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FASTING IS BENEFICIAL FOR HEALTH

  • AQSA FARIDEEN
  • June, 2018
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  • Health

Hunger has been proven treatment in illnesses such as gastritis, tonsillitis and colds. When we fast, we are diverting energy from the digestive system to the immune system.

During the 9th Isamic month Ramadan the Muslims fast daily for 30 days as ordained in Quran. "O you who believe fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you so that you can learn Taqwa" (Quran 2:183).

Ramadan is the month of fasting, generosity, and sacrifice. "Ramadan" is an Arabic word for "parched thirst" and "sun-baked ground."

The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Fast, you will be healthy”. An Egyptian pyramid inscription in 3800B.C reads: “Humans live on one-quarter of what they eat; on the three-quarters live their doctor!”

Fasting dates back to Hippocrates who prescribed it for its many health benefits. Even Galen & Paracelsus prescribed fasting as the greatest cure for many aliments. They believed the human body is designed to heal itself.

I turned on my TV today and I see people commenting how much they are enjoying having kachoris, samosas, pakoras and other fried foods for iftaari (opening fast) and eating calorie loaden parthas, nehri and other meat dishes early morning at suhar ( keeping fast). Sadly there no mention of healthy foods.

I recently by mistake took my family out for iftaari in London. It was horrific we had to wait for two hours and still no place to be seated. We left that restaurant and went to a few other nearby places. Every where it was jam packed. It’s the same everywhere in all Islamic countries in Ramadan. I promised myself I will never walk into a restaurant in Ramadan without first booking a table. I was brought up having suhar and iftaaris at home. Yes we did invite people for iftaari and suhar. My mother always made sure that the menu (always having a wide variety of dishes and salads) was always healthy and homemade. Nothing from the bazaar or processed. And I have kept that tradition even today

Most people fast in Ramadan as a religious obligation and are not aware of its health benefits. They celebrate Ramadan more like a month of parties and gorging food at iftaar and suhar are just like any party consuming loads fried foods and other high caloric foods. Today worldwide there is a fried, fast food and sugary food campaign fever. Imagine why a profit driven economy would want us to eat healthy when phenomenal profits are made promoting junk food and processed food. Keep away from everything e.g. white bread, white sugar. Sugar alone is a major killer combined with fat so imagine what negatives effects it has on the body and a very positive one on the Dr’s pocket. The hidden cause of many chronic pains, diseases and illnesses may be invisible toxins, chemicals, heavy metals and parasites that invade our bodies. As the cells weaken, so does ones health.

So let’s keep the budget low and look at the benefits of how a good healthy diet will benefit us. Ramadan is a great time to recover and heal not only physically but also mentally.

Moderation is essential

Fasting should be regulated, eating and drinking at dawn and sunset. Islam promotes a healthy diet. In the holy Quran, there is a Verse. "...Eat and drink but do not be excessive." (Surah Al A'araf 7:31)

The Prophet (pbuh) consumed dates and water upon opening the fast. Then offered the prayer and then had food. This allows the digestive system to work but slowly.

We should always try to consume three dates upon opening the fast. Dates contain carbohydrates and perfect food to give you a boost. Dates have fiber, which will aid and improve digestion. They have high levels of potassium, magnesium and B vitamins. They provide instant energy. Also drink water not soft fizzy drinks which are loaded with sugar. Stick to the healthy option dates.

Healing Process

During first few days of fasting you may sometimes experience side effects. The side effects may vary from fatigue, headaches, vomiting to the symptoms of cold and flu. These reactions are sometimes called in medicine healing crises, which are temporary and caused due to elimination and cleansing of toxins. During a fast energy is diverted away from the digestive system due to its lack of use and towards the metabolism and immune system. Abnormal growths within the body, tumors do not have the full support of the body's supplies and therefore are more susceptible to autolysis. Hunger has been proven treatment in illnesses such as gastritis, tonsillitis and colds. When we fast, we are diverting energy from the digestive system to the immune system.

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