Why is Fasting Good For You?

Do you know what happens in your body in the month of Ramadan? Watch our video about the health benefits of fasting for 30 days.

With intermittent fasting gaining so much popularity, people are becoming more aware of the potential health benefits of sometimes abstaining from food. For us Muslims, this does not come as any surprise.

Fasting for Allah (SWT) is a beautiful form of worship, with phenomenal spiritual benefits that every Muslim is familiar with. But the benefits of fasting extend beyond the spiritual; boosting our health and physical wellbeing as well. That, to us, is a testament that Allah’s wisdom and blessings are boundless, and is one more reason (out of the many millions of reasons) to be grateful to Him.

Watch the video below to find out about the miraculous process of healing and renewal that takes place in your body, throughout the 30 days of fasting in Ramadan. We promise, it’ll fill you with awe and gratitude for the beautiful way we were created, and the powerful ‘reboot’ key Allah has given us in Ramadan.

Not able to Fast this Ramadan?

Paying Fidyah and Kaffarah allows you to make up for fasts you can’t keep. If you can’t fast in Ramadan and have a valid reason, you can always make up your missed fasts after Ramadan. If you can’t do this due to a long-term illness or old age for example, then you’ll need to pay Fidyah to feed someone in need. If you’ve missed or broken a fast without a valid reason, then you’ll have to pay Kaffarah.

Remember, charity increases Baraka in our provisions and our health. So, if you are unable to benefit from fasting this Ramadan, then don’t miss out on the Baraka of giving charity through Fidyah and Kaffarah. Your donations will help us feed our poorest patients at Shaukat Khanum Hospital.

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30 Day Ramadan Fast: What happens to your body?

Detoxification Stage 1:  Day 1-2

Stage 1 of detoxification begins on the first day of fasting, which we all know is the hardest. Your body will enter into a fasting state approximately eight hours after your last meal. This is when your gut completes the absorption of the remaining nutrients from your food. Your blood sugar drops, your heart slows down and your blood pressure reduces.

Symptoms of this initial cleanse include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness and nausea
  • Bad breath and a heavily coated tongue
  • Weakness caused by the drawing of glycogen from your muscles

Detoxification Stage 2: Day 3-7

During your first fasting week, you will feel sluggish and tired because your body is working harder than usual. Without food for energy, the first thing your body will use up is the glucose stored in your liver and muscles.

When the glucose runs out, your body will start using up fat for energy. It will start breaking down fat to release glycerol which is converted to glucose. Purging rancid oils from the body can make your skin more oily than usual, resulting in spots or even a boil.

As your body embraces the fast, your digestive system will get to take a much-needed rest, allowing it to cleanse and repair itself. Faeces stuck to the intestinal walls will start to loosen. Your lungs and other cleansing organs will also begin a process of healing. Your immune system will be more active than normal at this time.

The burning of fat for energy aids weight loss and lowers your cholesterol levels in the long run. Weight loss results in better control of diabetes and also reduces blood pressure.

Detoxification Stage 3: Day 8-15

The second fasting week will see us into the third stage of detoxification. You will begin to experience clear-mindedness and a boost of energy.

Fasting gives your body a greater ability to heal. Don’t be surprised if you find old wounds and injuries become irritated! As your body heals, lymphocytes look to secrete substances to dissolve damaged cells in the damaged tissue. These substances can irritate nerves in the surrounding areas causing aches.

The pain you feel is good since it means scars that healed badly (perhaps due to a poor lifestyle in the past) are now undergoing optimum healing. Muscles may also become tight or sore due to toxin irritation. You will likely get mouth ulcers since we have a lot of bacteria in our mouths. To avoid or heal mouth ulcers, gargle with salt and water daily.

Detoxification Stage 4: Day 16-30

The last stage of detoxification happens in the final two weeks of fasting and this is when you feel best. There will be short periods of cleansing in between many good days where you have lots of energy. You’ll find your breath is fresher and your tongue is pink.

Your body has now completely adapted to fasting and is completing its work on healing your organs. After day 20, even your mind feels the benefits as higher levels of endorphins appear in the blood. You will notice increased alertness and an overall feeling of general wellbeing along with:

  • Heightened clarity
  • Emotional balance
  • Improved memory
  • Improved concentration

Scientific research even suggests that fasting can regenerate the immune system and boost the cancer-curing effects of chemotherapy in cancer patients undergoing treatment. Amazing, right?

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