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.
Watch the video to find out what happens in your body while you are fasting during the Holy Month. Share it with your friends and family over social media. Lets spread the wisdom about the miracle of fasting thei 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 Ramadan Fast
- Your body will enter into a fasting state approximately eight hour after your last meal, when you gut completes the absorption of nutrients from your 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. Small quantities of glucose are also ‘manufactured’ through other mechanisms in the liver.
- Only during a prolonged fast of many days or weeks will your body eventually turn to using up protein released from the breakdown of muscle -called starvation. This does not happen when fasting in Ramadan if you are eating properly when you break your fast.
- 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.
- Extending only from dawn till dusk, the Ramadan fast gives us ample time to replenish our energy stores during iftar and suhoor meals.
- During the fasting month a detoxification process also occurs, as toxins stored in your body’s fat are dissolved and removed. It prevents the breakdown of muscle to protein.
- After a few days of the fast, higher levels of certain hormones (endorphins) appear in the blood, resulting in a better level of alertness and an overall feeling of general wellbeing.