What is Ramadan?
For Muslims, Ramadan provides an opportunity to connect with one’s creator; to feel the hunger pains of the less fortunate who do not have the means to eat on a regular basis; to reconsider one’s priorities; to practice discipline and to cleanse one’s body of impurities; to draw closer to both family and one’s community are some of the benefits of fasting in Islam.
9 Health Benefits of fasting in Ramadan
1. Fasting lowers your cholesterol level & blood pressure and thus improves focus, concentration, brain functions, and heart health.
2. Fasting reduces the amount of fluid within the eye because of the decrease water levels in your blood which reduces the secretion of various glands in the body.
3. Fasting reduces the amount of blood pumped by the heart. It also reduces blood cholesterol and therefore lessens the risk of atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, and blood clots in the arteries.
4. Fasting is one of the ways that’s smokers can use to quit smoking.
5. Fasting makes you eat less and feel full faster because the reduction of the food your consuming cause your stomach to gradually sink.
6. Fasting gives a break for your kidney to eliminate wastes due to the less water intake during the day which reduces fluid in the body.
7. Fasting reduces the proportion of fat in the body, including liver fat, which activates the liver cells and helps to remove toxins from the body.
8. Lowers blood sugar and reduces the risks of diabetes.
9. Supports detoxification and cleansing of the digestive system by not eating or drinking throughout the day. Improves absorption of nutrients from the intestines.
Dangers of fasting
1. Given the health benefits of fasting above, it is important to note the dangers of fasting with diabetes, a person with diabetes needs to consult their physician before they begin to fast.
Those who depends on daily insulin injections to control their blood sugar which timing are scheduled to match their meals are not advised to fast. This will avoid high or low blood sugar levels which can result in coma and other serious health concerns.
2. Another downside of fasting is that it is usually related to gaining weight Muslims tend to prepare too much oily food and break their fast with a feast. Which can be avoided by eating moderately, grilling rather than frying and avoiding artificially sweetened drinks.
3. Constipation is also a common problem experienced by people Ramadan fasting. To prevent being constipated you should eat at least five servings of foods and vegetables daily. Consume whole wheat and fiber rich foods. Drink sufficient fluids.
4. Heartburn which is caused by stomach acids, which digests our food is also common during Ramadan. Dealing with heartburn includes eating in moderation, avoiding oily, deep-fried and very spicy foods and reducing caffeine intake.
5. Skipping meals cause someone to experience a headache. Imagine doing that in a month. Combine that with dehydration, poor sleep or withdrawal symptoms caused by smoking or not having caffeine in your body. Make sure that you do not miss your Sahoor meal, drink enough water gradually and consistently and ensure you get enough rest.
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