1. Early Sleep
Every day the Prophet Muhammad sleeps early and wakes up at the Dawn Adhan. Being an early riser is scientifically and is associated with better productivity. The Prophet’s habits are also good for better mental health.
Although waking up early may feel difficult, but if tried slowly it will be a very good habit as the Prophet exemplified.
2. Eat Less, one of 8 Ways to Live Healthy
Eating less to prevent disease is also done by the Prophet Muhammad, and nowadays it is also widely supported by scientists.
The concept of Islam, 1/3 for food, 1/3 for liquids, and 1/3 for breath’ fits perfectly with the Japanese concept of hara hachi bu‘ from Japan, meaning eating only up to only 80% or not too full.
3. Eat slowly
It is common knowledge to know that the human body takes 20 minutes to send signals to the brain when it is full.
Eating slowly will help more little to eat, and improve digestion. This is a practice that the Prophet Muhammad himself did and is highly recommended.
4. Eat Together
“Eat together and not be separated, because blessings are associated with togetherness” (Ibn Majah).
The Prophet emphasized that sharing and enjoying food has been shown to reduce stress, and establish healthy eating habits in families and children.
5. Drink Water, one of 8 Ways to Live Healthy
Then the Prophet Muhammad taught, do not drink water in one breath, but drink with two or three breaths. This is the prophet’s way of drinking water.
Current science proves that when a person drinks too much water in a short period of time they can experience headaches, imbalances in blood electrolyte levels and can sometimes cause the head to become dizzy.
Drink slowly helps to completely absorb the liquid and get the most out of it.
Pomegranate is considered a favorite fruit of the Messenger of Allah. Modern scientific research has proven pomegranates to be one of the healthiest foods on the planet.
They contain foods that aid in the formation of bone structure, during metabolic processes, and potassium and help in maintaining cellular function and maintaining balance in fluid levels.
In addition, they are strong in flavonoids and polyphenols, antioxidants that protect our body against heart disease.
7. Fasting, one of 8 Ways to Live Healthy
Recent evidence suggests that not only the food we eat, but time and diet also have a huge impact on human health.
Fasting is a habit even routinely performed in the life of the Prophet, not only during Ramadan fasting. The Prophet will fast until Maghrib every Monday and Thursday, and also on the 13th, 14th and 15th of each month.
This is similar to the practice of intermittent fasting. It has been shown to balance hormone levels, prevent oxidative stress, and reduce overall inflammation.
When you think about it, the less food you put in your body, the less it focuses on digestion and the more it can focus on healing itself from certain diseases.
Dates are the perfect food for breaking the fast. Dates can stabilize your blood sugar levels, balance blood electrolyte levels, and help start the digestive system in food preparation. The Prophet Muhammad said:
“Families who date (always together) will not starve.” (Muslim)
Currently dates are proven to increase the production of oxytocin in the body and accelerate the process of childbirth.