Ramadan, fasting and your body!

Did you know, your body enters into a fasting state eight hours or so after the last meal ? During a fast, the store of glucose in the liver or muscle is used up first to provide energy. Later, once the stores of glucose run out, fat is the next source.

During fasting, there is a gentle transition from using glucose to fat as the main source of energy. The use of fat for energy cause weight loss, and in the long run reduces your cholesterol levels. This helps in diabetes and blood pressure control. As fats are removed, fat soluble toxins are also removed. Hence there appears to be a detoxification process going on as well.

After a few days of regular fasting, higher levels of hormones appear in the blood (endorphins), resulting in a better level of alertness and an overall feeling of general mental well-being.  A balanced diet with adequate quantities of salts, water and nutrients is vital. Even though the kidney is very efficient at maintaining the body’s water and salts, these can be lost through sweating. And to prevent muscle breakdown, meals must contain adequate levels of carbohydrates and some fat.

Your intestine during fasting: acid production by the stomach is reduced, insulin production by pancreas is stopped, production of digestive juices by small & large intestine is reduced, small intestine contracts regularly every four hours, bile is concentrated in your gall bladder in readiness for the next meal and liver releases sugar by breaking down stores in it to provide energy to you.

Written by -

Dr.Ishag Shafeeg

Medical Director


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