This month marked the month of Ramadan, an Islamic month that consists of fasting 30 consecutive days from sunrise to sunset. Ramadan involves abstaining from food and drink throughout the day, and focusing more on good human values and spirituality. To get an idea of what a typical day in Ramadan was like, here is a brief outline:
Ramadan, like intermittent fasting, can provide some incredible health benefits. Weight loss aside, fasting makes the body more efficient on how it uses its resources. Here is a list of the more common health benefits:
Other benefits of fasting include:
Thirty days of consecutive fasting during Ramadan is an intense process and is not easy, but the feeling of accomplishment at the end was similar to the feeling I had when crossing the finish line during my 10km run. Just as with any new health change in your life, try a small intermittent fast during the day and work your way up from there. I am sure the benefits will outweigh the hunger pains!
**Please Note: Fasting isn’t advisable for everyone, before starting a fast talk to your health practitioner to see if fasting is safe for you.**