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Fasting boosts metabolism

Fasting boosts metabolism

A January 2019 study at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) and Kyoto University suggests that, “going without food may … boost human metabolic activity, generate antioxidants, and help reverse some effects of aging.”

One of the authors of the study, Dr Takayuki Teruya said, “Contrary to the original expectation, it turned out that fasting induced metabolic activation rather actively.”  

A study by the G0 Cell Unit and Kyoto University researchers suggests that fasting, which puts the body in “starvation mode,” leads to fuel substitution, antioxidation, increased mitochondrial activation and altered signal transduction. 

The study suggests that, “…during fasting, the tiny powerhouses running every cell are thrown into overdrive.”

30-Day Anti-Inflammation Detox

30-Day Anti-Inflammation Detox

Eat More

  • Healthy Fat (animal fats, avocado, coconut oil, olive oil).

  • Non-Citrus Fruit (apples, avocado, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, grapes, kiwi, raspberries, strawberries, watermelon)

  • Protein (chicken, fish, meat, preferably organic and grass-fed)

  • Vegetables (asparagus, beetroot, broccoli, cauliflower, courgettes, kale, pumpkin, spinach, sweet potatoes)

Eat Less

  • Citrus Fruit (clementine, grapefruit, lemons, limes, mandarins, oranges, tangerines)

  • Corn

  • Dairy (butter, cheese, milk, yoghurt)

  • Eggs

  • Gluten (barley, grains, rye, spelt, wheat)

  • Gluten-Free Grains (millet, quinoa, rice)

  • Legumes (beans, chickpeas, lentils, peanuts, peas, soy, soybeans)

  • Nightshades (aubergine, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes)

  • Yeast


  • Additives, Sweeteners and Preservatives

  • Caffeine

  • Genetically Modified Foods

  • Processed food (fast food, junk food)

  • Sugar

  • Trans-Fats and Oils (blended vegetable oil, biscuits, cakes, crackers, crisps, deep-fried food, frozen foods, margarine, pastries)

Please note the contents of our Disclaimers page.


Vitamin D with Magnesium Deficiency

Vitamin D with Magnesium Deficiency

A recent trial at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has shown that magnesium optimizes vitamin D status and that magnesium had a regulating effect in people with high vitamin D levels.

"Magnesium deficiency shuts down the vitamin D synthesis and metabolism pathway," Dai, one of the researchers, said.

Eureka states, “Foods with high levels of magnesium include dark leafy greens, beans, whole grains, dark chocolate, fatty fish such as salmon, nuts and avocados.”

Diabetes – Dried Fruits

Diabetes – Dried Fruits

A study by St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto found that, “Foods high on the GI index -- such as white bread, most breakfast cereals, potatoes and rice -- produce a spike in blood glucose and insulin, while the carbohydrates in low GI foods -- including pasta, beans, lentils and certain whole grains such as barley and oats - are broken down more slowly, and cause more moderate increases in blood glucose and insulin.

Eureka says, “This study compared the glycemic response of four dried fruits -- dates, apricots, raisins and sultanas -- versus white bread in 10 healthy participants and found the fruit had a lower GI and could lower the glycemic response of white bread through displacement of half of the available carbohydrate.

"People often worry about sources of sugar and fruits being one of them, but most fruit -- in particular tender fruit -- have a low glycemic index and what we're showing here is dried fruit also have a lower glycemic index, so they don't raise your blood sugar very much," said Dr. Sievenpiper.

"This study finds people can use dried fruits as a low glycemic index food source to replace higher glycemic index foods, so as a snack food, for example. Dried fruit is going to be preferred to a grain-based cracker or snack."

Diabetes – foods from prophetic medicine

Diabetes – foods from prophetic medicine

For those with diabetes useful foods from prophetic medicine in the management of diabetes mellitus are:

·         Blackseed

·         Lemon Grass

·         Olives

·         Miswak

·         Honey

·         Barley

·         Dates

·         Zamzam Water

·         Vinegar

·         Costus

·         Trouffles

·         Figs

·         Gourd (Cucurbitaceae)


Bassem Y. Sheikh of the College of Medicine, Taibah University, Madinah in his review of the literature

Plant-based or vegan diets and Diabetes Type 2


Plant-based or vegan diets and Diabetes Type 2

A recent review of evidence by The International Diabetes Federation found that, “… plant-based diets accompanied by educational interventions can significantly improve psychological health, quality of life, … and weight, and therefore the management of diabetes [and] could potentially improve diabetic neuropathic pain and the levels of total cholesterol, [low density lipoprotein] cholesterol and triglycerides in [type 2 diabetes].”


Quick Results ... and Try, Try Again


Quick Results ... and Try, Try Again

According to a recent study by the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Colorado, it only takes a few weeks of healthy eating to generate lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Dr Campbell, one of the researchers said, “"These findings should encourage people to try again if they fail at their first attempt to adopt a healthy eating pattern," …It seems that your body isn't going to become resistant to the health-promoting effects of this diet pattern just because you tried it and weren't successful the first time. The best option is to keep the healthy pattern going, but if you slip up, try again."



Diabetes – Restricted Diets – Foods From Prophetic Medicine

Diabetes – Restricted Diets – Foods From Prophetic Medicine

Launched in 2015, NHS England’s Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) records that, “around 22,000 people with diabetes die early every year. Type 2 diabetes is a leading cause of preventable sight loss in people of working age and is a major contributor to kidney failure, heart attack, and stroke.”

Diabetes UK announced a new pilot by NHS England starting in 2019 which, “…will test a Type 2 remission programme … involving low-calorie diets.”

The Guardian reports, “The 800-calories-a-day regimen, made up of soups and shakes, has been shown to help people lose excess weight that has caused fat to build up around their internal organs including the pancreas, leading to type 2 diabetes.”

We hope that those taking on such a regimen consider the role of phlegm (mucus, balgham) we wrote about last week.

And also the role of foods from prophetic medicine in the management of diabetes mellitus as listed by Bassem Y. Sheikh of the College of Medicine, Taibah University, Madinah in his review of the literature:

  • Blackseed

  • Lemon Grass

  • Olives

  • Miswak

  • Honey

  • Barley

  • Dates

  • Zamzam Water

  • Vinegar

  • Costus

  • Trouffles

  • Figs

  • Gourd (Cucurbitaceae)


And we are reminded, again, of the hadith of the Prophet, peace be upon him, who said, “No human being has ever filled a container worse than his own stomach. The son of Adam needs no more than some morsels of food to keep up his strength. Doing so, he should consider that a third of [his stomach] is for food, a third for drink and a third for breathing.”



Alternatives To Wheat

Alternatives To Wheat

Sometimes it can be useful to take a 30-day holiday from eating wheat. 

By “wheat” we take the meaning to be: all types of bread made from wheat. Also, pasta, pizza, cake, biscuits, and cereals. This includes naan, pitta, roti and paratha.

Here is a short non-exhaustive list of alternatives:

  • Oats

  • Oat Bread

  • Oat Cakes (make sure it doesn’t contain wheat)

  • Oat Pitta Bread

  • Oatibix

  • Porridge

  • Barley

  • Barley Bread

  • Barley Pitta Bread

  • Rye Bread (make sure it’s 100% Rye)                        

  • Rye Crispbread (for example, Ryvita)

  • Rice

  • Rice Bread

  • Rice Cakes

  • Buckwheat,

  • Chickpea (gram),

  • Corn

  • Maize

  • Millet flour

  • Potato flour

  • Rice flour

  • Tapioca flour

Of interest is a recent study from Copenhagen University concluded that, “When healthy people eat a low-gluten and fiber-rich diet compared with a high-gluten diet they experience less intestinal discomfort including less bloating, a new study shows. The researchers attribute the impact of diet on healthy adults more to change in composition of dietary fibers than gluten itself.”

Keeping the lungs strong

Keeping the lungs strong

Paul Robin and Paul Brecher in, “Practical TCM”, say, “To keep the lungs strong we eat rice, chicken eggs, duck and chestnuts. Then in autumn when it is dry our lungs can stay balanced.”


Keeping the spleen strong

Keeping the spleen strong

Paul Robin and Paul Brecher in, “Practical TCM”, say, “To keep the spleen strong we eat millet, beef and apricots. Then in late summer when it is humid our spleen can stay balanced.”

Keeping the heart strong

Keeping the heart strong

Paul Robin and Paul Brecher in, “Practical TCM”, say, “To keep the heart strong we eat millet, sheep and plums. Then in summer when it is hot our heart can stay balanced.”




Latin: verbascum thapsus

Chinese Traditional Medicine (TCM): Jia Yan Ye


“A demulcent expectorant” (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber").

“A very beneficial respiratory remedy useful in most conditions that affect this vital system.” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).

Unani Tibb: For, amongst other things, coughs, colds, chest and haemorrhoids (Robert Thomson, in “The Grosset Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine” (1980).




Agathosma betulina


A “stimulating urinary tonic” (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber").

“Buchu may be used in any infection of the genito-urinary system, such as cystisis, urethritis and prostatisis. It’s healing and soothing properties indicate its use together with other relevant remedies in any condition of this system.” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).




We have mentioned rice before.

Ibn Sina in “The Canon of Medicine” says, “The temperament of rice is hot and dry; the dryness being more pronounced than hotness. Some physicians, however, hold it to be hotter than wheat …Rice gives good nourishment but also causes dryness. When cooked with milk and almond oil, it gives more and better nutrition. Its properties of causing constipation and desiccation are lost when it is soaked in bran water and left over night. This process endows rice with a property to cool and cleanse … Rice produces some constipation when cooked with water. If cooked with milk, it increases the production of semen. It does not cause constipation except when boiled with its husk and an attempt is made to remove the moisture of the milk. The dryness may be removed by soaking the rice in bran-water.”



Full Meals

Full Meals

Ibn Sina is quoted as saying in “Avicenna’s Medicine” that “The best way to eat full meals is to eat only one a day and two the day after (morning and evening). The schedule should be strongly followed since a person who gets used to two meals will become weak and lose strength. A person with weak digestion should eat two meals and reduce the amount of food each time.”


Keeping the liver strong

Keeping the liver strong

Paul Robin and Paul Brecher in, “Practical TCM”, say, “To keep the liver strong we eat wheat, chicken and peaches. Then in spring when it is windy our liver can stay balanced.”




The Prophet (pbuh) said eat this [raisins], it is a healthy meal, removes tiredness, cools the anger, gives strength, makes food sweet smelling, reduces phlegm and brightens the face. (Dr Mohammed Shakeel Shamsi in, “Tibb-e-Nabawi, Medical Guidance & Teachings of Prophet Muhammed (pbuh)”)


Keeping the kidneys strong

Keeping the kidneys strong

Paul Robin and Paul Brecher in, “Practical TCM”, say, “To keep the kidneys strong we eat beans … and dates. Then in winter when it is cold our kidneys can stay balanced … instead of saying a food is healthy, we say it is either appropriate or inappropriate. For example, in winter we would choose to eat more foods with warm and hot properties …”

Using Food for health preservation

Using Food for health preservation

Ibn Sina is quoted as saying in “Avicenna’s Medicine” that “One who is seeking health preservation should endeavour not to have the essence of their food as medicinal foods such as green, leafy vegetables and fruits, and alike. 

"The attenuant food [that which thins or dilutes the fluids] chars blood (i.e. oxidizes), and heavy food causes phlegm and weightiness of the body.

"Food should be composed of meat, especially that of the young goat, young beef, and young lamb; wheat that has been cleaned and is free from contamination … sweets that are suitable to [the individual’s] temperament [mijaaz]; and good drinks made of fragrant herbs.

Other than that is used for treatment and preservation.”