Getting ready for Ramadan! Part 2

This bit of post has long been overdue, a few personal affairs made it a tad bit difficult to follow the routine I had in mind. However it’s not too late thankfully, and Ramadan isn’t too far away, so I can finally write what I have been dying to, The BENEFITS OF FASTING, on the mind, body and soul.

Now I’m no psychologist, so I’m not going to really focus on the mind and soul, but maintaining health has it’s virtues over the mind and soul. The benefits of fasting are effective for longer fasting periods, (no, a break between lunch and dinner doesn’t count) , this is because the body needs time before it can break down it’s waste and wash out the toxins, which happens only in longer periods of fasting. During Ramadan, Muslims fast for a period of at least 14-17 hours, depending on their geography. Some of the researched benefits of fasting include,

1. RESTING THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

We in our everyday lives, overuse and exploit our digestive system. Being the single most overused system in our body, it hardly gets a break or time to rest. Fasting helps achieve this seemingly Herculean task. By providing a break in our digestion we give it and our bodies time to recover. This enables the system to work better when provided with food and absorb nutrients better. Also in the general absence of food, the body is able to clear itself of toxins and breakdown unwanted cells to provide energy. This process helps the body eliminate diseased cells and thereby maintain optimum health.

2. IMPROVED INSULIN RESISTANCE

All those who have a predisposition to developing diabetes (are more likely due to heredity or other conditions) have more chances of improving their insulin resistance by fasting. Researches have shown that even an 8 hour fast improves insulin action on glucose. This action is also useful for those who simply desire to loose weight, or women who have PCOS, as insulin action is impaired.

3. IMPROVED IMMUNE SYSTEM

Fasting has recently shown to cause a significant improvement in Immune system regeneration. In the process of consuming diseases cells, WBC’s are utilized for energy production. This causes the body to produce new WBC cells and improving immunity. Fasting is also said to reduce hormones that are linked with ageing.

Most people personally experience these changes and improvements, other benefits however are still under research. It however in no way implies that you should doubt for a second before fasting. These are some medically researched benefits that have been proved only recently when in Islam these had been sated 1400 years ago.

So this Ramadan fast your day away consciously keeping in mind that Allah has deemed what is best for you. Peace! stay Healthy, Stay Happy!

Published by Shiza Khan

A masters degree in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, and a penchant for health foods. It's not about dieting or losing weight. It's about choosing better foods and building a healthier lifestyle! Join me in this mission.

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