Brain & Food
It is really amazing that Islam foretold so many important medical facts centuries before they were confirmed and verified by science. The religion discouraged excessive eating and especially eating to full the stomach. In the book titled “Power up your mind”, it is mentioned that the more we eat, the more oxygenated blood is diverted to gastrointestinal tract which affects brain activity inversely. Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) said that excessive eating lessens wisdom and now it is proven true by science as well.
Narrated Nafi: IbnUmar never used to take his meal unless a poor man was called to eat with him. One day I brought a poor man to eat with him. The man ate way too much, whereupon IbnUmar said, "O Nafi! Don't let this man enter my house, for I heard the Prophet (Peace be upon him) saying, 'A believer eats in one intestine (is satisfied with a little food), and a kafir (disbeliever) eats in seven intestines (eats much food)." [Sahih Bukhari]
It also makes sense, when we learn of such ahadith, why Muslim parents tell their children not to eat too much at others homes and avoid doing so themselves too.
Furthermore; you must have experienced that the more we eat; sleepier we feel. Studies have also linked a lower I.Q. in obese people. It can also be seen that often in movies; the funny, goof character is a fat person. Likewise the name of a program ‘You are what you eat’ is also a reflection that if you choose to eat more ‘junk’ food, you would also become more or less the same; ‘junk’ obviously.
Written By Dr. Muhammad Wasif Haq, Islamabad, Pakistan.
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