While fasting for Ramadan is down to spiritual beliefs, many of us choose to fast with the belief that it benefits our health. But does it?
Check out what our health experts say on this.
1. Fasting Aids Weight Loss
Many dieters pick up fasting looking for a quick and easy way to drop a few pounds.Research studies have found fasting may boost metabolism by increasing levels of the neurotransmitter nor-epinephrine, which is responsible for enhancing weight loss. Fasting may increase metabolism and help preserve muscle tissue to reduce body weight and body fat.
2. Fasting Improves Hunger
To experience the true nature of hunger, this would take anything from 12 to even 24 hours.
Fasting helps to regulate the hormones in your body so that you experience what true hunger is.
Fasting is more like a reset button: the longer you fast, the more your body can regulate itself to release the correct hormones, so that you can experience what real hunger is.
Fasting has shown to improve brain function because it boosts the production of a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF.)[
BDNF activates brain stem cells to convert into new neurons, and triggers numerous other chemicals that promote neural health. This protein also protects your brain cells from changes associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
4. Fasting Improves Your Immune System
Intermittent fasting improves the immune system as it reduces free radical damage, regulates the inflammatory conditions in the body and starves off cancer cell formation.
Some studies prove that fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system. However, it’s always safe to fast with respect to your body’s capability to withstand sudden changes in the body. If you are looking to experiment, seek your nutritionist’s advice on the best way to fast.
5. Fasting Improves Insulin Sensitivity
Fasting has shown to have a positive effect on insulin sensitivity, allowing you to tolerate carbohydrates (sugar) better than if you didn’t fast. A study showed that after periods of fasting, insulin becomes more effective in telling cells to take up glucose from blood.[
There are a myriad of other benefits that fasting offers along with a few drawbacks that you should not ignore. Let’s face it, there are some who can’t take more than others. Start off with one day at a time and slowly progress to more till a time when you can fast and make sure you don’t feel tired, dizzy, wobbly.
What most fasting enthusiasts who are new should realize is that fasting is a world that you should take one step into slowly. If you feel ill or your heart starts racing, don’t continue. Some could get a persistent cold or blood pressure going down or even emotional distress. Some end up becoming anemic with an imbalance of minerals in the body.
This Ramadan, let’s fast with a positive mind for the sake of spiritual enlightment and get the best of everything. Klinikals wishes you a happy Ramadan!