Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar has long been associated with religious duties including a month of fasting. During the month of Ramadan, individuals do not consume any food or liquids during the bright period of the day, allowing themselves to eat and drink only when the sun is set. However, besides religious individuals fasting during Ramadan, there are also a number of individuals who choose to fast for health reasons. It is worth knowing however that by choosing some specific types of foods you can obtain health benefits – but only by fasting and preparing yourself before (and during) fasting
There is an intense spiritual meaning to Ramadan for those who fast. Muslims during Ramadan practice generosity by being charitable and sharing wealth, time, and good attitude. During Ramadan individuals also invite strangers, usually homeless people to eat together after the twilight. All these habits, including generosity, build a feeling of peace, discipline, tranquility and self-satisfaction.
Improved blood fat levels
It has been proven that fasting lowers bad cholesterol levels and increases good levels, which protects heart. Such outcome can be explained by the change in eating habits: during Ramadan one cannot eat nor drink, which makes people carefully choose their meals during the allowed period of time, after the twilight. One should remember that simple carbohydrates, fats and starchy foods will result in early satiety, however will also sudden hunger afterwards. Therefore, a diet rich in complex carbohydrates and protein is very important. It is also advised to consume a generous amount of raw fruits and vegetables prior to fasting period to ‘prepare’ the body beforehand.
Worth mentioning that people with diabetes should talk to their doctors before fasting for long periods of time since the blood sugar during the Ramadan goes down.
May help overcome addictions
After all, during fasting the fasting person is expected to put more effort in practicing self-control and discipline. Addictions come in all forms and shapes. Therefore, during the fasting period one has a great opportunity to ditch them, as the fasting period will teach that it is not as hard to forgo an addiction as you may think.
Even though Ramadan does require effort and preparation, it may be the perfect opportunity to re-train yourself and get back on track of eating healthy, teaching tranquility and practicing generosity. Even if you are not religious yet wish to fast and cleanse your body (as well as mind) but have never done it before, it could be a good idea to start with a one-day no food and liquid fast once a week, extending the period up to three days or a week. The benefits of fasting are obvious – including better metabolism, peace and improved blood fat levels – as well as improved eating patterns or promoted longevity. The most important is to fast carefully by knowing your limits and choosing the right foods to consume when you can do so.