As Ramadan is approaching an end and fasting people everywhere are starting to feel food temptation, a new study has found that fasting is not just beneficial for the body, but for the mind and the soul as well.
The researchers found that fasting (in general) promotes well being on all three (3) fronts – physical, mental and emotional – and that it also enhances metabolic activities and reduces aging.
During the Ramadan period, which last a full month, is a Muslims holyday when people fast all throughout daylight, and only indulge in small meals early in the morning and late in the evening. Expert dieticians advice those celebrating to eat a Suhoor dish, the traditional meal, that’s rich in protein, fiber and good fats in order to avoid future health problems.
The body is being cleansed between the two (2) meals as it burns out stored fat in order to get energy.
Another piece of advice that expert dieticians like to give is for people to eat and drink as much water as they can during the morning meal so that they feel full and hydrated throughout the day. This serves two (2) purposes – on one hand it benefits their health, on the other it makes it a little easier to make it through the fast.
But the more days you spend fasting, the harder it becomes to resist the temptation of food. What’s more, regardless of which stage of the month the holiday is in, you might find yourself in doubt of whether or not you should eat during certain activities and scenarios.
Dr. Ali Ahmad Mashael, a Grand Mufti from the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (Dubai) gave a statement informing that al the Muslim schools agree that “whatever enters an open port [in the body] and makes its way to the abdomen will break a fast”.
The rule even applies to some medical treatments and procedures (not insulin though), but the more common acts include intentional eating or drinking, intentional vomiting, sexual intimacy as well as vitamin injection.
If you decide to go swimming or take a shower you may end up breaking your fast if water accidentally gets in your mouth or nose. While the intake of eater was not intentional, the decision to swim or shower was and one should execute caution when choosing to do so during Ramadan.
When someone accidentally eats or drinks something during Ramadan because they simply forgot that they were fasting, the fast is not considered broken as the act was unintentional.
Last but not least, rather than brush your teeth with a brush and toothpaste, Dr. Mashael advices that you use miswak and toothpaste can easily reach the throat and break the fast.
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