The Benefits of Fasting

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Ramadan, also spelled Ramazan, Ramzan, Ramadhan or Ramathan, is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community. One of the major significant element in Ramadan is fasting. Fasting is very important and it has several benefits which can do wonders to your body and can enhance your health to a greater extent.

When we fast, the body does not have its usual access to glucose, forcing the cells to resort to other means and materials to produce energy. As a result, the body begins gluconeogenesis, a natural process of producing its own sugar. The liver helps by converting non-carbohydrate materials like lactate, amino acids, and fats into glucose energy. Because our bodies conserve energy during fasting, our basal metabolic rate (the amount of energy our bodies burn while resting) becomes more efficient, thereby lowering our heart rate and blood pressure.

Ketosis, another process that occurs later into the fast cycle, happens when the body burns stored fat as its primary power source. This is the ideal mode for weight loss and balancing blood sugar levels.

Health Benefits of Fasting

Although fasting can be challenging and sometimes uncomfortable, the mental and physical benefits can:
•Boost cognitive performance
•Protect from obesity and associated chronic diseases
•Reduce inflammation
•Improve overall fitness
•Support weight loss
•Decrease the risk of metabolic diseases
•Benefit cancer patients — A recent study with mice and cancer showed that fasting during chemotherapy jump-starts the immune system and exposes the cancer cells. Ridding the body of old, toxic cells and replacing with new, healthy ones may be just the answer. Traditionally, cancer patients have been told to increase nutrients and caloric intake while undergoing chemotherapy treatments but this approach might now be under review.

Fasting puts the body under mild stress, which makes our cells adapt by enhancing their ability to cope. In other words, they become strong. This process is similar to what happens when we stress our muscles and cardiovascular system during exercise. As with exercise, our body can only grow stronger during these processes when there is adequate time to rest and recover. That’s why short-term fasting is recommended.

Fasting is a unique practice of acquiring health and staying away from prolonged health problems. It would surely benefit us with miracles transformed to our body. So, it is advised to practice fasting day to day life to acquire a long life and enhanced health.

Wishing you peace, longevity and auspiciousness in the holy month of Ramadan.

Stay Safe.





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Gayathri Saju, IIK Young Reporter
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