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The Signature of Colour in Our Foods: White

The Signature of Colour in Our Foods: White

 

By Hwaa Irfan

 

The natural colours of life, as opposed to the artificial colours we as humans create are but forms of light energy transformed by our brains which possesses domains of visual memory set up to discern different colours. Each colour is a particular wave of energy that we are receptive to, and each wave of energy has a particular potential, and a particular promise.

That promise is compromised or even missing when we fall prey to the marketing hype of processed foods, rich with all kinds of additives and colourings not as nature intended. The whole foods, that is food as nature intended is where the treasure of nutritional lies, ready and waiting to synergize with the human body according to the Laws of Nature. This may sound a bit “old school” but all that is the way our bodies are designed. Our bodies, minds and souls cannot function at full potential if it is continually compromised by synthetic proteins, vitamins, and is bombarded with man-made chemicals that over time accumulate a lot of bogus from food technology that is based on the premise that the human body is a mechanical machine that only needs fuel, and that man has complete knowledge of the human body in order to do so! To put a stop to the never-ending evolution of new diseases, we must stop listening to the promises made by the food, agricultural, and pharmaceutical industries in order to boost their profit margin, keeping whole foods out of reach from the common man, woman and child which have resulted in a growing number of ‘food deserts’ in the U.S., where whole communities are starved of any real nutrition. Without that nutrition which not only nourishes our bodies, and our brains, we are more prone to underperforming at all levels including social.

White – Naturally occurring whole foods like bananas, cauliflower, celery, garlic, ginger, leeks, mushrooms, oatmeal, onions, soybean, and turnips contain allium and indoles, which are found in the pigment of those foods.

Allium

The allium found in naturally occurring white wholefoods contains phytochemicals or plant chemicals: flavonoids, anthocyanins, and polyphenols.

Flavonoids  

Flavonoids are water soluble polyphenols that have been found to prevent blood clotting, and acts as good anti-inflammatories, and as an anti-viral. Flavonoids also suppress the growth of tumors, protects Vitamin E, and to placate the harmful effects of toxic heavy metal ions. Flavonoids contain strong antioxidant activities, which means this group of plant chemicals prevents cell death.

Polyphenols are naturally occurring water soluble compounds. It has been established that they contain strong antioxidant (prevents cell damage), and anti-cancerous properties, especially pertaining to the colon and the liver. Polyphenols also carry strong antibacterial activities. In a study by the Institute of Normal and Pathological Physiology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, it was found that polyphenols improved the function of space memory, and ability to be attentive. The ancient Egyptian Codex Ebers documents onions and garlic as effective forms of treatment for heart problems, headaches and tumours.

Anthocyanins are water soluable polyphenol flavanoids with strong anti-oxidant properties that are found just under the skin of the produce. The full knowledge of what anthocyanins do is still in its infancy, as they are difficult to study in isolation.

When consumed, anthocyanins powerful anti-inflammatory properties that are effective on the nervous system and collagen (the most abundant protein in the human body found mainly in connective tissue). Anthocyanins protect damaged tissue, blood vessels, and ease allergic reactions.

They have also been found to improve night vision, protect against liver damage, reduce blood pressure, possess antimicrobial activities, and as a strong antioxidant, suppress proliferation of cancer cells.

To Get the Best Benefit

  • Fresh is best when it comes to buying and eating.
  • Cook minimally to reduce the loss that occurs when exposed to high      temperatures
  • Avoid foods that have been processed.
  • Have a varied diet; eating the same foods all the time in the same      way reduces ones’ ability to have a truly healthy balanced diet.

 

References:

“Garlic (Allium sativum L.) modulates cytokine expression in lipopolysaccharide-activated human blood thereby inhibiting NF-kappaB activity.” http://www.phytochemicals.info/research/garlic-anti-inflammatory.php

“Phytochemicals: 16 Health Benefits of Polyphenols” http://www.worldwidehealth.com/health-article-Phytochemicals-16-Health-Benefits-of-Polyphenols-.html

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10 Scientific Tips for Raising Happy Children

10 Scientific Tips for Raising Happy Children

 

Over the years, what has arisen from my work with children both directly and indirectly, is one fundamental truth regardless of culture. That fundamental truth is summarized by the traditional indigenous Australian culture:

The human is not considered better and higher than the rest of creation, and it goes against the society to make a child feel bad about themselves, and are raised to not have attachment to material things, for all property is for the common good, and sharing is the means that supports this belief.

This fundamental truth is also taught by Prophet Muhammed (SAW) in terms of kindness to children.

Be kind, for whenever kindness becomes part of something, it beautifies it. Whenever it is taken from something, it leaves it tarnished.” Imam Bukhari’s Book of Muslim Morals and Manners

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) would hear the crying of a child in the company of his mother during payer, and he would then recite only a short portion of the Quran (to end the prayer and let the mother comfort her child).” – Sahih Muslim, Hadith 220

‘Be afraid of Allah, and be just to your children.‘ Al-Bukhari Book #47, Hadith #760

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle kissed Al-Hasan bin Ali while Al-Aqra’ bin Habis At-Tamim was sitting beside him. Al-Aqra said, “I have ten children and I have never kissed anyone of them,” Allah’s Apostle cast a look at him and said, “Whoever is not merciful to others will not be treated mercifully.”  Al Bukhari Book #73, Hadith #26)

Narrated An-Nu’man ibn Bashir: “The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: Act equally between your children; Act equally between your sons“.  (Abu Dawud Book #23, Hadith #3537)

“Don’t curse your own selves, nor your children. nor your belongings”. (Muslim Book #042, Hadith #7149)

It is pretty amazing that once the children we hoped for enter our lives, how little time we spend with them, how little we underestimate their basic needs, and how much focus is placed on making them into something they are not. Here are a few tips from LiveScience which are more culture-bound than scientific, but they get across the general idea!

Sense of humor: Lighten up! Joking with your toddler helps set them up for social success, according to research presented at the Economic and Social Research Councils’ Festival of Social Science 2011. When parents joke and pretend, it gives young kids the tools to think creatively, make friends and manage stress. So feel free to play court jester — your kids will thank you later.

Be positive: No surprise here: Parents who express negative emotions toward their infants or handle them roughly are likely to find themselves with aggressive kindergartners. That’s bad news, because behavioral aggression at age 5 is linked to aggression later in life, even toward future romantic partners. So if you find yourself in a cycle of angry parent, angry baby, angrier parent, try to break free. It will ease your problems in the long run.

Foster Self Compassion: Parental guilt is its own industry, but avoid the undertow! Research suggests that self-compassion is a very important life skill, helping people stay resilient in the face of challenges. Self-compassion is made up of mindfulness, the ability to manage thoughts and emotions without being carried away or repressing them, common humanity, or empathy with the suffering of others, and self-kindness, a recognition of your own suffering and a commitment to solving the problem. Parents can use self-compassion when coping with difficulties in child-rearing. In doing so, they can set an example for their kids.

Let Go: When the kids fly the nest, research suggests it’s best to let them go. College freshmen with hovering, interfering “helicopter” parents are more likely to be anxious, self-conscious and less open to new experiences than their counterparts with more relaxed moms and dads. That doesn’t mean you should kick your offspring to the curb at 18, but if you find yourself calling your child’s professors to argue about his grades, it may be time to step back.

Nurture Your Marriage: If you’re a parent with a significant other, don’t let your relationship with your spouse or partner fall by the wayside when baby is born. Parents who suffer from marital instability, such as contemplating divorce, may set their infants up for sleep troubles in toddlerhood, according to research published in May 2011 in the journal Child Development. The study found that a troubled marriage when a baby is 9 months old contributes to trouble sleeping when the child is 18 months of age. It may be that troubled houses are stressful houses, and that stress is the cause of the sleep problems.

Taking Care of Your Mental Health: If you suspect you might be depressed, get help — for your own sake and your child’s. Research suggests that depressed moms struggle with parenting and even show muted responses to their babies’ cries compared with healthy moms. Depressed moms with negative parenting styles may also contribute to their children’s stress, according to 2011 research finding that kids raised by these mothers are more easily stressed out by the preschool years. The findings seem glum, but researchers say they’re hopeful, because positive parenting can be taught even when mom or dad are struggling with their own mental health.

Mothers and Sons: A close relationship with their mothers can help keep boys from acting out, according to a 2010 study. A warm, attached relationship with mom seems important in preventing behavior problems in sons, even more so than in girls, the research found. The findings, published in the journal Child Development, highlight the need for “secure attachment” between kids and their parents, a style in which kids can go to mom and dad as a comforting “secure base” before venturing into the wider world.

The mommy bond may also make for better romance later in life, as another study reported in 2010 showed that a close relationship with one’s mother in early adolescence (by age 14) was associated with better-quality romantic relationships as young adults. “Parents’ relationships with their children are extremely important and that’s how we develop our ability to have successful relationships as adults, our parents are our models,” study researcher Constance Gager, of Montclair State University in New Jersey, said at the time. “So if kids are not feeling close with their parents then they’re probably not going to model the positive aspects of that relationship when they reach adulthood.”

Teens Who Talk Back: Teens who talk back to their parents may be exasperating, but their argumentativeness is linked to a stronger rejection of peer pressure outside the home. In other words, autonomy at home fosters autonomy among friends.

Don’t worry, though: The study doesn’t suggest that kids should have adversarial relationships with their parents. In fact, a secure bond between teens and mothers is also linked to less bowing to peer pressure. Teens need to practice standing up for themselves, the researchers reported, but they also need support from their parents.

Seeking Perfection: Nobody’s perfect, so don’t torture yourself with an impossibly high bar for parenting success. According to a study published in 2011 in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, new parents who believe society expects perfection from them are more stressed and less confident in their parenting skills. And no wonder! Make an effort to ignore the pressure, and you may find yourself a more relaxed parent.

Know Your Kids: Everyone thinks they know the best way to raise a child. But it turns out that parenting is not one-size-fits-all. In fact, kids whose parents tailor their parenting style to the child’s personality have half the anxiety and depression of their peers with more rigid parents, according to a study published in August 2011 in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. It turns out that some kids, especially those with trouble regulating their emotions, might need a little extra help from Mom or Dad. But parents can inadvertently hurt well-adjusted kids with too much hovering. The key, said lead researcher Liliana Lengua of the University of Washington, is stepping in with support based on a child’s cues.

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