We're more than halfway through Ramadan 2018, and while many of us are already accustomed to fasting since reflection and sharing are the main essence of celebrating the Holy Month, some just can't help but wonder... do eating and drinking nothing for 16 hours everyday benefit the body in any way? The answer is a resounding yes!
With that, we've listed down the following health benefits of fasting during Ramadan and we hope that right after going through the list, you'll get more motivated to finish the Holy Month with flying colors!
Both blood sugar level and blood pressure drop. The body starts the cleansing process, and the first few days are the hardest as they are usually accompanied with headaches, dizziness, nausea, and intense hunger.
The body is becoming adaptive to the fasting schedule and the digestive system is able to rest. The digestive system focuses its energy on cleansing the body and healing the cells as the white blood cells in the body start to become more active. During this stage, the organs start their repair process as well.
Energy levels will have increased, your mind is able to concentrate better, and an overall feeling of wellness overtakes you. The body's healing process becomes a lot more efficient during fasting, and so the body repairs any damaged cells at this stage. The colon, liver, kidney, lungs, and skin are detoxing by eliminating toxins.
Body is accustomed to the fasting, you will fell more energetic. There will also be improved memory and concentration. Organs are finishing up their healing process and once all toxins are removed, the body is able to function at its maximum capacity.
Fasting for two times a week can reduce chances of developing Alzheimers and Parkinson's Disease (which are on the rise).
Alterations to one's diet impacts brain functionality. Overfed brains are more likely to become impaired, according to neuroscientists.
A person who fasts empowers his brain and boost its protein production and catalyze the growth of neurons and bonds between neurons, causing improvement in one's memory.
Those who fast are more likely to enjoy enhanced nerve cells that repair the DNA. Fasting can protect the immune system as repairing from food consumption helps stem cells self-renew from a dormant state.
In 2007, a scientific review of studies centered on fasting revealed that fasting is an effective means of reducing cancer as well as cardiovascular diseases.
Fasting also has the potential to treat diabetes
The Prophet (PHUH) emphasized the habit of eating less as a method of preventing sickness and diseases, thus the birth of the concept of fasting during the Holy Month. For Ramadan survival tips, click here.
Did the above-mentioned health benefits encourage you to stick to your arduous but fulfilling fasting routine for Ramadan? What other health benefits do you have in mind that you would like to add on the list? Drop us a line in the comment section below and also, don't forget to like and share this article—it keeps us going!
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