As the season of Ramadan Started. The hubbub and the excitement has descended upon Muslims all over the world as they prepare themselves for thirty days of prayer, penance and absolute devotion. For the uninitiated, Ramadan is the holy month of fasting observed by Muslims all over the world that commences with the sighting of the crescent moon and ends with the jubiliant celebration of Eid. Though the main aim behind fasting is spiritual reformation but it has lot of benefits on human health. Today, we discuss the effects of intermittent fasting (as is observed during Ramadan) on our fitness and health
While it is widely believed that Intermittent Fasting is the kind of extreme one must not adhere to maintain his health, recent reports to the contradictory have displayed the positive side of it. A research study by doctors recently revealed that fasting induces a positive change in the electrical activity of the heart which decreases the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) and sudden cardiac death (SCD). Intermittent fasting can also be attributed to lowering blood pressure and general cholesterol levels consequently, making your heart healthier.
According to a report published in the American Journal of Cardiology, fasting, independent of smoking status, plays a role in reducing the risk of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD). In short, people who fast regularly had a lesser chance of developing any kind of heart related disease or disorder than those who do not.
Fasting also leads to less heartburn. But thinking of food, or even watching other people eat could lead to greater heartburn.
What is Cancer? Cancer is a lethal disease characterized by unwanted, uninterrupted growth of cells.
While Fasting hasn’t completely proven to prevent cancer in humans, several animal studies depicted that Fasting could help to prevent cancer. This is because it has innumerable positive effects on metabolism, which consequently reduces the risk of developing cancer.
While there are many reports to support that Intermittent Fasting, which normally ends with unconscious binge eating (as is observed during Ramzan after a day’s fasting is adjourned, is harmful for a weight loss plan and can even lead to weight gain and uncontrolled fluctuations in weight, it can be argued that with a little supervision and self- control, an effective weight loss chart can be illustrated. But how exactly does this loss of weight happen?
When the body does not get the required energy due to lack of food intake during fasting, it dips into the glucose that is contained in the liver. But when this glucose is consumed as well, the body has no choice but to burn fat to acquire its energy, which subsequently leads to weight loss.
Fasting is tough, no doubt. To convince your mind to not indulge in food or water for hours at a stretch requires mental strength and self control like no other. It requires concentration, razor sharp. Several studies in rats have shown that intermittent fasting may increase the growth of new nerve cells, beneficial for the brain.
It also increases levels of a brain hormone called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) a deficiency of which has been implicated in depression and various other brain problems.
So ultimately, Muslims who have been fasting for many years now, believe that the whole experience improves their mental endurance level and gives them a brand new perspective on any challenge that they have to face in life. It moulds them in such a manner that they are prepared to face the storm and emerge stronger than the wind.
After everything we have stated above, it is safe to say that intermittent fasting is, for the most part, beneficial for your health. The list of benefits and positive aspects of it are endless. However, it is true that intermittent fasting, when unsupervised and precarious, could lead to many implications. Some expeditious, some lasting. So we suggest that you be extremely careful of all the effects of Fasting and ensure that the decisions of your body and mind are in sync. Stay healthy and happy fasting!