Health Info

Hazy Weather and More Weddings.

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There’s haze everywhere in Kuala Lumpur and Shah Alam where I stay. Visibily is quite scarce when we drive through the highway. Despite the rain that comes occasionally there’s not much of a difference . I have to be careful not to expose myself out there as I’ve quite recently recovered from my Asthma .

A week ago saw the School Holiday Season and there weddings here and every where. I’ve been busy with orders for weddings and engagement’s gift for order for Strawberry Tarts and Pineapple Tarts.

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Drink Plenty Of water and Eat Fresh Pineapple

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There’s Haze everywhere this time around the area where I stay. The weather lately is very dry and dusty. Its advisable I take a cold bath at predawn before Subuh prayer and religiously drink exceptionally more plain water than I really do now to avoid dehydration. Not forgetting is my favourite fruit fresh pineapple. I incorporate pineapple in a lot of my daily chores for example in my cili paste ie “Sambal Belachan Nenas”, yellow thick gravy of “Masak Lemak Cili Api Nenas with Prawns”…hmmm yummy so delicious.

Haze in Kuala Lumpur

In these hazy weather condition I have to be very careful not to catch asthma again. I had a tough experience when I was down with asthma during my Umrah Pilgrimage this year in February when the weather in Medina was cold.

Eat Wisely and Stay Healthy

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Eat good and healthy  food everyday. Keep away from dusty areas and think positive. That’s the  most important reminder  I should  religiously follow without fail. This is because a nice and delicious meal may not necessarily be a good and healthy  food. I am saying  this  because of  my personal experience . Prior to this I used to eat what I like to eat and take lightly about health factors. However since early this year I  have been experiencing 3 occurrences of asthmatic cases and dizziness due to low blood pressure. I surf the net to find out about low blood pressure and will  find out about asthmatic problems in my future entries.

What is considered to be low blood pressure?

Blood pressure is basically a measurement of the pressure exerted by blood flow on the walls of the arteries, as it is pumped through the body to the various organs. While high blood pressure or hypertension is quite well defined, low blood pressure is usually relative and not an absolute. While the normal measurement of blood pressure is 120/80 mm hg this level could vary quite widely among different individuals, and low blood pressure simply refers to the abnormality, where the blood pressure of the person is much lower than the normal. Low blood pressure symptoms include fatigue, headaches, dizziness or light headedness, because of oxygen deprivation. This is because the reduced blood flow causes a poor supply of oxygen to the brain and other vital organs of the body.

It is important to keep in mind that since low blood pressure is relative to your normal blood pressure levels, what is defined as low blood pressure is likely to vary among individuals. Thus a low blood pressure reading for one person would be normal for another. It is therefore important to go for regular medical checkups to monitor blood pressure so that a drop in blood pressure can be swiftly identified. The normal range of blood pressure could vary from 90/60 mm Hg to 130/80 mm Hg. A drop of as little as 20 could be problematic for some people and if your normal blood pressure is in the higher range, a drop of 20 would still be seen as normal, which is why periodic testing is necessary. This is also important because low blood pressure symptoms may not always be evident

Low Blood Pressure Problems and Complications

The main dangers of low blood pressure stem from an inability of the heart to pump adequate blood to the various organs of the body. As a result the organs cannot function properly and there could be temporary or even permanent damage to the organs. Low blood pressure problems will generally manifest some symptoms.

Angina or Heart Attack:

An impaired blood flow to the coronary arteries, which are responsible for supplying blood to the heart muscles could cause a person to develop chest pain, symptomatic of angina, or the person could even experience a heart attack.

Kidney Damage or Failure: Reduced blood flow to the kidneys can impair their ability to eliminate wastes from the body, consequentially increasing the levels of these wastes and toxins in the blood. This can therefore create still more complications affecting various other organs of the body.

Organ Failure:

This is the main danger of low blood pressure. Very low blood pressure levels or persistently low blood pressure levels could lead to rapid deterioration and failure of the vital organs like the heart, brain, lungs, livers and kidneys, leading to death.

Other Benefits Of Pineapple Fruits

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Last weekend I went to the market to buy groceries for cooking over the  weekend lunch and dinner. I stumbled upon a stall selling “honey” pineapple. I bought one which is about  2 kg.  Wow!! aren’t they delicious???

This is the pineapple I bought….so delicious!!!

Pineapple is a  remarkable fruit. The fruit is not only enjoyable to eat because of its lush, sweet and exotic flavour, but it may also be one of the most healthful foods available today. If we take a more detailed look at it, we will find that pineapple is valuable for easing indigestion, arthritis or sinusitis. The juice  helps to get rid of intestinal worms.

I’m always interested to look at how pineapple affects other conditions of our body system.

Pineapple is high in manganese, a mineral that is critical to development of strong bones and connective tissue.  A cup of fresh pineapple will give you nearly 75% of the recommended daily amount. It is particularly helpful to older adults, whose bones tend to become brittle with age.

Because of my passion in gardening I also break off the top portion of the fruit or some called it the “crown” and wrapped the bottom with some wet tissue and newsprint papers. I sprinkled the papers sparingly every alternate mornings to make sure they remain fresh. I plan to grow  them ( there are 2 stalks) on the ground of my home when I go back to Subang  Bestari. Don’t know yet whether  the soil in our area are suitable….

Healthy Eating of Vegetables and Fruits

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This is the last day of September. surprisingly I manage  to squeeze some  time, in fact couple of days to submit a few posts, something which I rarely have the time to do previously. However I have budgeted the time to research this subject as health, nutrition and weight management is  my main aim which set to achieve within the next 3 months!!!

Writing these posts means reminding myself that I am bound to follow what I write. Most importantly I must follow some quick tips religiously to maintain my ideal weight. ( My BMI has shot to 26! ) My ideal BMI is 25. Ooops!!! that’s quite high. Well I have to intensify my activities to burn calories and watch my diet. That means  loosing 7700 calories to lose 1 kg of  my body weight.  Sound’s like impossible to achieve. Like I mentioned in my previous posts I am not a person who like to diet. I eat what I like ,that’s the reason why I am what I eat… So, to get back my ideal  BMI I have to work hard in my weight management.

I am now starting  to draw line in my calorie intake and follow these quick tips on eating lots of vegetables and fruits by :-

1. Keeping my kitchen stocked with ingredients from the Healthy Eating Pyramid… concentrate on vegetables , fruits and protein. Always keeping  fruits like pineapple, strawberries, bananas, apple etc on the table and at the front rows in my fridge. This is one way I will always eat it.

2.Taking my daily meals by filling half the plate with vegetables of  other varieties.

3.Choosing vegetables and fruits that are packed with more nutrients and slow digested carbs.

4. Trying to cook a health recipe that always include pineapple that can be eaten raw, making a dish, or even snack.

5.Taking at least low-fat dairy products with less sodium as health snack like yogurt and fiber cereals.

I just made a pineapple recipe and  using strawberries which is a health snack.

PINEAPPLE AND STRAWBERRY YOGURT SHAKE

Ingredients:.

1/2 cup cut pineapples

1/2 cup strawberries  cut lengthwise

1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice

3/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt

Method:

Combine all ingredients.

Put in a blender.

Puree at medium speed until thick and smooth.

Place about 15 mins in the fridge and serve.

Health Tips and good eating behavior

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I just posted something  on managing  ideal weight recently. My ideas are still fresh in my mind so I will continue writing on something simple and relevant to it. Many of us forget about health and eat whatever type of  food there is. The busy schedule  makes us resort to eating fast foods.

Health tips below are easy to follow if you want to maintain ideal weight:-

1. Eat 3 meal per day ( with a balanced diet )

2. Avoid eating fried and fatty foods and high sugar snacks and drinks.

3. Eat single and smaller portions and do not opt for second servings.

4.Eat plenty of fruits especially pineapple , strawberry and green apple and lots of vegetables.

5.Drink 6-8 glasses of water.

6.Eat on at your kitchen or dinning table not while driving or watching TV or reading etc.

7.Eat only because you are hungry.

8. Eat drink more calorie free, caffeine free and sodium free food.

9.Eat low fat dairy like yogurt, high fiber cereals/crackers.

10.Exercise at least 30 minutes a day. You can convert these activities by doing more household chores like  dusting, vacuuming, gardening  and cycling in the morning or evening.