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Health Benefits of Fasting
June 5, 2016, 11:54 am

The month of Ramadan is a period of fasting, sacrifice, charity, piousness and self-training so that these qualities will extend beyond the holy month and stay with us throughout the year. Though the essence of fasting during the month of Ramadan is spiritual, nonetheless, the month offers a number of benefits for both the mind and body.

 Scientific studies on the medical benefits of Ramadan has noted various improvements in the health conditions of those who fast. If any negative effects were seen at all, it was in those who over-indulge in food at iftar or do not sleep well at night. It is also to be kept in mind that fasting is not recommended to those who suffer from serious health issues such as Type 1 Diabetes as it might worsen their condition. 

For those who are of good health, read on to learn about some of the incredible health benefits of fasting on your overall well-being.

  • Fasting helps in detoxification: Processed food usually contains a lot of additives which adds onto your body fat. Fasting helps breakdown and burn this excessive fat, helping you stay fit.
  • Fasting provides rest to the digestive system: Normal physiological conditions are continued in the body, but at a reduced rate. This helps maintain balance of the fluids in the body. The breakdown of food takes on a steady pace, while the release of energy falls into a gradual pattern.
  • Fasting may help overcome addictions: Addictions come in all forms and Ramadan provides the perfect opportunity to get rid of them. Since the entire month focuses on self-restraint, it provides a platform to ditch those addictions, whatever they may be.
  • Spirituality behind fasting: Those who fast during Ramadan, indulge in the spiritual meaning behind the month. Fasting instills in them a sense of generosity and compassion. They embrace their spirituality while obtaining tranquility and self-satisfaction.
  • Fasting produces rapid weight loss: Although this is not the most suitable strategy to lose weight, reducing fat and sugar intake, and increasing fruits and vegetables can help you lose weight. It has been noted that fasting often reduces the craving for processed food, and promotes the desire for natural foods, paving way for a healthy lifestyle. In Ramadan, people tend to go for healthier options such as dates, nuts, lentil soup, and home cooked meals. Studies have noted that overall saturated fat consumption, usually found in butter, lard, fatty meat, and fast food, is reduced in Ramadan.

Corrects high blood pressure, and reduces the blood sugar level: Fasting helps reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, which is the clogging of arteries by fat particles. Hormones such as adrenaline and noradrenalin are also reduced, which results in reduced blood pressure. Glucagon, which is produced to facilitate the breakdown of glucose also increases during fasting, resulting in reduced production of insul

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