Top health benefits to gain from Ramadan

10 Jun,2016


Dhaka, BdChronicle:

Although the essence of fasting in Ramadan is mostly spiritual, this holy month also offers a number of benefits for both the mind and the body.

There is a scientific rationale to Ramadan fasting and not only a divine doctrine. We all know how it is considered to be a month dedicated for body-cleansing (detoxification) just by fasting for a month.

Provides tranquility to your body and mind – A whole dawn-to-dusk period of restraint helps Muslims to practice generosity by being charitable, family-bonding by gathering around the iftar table, spirituality by praying, and self-control by practicing good manners. All these habits provide a sense of self-satisfaction and contentment.

Helps in overcoming addiction – Whatever it may be, eating, drinking, lovemaking or lying – Ramadan provides an excellent opportunity to ditch them. After practicing self-restraint on these elements, you will realise that it is not that difficult.

Promoting weight-loss - Calorie consumption is overall decreased in Ramadan. However, if you maintain your usual eating habits, you are very likely to eat less amounts of food and lose weight. This is especially true in Ramadan, when your source of Energy during your fast is mainly fat. Trying to stay lightly active during the day can promote even fat break-down.

Fasting is a brain-booster – Positive effects on your mental well-being was reiterated by a study carried out by scientists in the USA found that the mental focus achieved during Ramadan increases the level of brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which causes the body to produce more brain cells, thus improving brain function.

Lasting appetite reduction - One of the main problems with extreme fad diets is that any weight lost is often quickly put back on, sometimes even with a little added extra. This isn’t the case with Ramadan. The reduction in food consumed throughout fasting causes your stomach to gradually shrink, meaning you’ll need to eat less food to feel full.

Detoxification – As mentioned in the introduction, Ramadan acts as a spectacular detox for our bodies, as by not eating or drinking throughout the day your body will be offered the rare chance to detoxify your digestive system throughout the month. This body cleanse will leave a healthy blank slate behind, and is the perfect stepping stone to a consistently healthy lifestyle.

Absorb more nutrients - By not eating throughout the day during Ramadan you’ll find that your metabolism becomes more efficient; meaning the amount of nutrients you absorb from food improves. This is because of an increase in a hormone called adiponectin, which is produced by a combination of fasting and eating late at night, and allows your muscles to absorb more nutrients.

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