6 Islamic Tips for a Healthy Life
Islam is a complete way of life which is why it not only takes steps of the spiritual development of a human being but also guides them on other aspects of life. One of these aspects that Islam has provided great emphasis on is how to lead a healthy life. Following are things that Islam has taught mankind regarding how to lead a healthy life and the most of these things have been proven by science to be true.
Prohibition on Alcohol Consumption
The prohibition on alcohol is probably one of Islam’s most well-known dietary restrictions, with valid reason. According to health website WebMD.com, not only does alcohol cause cirrhosis of the liver and reduce concentration resulting in accidents, it can also contribute to conditions such as anemia, cancer, cardiovascular disease and even Alzheimer’s.
Prohibition on Eating Pork
This is another one of Islam’s dietary restrictions that would be well known to many. Despite being one of the most consumed meats worldwide, pork introduces various viruses and bacteria in the body, according to healthy living website Livestrong.com. This in turn can contribute to vomiting, fever, diarrhea, abdominal cramps and dehydration, all of which can prove fatal in extreme cases.
Moderation in Diet
Islam emphasizes moderation – not too much and not too little – in every aspect of life. The second half of verse 31 of Surah Al-A’raf states, “Eat and drink, but be not excessive. Indeed, He likes not those who commit excess.” A hadith in Tirmidhi further advises Muslims to leave “one third of the belly with food, another third with drink and leave one third empty for easy breathing.”
When it comes to our diet, it has been scientifically proven that eating too much can contribute to weight gain and obesity, and all the health concerns stemming from it. Similarly, eating too little can result in your body not receiving the nutrients it needs for proper development and survival.
Prophet Mohammad (SAW) encouraged his followers to use a Miswaak because “siwaak cleanses the mouth and pleases the Lord after every meal.” (Sahih al-Bukhari). It cleans out food-buildup in your teeth, preventing decay and reducing the risk of cavities and tooth and gum infections.
Washing Hands Before and After Meals
The Prophet (SAW) has strongly advised that one should wash his hands before and after a meal. “It is a blessing to wash your hands before and after meal.” (Abu Daud&Tirmizi)
In the same vein, islam.ru states that Prophet (SAW) has strongly advised not to clean hands with a towel before a meal because it may transmit infections from one person to another.
Keeping Lid on Utensils
Stressing on proper care of kitchen utensils, Prophet Mohammad (SAW) said, “Cover up the utensils and tie the mouth of the water skins.” (Bukhari, Muslim). This prevents contamination from passing insects and lizards and in houses with open kitchens keeps stray animals away from the food.