Achieving good health is done through balanced diet and physical exercise. But in Islam, it is believed that you cannot have good health without mental equilibrium. This religion is based on the principles of peace, but the rules are not just about the spirituality of the followers. It also provides a helpful guideline for a healthy daily routine. Here are some tips from Islam that can greatly benefit your wellbeing:
1. Avoid alcohol. According to Islamic teachings, alcohol should not be consumed by its followers – and for good reason. There are many proofs that show how detrimental alcohol consumption can be, including causing liver cirrhosis and decreased concentration ability. Alcohol can also contribute to a variety of health conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, anemia, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.
2. Avoid pork. Even non-followers know that this is one of the biggest dietary restrictions in Islamic teachings. Although pork is one of the most consumed meats globally, it can actually introduce several bacteria and viruses that can harm the body.
3. Moderation is the key. Islam places great emphasis on moderation in all aspects of life, including daily diets. According to Surah Al-A’raf verse 31, “Eat and drink, but be not excessive. Indeed, He likes not those who commit excess.”
4. Use a toothpick. After every meal, Prophet Mohammad encouraged the followers to use siwaak or toothpick. This cleans the mouth by removing food buildup and helping prevent tooth decay and cavities.
5. Wash hands before and after eating. Prophet Mohammad also said to his followers to cleanse the hands before and after meals, because it is some sort of a blessing. Use water and not a towel as this can cause transmission of infections, particularly if the towel is shared with another person.
6. Personal hygiene is more than important. Islamic teachings emphasize on keeping its followers’ clothes clean, while making sure they are clean as well. According to a hadith (a collection of traditions with Mohammad’s sayings) in Tirmizi, “Certainly, Allah is clean and He likes cleanness.” For this, everyone is highly advised to take showers every day, dispose of body waste properly, and clean dirt as much as possible.
7. Always cover kitchen utensils. Good health is related to how you care for your utensils, most especially kitchen utensils. According to the Prophet, keeping the lid on these utensils is important, so that insects in the house will not touch your food.
Islamic teachings on health are actually featured in the Qur’an in which there are helpful tips about achieving a balanced diet. In Islam, a balanced diet is not about avoiding certain foods; it is actually about the foods you should include in your diet.