Health Benefits of Fasting

Ramadan is a wonderful time for introspection, self-improvement, kindness and spirituality – and fasting is one of the Holy Month’s main pillars. In Ramadan, muslims fast from dawn to dark.

Experts have also discovered that limiting food intake during the day can assist to prevent health issues including high cholesterol, heart disease, and obesity as well as improve mental health and wellness.

Here are some of the major health benefits of fasting in Ramadan.

1.   Detox

Fasting not only burns fat reserves but also rids your body of potentially hazardous poisons stored in fat deposits. Your body naturally detoxifies after a month of overhauling your digestive system, allowing you to continue living a healthier lifestyle after Ramadan.

2.   Improves Mood and Helps Focus

Fasting can be used to supercharge the brain, causing new brain cells to grow and develop, sharpening our responses to information in the environment. Fasting can also make the brain more tolerant to stress, more flexible to change and increase mood, memory and even learning capacity, according to studies.

3.   Lowers Your Appetite

Observing Ramadan and fasting has a favorable impact on your lifestyle and digestive system. Your digestive system has a chance to relax as your body adjusts to eating less, and your stomach gradually reduces in size. This suppresses your hunger and has the potential to continue longer than many popular diets.

4.   Helps in Weight Loss

Fasting on a time-restricted basis — going without eating for long periods of time – decreases inflammation, improves blood lipids and aids weight loss.

5.   Fixes Your Metabolism

Fiber-rich fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean and plant proteins, as well as the necessity of staying hydrated with water and avoiding fizzy drinks, should be consumed during non-fasting hours.

Fasting during Ramadan also allows people to reset their metabolisms by forcing the body to work harder during the hours when they are not eating or drinking, burning fat, and ridding the body of pollutants.

When people break their fasts with good, nutritious foods when their bodies need them the most, and choose healthy, carbohydrate-heavy options for Suhoor – the meal before dawn – their metabolism will be set for the day, allowing them to acquire the most nutrients from the food they eat. As a result, energy levels will increase.

6.   Improves Brain Health

Fasting can also help your brain be more productive. Fasting causes our brains to become stressed, prompting them to create a protein called a brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF, which helps to stimulate brain stem cell regeneration, according to a study conducted by US researchers. Fasting may help prevent the beginning of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, according to a study undertaken by the National Institute of Ageing in the United States.

Conclusion

You can continue to abstain from your unhealthy eating habits during and after the fasting hours with a little self-control. Ramadan is also an excellent opportunity to begin and maintain healthy habits such as eating more vegetables, drinking more water and exercising regularly.

 

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