9 Fasting Health Benefits During Ramadan

Saad Shafqat Jun 23 2015
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Ramadan is upon us. With the onset of this holy month, Muslims from all over the globe observe fasting to please their Lord and to get His blessings. To get the most out of this month, Muslims indulge themselves in activities which not only helps them in this world but also the world after.

When we talk about fasting, it doesn’t only help you gain religious advantages but also is a very important source of getting benefits as far as your health is concerned.

Here is a guide for fasting benefits for your health during this month.

  1. Assistance In Detoxification

Fasting promotes and provides assistance in detoxification. In our daily routine, we make our digestive tract deal with processed foods. These comprise of additives which might have toxic agents, which accumulate in the body as fats. So when it comes to fasting, our body burns fat which leads to their detoxification. Liver and kidney are greatly involved in the activity of detoxification.

  1. Helps In Resolution Of Inflammatory Response

Studies have been done on this topic and they have revealed that fasting helps in the resolution of inflammatory diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and skin disease such as psoriasis. Fasting might also trigger the treatment of bowel syndromes, for example ulcerative colitis.

  1. Increases Lipid Breakdown (Lipolysis)

When it comes to metabolism for energy during fasting, glucose is greatly utilized. Glucose is the natural sugar your body produces. Other than this, lipid catabolism also takes place, also known as ketosis. Lipids are the natural group of biochemical parts, which include fats and vitamins.  The lipid storage in the muscles and kidneys help broken down, resulting in a release of energy.

  1. Reduction In Blood Sugar Levels

Fasting reduces the sugar levels in the blood, by breaking down the glucose for the provision of energy, eventually pertaining to decrease activity in the insulin. Glucagon, acting as the antagonist, increases its level to facilitate the breakdown of glucose, resulting in decrease glucose levels.

  1. Promotes Immunity

Fasting is a great promoter of immunity. The reason is that when we are in the state of fast, the body uses the fat content, breakdown occurs, which eventually results in the reduction of fat. And we all know how fat is bad for our health. The toxins are also eliminated via fat catabolism.

  1. Assists in Weight Loss

Weight loss is also seen in people, which is scientifically proven. It has been studied that there is an increase chance of weight loss in overweight (obese) persons rather than a normal one.

  1. Reduction in Using Addictive Elements

When it comes to addicts, fasting can play a vital role in helping an addict resolve his/her problems. Studies have showed the activity of fasting has helped people in reducing the use of caffeine, alcohol, cigarette smoking and other certain substances of abuse.

  1. Good Heart Health

When it comes to high blood pressure, fasting is one of the most appointed non-drug therapy being implemented.  Chronic blood problems such as atherosclerosis (fatty deposits on the lining of blood) can be reduced. Metabolic rates, the fight and flight hormones (epinephrine and nor-epinephrine) also work at a steady rate.

  1. Dormant Digestive System

During fasting, the activity of the organs linked to the digestive system is comparatively lower (resting). But apart from that, the digestive secretions happen at a fairly reduced rate. The release of energy as well as the breakdown of the food particles follows a gradual, steady pattern. This process allows the body to maintain a balance between the fluid secretions. But, the acid secretion within the stomach continues, therefore doctors as a precautionary prescribe that patients having peptic ulcers should not fast.

Saad Shafqat

Saad Shafqat:

Saad is a Dentistry student with a passion for football. When he isn't busy studying, you can find him at the gym or at the football field. He has written for various blogs and websites and plans to continue to do so.