Five Physical Benefits of Fasting During Ramadan
The holy month of Ramadan is a time of uncountable blessings and self-evaluation. Muslims from all over the world celebrate this month with great zeal and zest and attain the “Qurb” or closeness of Allah. The blessings of this auspicious month cannot be listed as Muslims fear Allah and avoid haram and immoral activities and learn new values of discipline and self-control when fasting during the month of Ramadan. Apart from these spiritual blessings, there are innumerable physical advantages of fasting too. From improved immunity to better metabolism, fasting gives your body much better-functioning aptitude along with recharging your emaan.
Here’s a list of top five physical benefits of fasting during the month of Ramadan.
Clear, Acne free skin
Fasting rids the body of the burden of digestion for a significant amount of time and thus our system focuses its regenerative energy on other parts of our body. With the body temporarily freed from digestion, toxins are removed from the skin and the skin cells get are able to get rid of acne, pimples and other skin ailments. Fasting also regulates the function of other organs like kidneys, liver etc.
In the natural world, when an animal is sick it tends to stop eating for a while to reduce internal stress on the system as the body focuses on fighting off the ailments. As a result of primal instincts, same happens when humans are fasting. The body’s immune system is improved as a result of reduced free radical damage and the body is more prone to fighting off infections and inflammatory conditions of the body. Fasting also helps starve off cancer cell formation and other sicknesses.
Improved Brain Functioning
Fasting helps you focus better and improves brain activity as it is proven to boost production of a special protein known as the brain-derived neurotrophic factor. The BDNF triggers brain cells to convert into new neurons and activates many other chemicals that are essential for brain health and proper cerebral functioning. The BDNF is also helpful for protecting brain cells from effects of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Better Metabolic Functioning
Fasting provides a resting period for the digestive system and reenergizes our metabolism to burn off calories more efficiently. Fasting is highly recommended for people with bad metabolisms as it will help develop the ability to metabolize food and burn fat much more competently. Fasting not only regulates digestion but also promotes healthy bowel functioning and weight loss. Many athletes are now taking up fasting as an effective and healthy way of burning excess weight and hitting low body fat percentages for physical competitive sports like bodybuilding etc.
Increased Appetite and Better Insulin Sensitivity
Studies have shown that after fasting, insulin turns out to be much more efficient in directing the cells to take up more glucose from the blood. Another positive effect of fasting on insulin effect is that allows the body to tolerate carbohydrates (sugar) with much more efficiency. Fasting also acts as a reset button: the more we fast, the more our body corrects itself to release hormones that regulate hunger, and thus the appetite is greatly improved.