With millions around the world expectantly waiting for this holy month and successfully observing the spiritual cleansing of Ramadan, many are fearful of the detrimental health effects that might result due to fasting. However, such is not the case.
While Nordic countries like Iceland and Denmark have 20 hours of fasting, countries in Asia like India and Bangladesh have about 15 hours. Nevertheless, Ramadan brings a time of forgiveness, blessings, sacrifices and the strengthening of your faith and connection with Allah regardless of where you live. In addition, it also offers the following benefits for your mind and body:
Apart from the spiritual and psychological benefits, one primary health benefit of fasting is the reduction of cholesterol levels in the blood. Proven by a team of cardiologists in UAE, it has been seen that people fasting have a positive effect on their lipid profiles which reduces risks of heart diseases.
Fosters Weight-loss and Detox’s
Abstaining from eating or drinking throughout the day lets you detoxify your digestive system and burn away harmful toxins that might be present in fat deposits. Reduction in food consumption also causes your stomach to shrink, resulting in you eating less to feel full.
Self-Control and Tolerance
Being an ideal time for achieving spiritual balance and inner space, Ramadan promotes peace and tranquility. We refrain from judgement and try our best to be more forgiving in this month. Additionally, Ramadan gives us an excellent opportunity to leave our unhealthy habits behind. With this self-restraint throughout the day and acclimatizing to their absence, forgoing your addictions for good might not be as difficult as you think!
Boosts your Immune System
As the saying goes, “You are what you eat”. Indeed, when it comes to choosing what to have for iftar and suhoor for Ramadan, make sure you avoid processed, fried and sugary foods as much as possible and incorporate a diet rich in fiber and protein. Along with spiritual reasons, eating three dates to break a fast comes with its health benefits. Getting about 31 grams (just over 1 oz) of carbohydrates from an average serving of dates, this is one of the perfect foods to give you a boost. It is also suggested that you include fruits in your diet in Ramadan as it not only increases the body’s store of vitamins and minerals but also strengthens stamina and resilience.
Lift your spirits
Ramadan gives us all the opportunity to reflect on our behavior and make an honest and dedicated attempt to improve ourselves in every aspect. In this holy month, Muslims practice generosity by being charitable. Along with this, individuals also sit down together with their families around the iftar table and this continuous communal aspect has proven to impact an individual’s mental health positively. Neighbors, social groups and families have iftar together and this altogether promotes a feeling of peace, bonding and self-satisfaction.