Ramadan is a period of sacrifice, fasting, giving, self-training, and piousness with the hope that these qualities will extend beyond this holy month and stay with us for the whole year. Indeed, the essence of fasting in this holy month is spiritual. It also offers several benefits for both our body and mind. Holy Prophet PBUH also said that fast and be healthy. Even science has proven that this holy month of Ramadan is a month full of blessings. It has also proven that Ramadan improves the health conditions of those people who fast. Following are these incredible health benefits of fasting in Ramadan:
Provide Tranquility of Mind and Heart
There is an intense spiritual meaning to this holy month for those who fast. We Muslims practice spirituality by praying, generosity by being charitable, self-control by being practicing good manners and family-bonding by gathering at iftaar time. All these habits build a feeling of tranquility, peace, and self-satisfaction.
Improves Blood Fat Levels
There was this study conducted in 1997, which demonstrated that fasting increases the HDL levels by 14.3 percent, lowers the bad Low Density Lipoprotein (LPL) cholesterol levels by almost 8 percent and triglyceride by almost 30 percent, which in result protects our heart from disease called cardiovascular disease.
This can be explained by our exercise and eating habits. Many people tend to go for healthier options such as nuts, dates and home cooked meals in Ramadan. According to studies, overall saturated fat consumption normally found in fatty meat, butter and fast food which is usually reduced in Ramadan.
Help Us Overcome Addictions
Addictions can come in all forms and Ramadan provides the best opportunity to ditch them. As this holy month teaches us to remain in control for most of the day, we will come to realize that going without our addition may not be as hard as we think. Choose any one addiction to sacrifice this Ramadan. It could be an addiction to lying, smoking, chocolate, or even back biting and say your good-byes.
The month of Ramadan is the great opportunity to re-train our self and get back on track of eating healthy. We learn to control our craving when we fast and as a result, we have stronger will-power by the end of Ramadan and we have re-gained the strength to say no to all those tempting food.