Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Foods of the Quran - Dates

Foods of the Quran

It’s All About Fiber

Digestive track a bit sluggish lately? Chances are, you're not getting enough fiber in your diet. New health guidelines recommend at least 25 grams of fiber a day in your diet, but many experts suggest aiming for 30 Qur’an foods are high in fiber and rich in powerful antioxidants, which help you look and feel younger and lower your chances of cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

Along with the need for fiber comes the need for water. Statistics show that most Americans don’t drink enough water. Water jump starts your digestive track and bowels, flushes toxins from your body, and even prevents and diminishes the appearance of wrinkles. The old standard of 64 oz (eight 8 oz. glasses) of water a day still holds, but the more water you drink, the better. Remember, if you wait until you feel thirsty, you're already dehydrated.

Beating diseases like cancer before they start is a must, and certain Qur’an foods can make it possible. These foods of Qur’an can cut your chances of getting cancer by up to 50% - a very impressive impact.

Magnesium is an important, but often overlooked, part of a healthy diet. Foods high in magnesium, such as dates and raisins, also help fight a variety of cancers and preserve youthfulness. If you find it difficult to get enough magnesium in your daily diet, consider dates.

Advantages of Eating Dates

To describe the advantages of dates in a few words, it is good to include them as an essential part of one's diet, so that it can be well-balanced. Dates are composed of various fats, sugar, vitamins and minerals, which our body requires. Arabs eat dates along with honey, making them even more beneficial.

Some of the major advantages of dates are further described below:

Strengthens muscles during the last months of pregnancy: The advantages are double; dates strengthen uterine muscles and also weak hearts! Easily digested, dates are rich in fibers. Research shows that dates can also be helpful in fighting certain abdominal diseases, including abdominal cancer.

Rich with vitamins, minerals, and other elements needed: Dates contain many vitamins and minerals required by the human body. Calcium, for example, is an essential element for bones, and dates provide this nutrient in good quantity. It is very good for breast-feeding mothers to eat dates, as the baby gets many elements normally required for the body.

Other positive effects of dates include treating constipation, preventing night-blindness, and improving health of eyes.

Dates and the Pre-Birth Period:

Dates stimulate the uterus by regulating and brisking contractions, facilitating delivery. The uterus is a relatively large muscular organ, and urgently requires an adequate supply of natural sugar during labor and delivery. As a natural laxative, dates are essential for pregnant women before delivery, in order to purge the colon and intestines and better facilitate delivery. The miraculousness of the Qur’anic verse shows evidently as Allah tells Mary: “And shake the trunk of the palm tree towards thee, thou wilt cause ripe dates to fall upon thee.” (96.25)

Dates contain natural sugar, which is easily absorbed and digested, and thus safe and comforting for children's stomach and intestines. Date juice is useful especially if mixed with milk for a very nourishing and restorative drink for children and adults. Date and honey paste is used to treat diarrhea as well. This paste also comforts and hardens the gums during teething, and eases the process. Dates are the best nutriment for newborns, from gestation through breast feeding.

A Treatment for Obesity:

The wide variety of nutritious elements in dates makes them hunger-resistive! We know that the cause of obesity is a persistant feeling of hunger and an appetite driving one to consume larger amounts of fats and sugar when eating meals. Eating few dates when hungry helps reduce hunger and is fulfilling. Dates provide the body with necessary sugar and stimulate the intestine, which reduces hunger greatly, and eventually, reduces food consumption.

The miraculousness of the prophet's saying shows, as he said, “A household that has dates doesn't feel hunger.” We can conclude that dates can be used to treat obesity!

A Remedy for Liver Inflammation:

Dates remedy liver inflammation and purge toxins from it. Breaking a fast with dates is one of the most magnificent natural remedies for the maintenance and cleansing the liver of accumulated toxins.

Date Palm Tree Growth and Its Usage

The domestication and cultivation of date palm started 6,000 to 8,000 years ago, in Mesopotamia. It may have been the first cultivated fruit plant in the world, which is why palm trees are closely associated with the development of human culture and civilization.

An old Arabic saying likens the number of uses of date palms to the number of days in a year! During mass-rejoicing, old Arabs held date palm leaves in their hands. The date stone, when soaked and powdered, is good cattle feed.

The date palm garden is called Nakhlistan or oasis.

Old Arabs cut down the palm trees, especially males, of enemy tribes. This practice was highly discouraged by Muslims, who considered this a sacrilege on earth (Fasad '96Fil-Arz), even during war expeditions. This acute sense of the conservation of plants was a revolutionary concept at the time of the Revelation, and was also very practical for the development of the Muslim society.

from :Quran Foods
By Mohammad Shaikh

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