What happens to the body during fasting?
What happens to the body during fasting? A lot!
Some people feel lethargic. Others are energized. But why? We’ve driven the great super-information highway to bring you four fascinating facts that explain what goes on inside during Ramadan.
- Weight Loss, or Gain
When your body burns fat instead of glucose for energy, you lose weight, which is healthy for some, although of course not for everyone. Weight loss can help with controlling diabetes, reducing your cholesterol levels and lowering your blood pressure. Some people find that they gain weight during Ramadan, however, because they overeat or make poor food choices during at iftaar and suhoor. (See our last post for how to stay healthy during Ramadan.)
- Decreased Blood Pressure and Increased Anti-Oxidants
In the first few days of fasting, your kidneys will release more salt and water in a process known as diuresis, so you may notice an increase in urine production. This, in turn, will reduce your blood pressure. Other processes that sustain the infrastructure of the body increase, including the release of anti-ageing hormones.
- Body Detox
Detoxification is an important benefit of fasting. Your body goes into self-cleansing mode. The energy normally used in digestion can get to work elsewhere: removing built up toxins, healing old wounds and building new cells. Detox occurs as the colon, liver, kidney, lungs, lymph glands and skin eliminate or neutralize toxins. This process speeds up during fasting as the body breaks down fats. Chemicals and toxins absorbed from food and the environment are released during fasting.
- Improved Digestion
The digestive system, which is very often overloaded, and ceaselessly put to work, also cleanses itself for more efficient digestion and nutrient absorption. The lining of the stomach and intestines are allowed to restore glands and muscle, and remove waste matter.
Remember, if you start to feel unwell during your fast, you should check with your doctor. Be certain to drink 8 glasses of water – slowly – before bedtime!
We wish you a healthy and safe Ramadan.