Is Ramadan Fasting Healthy?

The month of Ramadan indicates the period of fasting, sacrifice, piousness and devoting oneself to God and his faiths. People observe fast during daytime and consumes food only before dawn and after sunset. Fasting is good for our body and has multiple health benefits if executed properly. It aids in detoxification and promotes overall well-being. Ramadan builds the feeling of family bonding, peace, self-control and composure. This is a form of intermittent fasting which might have potential health benefits. The fasting day starts with a pre-dawn meal called suhoor and ends with a meal called iftaar. At the time of Iftaar fast is broken with dates. Dates are incredibly nutritious with the right amount of carbohydrates and also gives an instant energy boost. They are rich in fibre and other nutrients like potassium, magnesium and vitamin B. A study was conducted by Rouhani M. H. et al (2014) to observe the outcomes of Ramadan fasting. It was observed that there was an improvement in the blood lipid profiles with an increase in good cholesterol levels and a decrease in bad cholesterol levels. This is because our body uses stored carbohydrates and fats to derive energy. The effect of fasting was also favourable on the immune system. But it was recommended that pregnant women and people with type 1 Diabetes should avoid fasting. Fasting also promotes consuming healthy foods while reducing cravings for processed foods. It is also a perfect way to overcome addictions and learn self-control. Studies have shown that Ramadan reduces stress levels and boost brain functioning. It makes our metabolism more efficient because of an increase in the hormone called adiponectin which allows our muscles to absorb more nutrients. It is advisable to drink plenty of water and consume fluid-rich foods like fruits and soups in order to replenish the lost stores, prevent dehydration and stay hydrated for the next day of fast.

Ramadan is an auspicious month for Muslims. It is a path for them to get closer to God and remind them of the suffering of the less fortunate. We should be thankful to the almighty for all that we have and seek forgiveness for our miss deeds.

Ramzan Mubarak!

REFERENCES :

Rouhani, M. H., & Azadbakht, L. (2014). Is Ramadan fasting related to health outcomes? A review on the related evidence. Journal of research in medical sciences : the official journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, 19(10), 987–992.

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