Benefits Of Fasting
As Muslims have fallen into the month of Ramadan, more than two billion Muslims are fasting around the world. Fasting is not only followed by the believers of Islam but has been proven that fasting is great for your health. Therefore, in this blog we will cover the benefits of fasting and how it can prevent long term illnesses.
What Is A Fast?
Research has shown that ‘fasting is becoming more widely accepted as a legitimate means of managing weight and preventing diseases’1. A fast is when you stop eating and drinking for a certain amount of time (usually between 12 and 24 hours). If you are committing to an intermittent fast than you may drink water or consume small amount of food.
What Happens During A Fast?
When you fast your body does not have its usual supply of glucose, which forces the cells to produce energy processing its own sugar. ‘The liver helps by converting non-carbohydrate materials like lactate, amino acid, and fats into glucose energy. Because our bodies converse energy during fasting, our basal metabolic rate becomes efficient, thereby lowering our heart rate and blood pressure’2. During fasting, your body is placed under mild stress allowing our cells to adapt by making them strong. This is a perfect time to allow our bodies to rest and recover as well as allowing them to grow stronger. Studies show that ‘when examining the rate of weight loss, intermittent fasting may produce weight loss at a rate of approximately 0.55 to 1.65 pounds per week’3.
How Can You Start Fasting:
If you wish to fast, see the following list of different types of fasting:
- Water Fast: this is when you only drink a set amount of water and do not consume any food.
- Juice Fast: this is when you only drink vegetable or fruit juice at a certain time of the day without eating any food.
- Intermittent Fasting: this is completed by setting up hours during a couple of days of the week, where you do not consume any intake of food.
- Partial Fasting: this is when you do not consume any food or drink that is processed, has any caffeine or eat any animal products for a set amount of time.
- Time-Restricted Feeding: this is when you decrease the number of calories you consume in a day.
- Periodic Fasting with Fasting Mimicking Diets: this is when you put a limit on your calorie intake for a certain number of days.
Benefits Of Fasting:
- Controls your blood sugar levels
- Gives you better health by fighting off inflammation
- Improves your blood pressure, triglycerides and cholesterol
- Improve your brain function
- Allows you to lose weight
- Increases the growth of your hormones including strengthening your muscles
- Allow you to live longer
- Can prevent chances of cancer
This blog has explained how fasting is beneficial to your body and can prevent many illnesses allowing you to live a better life.
1 Boulder Medical Center. 2022. Fasting for Your Health: What You Need to Know – Boulder Medical Center. [online] Available at: <https://www.bouldermedicalcenter.com/6703-2/> [Accessed 7 April 2022].
2 Boulder Medical Center. 2022. Fasting for Your Health: What You Need to Know – Boulder Medical Center. [online] Available at: <https://www.bouldermedicalcenter.com/6703-2/> [Accessed 7 April 2022].
3 Healthline. 2022. How Intermittent Fasting Can Help You Lose Weight. [online] Available at: <https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/intermittent-fasting-and-weight-loss#weight-loss> [Accessed 7 April 2022].