Benefits of Fasting
- Fasting induces weight loss through various mechanisms including reduced total energy intake and regulation of appetite hormones
- However, weight loss during fasting could be regained quickly. Therefore, an appropriate diet and structured lifestyle modifications should be adopted for long-lasting weight maintenance.
Cardiac health protection and improvement of lipid profile
- Stress increases inflammation in the body which might result in increased blood pressure and lower HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol).
- Fasting can reduce oxidative stress, increase HDL cholesterol, and decrease LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
- HDL cholesterol absorbs and carries the cholesterol in the blood back to the liver. The liver then flushes it from the body. High levels of HDL cholesterol reduced the risk for heart disease and stroke.
- Acute inflammation is a normal immune process used to help fight off infections, however, chronic inflammation may result in developing other health conditions, such as obesity, heart disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Fasting helps in decreasing the levels of inflammation in the body
Islamic fasting is associated with common health problems, including dehydration, headaches, heartburn, constipation, and anaemia, which could be minimized by preventive measures. Therefore, fasting individuals are recommended to adhere to a balanced diet containing fruits and vegetables, whole grains, meat, fish, and dairy. Also, adequate fluid intake is important to prevent dehydration. You can always reach out to a Dietitian for a suitable meal plan during the month of Ramadan month.
Prepare by Dietitian, Ms Li Zhe Xhuen.