Assalaamu alaikum,

Food is the first line of defense against poor health. Your body uses the food you eat to produce hundreds of chemicals, biological materials, and energy necessary for performing bodily functions. You know your body’s needs better than anyone else. Choose the food you eat carefully so that it meets the optimal nutritional requirements.

Food is also medicine. Your body can produce chemicals that heal you from within, such as in the liver. Your liver is a chemical factory that produces more than hundreds of known simple and complex biological compounds to ensure that you, a complex organism created by God, function properly.

God made your body home to billions of microorganisms. These microorganisms, including probiotics and postbiotics, play an important role in your health, your personality, and even your social life. Like your body, these microorganisms depend on the food you eat and the chemicals you apply to your skin. Take care of your food, and it will take care of you and your resident microorganisms in return.

Take care of nature as well. Nature brings us the food we eat, and we need to be good guardians of the world around us. One way to do this is by upcycling food, which reduces food waste. That way, we can protect the environment for future generations.

Muhammad Munir Chaudry, president