Episode Synopsis:

Faisal dives straight into asking Abdul Hakim where he thinks people are going wrong with their daily diets. Abdul Hakim is quick to conclude that we’re metabolically ill, with regards to our blood sugar levels, and insulin resistance etc. he talks about the importance of looking at a wide spectrum of aspects with regards to health. He says hijama alone may not be able to combat your entire health issue.

He talks about how our weakness in this day and age is we eat too much. More than necessary. Health is linked with stress and anxiety as well, so it’s not just about what we eat.

The diet of the Prophet (S.A.W) revolves around a lot of hunger. Some people would say it was due to the hardship he suffered in propagating Islam in the early days. Aisha (R.A) narrates how for three months they would eat only dates and water. We are taught that our body can function on eating only few morsels of food. So, if one is able to fast often, there is great merit on the body through it.

Abdul Hakim explains the 3 factors that he looks at to consider how healthy a person is. They are, firstly, digestion needs to be effective. The food needs to be broken down. Secondly, absorption should ensure the nutrients are absorbed from the food one eats. And thirdly, elimination, to get rid of whatever is not needed or whatever is toxic, by the body.

Why is fasting healthy for the body? When you prevent your body from eating for a certain amount of time, your body goes into autophagy, which is the body’s way of cleaning out damaged cells, that may be the start of diseases, in order to regenerate healthy cells. Islam is perfectly created as the way of life in all aspects. In terms of fasting, if we were to fast the two sunnah days per week, and the three white days of every month (13th, 14th and 15th) we would be fasting at least 11 days a month which would significantly boost our health.

Dopamine, the pleasure hormone, can have an effect on us when we eat high sugared foods. There are two types of dopamine levels on the body. When it peaks to a high and drops quickly the effect is negative. This can be the results of eating junk food.

Walking is such an incredible exercise Abdul Hakim states. He says when we exercise our cortisol levels, which is the stress hormone, go high. When cortisol goes up, testosterone goes down. Over exercising ages you. Too much of anything can of course be harmful. So walking, being a relaxed form of exercise doesn’t raise your cortisol levels and burns fat. Faisal, on the other hand, admits that if he has to lose his parking spot on his street, having to park on another street and walking causes his stress levels to get high!

When your body is malnourished, you start feeling ill. So you feed yourself with nutritious food from the Earth because our body is made from the earth. Our soul is made in the heavens, and if the soul is malnourished, we feel empty inside. We feel a void. He explains this point more by using the analogy of how easy it is to get somewhere given the use of a navigation system. But had we been given the destination with no guidance on how to get there it would be overwhelming and cause anxiety. Similarly, our guidance comes from the Quran and Sunnah, and it’s the only way to live by. Abdul Hakim goes on to share advice on how to keep the soul strong. To detach from the worldly life and keep it moving as if we live in this world as a traveller.