Thus, Overeating There is substantial evidence to

March 21, 2019 Health

Thus, the study is aimed to identify the level of knowledge on eating in Islam and how Islamic knowledge about eating habits had a strong link with science.
Islam, Stress and Overeating
There is substantial evidence to link over-eating to numerous diseases. Islam’s prescription comes to us from a tradition by Ali (AS), who said:
‘Do not sit for food unless you are hungry; and do not leave the table but you still have an appetite for it, and chew your food in your mouth well’.
(Biharul-Anwar – Volume 24, Page 245. al-Majlisi, 1627 (AR)
‘(Truly) Over-indulgence of food causes various kinds of diseases.’
(Ghurarul-Hikam – Page 359).
The term “stress” refers to processes involving perception, appraisal, and response to noxious events or stimuli. Stress, the hormones it unleashes, and the effects of high-fat, sugary “comfort foods” push people toward overeating. Researchers have linked weight gain to stress, Fink G. Stress: Definition and history. Stress Science: Neuroendocrinology. 2010:3–9. In the short term, stress can shut down appetite. The nervous system sends messages to the adrenal glands atop the kidneys to pump out the hormone epinephrine (also known as adrenaline). Epinephrine helps trigger the body’s fight-or-flight response, a revved-up physiological state that temporarily puts eating on hold. But if stress persists, it’s a different story. The adrenal glands release another hormone called cortisol, and cortisol increases appetite and may also ramp up motivation in general, including the motivation to eat. Once a stressful episode is over, cortisol levels should fall, but if the stress doesn’t go away or if a person’s stress response gets stuck in the “on” position — cortisol may stay elevated and individuals preferred to eat Yau, Y. H., ; Potenza, M. N. (2013). Stress and eating behaviors. Minerva endocrinologica, 38(3), 255-67.
Scientifically, it was also studied that overeating causes many eating problems or disorders in person. As it causes binge eating disorder or compulsive overeating behavior. So there must be space in stomach after eating as proved in Islam. Islam also guided about how to eat and about combination of food.
Islam, Salt, and Hypertension
Salt is one of the best foods you can take before and after meals. Islam made this calling because of the benefits of salt (sodium chloride) to the physiology and the human energy system, in particular when taken before and after meals, when it has the most merit during the digestion process.
It is reported that the Prophet (S) always used to have salt before and after meals.
Our Holy Prophet (SAW) has said:
“One who eats a pinch a salt before and after a thing (food) Allah will protect him from 360 types of hardship, of which the easiest is leprosy”.
Imam Baqir (a.s.) has said:
“Salt is a cure for 70 diseases and if people will come to know the advantages of salt they will not use any other cure except salt.”
Salt has played a critical role in ancestral food preparation for thousands of years. Salt stimulates the sensory nerve endings on the tongue. This generates nervous impulses which pass via the central nervous system to trigger the corresponding motor nerve of the gland into action and commence secretion. Thus digestive juices are secreted in stomach and intestines, and the digestive system is prepared to digest and absorb the food which is to follow the initial taste of salt. Similarly, a pinch of salt at the end of a meal completes digestion. In other words indigestion and other related problems can be controlled by practicing this simple dietary advice. Cheok, A. D., ; Karunanayaka, K. (2018). Science of Taste. In Virtual Taste and Smell Technologies for Multisensory Internet and Virtual Reality (pp. 5-27). Springer, Cham.
However, studies are finding that salt has many benefits in the body, including increasing body water conservation and making you less thirsty. This means that your body can prioritize its salt levels, which has been shown help manage metabolism in a positive way. Lanaspa, M. A., Kuwabara, M., Andres-Hernando, A., Li, N., Cicerchi, C., Jensen, T., … ; Rodriguez-Iturbe, B. (2018). High salt intake causes leptin resistance and obesity in mice by stimulating endogenous fructose production and metabolism. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(12), 3138-3143
Howerver, there are others researches too which postulates that increase in salt may leads towards hypertension.
Hypertension is a major health issue, particularly in medically underserved populations that may suffer from excess of salt in the body. Sodium chloride has long been implicated in the development and progression of hypertension. However, the mechanisms by which it may contribute to hypertension are not fully clear. Sodium does play a major role in fluid balance, and dysregulation in this process can contribute to excess fluid retention, resulting in hypertension. Feyh, A., Bracero, L., Lakhani, H. V., Santhanam, P., Shapiro, J. I., Khitan, Z., ; Sodhi, K. (2016). Role of Dietary Components in Modulating Hypertension. Journal of clinical ; experimental cardiology, 7(4), 433.


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