TEN HEALTH AND FITNESS TIPS FROM PROPHET MOHAMMAD (PBUH)

1. Eat and moderation: - Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) stressed the practice of eating less to prevent sickness and diseases, which is now supported by doctors today. The Islamic practice of eating suggests stomach should be filled by 1/3 of food, 1/3 liquid, and 1/3 breath.

2. Eat slowly: - it was narrated from the Prophet (PBUH) was a strong advocate of eating slowly to help with the digestion process. It takes about 20 minutes for the body to tell our brain that we are full, slow eating helps digest our food because efficiently chewed food aids the digestion process and doesn’t require as much energy and churning in the stomach or intestine.

3. Participate in sports to strengthen our body: - in Islam, sports are perceived as important to gain a healthy body. Sports like Archery, swimming, horseback riding are especially encouraged. Islam encourages exercise and be in good physical and be in good physical shape. The prophet (PBUH) said, “A strong believer is better and dearer to Allah than a weak believer though in both is good”. The one who is physically stronger is better before Allah because they are more active and energetic in the performance of worship and taking care of the needs of others.

4. Sleep and salah: - the Prophet (PBUH) recommended adequate sleep. He never deprived himself of sleep nor overslept. He also advised and practiced to sleep in the early part of the night and to wake up early in the morning. Science research shows that going to bed early can help maintain a healthy weight stay more productive and avoid serious health problems such as diabetes, obesity and heart diseases. Salah is one of the fundamental requirements that a Muslim is obligated to perform. The prophet (PBUH) has reported having said: “Verily there is a cure in salah”. There are some physical benefits of salah such as, at the beginning of the salah we move our hands and shoulder muscles, therefore, increasing the blood flow towards the torso. The heart in the most important organ in our body because it supplies fresh blood to all body tissue the movement during prayer are a crucial source for exercise in our heart certain positions makes our hips, elbow, knee and wrist joints and backbone move in a way that forms a relation in our body.

5. Share foods: - Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) told his followers about the benefits of sharing as opposed to overindulging in the good things in life he said: “he is not a believer who eats to his full but his neighbor goes without food”. Islam emphasizing sharing food with neighbors, friends and poor. His principle of moderation is thanking the Prophet’s own life and ideas.

6. Foster and a strong community: - the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) brought attention to Muslims the significance of eating together. He said it’s crucial to eat food with family and romantic relationships and children to build a better connection. People are usually relaxed when eating in the company and bring harmony and understanding among people he (PBUH) said: “eat together and not separately for the blessing is associated with the company”. Within the past 20 years, studies have shown that mind full eating can help you reduce overeating and binge eating lose weight and reduce BMI, cope with eating problems and reduce anxious thoughts about your body and food.

7. Fasting: - recent evidence has shown that the food we eat and timing have impacted our health. Fasting was a practice that the Prophet (PBUH) would not just during Ramadan but Monday, Thursday and 13th, 14th and 15th of every Islamic month. Intermittent fasting has become increasingly popular as it shows numerous benefits to the body. Fasting helps with weight loss improves insulin sensitivity speeds up metabolism curbs hunger improves eating patterns enhances brain function and boost the immune system.

8. Dental hygiene: - the prophet (PBUH) would always brush his teeth before and after bed using a part of a fruitless yet fragrant branch called ARAK. This small wooden branch was used and is still used today, as a toothbrush. Prophet (PBUH) gives special attention to cleanliness and personal hygiene in respect to faith. Research shows that poor dental hygiene was 70% risk of heart diseases according to a study called Scottish health survey.

9. Drink water slowly: - The Prophet (PBUH) said to not drink water in one gulp like a camel instead tale small sips. Today science shows that when a person drinks water too much in short period of time they can imbalance blood electrolyte levels and experience dizziness. Drink water slowly as it will help you absorb the fluid and get the most out of it.

10. Mental health: - The Prophet (PBUH) taught his followers to have a peaceful mind though acceptance in life changes. He warned them not to be engulfed with anxiety, depression or anger. A man said to the Prophet (PBUH) gives me advice the prophet (PBUH) said do not get angry the man asked repeatedly and the Prophet (PBUH) answered each time “do not get angry”. Prophet (PBUH) knew that if a person controlled his anger he would be able to control everything else. The Prophet (PBUH) mentioned in another hadith “the powerful man is not the one who can wrestle but the powerful man is the one who can control himself at the time of anger. Anger opens the door to all bad qualities and staying away from it opens the door to all good qualities. Health studies show that anger can raise your chances of a stroke puts your heart at a greater risk and weaken the immune system.