Assalamu alaikum wa rehmatullahi wa barakatuh
O you who have believed, when you rise to [perform] prayer, wash your faces and your forearms to the elbows and wipe over your heads and wash your feet to the ankles. And if you are in a state of janabah, then purify yourselves. But if you are ill or on a journey or one of you comes from the place of relieving himself or you have contacted women and do not find water, then seek clean earth and wipe over your faces and hands with it. Allah does not intend to make difficulty for you, but He intends to purify you and complete His favor upon you that you may be grateful.(Surah Maadidah Verse 6)
The sand increases a neurotransmitter known as serotonin which is known as body’s natural ‘Feel Good Hormone’.
What is Serotonin?
It is a neurotransmitter which is produced and spread by neurons in the brain. It is formed by the amino acid called tryptophan. This is a part of protein from our daily diet. More amount of tryptophan in the blood sends the message to the brain to produce serotonin. This helps to decide an individual’s overall mood and overcome mood changes, anxiety, depression, etc.
Serotonin in the body helps to make one feel relaxed, happy, and confident. It also has many other uses such as appetite control, mood and behaviour regulator, cardiovascular function, sleep, muscle contraction, endocrinal secretions’ regulation, memory and learning, temperature regulation, etc
The medical News Today says that UK scientists have found a friendly soil bacteria.Read here.
Read the following report of BBC about soil,serotonin and immunity.
Exposure to dirt may be a way to lift mood as well as boost the immune system, UK scientists say.
Lung cancer patients treated with “friendly” bacteria normally found in the soil have anecdotally reported improvements in their quality of life.
Mice exposed to the same bacteria made more of the brain’s “happy” chemical serotonin, the Bristol University authors told the journal Neuroscience.
Common antidepressants work by boosting this brain chemical.
Mood and immunity
Canadian researchers have also been exploring the links between serotonin, mood and immunity.
A team at Georgetown University Medical Center recently discovered serotonin is passed between key cells in the immune system, and that the chemical can activate an immune response.
This suggests that serotonin may restore a healthy immune function in people who are depressed and prone to infections.
On the flip side, it is also possible that serotonin, and serotonin-boosting antidepressants, end up bolstering immunity to the point that they trigger autoimmune disease where the body attacks itself.
Gerard Ahern, lead researcher on the study, explained: “At this point we just don’t know how these drugs might affect immunity, so we really need to clarify the normal role of serotonin in immune cell functioning.”