Fasting is a religious obligation of Muslims which is observed by millions of people around the world each year, in the month of Ramadan. Most of the people don’t know the health benefits associated with fasting. If implemented properly, it is a very good practice for health.
Health benefits of Fasting:
There are a numerous medical benefits of fasting which we are listing down. Have a look!
Processed foods contain heaps of added substances. These added substances may get to be poisons in the body. Some of them promote production of advances glycation end products (AGEs). A large portion of these poisons are put away in fats. Fat is blazed while fasting, particularly when it is for longer hours and the poisons are discharged. The liver, kidneys and different organs in the body are involved in detoxification.
Resolves Inflammatory Response
According to some studies, fasting helps in promoting resolution of inflammatory diseases and allergies. Such inflammatory diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis and skin diseases such as psoriasis. According to some experts fasting may help in promoting healing of inflammatory bowel diseases.
Increases Fat breakdown
Breaking down of glucose is the first response of fasting to the body. When the accumulated glucose is exhausted, ketosis starts; it is break down of fats to release energy. Fats stores in kidney and muscles are broken down and release energy.
Promotes Weight loss
Rapid weight loss is also promoted by fasting as it reduces accumulated fats in your body. During Ramadan, increasing fruits and rest is a better way to reduce weight.
Fasting Boosts Immunity
Individual, taking balanced diet in between fats get his immunity boosted. Elimination of toxins from the body and reduction on stored fats help the body in increasing immunity. When an individual eats fruits at the time of breaking the fast, he increases the amount of vitamins and minerals in the body. Vitamin E and A are good antioxidants available in fruits, they help in boosting immunity.
Fasting Rests Digestive System
Digestive organs do rest while you are fasting. All the normal functions of body organs remain continue during fasting, especially digestive secretions keep on getting produced but at comparatively low rate. Fasting helps in maintaining the balance of fluids in your body. Food is broken down but at reduced rate, same way, energy is also released but, gradually. Production of acids in the stomach is not stopped that is why peptic ulcer patients are advised to fast carefully. Some of the health physicians are of the view that they should avoid fasting.
Fasting Reduces Blood Sugar
During fasting, Breakdown of glucose is increased and body gets more energy. Production of insulin is decreased and pancreas comes into resting position. In order to break the glucose, Glucagon is produced. Therefore, another health benefit of fasting is a reduction in blood sugar level.
Fasting cures high blood Pressure
Fasting is considered as a method of reducing blood pressure, without using any kind of medicines. It also helps in reducing the risk of atherosclerosis which is the clogging of arteries by fat particles in the body. During fasting glucose and later, fat stores are used to produce energy. Metabolic rate is decreased during fast. Hormones which are known as fear-flight hormones such as adrenaline and noradrenalin are also reduced and so the metabolism remains low which lead to a normal blood pressure level in the body.
Fasting Promotes Healthy diet
During fast, craving of processed foods is reduces and the desire of natural foods is promoted especially fruits and liquids. This way a healthy lifestyle is promoted when you fast.
Fasting May Help to Overcome Addictions
Fasting helps in reducing the cravings for addictive substances such as nicotine, alcohol, caffeine and other such elements. Fasting can play a very vital role in resolving the addiction.