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Health benefits of Ramadan
June 30, 2014, 2:11 pm
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Over the years scientific evidence has been mounting on the myriad health benefits of fasting during Ramadan. Here we take a look at some of the advantages to be gained by depriving the body of food and water during the day-long fast. 

Lower cholesterol: We all know that weight loss is one of the possible physical outcomes of fasting during Ramadan, but there is also a whole host of healthy changes going on behind the scenes. A team of cardiologists in the UAE found that people observing Ramadan enjoy a positive effect on their lipid profile, which means there is a reduction of cholesterol in the blood. Low cholesterol increases cardiovascular health, greatly reducing the risk of suffering from heart disease, a heart attack, or a stroke. Moreover, if you continue follow a healthy diet after Ramadan, this newly lowered cholesterol level should be easy to maintain.

Lasting appetite reduction: One of the main problems with extreme fad diets is that any weight lost is often quickly put back on, sometimes even with a little added extra. This is not the case with Ramadan. The reduction in food consumed throughout fasting causes your stomach to gradually shrink, meaning you will need to eat less food to feel full. If you want to get into the habit of healthy eating then Ramadan is a great time to start. By the end of Ramadan your appetite will be lower than it was before, and you will be far less likely to overindulge with your eating.

Detoxify: As well as being great for spiritually cleansing yourself, Ramadan acts as a fantastic detox for your body. By not eating or drinking throughout the day your body will be offered the rare chance to detoxify your digestive system throughout the month. When your body starts eating into fat reserves to create energy, it will also burn away any harmful toxins that might be present in fat deposits. This body cleansing is the perfect stepping stone to a consistently healthy lifestyle.

Absorb more nutrients: By not eating throughout the day during Ramadan you will find that your metabolism becomes more efficient, meaning the amount of nutrients you absorb from food improves. This is because of an increase in a hormone called adiponectin, which is produced by a combination of fasting and eating late at night, and allows your muscles to absorb more nutrients. This will lead to health benefits all around the body, as various areas are able to better absorb and make use of the nutrients they need to function.

Lower stress: A distinct reduction in the amount of the hormone cortisol, produced by the adrenal gland, means that stress levels are greatly reduced both during and after Ramadan.

 

 

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