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Balanced diet helps maximise
( This article was published in Oman Daily Observer, Oman's most prestigious Newspapers.The article is reproduced with the permission of the author )
By Hasan Kamoonpuri
Recent studies and
researches indicate that the zero consumption or total fasting prescribed during Ramadhan is a powerful positive and proactive healthcare initiative that ward
off future health problems. As a positive healthcare institution, the month of
Ramadhan advocates health-enhancing activities such as fasting, getting up early
in the morning, and eating wholesome food such as vegetables, sprouts and fruits
in order to ward off future threats to health and to enrich your health against
all risk factors.
Nutritionists say during and after Ramadhan, one must carefully choose those
items that enrich and enhance your health against all risk factors. For example,
eating apple is good for protecting your heart, preventing constipation,
blocking diarrhoea and improving lung capacity.
Eating apricot helps combat cancer, controls blood pressure and saves eyesight
and slows ageing process. Banana protects heart, quiets a cough, strengthens
bones, controls blood pressure and blocks diarrhoea.
Broccoli strengthens bones, saves eyesight, combats cancer, protects heart and
controls blood pressure. Cabbage is good for fighting cancer, preventing
constipation, promoting weight loss and reducing haemorrhoids.
Carrots save eyesight, protect heart, prevent constipation, combat cancer and
help in weight loss. Cauliflower protects against prostate cancer, combats
breast cancer, strengthens bones, banishes bruises and guards against heart
Eggs, the nature's most perfect food, must be a part of the meal. Eggs are high
in protein and relatively low in calories. The yolk contains choline, one of the
most important nutrients for the brain, as well as lutein and xeazanthin, two
critical nutrients for eye health.
Figs are good for weight loss; helps stop strokes, lowers cholesterol, combats
cancer and controls blood pressure.
Fish protects heart, boosts memory, combats cancer and supports immune system.
Garlic lowers cholesterol, controls blood pressure, combats cancer, kills
bacteria and fights
Honey heals wounds, aids digestion, guards against ulcers, increases energy and
fights allergies. Lemon combats cancer, protects heart, controls blood pressure
and smoothes skin. Oats lower cholesterol, combat cancer, battle diabetes and
prevent constipation. Olive oil protects heart, promotes weight loss, combats
cancer, and fights diabetes and smoothes skin.
It is very good to drink pomegranate juice, which is loaded with antioxidants.
Studies show it can reduce blood pressure and plaque in the arteries. New
research indicates it also slows the progression of tumours.
Orange supports immune system, combats cancer, protects heart and straightens
respiration. Tomatoes protect prostate, combat cancer, lower cholesterol and
Walnut lowers cholesterol, combats cancer, boosts memory, lifts mood and
protects against heart disease. Watermelon protects prostate, promotes weight
loss, lowers cholesterol, helps stop strokes and controls blood pressure.
Wheat germ combats colon cancer, prevents constipation, lowers cholesterol,
helps stop strokes and improves digestion. Wheat bran combats colon cancer,
prevents constipation, lowers cholesterol, helps stop strokes, and improves
Yoghurt guards against ulcers, strengthens bones and lowers cholesterol.
Increasing the intake of raw fruits, vegetables and specially sprouted seeds
helps enhance and maintain good health, strengthens body’s automatic healing
process, ward off future health problems and provides the body with vital
nutrients, vitamins and minerals, which aid the body’s routine healing
The sprouts are an excellent source of vitamin B and C, fibre, protein and
contain important enzymes that aid digestion. Sprouts are the only form of
agriculture that can be locally grown in all four seasons and offer the least
expensive way to get healthy. Any kind of seed can be sprouted.
It is good to know that vitamin A, which is vital for good vision and resistance
to infections, is found in milk, eggs, meat, fish, green leafy vegetables,
carrots, yellow and orange fruit and vegetables.