Ramadan – The holy month of fasting for Muslims and the followers of Islam. Fasting is one of the five fundamental principles of Islam. Each day during Ramadan, Muslims do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset.
This religious practice has numerous health benefits attached to it. Here are top 7 health benefits of fasting during Ramadan.
- Fasting gives a break to digestive system
65% our body’s energy is consumed for digestion after eating. During fasting, our digestive system takes rest and the energy is used to heal our body.
- Fasting detoxifies your body
We push lot of toxins into our body through processed and junk foods. Most of these toxins are stored in the form of fat. During fasting, the fat is burnt releasing the toxins from your body.
- Fasting promotes healthy diet
Research has observed that fasting reduces craving for processed food and increases the desire for natural foods promoting healthy lifestyle.
- Fasting Resolves Inflammatory Response
Fasting promotes resolution of inflammatory diseases and allergies such as rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis and skin diseases. It can also promote healing of inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis.
- Fasting reduces fat in body
During fasting, body breaks down fats to acquire energy for bodily functions.
- Fasting reduces sugar level in blood
Intermittent fasting is one of the best ways to improve insulin sensitivity and lower blood sugar levels naturally.
- Fasting boosts immunity
When individuals take fruits to break a fast, they increase the body’s store of essential vitamins and minerals. Vitamins A and E are good antioxidants readily available in fruits. They help to boost immunity.
We all should observe and practice Ramadan fasting not only as a religious practice but as a way to promote healthier life style and to prevent lifestyle diseases.