What do we mean by fasting? Fasting is primarily an act of self restraint from eating food, drinking any liquid, or both, for a period of time. In Islam, during the holy month of Ramadan fasting for a month is an obligatory practice, from Fajr (dawn), to Maghreb (sunset). Muslims are prohibited from eating, drinking including water and getting engaged in sexual activity. They are also encouraged to control negative emotions such as anger and addiction. Fasting during Ramadan is one of most important pillars of Islam.
Fasting is not just a religious obligation but has many health benefits. if properly implemented fasting can be a good practice. It helps in elimination of toxins from the body, reduces blood sugar and fat stores. It also promotes healthy eating habits and boost immunity. Benefits of fasting include reduced risks of cancer, diabetes, insulin resistance cardiovascular diseases, immune disorders, and slowing of the ageing process resulting into potential increase in maximum life span. Here are the incredible health benefits of fasting:
1. Fasting Promotes Detoxification
The act of fasting promotes the process of detoxification, as fats are burned and toxins are released. It mobilizes and eliminates stored toxins by breaking down fat reserves.
2. Fasting Improves Insulin Sensitivity
Fasting improves insulin sensitivity which actually is a very big deal. When the effects of insulin tickles your cells, they do a better job in modulating your blood sugar levels after meals and making life a lot easier for your poor old pancreas.
3. Fasting Rests Digestive System
The digestive organs are at rest during fasting. Fasting gives the digestive system a much-needed rest. Fasting energizes both digestion and elimination.
4. Fasting Boosts Immunity
Fasting helps in boosting immunity if one is careful not to break their fast abnormally with an excess amount of food. Fruits contain vitamins A and E which boosts your immunity. Fruits should be eaten a lot while breaking the fast.
5. Fasting Corrects High Blood Pressure
Fasting corrects high blood pressure without any sort of drugs. Fasting will normalize blood pressure in majority of the cases. The blood pressure will remain low after the fast, but if the person follows a healthy diet and lifestyle.
6. Fasting May Help to Overcome Addictions
Fasting helps in overcoming many bad habits and addictions. By fasting many people have overcome tobacco and alcohol addictions, and even drug addictions. Fasting reduces the craving for alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, and other drugs.
7. Fasting Promotes Weight Loss
Fasting initiates weight loss with little or no hunger. It reduces the fat storage in the body. But fasting should not be taken as a weight loss strategy. Fat and sugar intake should be reduced, and instead fruits intake should be increased and other better measures should be taken to achieve weight reduction.
8. Fasting Resolves Inflammatory Response
Fasting triggers resolution of inflammatory diseases and allergies, such as arthritis and skin diseases such as psoriasis. Fasting can magically heal the inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis.
9. Fasting Promotes Healthy Diet
Fasting is the perfect way to get a healthy diet and lifestyle. Going on a fast gives you the motivation and enthusiasm to make a fresh start. It also helps in reducing craving for processed and junk foods. It promotes you towards more of natural foods, especially fruits and water.
10. Fasting Clears the Skin and Whitens the Eyes
Fasting clears the skin and whitens the eyes which never looked so clear and bright. It heals skin eruptions making it clear while fasting.