Fitness: Getting Mind and Body fit for Striving!

Imagined Ugliness?! …a Mental Ailment!


During my trip to the Emirates, I happened to come across an article about the increased demand for cosmetic surgery; it has significantly increased by over 100% since last year in Dubai!

…I read that in silence, and sat there pondering.

It reminded me of the Great Wisdom of Allah in the rulings of Islam and the benefits achieved for His slaves because one of the causes, as suggested by the article, which leads people to seek cosmetic surgery is a mental condition called BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder) – but alHamdulillah, as I see it, Islam has cut the root cause of this mental ailment,

Read below more about this disease and its symptoms, and learn how Islam has encouraged a healthy balance of beatification between negligence and obsession!

Also read below when parents should be concerned and what parents should do to keep kids away from this Mental Illness.


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Avoid harmful toxic chemicals in household cleaning products!  - The Striving Muslimah Blog Asthma, fertility disorders, skin irritation and cancer…

- all been linked to the harmful chemicals found in conventional/antibacterial cleaners.

“Many mainstream cleaning products contain unnecessarily hazardous ingredients,” Rebecca Sutton, PhD, a senior scientist with the Environmental Working Group, says.

  • According to the American Thoracic Society, using conventional cleaners even once a week may increase the risk of developing adult asthma.
  • Petroleum distillates, found in kitchen and furniture cleaners – can cause damage to the nervous system and lungs.
  • Triclosan, a synthetic toxic chemical compound added to many anti¬bacterial products and other household care products, may disrupt thyroid hormone function - it has also been linked to allergies and antibiotic resistance.


Tests using lab animals have verified that exposure to large doses of triclosan can cause irreparable health damage, but industry representatives say that the levels found in consumer products are much too small to do so… even so, these cleansers seem to be a futile investment because research has shown that, in the home, antibacterial soap is no more effective than the regular stuff in preventing infection.

“there’s no evidence that they provide any extra protection from germs,” Sutton says.

In hospitals, the bacteria-killing properties of triclosan can prevent the spread of serious infections. But at home you don’t need to kill the bugs; all you need to do is wash them down the drain. Ordinary soap and water does that every bit as well as antibacterial scrubs, according to a 2005 FDA advisory panel.

Apart from the fact that these conventional products have the potential to harm you; while others leave pernicious fumes that linger… click the link below for a safe, cost-effective and home solution to cleaning your fridge interior…

Clean your Fridge Interior without harmful soaps & detergents | The Striving Muslimah Blog

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— Shawana A. Aziz

Fasting could help combat Cancer and boost effectiveness of treatments

Fasting could help combat Cancer and boost effectiveness of treatments

Going without food for short periods may help to combat cancer and boost the effectiveness of treatments, say scientists.

A study found fasting slowed the growth and spread of tumours and cured some cancers when it was combined with chemotherapy.

It is hoped that the discovery will prompt the development of more effective treatment plans and further research is now under way.

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Start glowing from within…

We all know Vitamin E is good for skin – but Vitamin A is especially important for healthy skin, because it is another weapon in your fight against dry skin – dryness which snatches away the glow!

Vitamin A is stored in the liver until needed by the body, also known as retinoids – and who hasn’t heard of retinoids creams nowadays; they are prescribed to boost collagen for reduced fine lines, and to speed cell turnover for even color and smooth skin…

What Vitamin A does is forces your skin cells to turn over faster, bringing new fresh skin cells to the surface.

It helps the skin rebuild tissues, and is also an essential vitamin when it comes to healing scrapes, wounds and other damages to the skin giving you softer, brighter, less-lined skin.

So, start munching on carrots after Iftar!

Later we have a recipe of delicious Carrot Raita for you to make at home…

— Shawana A. Aziz