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How fasting helps your mind & body

May 08, 2019 15:46 IST

The holy month of Ramzaan brings with it a period of strict abstinence and fasting, in the hope to purify the soul and bring an individual closer to God. This is the ninth month of the Muslim lunar calendar and believers observe day-long fasts where they eat a pre-dawn meal called suhoor, and they break their fast every day with the iftar meal, thus limiting their food intake to certain hours. It is beleived that fasting is a way to learn patience and break bad habits. Very similar to the concept of intermittent fasting that most nutritionists support, it's considered as a means to stay healthy and fit. These restricted eating hours are believed to help the body prevent health problems and improve mental health. Nutritionists believe that by not consuming any food, our body is able to concentrate on removing toxins, as we give the digestive system a break. If followed properly, it might also be able to help individuals lose fat and gain lean muscle mass.