I’m really tired just come home from FEED THE NEED , out feeding homeless project and having for first time a green smoothie for supper. This is a serious paradigm shift for us as we normally eat hot food in the evening in the winter. This smoothie is serious comfort food, those raw foodies have been keeping secret from us, the combination of banana, honey and broccoli is like cold ice-cream porridge, its really nice
Ingredients · ½ bunch broccoli , stalk and all, washed and chopped · 1-2 celery rib, washed and chopped · 1 apple , washed chopped and cored · 1/2 lemon with skin if unwaxed and clean from pesticide for really lemon taste, clean outside of lemon with vinegar and rinse · 1 banana, washed and peeled · 1-3 tsp raw honey (or to taste) · 1 cup almond milk/brazil milk · 1 cup coco nut water · 1 heap teaspoon cinnamon
Put everything in the blender,.blitz and add coconut water at the end to thin and refresh
Alhamdulilah, praise God
We are going to focus on the health benefits of broccoli , its amazing , Alhamdulillah, praise God
Health Benefits It’s no coincidence that more than 300 research studies on broccoli have converged in one unique area of health science—the development of cancer—and its relationship to three metabolic problems in the body. Those three problems are (1) chronic inflammation (2) oxidative stress, and (3) inadequate detoxification. While these types of problems have yet to become part of the public health spotlight, they are essential to understanding broccoli’s unique health benefits. Over the past 10 years, research has made it clear that our risk of cancer in several different organ systems is related to the combination of these three problems. This is what relates particularly to #BONES Bone health: Broccoli contains high levels of both calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis. The following information on Broccoli and Bones is from Dr Axe. https://draxe.com/broccoli-nutrition/ Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin K, calcium, magnesium and potassium, which are essential for healthy bones, nails and teeth. High levels of vitamin K and iron are vital for maintaining bone mineral density (in addition to having many other benefits like promoting blood health and boosting your energy levels). Some even say that vitamin K builds bones better than calcium, and just one cup of broccoli provides over 270 percent of your daily vitamin K needs! There’s evidence in human intervention studies that vitamin K and vitamin D work together to positively impact bone metabolism and that a vitamin K deficiency or vitamin D deficiency increases risks for bone-related diseases. Vitamin K also positively affects calcium balance, a key mineral in bone metabolism. (6) Calcium found in broccoli is also crucial for preventing calcium deficiency plus building and maintaining strong teeth and bones — especially into older age when people become more susceptible to bone breaks, fractures and bone density loss. If your body doesn’t get enough calcium, it steals calcium from your bones to help keep a steady amount in your blood, so including more broccoli in your diet is a natural osteoporosis treatment and prevention method.
A third area of increasing research interest involves the metabolism of vitamin D. Broccoli is not a source of this vitamin, but it is an excellent source of vitamin K and also of vitamin A (in one of its precursor forms, beta-carotene). Many individuals have large vitamin D deficiencies that cannot be remedied through diet alone, and these deficiencies require sizable amounts of vitamin D to be provided through dietary supplementation. When large supplemental doses of vitamin D are needed to offset deficiency, ample supplies of vitamin K and vitamin A appear to help keep our vitamin D metabolism in the proper balance. Assuring adequate intake of vitamins K and A alongside of vitamin D supplementation may turn out to be important in achieving optimal vitamin D supplementation results and avoiding potential problems related to supplementation. Broccoli may turn out to play a particularly helpful role in balancing this set of events by providing its unusually strong combination of both vitamin A and vitamin K. As mentioned earlier in this article, broccoli is our 16th best source of vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids) at WHFoods. It is also our 9th best source of vitamin K.
When you are going through days, weeks and months of not sleeping properly because of having hot flushes that are so strong that they wake you up every 1-2 hours, you will try almost anything to get good nights sleep. HERBS THAT HELP
I have been taking Black Cohosh, St John’s Wort, Vervain tablet form. Camomile, nettle, lady’s mantle and red clover as tea. After 2 weeks I got a better night sleep last night, Alhamdulillah praise God. Hot flushes however need dealing as they come day and night. The liver is connected with hot flushes. As heavy metals and toxins have built up in our body over the years the liver becomes congested. The liver is the main organ that deals with all the chemical metabolic functions. If the liver is congested it will cause heat in the body and contribute to hot flushes, so what’s the solution. I am currently researching Foods mentioned in the Quran, the Holy Book of Muslims and I came across camphor in Arabic kafir or kafur, In Surat/ chapter 76 Al Insan/The Man, ayat/verse 5: “Indeed, the righteous will drink from a cup [of wine] whose mixture is of Kafur,” This verse is referring to Paradise, the next life. Now there is a difference of opinion whether kafur is camphor or henna. Dr. M.I.H. Farooqi (Dr. Mohammed Iqtedar Husain Farooqi), in India, puts forward a very good argument that kafur is actually henna. It is by divine guidance that I am able to join the dots and my firm belief that foods, herbs, drinks, mentioned in the Quran are sacred, that moves me forward. I thought to research henna as a drink. I know henna takes heat out of the body when applied external; I used to be a professional henna artist for wedding and in museums. Alhamdulillah I found that Henna can be taken internally. According to Web MD “Henna is a plant. The leaf is used to make medicine.
Don’t confuse henna with henna root (Alkanna tinctoria), also referred to as alkanna root.
Historically, henna has been used for severe diarrhea caused by a parasite (amoebic dysentery), cancer, enlarged spleen, headache, jaundice, and skin conditions. These days, people take henna for stomach and intestinal ulcers.
Henna is sometimes applied directly to the affected area for dandruff, eczema, scabies, fungal infections, and wounds.
In manufacturing, henna is used in cosmetics, hair dyes, and hair care products; and as a dye for nails, hands, and clothing.
People also use henna on the skin as temporary “tattoos.” How does it work? Henna contains substances that might help fight certain infections. There is also some information that henna might decrease the growth of tumors, prevent or reduce spasms, decrease inflammation, and relieve pain.”
There is a connection between the liver and hot flushes.
According to Prophetic Medicine BlogSpot
“Henna water is an excellent detoxifier. It can remove impurities and heavy metals which have built up in the body for many years. Therefore drinking it on an empty stomach is very beneficial for cleaning the liver and kidneys of diabetic patients, those with IBS, ulcers, kidney stones etc.
To make Henna water, take 5-7 grams of whole dried leaves and soak them overnight in 2 glasses of water. Filter and drink the water in the morning after Fajr on an empty stomach. This process can be repeated daily for 7-10 days.
Very dark urine will be expelled over this period and this is the proof that impurities are being expelled from the body. Henna Water has a slightly grassy taste and if you find this unpalatable you can mix a little bit of honey with it before drinking in sha’Allah.
One of the established Sunnah as recorded by Al Bukhari suggests that an infusion of water and Henna leaves was something which was used during the time of the Holy Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) but this Hadith does not specifically mention it as being drunk. [Vol 7, Book 71, Hadith 661]
More information is available at the following link to the Tibb e Nabawi site which is maintained by our brothers who are the original authors of the Henna Water post –
I have been around sick conjested people for last 2 weeks and yesterday started to feel like i might have caught something.So I got out my tumeric/haldi/curcumin and raw honey- 2 tsps of each and mixed togther throughly.Honey as well as tumeric is an anti biotic.Honey is mentioned in the Quran in a chapter called The Bees.I my book honey is a superfood.
I ate one tea spoon slowly before bed, sucking the paste around my mouth.I took the rest and a clean spoon to bed with me just in case i woke in the night with a cough,Alhmdulilah no! This morning I ate the rest of it with a pinch of black pepper , this helps the curcimin in the tumeric absorb better but blakc people is a stimulant , so i dont take before bed, this morning I also had apple cidar vinegar and water to wash it down, alhmdulilah, it a powerful antibiotic, its cheap , its natural and it has no side effects.
After a number of dissappointing experiences with hijama practioners I decided to start studying hijama myself with the intention of self administering insha’allah.
It’s a therapy recommended by the angels to prophet Muhammad,salah la alaihi wa salem, and as Muslims we strive to follow his example.
I have found it to be a beneficial therapy by the grace of Allah however I have got to the point where I feel I want to learn more about it and self administer or skill swap with friends insha’Allah God willing.
I found this amazing site, showing the various places on the body you can put hijaama cups.This site doesn’t show points on the head which I have had “cupped” in the past but insha’Allah I’ll find somewhere else.
“I did not pass by any group of angels on the night of Al-Isra, unless they said to me, O Muhammad, tell your Ummah to do Hijama” collected by the Sahih sunan of At-Tirmadee and Ibn Maja ‘Hijama’ is the Arabic for an ancient method of healing known in English as Wet Cupping or bloodletting
PRECAUTIONS NEED TO READ BEFORE CUPPING YOURSLEF OR ANYONE ELSE
very weak persons should not be done Hijama.
very elderly people should not be done Hijama.
Dehydrated children should not be done Hijama.
Hijama should not be done immediately after bath.
Hijama should not be done immediately after a bath
Hijama should not be done after abortion.
Patients with valve transplant should not be done hijama.
Incase of swollen knees cups should not be applied directly on knees.
Diseases in which blood dont clot Hijama should not be done.
For anemic patients after first cup, give them some sweet juice.
Pregnant women should not be cupped during first semester of pregnancy.
Menstrating woman do not cup below waist
do not have bath or shower till 24 hours after therapy
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have made this page possible after Allah. We would like to say JazakumAllah khair to the author Dr Ahmed Hefny and his wife Umm Yasin, the translator Rana Rashid Abu Hassan, Dr Aaliya Goyal and brother Vinod Thadhani fromhttp://www.leafwriter.com. May Allah reward them all immensely with the best of rewards for their efforts, ameen.
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If you wish to know the cupping (hijama) points for any particular disease or ailment that is not listed below, please view the following books (which are available from our ‘Book Shop’):
‘Simple Health Maintenance’ by Dr Dean Richards (English or French)
‘Al-Hijama ‘Alaaj Nabawee’ by Mustafa Mohammed Imam (Arabic with some English)
‘Al-Hijama Wa At-tibb’ by Mustafa Mohammed Imam (Arabic with some English)
If the cupping (hijama) points for any particular disease or ailment are not listed below or in the above mentioned books, please kindly contact us. We will inshAllah contact experts in the field of cupping therapy (hijama) and endeavour to find out on your behalf.
The following are some diseases and ailments and the points where cupping (hijama) may be performed to treat these ailments. Some of these points are on the nerves and some are on the blood vessels. Others are on the power lines (acupuncture), and some are on the reflex points on the back. Some places are on the lymphatic glands, and some are for accumulation of blood. Some are for stimulating endocrine secretions and some are for strengthening the immune system. Others are for strengthening the brain.
Rheumatism (painful joints) (points 1, 55, in addition to all areas of pain(.
Roughness of knee (points 1, 55, 11, 12, 13 and cupping around the knee and you may add 53, 54(.
Oedema (swollen tissue due to build up of fluid) (points 1, 55, 130, the right and left side of the heel and you may add 9, 10(.
Sciatic pain (nerve pain from the buttock which goes down the leg)(for the right leg) (points 1, 55, 11, 12, 26, 51 and places of pain on the leg especially the beginning and the end of the muscle) (for the left leg) (points 1, 55, 11, 13, 27, 52 and places of pain on the leg especially the beginning and the end of the muscle).
Back pain (positions 1, 55 and cupping on both sides of the spine and places of pain).
Neck/shoulder pain (points 1, 55, 40, 20, 21 and places of pain(.
Gout (swollen joints due to excess uric acid) (points 1, 55, 28, 29, 30, 31, 121 and places of pain(.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (points 1, 55, 120, 49, 36 and all large and small joints).
Paralysis of one half of the body (Hemiplegia) (points 1, 55, 11, 12, 13, 34 or 35 and all the injured joints, massage daily).
Paralysis of all four limbs (Quadriplegia) (points 1, 55, 11, 12, 13, 34, 35, 36 and all body joints and daily massage).
Immune system deficiency (points 1, 55, 120, 49).
Muscle spasm several dry cupping around the affected muscle.
Poor blood circulation (points 1, 55, 11 and ten cups on both sides of the spine from the top to the bottom in addition to taking a teaspoon of pure organic, raw, apple cider vinegar and honey every other day).
Tingling arms (points 1, 55, 40, 20, 21, arm muscles and affected joints).
Abdominal pain (points 1, 55, 7, 8 and dry cupping on 137, 138, 139, 140, as well as dry cupping on the back opposite to the pain).
(Dry Cupping means without any incisions/scratches (.
Important Note: The following points are arranged according to their importance. Sometimes, the cupping therapist does not need to use all of the points and sometimes he/she has to use them all, depending on the condition of the disease.
Hemorrhoids (swollen vessels around anus) (points 1, 55, 121, 11, 6 and dry cupping on 137, 138, 139).
Anal Fistula (opening in skin near anus, due to formation of a channel through which fluid leaks) (points 1, 55, 6, 11, 12, 13 and cupping around the anus and above the fistula hole).
Prostate and Erectile dysfunction, ED(male impotence and urinary difficulty due to enlarged prostate gland) (points 1, 55, 6, 11, 12, 13) and you may add for ED 125, 126, 131 on both legs, and dry cupping on 140, 143.(
Chronic coughs and lung diseases (points 1, 55, 4, 5, 120, 49, 115, 116, 9, 10, 117, 118, 135, 136, and two cups below both knees(.
Hypertension (high blood pressure) (points 1, 55, 2, 3, 11, 12, 13, 101, 32, 6, 48, 9, 10, 7, 8, and you may replace 2, 3 with 43, 44).
Stomach problems and ulcers (points 1, 55, 7, 8, 50, 41, 42 and dry cupping on 137, 138, 139, 140(.
Renal (kidney) disease (points 1, 55, 9, 10, 41, 42 and dry cupping on 137,140).
Irritable bowel syndrome (abdominal cramps and discomfort characterized by bloating and trapped wind and alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation, often related to anxiety) (points 1, 55, 6, 48, 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 45, 46 and dry cupping on 137).
Chronic constipation (long term difficulty with opening bowels)(points 1, 55, 11, 12, 13, 28, 29, 30, 31).
Diarrhea (dry cupping on 137, 138, 139, 140).
Involuntary urination (bed wetting) (after the age of five: dry cupping on 137, 138, 139, 140, 142, 143, 125, 126).
Depression, withdrawal, insomnia (inability to sleep), psychological conditions and nervousness (points 1, 55, 6, 11, 32 and below the knees.(
Angiospasm and Arteriosclerosis (narrowing of the blood vessels due to muscular spasm or fatty deposits) (points 1, 55, 11) (cupping points are on the places of pain in addition to a teaspoon of pure, organic, raw, apple cider vinegar and honey every other day).
Inflammation in the lining of the stomach (gastritis) (points 1, 55, 121).
Excessive sleep (points 1, 55, 36) in addition to a teaspoon of pure, organic, raw, apple cider vinegar and honey every other day).
Food allergies (one dry cup using a light suction directly on the umbilicus pit [belly button]).
Sores, leg and thigh abscesses (pus filled spots) and itching of iliac fossae (itching in hip area) (points 1, 55, 129, 120).
Important Note: The following points are arranged according to their importance. Sometimes, the cupping therapist does not need to use all of the points and sometimes he/she has to use them all depending on the condition of the disease.
Elephantiasis (swollen leg due to blockage of lymph channels)note: the patient should rest for 2 days before cupping. He/She should also raise his/her affected leg up and then place it in warm water for two hours prior to cupping (points 1, 55, 11, 12, 13, 120, 49, 121 and around the affected leg from the top of the leg to the bottom in addition to 125, 126, 53, 54).
Skin diseases (points 1, 55, 49, 120, 129, 6, 7, 8, 11 and cupping on the affected areas).
Overweight (points 1, 55, 9, 10, 120, 49 and areas of desired weight loss), daily massage cupping over area of desired weight loss.
Underweight (points 1, 55, 121).
Cellulite daily massage cupping over affected area.
Headaches (points 1, 55, 2, 3) and you may replace points 2, 3 with 43, 44. If it is caused by eye strain add 104, 105 and 36. If it is caused bynasal sinuses add 102, 103 and 114. If it is caused by high blood pressure add 11, 101 and 32. If it is caused by constipation add 28, 29, 30 and 31. If it is caused by a cold add 120, 4 and 5. If it is caused by a stomach ache add 7, 8. If it is caused by the kidneys add 9, 10. If it is caused by menstruation for women add 11, 12 and 13. If it is caused by gall bladder and liver add 6, 48. If it is caused by the spine column perform cupping on the spine. If it is caused by tension add 6, 11 and 32. If it is caused by anemia add 120, 49 and take one teaspoon of black honey (molasses) with a quarter of a teaspoon of ground fenugreek and 7 ground black seeds daily. If the headache is due totumors in the brain, cupping should be performed on the area of pain on the head).
Migraine (severe headache associated with nausea and visual disturbance) (points 1, 55, 2, 3, 106 and area of pain).
Diseases of the eyes(retina, eye disorder, blurred vision, atrophy of the eye nerves, glaucoma (Blue Water), cataract (White Water) and weak eye, eye inflammation and secretion of tears and eye sensitivity (points 1, 55, 36, 101, 104 , 105, 9, 10, 34, 35, above the eyebrows and on the hair line above the forehead).
Tonsils, throat, gums, teeth, and the middle earproblems (dizziness, nausea and ringing in ears) (points 1, 55, 20, 21, 41, 42, 120, 49, 114, 43, 44).
Weakness of hearing and inflammation of hearing nerve,tinnitus (ringing sensation in ears) (points 1, 55, 20, 21, 37, 38 and behind the ear).
Nasal sinuses (points 1, 55, 102, 103, 108, 109, 36, 14 and on the hair line).
Neuritis (inflammation) of the fifth and seventh nerves (points 1, 55, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114 and on the affected area).
To stimulate the system of perception (encourage awareness)(points 1, 55, 2, 3, 32).
Clinical Memory Loss (important: if point 39 is cupped unnecessarily it may cause damage to the memory. Also its unnecessary repetition may increase memory loss (point 39 occipital prominence).
To help stop smoking (points 1, 55, 106, 11, 32( .
Convulsion (fits) (points 1, 55, 101, 36, 32, 107 on both sides, 114, 11, 12, 13).
For the treatment of mental retardation (points 1, 55, (101 only once) 36, 32, 2, 3, 120, 49, 11, 12, 13( .
Atrophy (loss) of brain cells (oxygen deficiency) (points 1, 55, 101, 36, 32, 34, 35, 11 and perform cupping on the joints, muscles and neck, 43 and 44 on the front and back. Eat honey and royal jelly. Perform massage cupping daily).
Group (E) Gynecological
Important warning: pregnant women should avoid cupping during pregnancy except if they are over-due and wish to go into labour. In this case, they should have dry and massage cupping between the knee and ankle on both legs. Cupping a pregnant woman may cause miscarriage.
Hemorrhage (vaginal bleeding) (points 1, 55, (3 dry cups under each breast daily until bleeding ceases).
Amenorrhea (absence of periods) (points 1, 55, 129, (131 from the outside), 135, 136 (.
Brownish Secretion 3 dry cups under each breast daily until secretion ceases (points 1, 55, 120, 49, 11, 12, 13 and 143). If secretion has no smell, no colour or itching, perform cupping on (points 1, 55, 9, 10, 41, 42, 11, 12, 13, 143).
To stimulate the ovaries (points 1, 55, 11, (dry cupping on 125, 126).
Pain after a uterus (womb) operation,menstrual (period) pain, the problems of ligation of the fallopian tube (tube being tied/blocked), milk existence in the breast without being pregnant and menopausal symptoms (depression, nervousness, psychological conditions, acute uterus) (points 1, 55, 6, 48, 11, 12, 13, 120, 49) (Dry Cupping on 125, 126). To regulate the menses, it is preferred to perform cupping on the second day of the menses.
Cupping places on the back
1, the shoulder, the seventh vertebra (bone of spine) of the neck.
2 & 3, the area between the ears, the back of the head where hair grows or on the sides of the neck.
4 & 5, the air door between the two ribs upwards in the branching of the tracheae (main windpipe) and the bronchus (smaller windpipe).
6, the gall bladder at the peripheral of the right rib toward the spine.
7 & 8, on the stomach place at the middle of the back opposite to the stomach on the spinal sides.
9 & 10, the kidney centre under 7 & 8 on the middle of the back.
11, lumbar vertebrae – a prominent bone at the lower back of the vertebra column.
12 & 13, on the sides of 11, slightly upward, 5cm away from the spine.
14, 15, 16 & 17, the colon, almost on the colon corners from the back and18 of the middle of the spine.
19, the heart, opposite to the heart from the back and almost on the left rib side.
20 & 21, tonsils triangle that lies in the area between the neck and the shoulder with a slight bending to the back.
22 & 23, above the pancreas gland under the rib end.
24 & 25, at the beginning of the lower half of the back.
26 & 27, bilaterally at the sides of the iliac bone.
28, 29, 30 & 31, at the upper part of the buttocks.
32, on the middle of the head.
33, on the right part of the hair near the forehead or the hair line.
34 & 35, the right and left part of the brain (at the temporal sides of the brain) as well as the occipital bone.
36, the cerebellum (occipital) prominent bone on the head.
37 & 38, nearly 3cm above the ears.
39, prominent occipital bone, the deep area at the back of the head where cupping is prohibited, except in necessary cases.
40, in the middle of the back of the neck.
41 & 42, on the back of the head to the right and the left.
43 & 44, the sides of the neck.
45 & 46, nearly 3cm above the air trachea (4-5).
47, on the left shoulder in addition to the heart.
48, on the right rib from upward, complementary to the gall bladder knot.
49, the immunity area from the back, between the two scapulae (shoulder blades).
50, 6cm slightly above 8, for stomach ulcers.
51 & 52, the two thigh bones (femur), from both sides.
53 & 54, the inner part of the knee from the back.
55, almost 3cm under the shoulder.
Cupping places on the face and abdomen
101, the forehead on the place of worship in praying and it is better not to repeat it.
102 & 103, above the eyebrows from the inner part of the nasal sinuses.
104 & 105, on both sides of the brows and slightly upward for headaches and sight.
106, almost 6cm above the left ear to help give up smoking.
107, nearly 4cm above the cheeks to assist in speech.
108 & 109, on the sides of the nose for nasal sinuses.
110, under the ear from the right and left.
111, 112 & 113, near the eye and the cheek and near the lip to treat the fifth and sixth nerve.
114, under the chin and it has many benefits.
115 & 116, under the ends of the clavicle (collar bone) from the outside and on the shoulders.
117 & 118, under the clavicle (collar bone) from the inside, on the chest.
119, the heart, under the middle of the left clavicle (collar bone) using four fingers of the patient himself.
120, sternum bone (breastplate), in the middle of the chest.
121, first part of the stomach directly under the chest bone.
122, 123 & 124, above the liver, right of the belly.
125 & 126, between the belly and the thigh near the pubic hair area for involuntary urination, infertility…etc.
127 & 128, on the inner part of the thighs.
129, on the back of the feet to the right.
130, on the sides of the heel from inside and outside for edema.
131, above the heel bone nearly 5cm from the outside.
133, almost 2cm above the stomach mouth and near the end of the chest bone.
134, under the left breast.
135 & 136, 5cm away from the breast nipple from the inside for the lungs.
137, 138, 139 & 140, above, right, left and under the umbilicus (belly button).
141, & 142, Right and left of 140.
143, above the bladder.
Alahmdulilah I have found head points and another site
Whether it’s your own brain fog, depression, dizziness, irritability, lack of energy, or mood swings, mental health is affected by what we consume as food and drinks.
Children’s unbalanced behavior, learning difficulties can be and is affected by food or bad mood food is something that affects our minds.
I tweaked the following excellent piece from passionate foodie Hannah Hepworth sheds some light on foods that we would do well to avoid or drastically cut down on.
Nutrition is probably one of the most underrated components of any anti-anxiety program. We normally don’t think that foods can cause or exacerbate anxiety but in truth, they can.
Just as good, healthy, unadulterated foods can strengthen your body, because food is information for your cells, food can also wreak havoc and cause unnecessary stress in your body. In this blog post I’d like to walk you through the top 5 foods to avoid if you have anxiety.
I have to warn you, you may read through this list and feel like you been sentenced to death because your diet is mostly made up of these foods. This is not meant to stress you out more! This is to help you become aware of any bad mood foods in your diet so you can begin to decrease and eliminate them.
If you eat all of them on a regular basis, pick 1 that you can begin eliminating from your diet. Go slow, experience success and improvement and then drop another. Let’s get started!
I’ll just start with this food first. We all love it, many of us are even addicted to it, although we may not like to admit it;) Sugar is a major stressor to your body. Sugar tastes wonderful, but it’s void of nutrients giving you empty calories.
When you fill up too much on sugary foods (which can also be foods that turn to sugar quickly like simple carbs i.e. white flour, white rice…) you don’t leave yourself room to eat nutrient dense foods like fruits and veggies, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, raw dairy and meat. You can eventually become deficient in many nutrients which then creates a host of problems that cause and exacerbate anxiety and stress.
Sugar also promotes inflammation in the body. This can be located ANYWHERE in the body, do your joints ache? Do you suffer from mental illness? Inflammation is the root of all illness.
Make a goal to eliminate sugar for 1 week. See how you feel. You might not even realize how yucky it makes you feel until you add it back in. Try it out for yourself!
This isn’t something that I’ve ever really struggled with as I’m not a soda, coffee or tea drinker.
However, I know tons of people who can’t live without their “Dew” or their Diet Coke multiple times a day. The thing with caffeine is that it depletes B-vitamins (namely B1), which are so important for a healthy, unfrazzled nervous system.
Caffeine also triggers an adrenalin release just like stress does and can cause and exacerbate panic attacks. If you struggle with panic attacks please eliminate caffeine! It restricts blood flow to the brain, causes your heart to race (think anxiety) and dehydrates your whole body.
You can get coffee replacements like Barley Cup or Dandelion Root Coffee.
Sometimes just the simple act of drinking ample water is enough to reduce anxiety in a person.
Processed foods lack nutrients. They are often so processed that manufacturers have to add nutrients back into them to be able to deem them as “food.” This is a bit of a stretch in my opinion. Our grocery stores are filled with a majority of packaged foods teaming with fake colors, flavors and preservatives to make them more enticing, visually appealing and to light up our taste buds, (more on this later). Bottom line, start shopping the perimeter of the grocery store. If you struggle with anxiety your body is already a stress ball, you don’t need to add to it by eating nutrient void foods. They have no place in your diet. We need to include processed meats in this category.
You might have been tricked into thinking that all fats are bad but this simply isn’t the case. Each of our trillions of cells have a membrane around them that are made up of fat. Bad fats include any fat that says hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated before it. Bad fats also include canola (rapeseed) oil, peanut oil, corn oil, margarine, cottonseed oil, soy oil, crisco, vegetable oil, and safflower oil. Most foods that are processed contain unhealthy fats. When you eat these fats they make the membrane around your cells become stiff and rigid, making it hard for your cells to communicate with one another.
When you eat healthy fats like coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, and butter you are nourishing the cell membranes helping them stay fluid and flexible which allows them to communicate with one another. If you have anxiety, you better believe you want your brain cells communicating properly with one another!!
Good fats also nourish your nervous system. Strive to switch out the bad fats in your diet with good fats. Add them to smoothies, cook with them and slather them on toast, potatoes and rice (brown that is;)!
Excitoxins- MSG/Fake Sugar
I’m going to lump these last two ingredients together. I can’t really call them foods though. MSG otherwise known as monosodium glutamate and fake sugar which can go by the names of aspartame, sucralose or saccharine, among other names listed in this article by Dr. Oz are both damaging to your brain cells and nervous system.
MSG is a damaging food additive that enhances the flavor of many foods from soups, to salad dressings, crackers, frozen dinners and commonly in Chinese food.
MSG is considered an excitotoxin which means that it overexcites your cells to the point of death and can cause brain damage. You can read more about what MSG can do to your body and names that it can go by in this article by Dr. Mercola
Fake sugar is similar in that it can damage your nervous system and excite the neurons in your brain making them fire like crazy until they die. I’ve shared information on staying away from fake sugar before on social media and am usually contacted by diet soda companies telling me there’s no evidence.
I personally know multiple people, including myself, who have experienced adverse effects of eating fake sugar. 3 times after I have eaten even tiny amounts of food with fake sugar I have had extreme dizziness and a damaged feeling in the nerves of my head. A couple times I couldn’t walk in a straight line, and it took a few days to really subside. If you struggle with anxiety you don’t need to be eating ANYTHING that could even POTENTIALLY be damaging to your nervous system.
When you are anxious your nervous system is in a state of high alert. We want to calm the nervous system, and activate your body’s relaxation response so you can get your body in a state to where it can begin healing naturally.
often its good to share the healthy option to get people to taste the difference,
alerted by one Muslim sister, that often, food given to break fasts in the mosk, is normally rice and chicken and fresh salad, so vital, is often missing from what is offered, so we decided to make a big bowl of salad for the sisters to share at iftar time
fresh chopped parsley full of vitamin C
loads of cucumber,cooling and hydrating, aids weight loss, diuretic,good for skin, de-toxing
little gems lettuce , cooling and hydrating, relaxing aids sleep, alkali combats acid build up
tomatoes, vitamin c, anti-oxidant, good for heart health, anti-cancer, good for brain health
and radish, combats constipation,obesity,asthma , bronchitis,urinary problems,piles, jaundice and de-toxes the body.
fresh pomegranate, good for the heart,lowers risk of heart disease and plaque build up in arteries, risk of breast and prostate cancer,reduces cholesterol,lessens symptoms of diarrhea and irritable bowel as well as being powerful anti-oxidant.
mix it all up and add fragrant savoury Moroccan cold pressed olive oil,anti-inflammatory, good for digestion, good for heart health.
lemon wedges,vitamin c , anti-oxidant, build immune system,
and fresh mint leaves, good for digestion, nausea , headache,asthma,depression, fatigue, skin, pimples and promotes good memory.