Fasting is one of the pillars of Islam. Along with the spiritual benefits, there are a lot of health benefits of fasting as well. Medical experts are always busy in finding relations between religious practices and beliefs and human health. Various research papers have been written and appreciated in this regard. No doubt, fasting has so many health benefits as are difficult to cover in only one essay. However, harmless weight loss, decreased risks of allergic reactions and enhanced skin beauty are the most exciting health benefits of fasting.
Fasting helps in getting rid of the excessive body fats and fluids (Gurumaa.com). He further explains that such type of weight loss is harmless because it’s all-natural when the body gets accustomed with “ketosis”, it’s easier to starve for longer periods of time without much struggle. He further says that fasting “dries out” the extra body fluids, hence helping rapid weight loss.
Medical research has proven that fasting helps in decreasing the risk of allergic reactions like asthma and hay fever (Gurumaa.com).
Enhanced skin beauty and brightened eyes are just some other benefits of fasting. In the Gurumaa.com writer’s words:
“Fasting clears the skin and whitens the eyes. It is common to see skin eruptions clear while fasting, and the whites of the eyes never look so clear and bright as they do after a fast.”
Hence you can see that even the non-believers also believe in the health benefits of fasting. They came to know it after rigorous research and struggle. But, Muslims have been un-knowingly enjoying the benefits since more than a millennium.