Fasting in the blessed month of Ramadan is much deeper than just abstaining from food, its mind body and soul.
Let me give you an insight into what I mean.
So before we start let me just answer a few questions you may be thinking about if you don't know me. Yes, I'm a Muslim from birth and all my family are Muslims too. Yes, fasting also means not drinking water throughout daylight. Yes, It’s something we do voluntarily and I have been doing so since the age of 7.
Now that’s out of the way, let's get to the important bits.
- There are many health benefits to fasting!
To be honest with you, this is something that I started to look into more over the past few years, to me fasting in Ramadan has never been about health improvement but a spiritual cleanse that we go through. Refraining from food, drink and intercourse is difficult because these are among the strongest three desires that humans have.
However recently a lot of information has surfaced regarding the benefits of regular fasting even outside of Ramadan, too many for me to state but there are a few key ones below for you to refer to:
- Mental Boost — A study carried out 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 produce more brain cells, thus improving brain function.
- Bad Habits — Because you will be fasting during the day, Ramadan is the perfect time to ditch your bad habits for good. Vices such as smoking and sugary foods should not be indulged during Ramadan, and as you abstain from them your body will gradually acclimatise to their absence until your addiction is kicked for good
- Detoxification — As well as being great for spiritually cleansing yourself, Ramadan acts as a fantastic detox for your body. By not eating or drinking throughout the day your body will be offered the rare chance to detoxify your digestive system throughout the month.