The Science of Why Fasting is Fantastic

The Science of Why Fasting is Fantastic

It’s that time of year where articles on how to have a better Ramadan are to be found everywhere. I am guilty of having written a few too. I could advise you to stay hydrated, eat a lot of salad, fruit, and stay away from white sugar; but you already know that.

Rather than focusing on what you cannot have all day, have you tuned into what you are gaining from fasting? Have you taken a deeper look at the practice of fasting? At the effect it has on your body? Let’s decode the bigger impact fasting has on you and why you will positively embrace it to reap the benefits.

Did you know all cultures and religions have a form of fasting practice?

All cultures and religions practice one form or another of fasting.  Fasting means you voluntarily abstain from consuming certain types of food or all foods and liquids for pre-determined lengths of time. The main reason for the commonality of the practice is due to its positive impact on spirituality, body and brains.

Since we are in Ramadan, I will start with Spirituality:

When you practice self-restraint, it leads to higher spirituality. Spirituality strengthens your discipline. This leads to heightened awareness and enlightenment; in addition it acts as a catalyst to being in tune with your needs, leading a healthier life.

Physically Fasting gives your body a well needed break from digestion. Of course, fasting can help with weight loss. Daily reduced caloric intake leads to weight loss. If that is one of your goals, beware of downing all the konafa and basbousa you can get your hands on the minute you break your fast.

Cleansing:

Over the years, your body accumulates toxins from the foods you consume, medicine you take, the chemicals and pollutants you are exposed to in your daily life to name a few.

When the body is not busy digesting, it is able to get rid of toxins. Allowing the body to cleanse means it is able to heal itself. Practitioners and patients have reported fasting to have a healed digestive disorders and reduced or cured symptoms linked to it, like regulation of bowel movements, reducing acne, bloating, join pains, allergies and headaches to name a few.

Improving Brain Functionality:

Now for brain function – studies have shown that bouts of fasting are essential for the brain to clean itself and create new neurons and communication lines. This means a sharper brain, better memory, and more powerful mental acuity.

Planning is an essential part to reaping the full benefits of fasting. Make sure you consume the right foods, in the right quantity and at the right times as that means you can have energy to focus on your daily tasks, sustain an active lifestyle and attain the full benefits. You can save the Infographic I put together for you and refer back to it.how to break fast in ramadan

Now the science part!

Normally, the body uses glucose from its last meal as its main source of energy. When it doesn’t need to use it, it stores it in the liver and muscles. The stored form is called Glycogen. When you fast once the glucose runs out, the body first resorts to stored glycogen. Once the glycogen your body begins to use stored fat as its main source of energy.

Many toxins are stored in the body’s fat. When you burn fat, the toxins are dissolved and removed from the body.

Make it past the first few days and you will experience higher levels of endorphins (feel good chemicals) which make you more alert and give you an overall feeling of mental well being

This Ramadan be aware of why you are fasting and perhaps make a conscious effort of not joining everyone’s chorus of bemoaning going through fasting.

Think about it, if you are going to do it in all cases, you might as well do it while reaping its benefits and being aware of how you are getting better at it every day.

One of the proven ways to remain engaged in your awareness is to participate and be active with a group of like-minded friends. You can do just that by joining this FREE Ramadan Facebook group

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