In light of this pandemic life we are living, we know that COVID-19 has no native immunity, making us all susceptible. Keep in mind that it will only get worse before it gets better. And, it bears reminding that social distancing continues to be imperative for us to stop the spread at such an alarming speed. This is not about whether you will get sick or not, it’s about potentially infecting those who are more susceptible and overloading our health care system.
Our bodies are given to us as an Amana (trust) from God. It’s imperative on us to strive for a healthy mind and body. With that in mind, here are five ways we all can incorporate general wellness practices into our upcoming days.
Please note: I am a registered holistic health coach and practitioner in Tibb Nabawi (Prophetic medicine). However, I am not a doctor. Please seek the guidance of a naturopath, functional medicine, or integrative doctor for serious health care needs. I am sharing general reminders from the Sunnah of well being. Feel free to incorporate what you like.
- Prayer: We put our trust in God. It is imperative to remember that He is in control. Our mental health is bound to get rattled with all the unknowns and news changing daily. Anxiety and stress will only burden our immune system. Increase your daily remembrance of God.
- Water: Drinking half of your body weight in ounces. Hydration is crucial for proper oxygenation, which we need to help fight this virus as well as flushing out toxins. Room temperature water is best!
- Eating a whole food diet: Our Prophet has said, “The stomach is the house of illness, and abstinence is the most important medicine.” and Hippocrates, known as the father of medicine has said, “All disease begins in the gut.” Food is a powerful medicine that can be used to heal us. Eating what is naturally grown in nature builds our immune system and feeds our bodies the vitamins and minerals it needs to defend itself against invaders. Foods such as meat, lentils, dark greens, garlic/onion and cruciferous vegetables all build a strong gut flora. Cut out processed foods and all sugar. Sugar suppresses our immune system.
- Cleanliness and elimination: There is a blessing and mercy in wudu (abulation). Because of wudu, we are washing frequently. Part of this process is washing our nose out properly, which is where pathogens can get lodged. Elimination is also paramount in keeping our bodily organs functioning properly. Without elimination, we are causing a build-up of toxins to remain in our bodies which in turn taxes our organs. A healthy whole food diet rich in fiber and mostly plant-based will help move things along. Getting adequate amounts of water, I always recommend a minimum of half your body weight in ounces. Adopting the Sunnah of eating dates can also be a healthy laxative choice if you find yourself not “regular.” If you are going three days without elimination, I would highly recommend you seek help from a health practitioner.
- Sleep and wakefulness: Our bodies need rest. It’s crucial we give our bodies the time it needs to heal and repair. In the same regard, we need exercise as well. Twenty minutes of movement a day can be a form of protection as it builds your immune system. Movement also releases feel-good hormones, such as serotonin and dopamine. Exercise will lead to better brain function and a better mood!
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