Why Fasting is Important For Your Health

Ramadan is here!

It began on May 6 in many countries this year. Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar.

During that time, Islams abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and sexual relation in a bid to create greater consciousness to God.

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Ramadan command began began 1400 years ago and ancient Greek recommended fasting to heal body diseases.

Today, some scientists are recommending modified fasting for its mental and health benefits. Also known as intermittent fasting.

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It involves a number of forms that require not eating for 12, 16, or 24 hours at a time. Another form, known as the 5:2 fast, advocates calorie restriction (eating only between 500 and 600 calories) over a period of 36 hours, twice a week.

This involves only eating within certain hours, similar to the form of fasting practised by Muslims during Ramadan.

The proven benefits include improved sleep and evidence of reduced risk of some cancers, in particular, breast cancer.

Experts have also identified that restricting food intake during the day keeps the body from diseases like obesity, high cholesterol and heart disease. Also, it improves mental health and well-being.

By not consuming any food, our body is able to concentrate on removing toxins, as we give the digestive system a rest.

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