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While the holy month of Ramadan is closely correlated to fasting, do you know that it actually holds more meaning than just a religious calling? While it is intended to bring you closer to God spiritually, research have also showed proofs of fasting being beneficial for your well-being, even moreso than you might expect. On this week's journal, we will be discussing the known benefits and health improvements you might attain during this fasting month!
1. Improves insulin sensitivity
Fasting has shown to have a positive effect on insulin sensitivity, allowing you to tolerate carbohydrates/sugar better than if you didn’t fast. A study showed that after periods of fasting, insulin becomes more effective in telling cells to take up glucose from blood.
When your body is more insulin sensitive, you will be able to absorb nutrients better when you eat. Lowering the amount of insulin in your body not only helps break down fat faster, but it helps keep your insulin levels low when you do start eating again. Your blood sugar will stay regular for a longer time just making your overall health much better.
2. Encourages weight loss & speeds up your metabolism
Fasting can be a safe way to lose weight as many studies have shown that it allows the body to burn through fat cells more effectively than just regular dieting. Fasting enables the body to use fat as it’s primary source of energy instead of sugar. This is logical, as you are more than likely going to be eating less so there’s no way you can gain weight and will probably be consuming much less than you normally would on a regular day.
Besides, fasting gives your digestive system a rest and this can energise your metabolism to burn through calories more efficiently. If your digestion is poor, this can effect your ability to metabolise food and burn fat. Fasting can regulate your digestion and promote healthy bowel function, thus improving your metabolic function.
3. Improves immunity and resistance to illness
The body works wonders when you start fasting. It triggers your cells to start cleaning up your system and improves the immune system by reducing free radical damage, regulating inflammatory conditions in the body and starving off cancer cell formation. Fasting can help your body fight off illness before they even start.
Your cells are going to start regenerating when you fast and this can lead to your cells replacing old cells that are a part of your immune system. This leads to a stronger immune system now and later on down the road.
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4. Improves digestion flora through detox
One of the goals of fasting is to give your digestive system a rest from breaking down and absorbing food. The energy that is saved then is repurposed for the elimination of toxins that have built up in the cells. It is also believed that fasting is an opportunity for the body to heal itself.
Toxin elimination from your digestive system is highly important if you are to remain healthy and free from diseases. A build up of toxins in the intestinal tract can disrupt the fragile balance of your intestinal flora. These microorganisms are vital to your digestive health and the protection of your immune system.
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5. Lowers risk of cardiovascular diseases
On point number 2, it has already been discussed how fasting can greatly lower the fat on your body and prevents you from being overweight. When you have less fat on your body, it’s almost impossible to be obese. If you are already considered to be obese, fasting will slowly help reduce the amount of fat on your body.
Cardiovascular disease and obesity are two diseases in particular that fasting greatly lowers your risk of. Lower fat stored in the body means a decrease of the amount of bad cholesterol in your system which is linked to heart disease and other cardiovascular problems.