Shaykh-e-Tareeqat, Ameer-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat دَامَـتْ بَـرَكَـاتُـهُـمُ الْـعَـالِـيَـهْ has written, ‘Those who do not eat healthily, but rather eat a lot face severe difficulties and end up being regretful.’ (Gharaylu ‘Ilaj, pp. 16) Due to an unhealthy diet, a person gains weight and it also increases his cholesterol level which cause different diseases in the future. Cholesterol either narrows blood veins or completely blocks them. It stops the heartbeat and can lead to death. (Machli kay ‘Ajaaibaat, pp. 39) High cholesterol directly harms the heart. (Faizan-e-Sunnat, vol. 1, pp. 625) For this reason, it is said that ‘Prevention is better than cure’ and prevention is the most important of all medicines. (Derived from Gharaylu ‘Ilaj, pp. 16) Which foods’ use increases cholesterol level and which foods help keep cholesterol level normal? Let’s read some important information about it:
What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is actually a type of fat which is produced in the body. It accumulates in the body and circulates in the blood.
Types of cholesterol
There are small compounds of fat and protein which carry cholesterol to its proper place. These compounds are called lipoproteins. There are three types of lipoproteins: (1) VLDL, (2) LDL, (3) HDL. Among these, VLDL and LDL carry cholesterol to various parts of the body, whereas HDL lowers the cholesterol level in the blood. Cholesterol is carried to the liver through them and the liver produces bile etc. from it. Higher LDL and VLDL levels in the blood will cause high cholesterol level in the blood which will result in the narrowness of veins.
Diseases caused by cholesterol
Raised cholesterol can cause various diseases out of which the following two are dangerous:
1 Heart disease
Get your blood tested
Shaykh-e-Tareeqat, Ameer-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat دَامَـتْ بَـرَكَـاتُـهُـمُ الْـعَـالِـيَـهْ has stated, ‘Those who are overweight are advised to undergo four blood laboratory tests related to heart diseases. The compound name of these tests is ‘Lipid Profile’. This test also includes the cholesterol test. The report of cholesterol test is more authentic if done after 14-hour fasting.’ (Faizan-e-Sunnat, vol. 1, pp. 719)
Avoid high-fat diet
Avoid all types of fat, food items made from ghee and cooking oil, egg yolk, Nimco, beef, pizza, paratha, fried items, for example, egg omelette, kebab, samosas, pakoras, cream, butter and ice cream (Faizan-e-Sunnat, vol. 1, pp. 625), kidneys, liver, brain, siri paye, junk food (foods available in markets), sweets, biscuit, cake, burger, cold drink, coffee, cigarette and wine. Red meat contains high cholesterol, fat and protein which increase fat in blood. Liver, kidneys and brain contain more cholesterol than regular meat. Sugar increases cholesterol and causes headache. (Fir’awn ka khuwab, pp. 38) Buffalo milk produces phlegm, increases cholesterol and causes obesity. (Doodh Peeta Madani Munna, pp. 43) Compared to fat, the use of fried items rapidly increases bad cholesterol i.e. LDL in the blood. Good cholesterol i.e. HDL is reduced. (Kabab Samosay kay Nuqsanat, pp. 4) Do not eat prawn too much as it contains high cholesterol. (Machli kay ‘Ajaibaat, pp. 44)
Three important points
1 For physical health, it is very necessary to eat a simple and fresh diet and maintain a right weight. It helps to stop obesity and bad cholesterol. (Faizan-e-Sunnat, vol. 1, pp. 716)
2 According to a research, appropriate changes only in dietary habits help reduce cholesterol approximately from 50 to 60 milligrams in 2 to 3 months.
3 By changing lifestyle and using positive thinking you can not only control your cholesterol level in the blood, but you can also stay safe from other diseases.
Salah and cholesterol
Offering Salah correctly is a permanent and balanced means of keeping cholesterol level normal. (Madani In’amaat, pp. 26; summarised)
The best exercise for cholesterol patients is to walk continuously for forty-five minutes. First fifteen minutes with a medium pace, then fifteen minutes with a slightly fast pace and the last fifteen minutes again with a medium pace. Walking in this way will cause a continuous toxic discharge from the body and if the bad cholesterol level is high in the blood, it will also be discharged. (Khudkhushi ka ‘Ilaj, pp. 70, 71)
Cure for cholesterol
Cut bitter gourds as needed and get them dry along with seeds, then grind them into powder form. Eating it half a teaspoon in the morning and evening will اِنْ شَــآءَالـلّٰـه cause sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol to become normal. (Treatment duration: until one recovers fully) (Beemar ‘Aabid, pp. 45; summarised)
We make Du’a to Allah Almighty to protect us from harmful diseases and grant us Taufeeq to avoid harmful things.
اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ النَّبِیِّ الْاَمِیْن صلَّی اللہ علیہ واٰلہٖ وسلَّم
Note: Take every medicine on the advice of your Doctor or Hakeem.
(This topic has been reviewed from medical point of view by Dr. Muhammad Kamran Ishaaq Attari and Hakeem Muhammad Rizwan Firdaus Attari of Majlis Tibbi ‘Ilaj).
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