Though most Muslims around the world observe fasting because it is a religious obligation and the rewards for it are unimaginable, few people are aware of the fact that fasting not only brings about spiritual benefits but is actually very beneficial for our physical being. Always remember that whatever Allah (SWT) has commanded us to do, is beneficial for us. Some of the benefits of fasting include the elimination of toxins, reduces blood sugar and decreases body fat. Fasting also helps in boosting our immunity and promotes good eating habits.
A lot of the additives that are found in processed foods end up becoming toxins in our bodies. Fats store most of these toxins and during fasting fat is burned especially when the fasting is long. This results in the toxins being release.
2. Beneficial for Digestive System
When a person is in a state of fasting, his or her digestive organs are in a state of rest. The processes of the digestive organs continue obviously but at a slower rate. This helps maintain a balance of the body fluids within. Food gets broken down in steady rates and energy release also gradual.
3. Inflammatory Response Resolves
There are number of studies that show fasting promoting resolution of inflammatory diseases and allergies such as rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis and skin diseases such as psoriasis. Some experts assert that fasting may promote healing of inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis.
4. Reduction in Blood Sugar
Fasting increases breakdown of glucose so that the body can get energy. It reduces production of insulin. This rests the pancreas. Glucagon is produced to facilitate the breakdown of glucose. The outcome of fasting is a reduction in blood sugar.
5. Reduction in Fat
The first response of the body to fasting is break down of glucose. When the store of glucose is exhausted, ketosis begins. This is break down of fats to release energy. The fats stored in kidney and muscles are broken down to release energy.
6. Beneficial for High Blood Pressure
Fasting is one of the non-drug methods of reducing blood pressure. It helps to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is clogging of arteries by fat particles. During fasting glucose and later, fat stores are used to produce energy. Metabolic rate is reduced during fasting. The fear-flight hormones such as adrenaline and noradrenaline are also reduced. This keeps the metabolic steady and within limits. The benefit is a reduction in blood pressure.
7. Reduction in Weight
Fasting promotes rapid weight loss. It reduces the store of fats in the body. However fasting is not a good weight loss strategy. Reducing fat and sugar intake, and increasing fruits and rest are better measures to achieve weight reduction.
8. Healthy Diet
It has been observed that fasting reduces craving for processed foods. It promotes desire for natural foods, especially water and fruits. This is one way fasting promote healthy lifestyle.
9. Boost to Immune Systems
When an individual is on balanced diet in between fasts, this can boost immunity. Elimination of toxins and reduction in fat store also helps the body. When individuals take fruits to break a fast, they increase the body’s store of essential vitamins and minerals. Vitamins A and E are good antioxidants readily available in fruits. They help to boost immunity.
10. Helps in the reduction of Addictions
Some authors show that fasting can help addicts reduce their cravings, for nicotine, alcohol, caffeine and other substance abuse. Although there are other regimens required to resolve addictions, fasting can play a role.