By Karimah bint Dawoud, muslim chaplain & well being writer
In the UK there is always some virus floating around. Why I don’t know, especially the big cities like London, maybe it’s an international phenomenon.
A virus in the body , folks, not my PC.
Symptoms of viral attack can be congestion in head, blocked sinuses, sore throat, headache, runny nose, watery running eyes, ear ache. You don’t have to have all of these symptoms, just some.
In Islamic medicine the stomach and the head are connected, so sometimes when there are issues in the head when there are issues in the stomach , or really things tend to start in the stomach first then disrupt the rest the body.
Feeling weak, lack of concentration, motivation, fever, restless sleep.
OK, this is what I do, I am not a qualified doctor just a student of knowledge and knowledgeable people mashallah.
Cut out all animal products for at least three days.
No meat, but you can have fish if you must, ideally steamed , then baked, then grilled and certainly not fried, it will mess up your stomach.
No diary, replace with soya milk
Water and honey on empty stomach with herbal tea, peppermint for that headache , or a teaspoon of tumeric and cinnamon for inflammation of throat.
If the sinuses are really bad buy some friars balsam tincture and place a bowl of hot boiling water 1 tablespoon, cover your head and inhale for about 5 minutes, then keep wrapped up warm and rest.
Up the vitamin C, from fruits, juice and supplements, fruit high in vitamin ca are guava, kiwi, rosehip followed by grapefruit, orange, strawberries.
Rosehip is actually the highest gram per gram in vitamin C.
There is a difference of opinion of whether you can over does on vitamin C, according to my teachers on my clinical nutrition course, Patrick Holford from the Institute of Optimum Nutrition, you cannot over dose on vitamin C as it will be excreted through your urine.
I can testify to taking 3,000 milligrammes three times a day while I had this virus and had no side effects.
Viruses hate vitamin C, they hate it, so if you saturate the body, the cells with vitamin C, it will encourage the virus to leave your body through urine and faeces.
It is important to drink lots of water , herbal teas and fruit and vegetables juices while you have virus as the body is flushing out the waste and the virus.
hot water in cup , tea spoon of honey and herbal tea like cerassie for the rootical inclined or mint for the weak ones, you could have a tea spoon of tumeric or haldi for inflammation as well as or instead of.
then juice, shop bought , ideally pressed not from concentrate, but if you can’t afford then have from concentrate, make you own juice kiwi, pineapple, apple, cucumber, ginger, do some research buy a juicer.
Dhaal (lentils)cooked, this recipe is from my new book, “Heavenly Bites, the Best of Muslim Home Cooking”.
Smoked salmon and salad
Oats and fruits and soya milk
Stewed fruits and soya yoghurt.
Soups, again recipes in my book or on blog.
Steamed fish, wrap in tin foil and steam with veggies, I like potatoes mashed with watercress and carrots
Steamed fish with rice and veggies
Keep it simple and plain, not too spicy if your stomach is playing up
Ginger is a great remedy and a food of the Noble Quran and Sunnah.
Yoghurt before bed, when I have a virus I tend to stick to soya products and avoid animal products
Sickness is a blessing and a purification of sins, so be patient with yourself.
The prayer of the sick is one of the more readily accept prayers so this is a great time to pray for yourself and others.
May Allah give us shifr ameen.