‘7 Tips on How Ramadan Can Boost Your Health’

ramadan e-cardMillions of Muslims around the world observe the spiritual cleansing of Ramadan, although some people still worry that fasting over such an extended period of time can have a negative effect on their health. However, science has now confirmed that Ramadan is a month of blessings for the physical body as well as the soul, with a number of improvements being noted in the health of people that fast, including:

1. Fasting Reduces Blood Sugar: Fasting breaks down glucose so that the body can get energy, whilst also reducing the production of insulin; this rests the pancreas and results in one of the most healthy outcomes of fasting – a reduction in blood sugar.

2. Fasting Increases Fat Breakdown: The first thing the body does during a fasting regime is break down glucose. When the store of glucose is exhausted, ketosis begins; which is a breakdown of fats to release energy. Consequently, fasting promotes rapid weight loss by reducing the store of fats in the body.

3. Fasting Corrects High Blood Pressure: Fasting brings down blood pressure and helps to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, the clogging of arteries by fat particles.

4. Fasting Boosts Your Brain: The brain-boosting powers of Ramadan are considerable. A study undertaken by scientists in the USA found that the mental focus achieved during Ramadan increases the level of brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which causes the body to create more brain cells, hence improving brain function.

5. Fasting Boosts Immunity: When on a balanced diet in between fasts, immunity enjoys quite a boost. A purging of toxins and reduction in fat stored also helps the body.

Point #66. Fasting Lowers Cholesterol: A team of cardiologists in the UAE found that people observing Ramadan enjoy a positive effect on their lipid profile, which means there is a reduction of cholesterol in the blood.

7. Fasting Helps You Absorb More Nutrients: By not eating throughout the day during Ramadan you’ll find that your metabolism becomes more efficient due to the amount of nutrients you absorb from food rising.

Ramadan isn’t always thought of as being an opportunity to lose weight and increase general wellbeing because the spiritual aspect is more commonly emphasised than the health aspect. Nevertheless, Ramadan is a great opportunity to enjoy a whole host of physical benefits too.

· By Bilal Al Halabi, Al Halabi Ref. & Kitchen Equipment  www.al-halabi.com

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