SHAFAQNA Türkiye – Fasting is an important process that speeds up the metabolism, calms the work of the organs, finds the balance of the body, and most importantly, the liver is updated the fastest. Positive changes in this special rhythm of the body through healthy food choices bring additional benefits to our body and support a healthy fasting period. Detoxification mechanisms work hard and ensure the slow removal of harmful toxins accumulated in organ circles, body fluids and tissues. These beneficial effects are achieved by the fact that small amounts of nutrients taken from natural foods, eaten only during dinner and suhoor, are used or accumulated during prolonged fasting. In other words, the body maintains its normal balance through physiological adaptation that balances the biochemistry of the whole blood of the liver and pancreas, which are metabolized during a short period of food intake and a long period of fasting.
Accelerates fat burning
I can say that during the first two weeks of fasting, weight gain is somewhat accelerated, dehydration of the body occurs and mild dehydration occurs, but at the end of fasting, people who eat carefully, there is weight loss. Because during fasting, the body first uses up glucose stores and then burns fat to provide the energy it needs. A very recent study published in the journal Nutrients found that fasting people have lower levels of the hormone insulin, which speeds up fat burning and makes it easier to lose weight. Decreased insulin levels increase the use of fat cells for energy and promote the breakdown of fat stores. In addition, since gastric emptying and blood flow are greater during daytime compared to evening hours, nutrients are more rapidly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract during the daytime. Studies have shown that in fasting people, the body burns fat at a high rate, but does not have a catabolic (protein-muscle breakdown) effect that is harmful to the body.
PROTECTS AGAINST HEART DISEASE
While blood levels of HDL cholesterol increase in those who fast during Ramadan, as bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides decrease, blood vessels repair and protect the heart. Fasting clears the veins and increases blood circulation. Considering all this; Fasting makes our body and mind healthier and greatly slows down aging by promoting cell regeneration.
Studies have shown significant reductions in fasting blood sugar and HbA1c levels through glycemic control in fasting individuals. However, fast food should not be eaten, so as not to increase blood sugar levels, which fall as a result of prolonged fasting, with products eaten at iftar. Because this risk can be different for each diabetic patient, it is imperative that a diabetic patient consult their doctor about fasting.
REDUCES HIGH VOLTAGE
In an article published in The New England Journal of Medicine, it was determined that eating for 6-8 hours a day and fasting for the remaining 16-18 hours, that is, fasting, lowers blood pressure and prolongs life, and as well as the prevention of many diseases. It has also been emphasized that fasting can be recommended as a treatment for obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
SPEED OF MENTAL FUNCTIONS
Studies show that fasting people have a lower risk of developing diseases of the nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. At the same time, fasting also increases levels of a brain hormone called neurotrophic factor, which, if deficient, can cause depression and various brain problems.
DO NOT BREAK THE 3-PEDANIA SCHEDULE
In order to get enough nutrients from all food groups, it is necessary to open the fasting period with iftar, then snack and plan meals in such a way as to ensure the satiety of the day by getting up for Suhoor.
ALLOWS CELLS TO WORK EFFICIENTLY
One of the benefits of fasting is that it can kick-start a process called autophagy, your body’s cell recycling system. Acting as a kind of quality control for your cells, autophagy allows the body to break down and reuse old parts of cells so they can function more efficiently. In other words, we can think of this process as a kind of cleansing of the body. I can also say that during fasting, autophagy is increased, which helps to get rid of mutated cells that cause Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or cancer.
THOSE WHO HAVE HEALTH PROBLEMS SHOULD CONSULT A DOCTOR
Those with health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, chronic diseases such as metabolic syndrome, cancer patients, people with digestive disorders, those who use drugs regularly may be uncomfortable for fasting without consulting your doctor. I do not recommend fasting for pregnant or breastfeeding women, or for growing and developing children, as they require more energy throughout the day.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Can I drink coffee between Iftar and Suhoor in Ramadan?
Drinking three to four cups of coffee a day is considered the ideal amount. Well, if you ask if the benefits of coffee during fasting are similar, my answer is yes. Drinking one or two cups of coffee after iftar is great for cleansing the liver. However, there is one thing to keep in mind when drinking coffee during a fast: do not neglect two to three glasses of water after drinking coffee. There are brand new scientific studies that report that drinking coffee also protects women from uterine cancer. Drinking coffee regularly prevents irregular heartbeats and reduces the risk of developing diabetes.
SCIENTIFIC NOTE OF THE WEEK
It soothes the soul
Fasting is known to relax the soul and have a healing effect on our emotions. The healing effects of religious fasting on mood, alertness, and a sense of calm have been reported to appear within two to seven days of application. It has been found that when fasting is combined with low-calorie planned meals and low biological stress, the body is suppressed in inducible chronic stress, and emotions are more positively affected. It is predicted that there are studies showing that people with compulsive obesity symptoms before Ramadan experience a reduction in disease-related symptoms during the fasting period, that symptoms of depression are relieved, and that there may be significant positive changes in phobic anxiety. by activating the mechanism in the body to overcome hunger by fasting instead of overeating.