Fasting furnishes us with physical and spiritual healthy benefits.
According to our religion (Islam), fasting in Ramadan is an old constitution commandment from Allah which prescribed in the second year of hijrah. It is the fourth pillar in Islam, so it is an obligatory upon every Muslim, adult, sane and who is not sick or on a journey. It means the abstinence from nourishment and water(entering anything in the body cavity ) from the dawn to sunset in addition to abstaining from forbidden acts like saying vain talk, vanity, obscenity, having disputes, staring at forbidden sight. We should know that (person might fast and he gets nothing from his fast but hunger as he doesn't give up all false speech and evil deeds.
The islamic purpose of our fasting in Ramadan is to learn piety as Allah says in the holy Quran in surat AL _ Baqarah "O you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those who were before you in order to learn piety". It is also a protective shield from hell fires.
Fasting in Ramadan is as old as mankind, perhaps even older. It seems to be a universal practice that millions of people perform all over the world. The ancient Greeks were great believer in fasting. Plato and Socrates fasted from 7 to 10 days for the sake of purifying their minds and healthy mental efficiency.
Hippocrates recommended it for patients saying "Everyone has a physician inside him or her and the natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. "Our foods should be our medicine". "Our medicine should be our food". But to eat when you are sick is to feed your sickness". The British philosopher Plutarch says " Instead of using medicine, rather fast a day to enjoy its benefits.
The spiritual benefits of Ramadan fasting
Spiritually, fasting in Ramadan has many benefits to our health. It helps us to overcome our Lustres and the evidence for this scientific study is the Prophet Mohammed's saying "fasting is a shield and it protects the person from lustful desires". it makes us trace the teaching of Islam that we abandon them like devotion in saying and act, forgiveness, honesty, doing good deeds, helping the poor and generosity, ….etc. it makes changes like giving up bad performed habits like vulgar, utterance and obscenity.
It cleanses our souls through refraining from indulgence of our appetites and increases the capacity of faith and performing good deeds to gain Allah nearness. It also makes us gain strength.
Fasting in Ramadan teaches us how to control our anger through saying "I am fasting "if any one abuses you or tries to argue with you. In fact, Ramadan month makes muslims acquire patience and with patience we can reach to the high position of piety.
The physical benefits of fasting in Ramadan to our health
Physically, Fasting in Ramadan has many benefits. It is the key of good health; it gives us youthful vitality and longevity. In related to blood, it reduces glucose, insulin, leptin levels, and markers of oxidative stress. Inflammation such as C-reactive protein lower . It enhances health heart by improving the level of blood pressure triglycerides and cholesterol. It may increase metabolism and help preserve muscle tissue to reduce body weight and body fat.
In fact, research and studies find how fasting in Ramadan has many benefits. It can increase levels of human growth hormone, an important hormone that plays a role in growth, metabolism, weight loss and muscles strength.
Ramadan fasting has many benefits as it boost our brain function
Fasting in Ramadan has many benefits. It stimulates the protein BDNF (brain derived neurotropic factor) which is the main factor in making brain produce new cells and thus improves your brain function. Firstly, fasting boosts the production of a brain hormone known a (brain derived neurotropic factor). Release of BDNF activates stem cells within the brain and converts them into neurons. BDNF triggers the release of several other chemicals that are good for your brain health.
Fasting in Ramadan promotes longevity and improves health.
Fasting in Ramadan has numerous benefits to our immune system. It reduces the rates of old age and promotes longevity. During fasting in Ramadan, we abstain from eating for a long time and thus, the body stimulates the proteins of sirtuins which repair all the dilemmas and damage in DNA.
Fasting in Ramadan promotes detoxification
As we eat , many of the processed food contain lots of additives , some of them considered to be toxic to our bodies, so during fasting , our brains treats the nutritional deprivation as a threat and reacts by activating adaptive stress responses to help it deal with the threat . The brain also starts contemplating how it will provide the body with energy in the absence of food. To ensure that metabolism keeps running, the brain triggers the conversion of glycogen stored within the liver into energy, However glycogen is not a very great source of energy .After about 12 hours, the glycogen deposits get depleted.
In conclusion, Fasting in Ramadan has benefits to our health
Truth to say, to get our bodies benefit from fasting in Ramadan, we are in need of changing between these two types (moving from the first type to the second types or vice versa ) not remaining in static state like the non-fast days which we only depend on the first type( burning and restoring ) and this represents a problem for our bodies.
Fasting solves this problem throughout exchanging between the two types; during the fast, we depend on the second type and the process of autophagy to remove from the effects of toxic components in our bodies. After breaking our fast, we depend on the first type (burning and restoring), as a result, our bodies work in harmony between these two types.
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