U.S. May 5 marks the start of Ramadan, which will see Muslims across the world reflect and honor the holy month. According to the Pew Research Center, there are 3.45 million Muslims living in the U.S., which makes up 1.1 percent of the total population. The majority of these Muslims will be fasting to honor Ramadan. However, there are some that do not fast during the holy month, including the sick and young children. But what about women who are on their period during Ramadan? Are Women Allowed To Abstain From Fasting During Ramadan? "Women on their periods are exempt from fasting and can make up the fasting days that they missed after Ramadan," Dr. Homayra Ziad, lecturer in Islamic studies at Johns Hopkins University, told Newsweek. "People with medical conditions that prevent them from fasting have other ways to honor the month, including means that are laid out in Islamic law." Instead of fasting from food and drink, some Muslims choose to feed the … [Read more...] about Ramadan 2019: How to Deal with Periods During Ramadan Fasting
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Saturday March 2, 2019 05:01 PM Keeping your digestive system healthy may be a simple as enjoying a beverage that tastes good and just happens to be great for your health. Written by Karen L. Chandler Keeping your digestive system healthy may be a simple as enjoying a beverage that tastes good and just happens to be great for your health. Water can be the simplest and most affordable drink around, according to Joel Moceri, director of integrative health for The Good Life Companies, Cumru Township. “Most of us are chronically dehydrated already,” Moceri said. “So staying hydrated is essential for not only optimal colon health but overall health.” Moceri suggests that purified water with a pinch of Himalayan sea salt or remineralizing drops will go a long way toward attaining good health. He explains that not only does hydration keep the digestive tract running smoothly, adding real salt adds even more benefits with its essential vitamins and minerals. … [Read more...] about Body-hydration strategies go a long way to protect digestive health
Taking a break from all added sugar is one way to get a grip on how much of the sweet stuff you’re actually eating. That’s why the Star Tribune is hosting the 28-Day Sugar-Free Challenge this month. It’s not too late to join in. In order to successfully avoid added sugars, you will need to learn how to be a label detective at the supermarket. Experts suggest focusing on the list of ingredients, not the nutritional breakdown. “Stop looking at the nutrition labels, because they just confuse you. If sugar is one of the top five ingredients, avoid it. You can find an alternative,” said nutritionist Brooke Alpert, who wrote “The Sugar Detox.” “It’s amazing, if you go to the supermarket, there’s 104 different kinds of tomato sauces. Find the one with no sugar added,” she said. Even if you’re just looking at the listed ingredients, hunting for added sugar on food labels can be tricky. Often times, the word … [Read more...] about Sugar by any other name is still as sweet: How to be a label detective
By Amy Graff, SFGATE Published 10:08 am PDT, Friday, October 26, 2018 Vitaly Van De Sande, 4, hands out candy to passersby at his mom and grandmother's flower shop on 24th Street as the city celebrated Halloween in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, October 31, 2016. Vitaly Van De Sande, 4, hands out candy to passersby at his mom and grandmother's flower shop on 24th Street as the city celebrated Halloween in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, October 31, 2016. Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle Buy photo Miles Miesnieks, 7, gets a handful of candy with his mom, Silka, from Marie Van Wassenhoven, right, as they Trick-or-Treat on 24th Stree in Noe Valley as the city celebrated Halloween in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, October 31, 2016. less Miles Miesnieks, 7, gets a handful of candy with his mom, Silka, from Marie Van Wassenhoven, right, as they Trick-or-Treat on 24th Stree in Noe Valley as … [Read more...] about Should Halloween be moved to the last Saturday in October?
Courtesy of the Don CeSarI remember the first time I visited the Don CeSar beach resort. It was the summer of 1998, and I was spending my days in the cool air-conditioned indoors of the Poynter Institute at USF. I had accidentally applied to summer Writer’s Camp at the wrong campus, confusing the “Northeast” in our St. Petersburg home address to mean we lived on the north side of the county. My directional challenges only grew worse with time; but my mom, in true graceful optimist form, never once complained about the extra 30 minutes — even though traffic did suck. Some mornings we’d even pop into the nearby Einstein Bros., where I discovered my love for the potato bagel with fluffy white whipped cream cheese. The summer before, Mom had spent months in the hospital on bed rest while awaiting my youngest brother’s arrival, so our daily drives to Writer’s Camp were an extra treat for me. That summer I learned about potato bagels and the special … [Read more...] about South Pinellas luxury beachfront hotel caters to fitness junkies