Why is Fasting Good For You?

All Muslims who fast for Allah (swt) know first-hand the untold spiritual benefits of this practice. But fasting also has amazing physical health benefits. 

Fasting for 30 days in Ramadan allows our bodies to go through a miraculous process of cleansing and healing. Those difficult first few days are the hardest part of detoxification, which unfolds in stages over four weeks. Such a physical reboot can even help prevent cancer!

Watch the video to find out what happens in your body during the 30 day Ramadan fast.  Share it with your friends and family over social media. Lets spread the wisdom about the miracle of fasting this Ramadan!

Did you know recent scientific studies suggest that fasting can regenerate the immune system, and might even boost the cancer-curing effects of chemotherapy in cancer patients undergoing treatment? Scientists continue to research the miraculous benefits of this ancient religious tradition!  

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What happens in your body during the 30 Day Ramadan Fast?

Detoxification Stage 1:  Day 1-2

Stage 1 of detoxification begins on the first day of fasting, which is always the hardest. Your body will enter into a fasting state approximately eight hour after your last meal, when your gut completes the absorption of 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

You’ll continue to feel sluggish and tired for the rest of your first fasting week, because your body is hard at work. 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 starts using up fat for energy. It starts breaking down fat to release glycerol which is converted to glucose. This process of purging rancid oils from the body can cause your skin to become 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. Other cleansing organs, like the lungs, will also begin a process of healing. Your immune system will be more active than normal at this time.

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

Detoxification Stage 3: Day 8-15

The second fasting week will see us into the 3rd stage of detoxification. This is when you’ll begin to experience clear mindedness and a boost of energy.

Don’t be surprised if you find old wounds and injuries becoming irritated. This is because your body has adopted a greater ability to heal while fasting, and is looking for dead or damaged tissue. During this process, lymphocytes secrete substances to dissolve damaged cells in the damaged tissue. These substances can irritate nerves in the surrounding areas causing aches.

But this is good pain, since it means scars that healed badly due to a poor lifestyle in the past, are now undergoing optimum healing. As a result, muscles may become tight or sore due to toxin irritation. It’s also likely you will get mouth ulcers since we have a lot of bacteria in our mouths. To avoid or heal them, gargle with salt and water daily.

Detoxification Stage 4: Day 16-30

The final two weeks of fasting is when you feel best, and this is the last stage of detoxification. 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 it’s work on healing your organs. After day 20 even your mind feels the benefits. Higher levels of certain hormones (endorphins) appear in the blood, resulting in a better level of alertness and an overall feeling of general wellbeing. You’ll notice:

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


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