With changing times, we have become prone towards junk food intake, which, in the long run, could lead to several problems. Given below are a few simple yet healthy eating habits by Imam Ali ibne Moosa Ar-Reza (as) that we could use in our daily lives.

Note: You can find these maxims in the book Tehzeebul Islam by Allamah Muhammad Baqir Majlisi (a.r)

1- Dried grapes regulate the bile, remove excess phlegm from the body, strengthen the sinews, take away melancholic tendencies from the mind and purify the soul.

2- Pomegranate is a fruit of paradise. There is one seed from Paradise in every pomegranate growing on the earth.

3- Honey is nature’s best medicine. Whenever someone offers you honey as present, accept it.

4- The oil of violet should be used as hair oil because it has a cooling effect during summer and warm during winter.

5- Satan does not visit for forty days a person who applies olive oil to his head or uses it in food.

6- Mother’s milk is the best food for an infant.

7- Recitation of Quran and taking honey with milk sharpens the memory.

8- Use of meat as a food improves health and builds up power of resistance against diseases.

9- Starting the meal with salt prevents seventy types of ailments, one of which is leprosy.

10- A gluttonous person will starve on the day of resurrection.

11- Black Masur (a kind of beans, lentils) was the favorite food of seventy thousands prophets. It moderates the temperament and augments the activity of tear glands.

12- The person who refrains from meat for forty days will become ill-tempered.

13- Food should be taken when it is at moderate temperature.

14- Start eating from the sides of the plate and not from the middle.

15- For longevity one should eat nourishing food, wear comfortable shoes and try to remain free from debts.

16- To avoid cold (flu) of the winter always open the door first for a few moments before leaving your house, let the outside air in, then step outside. To avoid the cold of the summer always open the door first before entering the house, let the inside air out and then step inside.

May Allah keep us all healthy, happy and hearty!

May Allah bless Muhammad (saww) and His Pure Progeny (asws)!

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