For Muslims Ramadan is a month of fasting. It is the time for developing patience, will-power and discipline that is meant to benefit us throughout the rest of the year. Fasting is certainly not a new notion, it is quite popular amongst other religions as well.
According to some research eating shortens life, and not just because overindulgence can lead to diseases such as diabetes. A diet that cuts food intake by up to 40%, known as calorie restriction, increases longevity in a variety of organisms and forestalls cancer, heart disease, and other late-life illnesses.
Most of you are familiar with the spiritual cleansing of Ramadan on your soul and body. However, a lot of people needlessly worry about the dehydration and the under-nutritious affects that are perceived from fasting. Ancient religious wisdom embraces fasting as an essential way to flush out the toxins we’ve accumulated in our systems over time. While modern medicine is still in progress of proving the benefits of fasting.
Ramadan provides you with an excellent source of detoxification for your body. By not eating or drinking throughout the day your body will be offered the rare chance to detoxify your digestive system throughout the month. When your body starts eating into fat reserves to create energy, it will also burn away any harmful toxins that might be present in fat deposits. This rare body cleanse will leave a healthy newborn system, and is the perfect stepping stone to a consistently healthy lifestyle.
Fasting not only improves your metabolism but also makes it efficient. This means that the amount of nutrients you absorb from food improves as a result of a hormone called adiponectin, which is produced by a combination of fasting and eating late at night, and allows your muscles to absorb more nutrients. As a consequence, various areas are able to better absorb and make use of the nutrients they need to function.
When fasting you refrain from unhealthy habits such as smoking, caffeine, consumption of carbonated and sugary foods. Your body gradually acclimatize to their absence, until your addiction is kicked for good. It’s also much easier to quit habits during Ramadan.
However, to make sure you are not dehydrated and under-nutrition you need to pay close attention to what you consume during Iftar till Seher.
- Seher should be aimed for energy restoration. Consumption of eggs, yogurt, nuts, whole grain breads and cereals are all good choices with ample water to keep you going throughout the day. Lassi helps you beat the summer heat and ensures that you don’t feel thirsty during the day.
- For a healthy Iftar, the focus should be on rehydrating your system with soups, 100% fruit juices, and plenty of water and energy foods like dates, figs, fruits etc. Avoid having deep fried and carbohydrates rich foods. These will make you lazy and offering magrib prayers will become difficult.
- With a light Iftar, you can rather have a nourishing dinner. While Ramadan is filled with not so healthy but delicious delicacies. A perfect combination of proteins, carbs, vitamins to restore your lost energy levels during the day and keep you healthy and nourished.
- Snacking through the night with natural sweeteners like mangos, melons, cherries, figs, bananas, apple, oranges will maintain your vitamins level and you will not feel weak and dizzy during the day.
If you are detoxing well then you must be noticing subtle changes in your body, for instance those love handles might look a lot better, or your bloated tummy might have gotten a little shape without any exercise or a hard core diet plan.