Benefit of fasting during Ramadan

By Dr. Aysha Mohamed Arif, General Dentist


Dr. Aysha Mohamed Arif
General Dentist

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May 14, 2019

Ramadan is a month of self-regulation and self-training. It's a perfect time to improve the moral character and focus on positivity. Fasting during Ramadan is counted as one of the Five Pillars of Islam.  It has not only been spiritually beneficial but it has many physical, psychological, social and health benefits as well.

Let’s discuss all the benefits of Islamic fasting during the month of Ramadan.

Psychological effects of Ramadan fasting:
Fasting is more than just abstaining from food and drink. Fasting also includes abstaining from any ignorant and indecent speech, from arguing, fighting, etc. Therefore, fasting strengthens control on impulse and helps in developing good behavior. This purification of body and soul harmonizes the inner and outer spheres of an individual.
Social effects of Ramadan fasting:

Ramadan fasting shows the direction to develop spiritual, moral and social values. It is the message of equality amongst the individuals of the society. Apart from helping to achieve purity of body and soul through this process of self-purification, addressing these areas of social significance is bound to help people shed all those things which are not socially desirable. One of the greatest advantages of fasting in this month is that it adds a true habit of speaking the truth in a person.

Health Benefits of Ramadan Fasting:
Ramadan fasting is good for one’s health as well as personal development. Here are some surprising health benefits of fasting:
•    Metabolism becomes more efficient. Fasting and eating late at night will increase the hormone called adiponectin in our body which allows your muscles to absorb more nutrients.
•    Cleanse out the toxicity from the body. By not eating or drinking throughout the day digestive system will get proper time to repair. Then your body will clear existing toxins, and clean up the circulating blood and lymph throughout the month.
•    Reduces cholesterol in the blood. Low cholesterol increases cardiovascular health, greatly reducing the risk of suffering from heart disease, a heart attack, or a stroke.
•    Ramadan increases the level of brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which causes the body to produce more brain cells, thus improving brain function.

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