep.

Cherries Good For Sleep

 
Organic Gardening suggests the following nine foods to help you sleep:
1. Cherries
In one small study, participants drank eight ounces of tart cherry juice in the morning, and another eight ounces in the evening, for two weeks and reported better sleeping habits. Why does it work? All varieties of cherries are naturally high in melatonin, a hormone that makes you sleepy.
2. Fish
Fish are rich in tryptophan, a natural sedative, with shrimp, cod, tuna and halibut having the highest levels, even more than turkey. But since not all seafood choices are healthy (some are high in contaminants) or for the planet (many are overfished, or methods for catching them kill other species), stick to catches like Pacific cod from Alaska or pole-caught Albacore tuna from the U.S. or British Columbia.
3. Lemon Balm
This lemon-scented member of the mint family has been a sleep-inducing superstar for ages, but it seems to be most effective in combination with another herb called valerian. In one study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research, 81 percent of people with minor sleep problems who took a combination of the herbs reported sleeping better than people on a placebo. Both can be purchased as supplements, or you can make a tea by steeping 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried lemon balm and 1 teaspoon of valerian root in 1 cup of hot water for 5 to 10 minutes. (If you take other medications, though, ask a doctor or pharmacist about any potential herb-drug interactions.)
4. Chamomile
Another herb that works as well as lemon balm, chamomile has been used as an herbal remedy for insomnia for thousands of years. In one animal study, it calmed down mice as effectively as tranquilizers, and in the only human study to study the effectiveness of chamomile, the herb reduced mild to moderate generalized anxiety disorder much better than placebo. Ready-made chamomile teas are sold in every supermarket, so it’s an easy remedy to get your hands on.
5. Bananas
These perfectly snack-sized superfruits are packed with potassium and magnesium, two minerals that promote muscle relaxation. In fact, magnesium deficiencies are related to restless leg syndrome and nighttime muscle cramps, two conditions that can certainly interfere with your sleep.

Bananas
Bananas

6. Spinach
In addition to being rich in potassium and magnesium, spinach is high in calcium, yet one more mineral that plays a role in sleep. Calcium helps the body generate melatonin, the hormone that helps your body maintain its circadian rhythm. You can get the same benefits from other dark leafy greens, such as Swiss chard, kale, turnip greens and collard greens.
7. Dairy
Like spinach, dairy products are rich in melatonin-boosting calcium, and a number of studies are finding that calcium deficiencies are linked to poor sleep quality. So there may be something to that old adage that a glass of warm milk will help you sleep, after all!
8. Almonds
They’re full of magnesium and yet another source of calcium. You can eat a handful of almonds or spread some almond-butter on a piece of whole grain bread, which will help you get to sleep for another reason (keep reading).
9. Carb/Protein Combos
There’s some debate as to how well your body handles tryptophan, and a study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that getting it from high-protein foods can work against you, because protein can prevent tryptophan from entering your brain. But when you combine high-protein foods with carbs, the insulin your body produces in response to the carbs makes it easier for tryptophan to break through your brain’s barriers. So think oatmeal with bananas and almonds, for a real sleepy snack, or whole-grain cereal with organic milk.
http://ecowatch.com/2014/03/21/foods-that-help-or-hinder-sleep/

http://docakilah.wordpress.com/2011/06/06/the-healing-effects-of-cherries/

http://www.sweetlavenderbakeshoppe.com/2011/04/dark-chocolate.html

http://www.thehomesteadgarden.com/the-spice-series-black-peppercorns-culinary-uses/

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The Clean 15 – Safest Foods To Buy Anywhere

Recently a good friend of mine told me about the Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen like it was something she thought I already knew, I felt bad that I didn’t.However the Creator is bountiful. I was searching my files to post a smoothie recipe on Facebook and came across this asparagus  recipe remedy of mine called Asparagus Menopause Smoothie, but you guessed it, that’s another post. Researching further the health benefits of “asparagus” I was happy to find out that it is part of the Clean 15 ! Identified by the Enviromental Working Group as one of the safer foods you can buy anywhere.Once again I am saving this image in my phone so I know what’s OK to buy whenever I’m out and about.

By sharing positive information we can help each other happily and healthly  through this new millenium insha’allah.

Clean 15
Clean 15

 

 

 

Anti-Depression Smoothie

Yesterday , in the throws of my depression and tears, a friend called, you know one of those friends you travelled with, you would trust your debit, cash and bank details with, one of those freinds who has your back in a crisis.Randomly in the conversation she said” have you got a banana?” I laughed becasue she is Somali, she told me that bananas have something in them that helps when you are feeling down and she was right maashallah.

Anti-depression Smoothie
Anti-depression Smoothie

Anti-depression Smoothie
1 banana
½ avocado
7 dates
500ml coconut water, it’s like shower for your insides as professor aris says 
1 tsp turmeric haldi
1 tsp cinnamon,
1 tsp makka powder
Pinch of saffron
Blend till smooth

Bananas are mentioned in the Quran.One banana contains a massive 5mg of vitamin B6 and although I regulary take a vitamin B6 supplement, nothing beats the real thing,Vitamin B6 is wonderful to strengthen nerves, stabalise mental health, decrease sensitivity to monosodium glucamate which Im not sure if that is good really, decreases PMT symptoms, alleviates motrning sickness and boost the immune system and that only Vitamin B6. Bananas are also good for ulcerated stomach.

One medium banana (about 126 grams) is considered to be one serving. One serving of banana contains 110 calories, 30 grams of carbohydrate and 1 gram of protein. Bananas are naturally free of fat, cholesterol and sodium.2

Bananas provide a variety of vitamins and minerals:

Bananas
  • Vitamin B6 – .5 mg
  • Manganese – .3 mg
  • Vitamin C – 9 mg
  • Potassium – 450 mg
  • Dietary Fiber – 3g
  • Protein – 1 g
  • Magnesium – 34 mg
  • Folate – 25.0 mcg
  • Riboflavin – .1 mg
  • Niacin – .8 mg
  • Vitamin A – 81 IU
  • Iron – .3 mg

The recommended intake of potassium for adults is 4700 milligrams per day.

Saffron is also in the Smoothie

Medicinal uses

  • The active components present in saffron have many therapeutic applications in many traditional medicines since long time as anti-spasmodic, carminative, diaphoretic.
  • Research studies have shown that, safranal, a volatile oil found in the spice, has antioxidant, cytotoxic effect on cancer cells, anticonvulsant and antidepressant properties.
  • Αlfa-crocin, a carotenoid compound, which gives the spice its characteristic golden-yellow hue, has beenfound to have anti-oxidant, anti-depressant, and anti-cancer properties. (Medical disclaimer).

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/271157.php

The Karimah Procedure- Warrior Stance

“She believed in the impossible and, for that reason, won a battle that everyone, including myself, considered to be lost. That is what marks out the warrior: the knowledge that willpower and courage are not the same thing. Courage can attract fear and adulation, but will power requires patience and commitment.”

Aleph,Paul Coelho

Warrior Stance
Warrior Stance

 

As a woman, it is at times imporant to step outside the social constraints of the status quo socoiety.

For example I was in a shop yesterday and some gel head young man asked me when I was paying did I have a store points card, I politely said “No thank you”.

He went to on to ask me why I didnt have one and did  Iwant one.

I told him” Just take the money.”

Some people would think this is rude, however if a person is not able to comprend that “No thank you ” is different form ” No” then its is important to make it clear that we are not inviting anything esle except the exchange of goods and money and its time like these that we have to step out of pretty in pink.

The way of the warrior is a way that is open to male and female, it is first and foremost a battle with the self, while embracing faith hope and charity.

Finally this poster is significantly super.

Good and Evil
Good and Evil

The Karimah Procedure…get out and meet the natives :)

If you limit yourself by only mixing with salafis you will miss out on some vital parts of the jigsaw puzzle called life, if you only mix with sufis you will miss out on some of the vital parts of teh puzzle, if you only mix with your tribe you will miss out, if you only mixed with muslims you will miss out out on the some important parts of islam, islam is a complete religion however some timeswe need non muslims remind us of the parts our shuyukh are ignorant of

One Ummah One Love One God
One Ummah One Love One God

The Karimah Procedure – You gotta have Joy

Balance in business is vital, anyone who thinks they are going to work flat out for the next 5 years then retired is actually killing themselves.It is vital for all of us good hearted souls to create and maintain balance in work rest and place.Joy is a healing energy from the Creator and so vital for some people for mental health so its vital for your relastionship with yourself and your heart to have joy in your life, its may be as sombre as reading or watching a film, for others its as excilerating as jumping out of a plane, meditating or playing with grandchildren , however that succulent nectar, joy, is a vital component of a heal-thy balanced life 🙂

JOY
JOY