Ramadan, or the fasting month for Muslims is coming to an end soon. Have you ever wondered what are the benefits of fasting?
Ramadan: The ninth month of the Islamic calendar where all Muslims are required to abstain from food and drinks from dawn to dusk for 30 days
Fasting allows the body to detoxify the digestive system as we abstain from all matter of solids and liquids throughout the day. Thus, improving the function of organs by improving blood circulation and removing any harmful toxins in the body.
During fasting month, the body gets accustomed to not feeling hungry all the time. The reduction in food consumption also causes the stomach to gradually shrink; i.e. you will eat less to feel full.
Aids in weight loss
For Muslims who wish to lose weight, Ramadan is an ideal opportunity to achieve the goal. When the human body undergoes starvation process, the body starts burning calories more slowly. It utilizes carbohydrates as its primary fuel to using fats, ensuring a constant source of energy for the body.
Lowers cholesterol level
A group of cardiologists in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) found that during fasting, there is a reduction of cholesterol in blood. Low cholesterol increases cardiovascular health, which inversely reduces the risk of getting a heart disease, heart attack or stroke.
Improves blood sugar (glucose)
Fasting may improve the way the body manages glucose and cut down on insulin resistance. Fasting also helps to keep the glucose steady, preventing spikes and crashes in glucose levels.
Absorbs more nutrients
There is an increase in the hormone adiponectin which allows the muscles to absorb more nutrients when one fasts throughout the day and eat late at night. The hormone also helps to prevent atherosclerosis and can improve the body's insulin resistance.
Boost the brain and cognitive function
The blood in the body is filled with more endorphins during fasting. This in turn gives the feeling of wellbeing and greater mental health.
Delay aging and extend longevity
Fasting could potentially slow down aging process. It also leads to production of restored tissues and cells within the body, lowering unnecessary cells in the process. This allows the production of collagen, leading to healthier and more radiant skin.
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