Monthly Archives: August 2013

One thing I wish I’ve done (better) for my children

If I had one big frustration as a mom, it was my failure to breastfeed my two kids for as long as possible. I breastfed my children for only a couple of months before and a few weeks after I returned to work. I know I can’t put the blame on anyone else not even my former job for my failure to breastfeed longer. I wasn’t good at time management and (maybe) I lack will power to do it.

I really felt guilty about it.

breastfeeding

A lot of ordinary and celebrity moms have been successful in breastfeeding their children. I admire them for being able to manage their time in expressing (pumping) and storing breastmilk at home and even while at their work place.

I know the benefits of breastfeeding to the growth and well-being of a child just like prenatal multivitamin and similar vitamin to a pregnant woman. But for me nothing beats Malunggay leaves as supplement for expecting moms because of its high calcium benefit. Studies have shown that calcium found in Malunggay leaves is four times the calcium found in milk.

I have pregnant friends whom I can share this bit of information. I may not be an expert on breastfeeding or nutrition, but I can be an advocate of anything good as breastfeeding.

So, if someone would ask me if there is anything that I regret not doing for my kids, it would be the failure to sustain them with my own breastmilk for as long as they need it.

Part of this article which I also wrote in 2010 appeared first on my other blog yamsfiles.com. I post this in observance of this year’s National Breastfeeding Awareness Month.

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Benefits of Ramadan fasting

It’s the end of Ramadan today, Eid al-Fitr.

I have this article about Ramadan fasting written almost four years ago. I’m (re)posting it for posterity’s sake.

  • Most Muslims do not fast because of medical benefits but because it has been ordained to them in the Quran.
  • Fasting in general has been used in medicine for medical reasons including weight management, for rest of the digestive tract and for lowering lipids.
  • There are many adverse effects of total fasting as well as so-called crash diets. Islamic fasting is different from such diet plans because in Ramadan fasting, there is no malnutrition or inadequate calorie intake. The caloric intake of Muslims during Ramadan is at or slightly below the national requirement guidelines. In addition, the fasting in Ramadan is voluntarily taken and is not a prescribed imposition from the physician.
  • The physiological effect of fasting includes lower of blood sugar, lowering of cholesterol and lowering of the systolic blood pressure.
  • Ideal recommendation for treatment of mild to moderate, stable, non-insulin diabetes, obesity and essential hypertension.
  • Patients who are suffering from severe diseases, whether diabetes or coronary artery disease, kidney stones, etc., are exempt from fasting and should not try to fast.
  • There are psychological effects of fasting as well. There is a peace and tranquility for those who fast during the month of Ramadan. Personal hostility is at a minimum, and the crime rate decreases. …
  • This psychological improvement could be related to better stabilization of blood glucose during fasting as hypoglycemia after eating, aggravates behavior changes. …
  • Similarly, recitation of the Quran not only produces a tranquillity of heart and mind, but improves the memory.