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‘More screen time increases risk of obesity’

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MNA Life Style Desk: If your child spends more than one to two hours on screen-based devices such as computers, phones, tablets, video games or TV, they may be at a higher risk of developing obesity, warns American Heart Association in an advisory. The new scientific statement, published in the journal Circulation, says that screen-based devices are associated with an increased amount of sedentary behaviour in children and teenagers. “Although the mechanisms linking screen time to obesity are not entirely clear, there are real concerns that screens influence eating behaviours, possibly because children ‘tune out’ and do not notice when ...

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Fairness tips to make your baby’s skin glowing

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MNA Life & Style Desk: Your newborn is home now, and you’re settling into a daily routine for skin glowing. Keeping your baby warm and nourished is tops on your list. Baby skin care is just as important. Here are some natural and practical baby fairness tips that can make your little one’s skin fair, supple, and glowing: Fruit Juice A good home remedy to enhance your baby’s complexion is feeding him grape juice. Natural fruit extracts help cleanse the epidermis and make your baby’s skin soft and fair. Some other nutritious fruits that boost your baby’s skin tone are ...

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Qurbani is the Sunna of Ibrahim

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MNA Life Style Desk: Qurbani is also referred to as the Sunna of Ibrahim in many texts. It follows the true story of father and son, Ibrahim and Ismail, and their unflinching loyalty and devotion to Allah (SWT). The story serves as a means of motivation, education and inspiration to millions of Muslims around the world today. Here, we will talk about this story at length. Qurbani or sacrifice is synonymous with surrender. It symbolizes that the person performing Qurbani is willing to sacrifice everything dear to him for Allah. It symbolizes and strengthens the promise with Allah that the ...

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Fruits, vegetables may lesser women’s stress risk

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MNA Life Style Desk: New research showed that fruits and vegetables in the diet, after finding that eating up to seven servings per day, can lower the risk of psychological stress for middle-aged women. Here are a list of some fruits and vegetables to eat. Moderate daily vegetable intake alone was linked to lower stress levels but moderate fruit intake alone appeared to show no significant benefit. The most potent effect was seen when fruit and veg like apples, bananas and oranges and potatoes, cucumber, lettuce and carrots were eaten together, and particularly in women. The findings, published in the ...

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Beauty Benefits of Turmeric for Skin

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MNA Life Style Desk: Turmeric, otherwise known as the golden spice, originates from the East. It’s good for more than spicing up curries though this spice has long been used in India to beautify the skin. Ancient China also valued turmeric for its medicinal uses, including its anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, antioxidant, and antiseptic properties. Correct oily skin In order to prevent the skin from becoming too dry, oils and waxes are secreted by the sebaceous glands. This helps the epidermis retain moisture while keeping the skin soft and supple. Excessively oily skin, usually due to overactive sebaceous glands, can lead to ...

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Ways to improve office efficiency

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MNA Life Style Desk: It primarily reflects the work efficiency of the employees of a company that helps to retain clients and get new businesses by timely delivery of quality work resulting in customer satisfaction. Delegate Tasks Based on Skills Identifying skill sets and behavior of employees is the epicenter while allocating work to employees. Before assigning tasks, one must assess strength and weaknesses of the employees to execute the timely deliveries. A street-smart, creative, offbeat thinker can be a great match for business development while they may find it difficult to perform routine detail-oriented tasks. Prioritise the Important Tasks ...

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Sleeping more than 10hr raises risks

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MNA Life Style Desk: If you thought that only less hours of sleep would affect your health, then you are wrong, sleeping more than 10 hours per day is also associated with metabolic syndrome, raising the risk for heart diseases, according to a new study. Those who slept for over 10 hours daily were at risk of elevated waist circumference, high triglyceride levels — a type of fat, low levels of “good” cholesterol, hypertension as well as high fasting blood sugar — referred to as metabolic syndrome and associated with increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. While sleeping more raised triglycerides ...

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Drinking water on empty stomach after waking up

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MNA Life Style Desk: Drinking water immediately after waking up is a popular ritual in Japan. Scientists agree that is very beneficial to our health. For our readers we publish below a description of use of water. For curing various kinds of diseases drinking water has been found to be very successful in the Japanese medical society. Flush out harmful toxins At night, your body repairs itself and casts out all the toxins in the body. When you drink water on an empty stomach in the morning, you will flush out these harmful toxins, leaving your body fresh and healthy. ...

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Characteristics of highly successful people

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MNA Life Style Desk: Successful people have to go through lots of struggles, uncertainty and pains. Struggle is different for everyone but psychologists say some characteristics are very common in all successful people. Here are some characteristics of successful people. Self-Control: Self-control is also needed for success. In your journey to success, you have to give-up many bad habits. Without self-control, it is highly unlikely that you will reach your goal. If you read successful people, you will find that they rarely lose control. Big Dreams: If you go through biographies of successful people, you will hardly find anyone who ...

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Make meditation a habit to improve your life

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MNA Life Style Desk: For thousands of years, people from all around the globe have been practicing meditation for its many life-improving benefits. In recent years, the practice has grown in popularity thanks to the many studies that support its numerous physical and mental health benefits. Better Sleep If you’ve ever spent a restless night tossing and turning, then you already know that your active mind can keep you awake for hours worrying and wondering about events of the day or what may happen tomorrow. A bit of meditation before bed can serve to completely clear your mind so that ...

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Tips to make your wife happy every day

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MNA Life Style Desk: While dream vacations and life milestones are important, it’s the simple ways you do that make your wife happier. Express love and show respect to your bride every day, and remind her why you were the best choice she’s ever made. There are uncountable times in marriage when a husband and wife get their wires crossed.  No wonder men are confused about how to make your wife happy. Efforts to make your wife happy may seem to backfire more often than not. Though the mystery between men and women is sure to continue, here are some ...

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Low glycemic fruits for diabetes

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Diabetes is becoming a major health issue for most of the people of Bangladesh and low glycemic fruits can be solution to arrange a proper diet for them. A healthy diet should almost always include some fruit, and this is particularly true if you’re suffering from adrenal fatigue. The difficulty arises in choosing the best and most nutritious fruits to eat. Most nutritionists will recommend sticking to the fruits with lower sugar content where possible, and this makes a lot of sense as part of a balanced diet. First of all, it’s important to understand how we ...

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Get perfect hair during monsoon

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MNA Life Style Desk: Monsoon is here again. Though we all love the rains and wait for them eagerly, we should be aware that during this time of the year, our body requires more care. We take care of our body and skin but, often neglect our hair. With proper hair care we can always manage to keep our hair safe and glossy even when the rains come. Hair masks can work as wonders on hair, especially in weather condition like monsoon. Coconut oil and honey is the odd combination, but provides wonderful nutrients to the hair. Keep your feet ...

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18 Things to Avoid Sleepless Nights

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: When you just can’t seem to turn off that is you are having sleepless nights , it’s always best to have a back-up strategy—and there are 18 options to try right now. 1. Think Positive It’s that easy—according to science, ridding your mind of those negative thoughts (“It’s so late, I’ll never get to sleep at this rate,” “I’m going to be so tired tomorrow at work,” “This stinks”) calms you down and makes you more likely to fall asleep. 2. Pick One Thing to Focus On You know how they always say to try counting sheep? ...

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Beauty tips for monsoon bride

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Getting married during the rains seems like a dreamy affair and this article will provide some beauty tips for the monsoon bride. The air is cooler and the atmosphere is just so romantic. Like there are cons to every pro, so goes the same with your makeup. After bearing that extreme heat of the sun, those sunburns, tans, sweaty (and stinky) summer days. Monsoon comes as a sign of relief. Monsoon weddings may be a hit as they score high on the romantic factor, but they spell skin and hair problems for the brides. Here are some ...

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Tips to make your skin fair in this summer

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MNA Life Style Desk: With all the sweat and grime in the air, it seems impossible to pull off healthy hair and skin in the summer season and here are some simple tips for making your skin summer tolerable. Prepare your skin The most crucial step to getting any look right, is prepping your skin. You can begin with the quintessential need for hydration, it’s very important to drink lots of water to keep your skin healthy and glowing from the inside. Exfoliate, circulate and radiate Exfoliating your skin in the summer not only removes dead skin, but also improves ...

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Ways to live eco-friendly lifestyle

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MNA Life Style Desk: As responsible citizens, everyone should do their bit and contribute to Eco-friendly lifestyle in their own small way. Did you know, something as small as the oil you use and even your beauty routine can be eco-friendly as well? Gautam Dhar, CEO and executive director at Divine Organics and Abhinandan Dhoke, CEO, Organic India list down some quick tips that you can follow in your daily routine that will go a long way for the environment: * Choose brands that are vegan, organic, not tested on animals and not laden with chemicals, enhance the overall quality ...

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Healthy way to enjoy a holy Eid

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MNA Life Style Desk: Observing the end of the holy month of Ramadan, we celebrate Eid, a glorious occasion that is followed by rejoicing, giving of alms and a feast of various and delicious foods. Here are a few tips for a happy and healthy Eid: Before your Fajr prayers, make sure to eat something, like a few dates. After prayers, it is recommended to have something light such as milk or laban, preferably low fat or zero fat. A moderately light breakfast can follow. For example you can have whole grain breakfast cereals with low fat milk and a ...

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Laylatul Qadr: A night better than thousand months

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MNA Feature Desk: Muslims across the country will observe holy Lailatul Qadr tonight with due religious fervour and solemnity. The holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) on this night to show mankind the path of worldly and eternal emancipation. Laylatul Qadr (the Night of Power) is designated in the Quran as, “better than a thousand months” (97:3) and it is very important to know the things you can do on this night in Ramadan. Any deed done on this night such as reciting the Quran, remembering Allah, etc. is better than acting for one thousand months which ...

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Zakat during Ramadan holds huge importance for the Muslims

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MNA Feature Desk: Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam and holds huge importance for the Muslims during Ramadan. One of the most important principles of Islam is that all things belong to Allah, and that wealth is therefore held by human beings in trust. Therefore, our possessions are purified by setting aside a proportion for those in need. Zakat – also known as zakah – is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, and serves principally as the welfare contribution to poor and deprived individuals. This mandatory payment is obligatory for every sane and mature Muslim whenever ...

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Importance of last ten days of Ramadan

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MNA Feature Desk: As it is for the first and second ten days of Ramadan, there is unbound specific significance of the last 10 days of Ramadan. The Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) said, “If any Muslim comes out of Ramadan without gaining forgiveness and goodness, he is a real loser.” (Ibn Hibban and At-Tabarani) The last ten days of Ramadan are very special days in the life of every Muslim. According to Muslims, they are the most blessed days in the blessed month of Ramadan, the month the Holy Quran was revealed. Muslims believe that although the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) was ...

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Itikaf during Ramadan & its importance

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MNA Feature Desk: Significance of Itikaf during Ramadan is enormous to the pious Muslims. Itikaf is a form of worship. It is formed by staying in a Mosque for a certain time. It is Ehtiyat that one should stay with the intention to worship Allah by praying formal or informal prayers although prayer is not a condition therein. Itikaf refers to going into seclusion in the mosque for the sole purpose of worshipping Allah and attaching oneself and one’s heart to His worship. Itikaf provides an opportunity to the believer to get closer to Allah by temporarily freeing oneself and ...

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The significance of Sadaqatul Fitr for Muslims

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MNA Feature Desk: The significance of Sadaqatul Fitr is very high for the pious muslims. Fitr means to breakfast or to refrain from fasting. Hence the Eid after the fasts of Ramadan is called Eid ul Fitr, as it is the day of rejoicing after the completion of fasting. On this occasion of significance, as a sign of gratitude one has to give a specific amount in alms, which is called Sadaqatul Fitr. To purify and obtain complete blessings for the fasts of Ramadan Mubarak one has to give Sadaqatul Fitr and it keeps great significance for Muslims. Reasons for ...

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Non-Muslim women take on Ramadan hijab challenge

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MNA Life Style Desk: Grace Lloyd got a round of applause when she walked into her classroom at Doha’s Gulf English School on the first day of Ramadan, wearing a black hijab with her blue uniform. The shy 11-year-old flushed as her fellow grade seven classmates in the Qatari capital clapped and cheered for her earlier this month. Lloyd, a British Christian, will be covering her head for the entire duration of the holy month this year in solidarity with Muslim women who face discrimination for wearing the hijab. “I feel very strongly about this,” said Lloyd, the youngest participant ...

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Seeking forgiveness in Ramadan

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MNA Life Style Desk: The Muslim Ummah has just entered the ten days of forgiveness in Ramadan. Alhamdulillah, by the Grace of Allah, Most High, we have completed the first 10 days of Ramadan, the first Ashrah of Ramadan and you just prayed the 11th Taraveeh prayer and Insha’Allah if you rise in the morning to see another day, you will intend to fast the 11th day of Ramadan. Our Prophet (peace be upon him) mentioned in hadith that Ramadan has three parts: the first 10 days are of mercy (rahmah) from Allah, the middle 10 days are of forgiveness ...

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The Holy Month of Ramadan

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MNA Life Style Desk: Muslims all around the world respect the Ramadan as the holy month and knowing its history in short can bring more focus for this Islamic holy month. Islam is the world’s second largest religion after Christianity with more than one billion followers. Around one million worshipers from over 180 countries will make the pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia for Ramadan and Hajj, two of the most important periods in the Islamic calendar. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation ...

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First ten Days of Ramadan: A Shower of Mercy

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MNA Feature Desk: Ramadan is known to be broken down into three parts and ten days of mercy for the Muslims stays at the beginning of Ramadan. The first ten days of Ramadan are known as the ‘Ten Days of Mercy’. Muslims are aware that Ramadan is a month of spiritual opportunities, but what does the ‘mercy’ really mean to Muslims? One of Allah’s names is Ar-Rahman, the Most Merciful, and Muslims call upon God using this name in nearly everything they do. Thus, there is no surprise that Mercy manifests itself in the month that God created for Himself. ...

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