Ramadan and the health benefits of fasting

A month to cleanse the body and soul

For Muslims around around the world, the blessed month of Ramadan is right around the corner. This holy month is a time when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunsets and devote themselves to prayer and self- reflection. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam and is seen as a way of cleansing the body and soul. It teaches us to be empathetic towards those who suffer from hunger and poverty. Muslims are also encouraged to be especially charitable in this month to those in need.

The Health Benefits of Fasting:

Though research studies have shown the health benefits of fasting Ramadan, they are not the reason why Muslims observe fasting. It is however a great benefit and we thought to share them with you!

  1. Weight management

While this is not always the case, it is easier to manage your weight during the month of Ramadan when fasting IF you plan a healthy menu. For example, breaking your fasting on a hearty soup, salad, refreshments and fruits is not only filling but also healthy.

  1. Lowers blood sugar

While Islam allows people with diabetes and other health problems to forgo fasting, for those who can will benefit from lower blood sugar. When we fast for most of the day, our body uses up the stored glucose, lowering the levels in our body.

  1. Clear headedness

Food can be distracting sometimes and the practice of fasting, prayers and self reflection can help us feel grounded, calm and peaceful. Sometimes withdrawing from ‘worldly desires’ can help us feel more relaxed. In addition, charitable acts and family gatherings can also contribute to a sense of wellbeing and fulfillment.

  1. Lowers Blood Fat Levels

In research studies fasting has shown to lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL) if you eat healthy!

  1. Curb your unhealthy addictions

Ramadan may be a chance to overcome your unhealthy habits and addictions. The self discipline required to fast the long hours along with the spiritual observations can motivate those hoping to quit smoking or caffeine.

So with those points in mind, we wholeheartedly wish you a Blessed Ramadan. May you all be healthy and remember to help those less fortunate than yourself in any way you can.

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