Health Benefits of Fasting – Ramadhan, in 2021 this Ramadan is back, this Ramadan will take place on April 13, 2021 in most regions of the world. This is due to the sight of the new moon at the beginning of the night of April 12. Most of the earth’s population fasts in the month of Ramadan because they see the hilal (rukyah hilal).
Fasting is an extraordinary worship from a servant to his God (ALLAH). Type fasting prohibited eating, drinking, smoking, s3xu@l intercourse, from dawn to sunset. The purpose of fasting is to gain devotion to Allah. So, actually what is prohibited when fasting is not only eating, drinking and physical matters, but there are other things such as inserting objects in cavities, and so on. So, fasting is not only dealing with hunger and thirst but more than that, because the purpose of fasting among Muslims is to become a person of piety (obey Allah’s commands and obey to abandon His prohibitions, either in a bright place or in a lonely place).
Muslims have been instructed to fast in the month of Ramadan more than 1400 years ago, this is an extraordinary worship, it not only provides spiritual benefits, but also there are many health benefits in it. The ancient Greeks fasted to heal the body, and scientists also advocated fasting to promote mental and spiritual health.
The fasts practiced by most people outside Islam is intermittent fasting. This fast requires that we eat for 12, 16, or 24 hours. There is also another form of fasting, namely fasting that encourages calorie restriction, while eating low foods can be eaten. This calorie restriction fast usually limits their calorie intake to around 500 and 600 cal for 36 hours, and this fast is only done twice a week.
There are many other types of fasting that have been modified from the form of fasting in Islam. Muslims who are already baligh, intelligent are required to fast for a whole month. This fast restricts all forms of eating, all forms of drinking and other things which are not good. The goal is to become a devout person, a good person in God.
Then, what are the benefits of fasting in the month of Ramadan in terms of health. Here we will review the importance of fasting and its extraordinary benefits.
Health Benefits of Ramadan Fasting
Experts explain that fasting has tremendous benefits for health, even though in Islam that is not the main goal. The main purpose of fasting is to boil our faith to become people who laugh.
Experts mentioned that limiting food during the day can prevent health problems such as high cholesterol, obesity, heart disease, and is good for improving mental and mental health.
Important and wonderful things happen when we fast. When fasting, the body does not get food, this is when the body removes toxins and cleanses the bloodstream.
Nutritionist Claire Mahy told that the health benefits of fasting are that it cleanses the intestines of waste and provides an opportunity to strengthen the intestinal wall. Jam that, the benefit of fasting is to stimulate autophagy, this is the state of the cell to clean itself and remove various damaged particles.
Not only that, health experts have also learned a lot about the relationship of fasting (diet) to gut health and mental health. This is as stated by scientists that by fasting the body can release BDNF from the brain. It is a neurotrophic factor that is derived from the brain.
That is, the health benefits of fasting are protecting brain cells thus reducing depression and anxiety and can even prevent the risk of dementia. Those who fast also said they were able to lose some of their body fat and gain healthy muscle mass without fat.
When not to fast
In Islam there are things that allow a person to break his fast. But he was obliged to replace him at another time, a group like this are the travelers whose journey reaches 16 Parsakh (about 88,704 Km). There are also those who can leave fasting, but they only need to replace it with food that is given to the poor. This is an old man who has become limp and cannot fast.
So, Islamic rules are very beautiful, do not burdens someone above their abilities.