Story by Farhaan Warsame
Fasting is a special act of worship that lasts from sunrise until sunset. It is not only Muslims who pay attention, though, because there are many proven benefits of fasting.
Boost your brain
A study carried out by scientists in the USA found that mental focus achieved during Ramadan raises the level of brain derived neurotrophic factors (small proteins) which causes the body to produce more brain cells and improve brain function.
A team of cardiologists in the UAE found people observing Ramadan enjoy a positive effect on their lipid profile, which means there is a reduction of cholesterol in the blood. Low cholesterol improves cardiovascular health. Detoxifying, as well as being for a spiritual cleansing of yourself, acts as a fantastic detox for your body.
Absorb more nutrients
Your metabolism becomes more efficient. The amount of nutrients you absorb from food improves because increases in a hormone called adiponectin are produced.
By a combination of fasting and eating late at night your muscle absorbs more nutrients.
The eating if three dates is the traditional way of breaking the fast. One of the most important aspects of fasting is getting the right amount of energy and considering an average serving of dates contains 31 grams of carbohydrates, high levels of potassium, magnesium and B vitamins.
On the other hand, patients suffering severe diseases, including diabetes and kidney diseases, are excused fastinguntil they have recovered sufficiently