Ramadan is one of the greatest festivals of Muslims which begins upon the sighting of the last full moon of the year and lasts 29 to 30 days. During this month, Muslims from all over the world keep fast, which means they abstain from food and drink before sunset. It’s taken as a time to purify their soul, practice self-discipline and refocus their attention on God. Although fasting during Ramadan is taken as a religious activity, there are a lot of health benefits of fasting during Ramadan that many people are not aware of.
Health benefits of Fasting During Ramadan:
All of the processed food that we consume almost on a regular basis contains tons of additives. Such additives take the form of toxins in our body and some of such additives can even help produce advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which can be a factor in aging and in the development or worsening of many degenerative diseases, such as diabetes, atherosclerosis, chronic kidney disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. These toxins are stored in fats or lipids of adipose tissue in our body. Prolonged fasting during Ramadan can help detoxify our body. During fasting, fats are spent and all the toxins are released. Organs such as liver, kidneys, etc are involved in the detoxification.
Rests digestive system
Our digestive system is always active, and like anything else, it certainly needs a break. When we fast, our digestive organs, especially the alimentary tract, get to rest. This helps to balance the fluids in our body, steadily break down food in our stomach and release energy in a gradual pattern.However, people with peptic ulcer are not advised to fast because fasting does not stop the production of acid in the stomach.
Resolves inflammatory response
According to some studies, fasting has been found out to resolve inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis, ulcerative colitis, and so on. Experts also believe that fasting can help treat allergies and skin diseases like psoriasis.
Reduces blood sugar level and high blood pressure
During fasting, our body breaks down glucose faster, and thus reduces the production of insulin. This gives rest to our pancreas and as a result, the amount of blood sugar in our body is reduced. Also, during fasting, the metabolic rate of our body is reduced, and so are adrenaline and noradrenaline hormones. This keeps the metabolic steady and reduces blood pressure in our body.
Increases fat breakdown and weight loss
Although fasting is not a great fitness strategy, it can promote weight loss as it breaks down fats steadily to release energy in our body. The fat that is normally stored in our muscles and kidney are broken down during prolonged fasting. This also helps reduce the risks of atherosclerosis (i.e. clogging of arteries by fat) and other diseases.
Boosts immunity and promotes healthy diet
Maintaining a balanced diet between fasts can boost immunity and promote a healthy diet. During a Ramadan, people take natural foods, especially fruits and water to break the fast.This increases the store of essential minerals and immunity boosting vitamins such as Vitamin A and E in our body and thus promotes healthy a lifestyle.