I need scientific-based evidence Not Dogmatic one
Is there any health benefits for Ramadan fasting ?
And if so does this benefits Outweigh the risks of this type of fasting I read a Research paper which mention some health setback related to Ramadan fasting
Do you have any scientific-based evidence support Ramadan fasting
Side note : I was Muslim, but now an Atheist
I need scientific-based evidence Not Dogmatic one
Science is never perfect, so is research. One group can do a search to prove something good, for another group that proves the total opposite. There are too many variables that go into play including who you do the research on, etc.
There was a research that was done that showed a significant decrease of serum triglyceride concentration in a group of 32 volunteers in Morocco:
Personally, I think that fasting (and I am speaking from experience) is not healthy as most Muslims binge eat when breaking their fast with very fatty and unhealthy foods around the world. Yes there are some who actually eat healthy when they break their fast are getting some health benefits like weight loss depending on their calorie intake.
Muslims fast because they were ordered to and to feel the pain/hunger of the poor (even if it is for a few hours a day). We do not expect any health benefits nor did the Prophet PBUH or his followers (it was never mentioned as a healthy deed).
There was a hadith saying
صومو تصحو meaning
fast to be healthy however, it was judged weak (
منكر Munkar on some narrations) by many scholars:
As someone interested in burning fat more efficiently for running I can tell you there is no answer to this question scientifically. Scientifically, its clear that you must be able to burn more than just carbohydrates to make it through the day. Many runners think that a key to running long distance is to train your body to burn fat more efficiently. Fasting MIGHT help do this. Science cant even tell a person how to run faster or eat healthier from a theoretical view, but statistics can help. Ketosis is mentioned as the sweet smell on a fasting persons breath somewhere in hadith or the quran. Other than that I agree with Tashanna that fasting can be counter productive just like exercise can be counter productive since this demands eating more in a meal without over eating altogether (to obey the calorie in to calorie out rule). It would be nice to see this research paper you mention for my own information (not to make any counter points). Peace.
Yes, there are plenty of 'real' health benefits from fasting, and those are the ones that help increase our faith as Muslim.
Apart from that (and to answer what you meant by your question), there are many health benefits. According to a blog post on lifehack.org, this includes:
- weight loss
- improved insulin sensitivity (which means you control your cravings for carbohydrates)
- helps speed up your metabolism as it gives your system a break
- improves your brain function
- helps boost your immune system
- helps clear the skin.
And according to allaboutfasting.com, fasting will also :
- rest the digestive system
- allow for cleansing and detoxification of the body
- create a break in eating patterns, while shining a spotlight on them
- promote greater mental clarity
- cleanse and heal "stuck" emotional patterns
- lead to a feeling of physical lightness, increasing energy level
- promote an inner stillness, enhancing spiritual connection
I'm Muslim and I agree fasting is detrimental to health. Apart from the fact that we are supposed to know the pain and suffering of others, I see no other valid argument to be fasting. I find it ridiculous that some people have to fast up to 18 hours while others only fast 13 hours, 15 hours. Very very skeptical. In the event that you also suffer from a chronic illness such as polycystic ovaries or diabetes...and work with numbers and important files, can't afford to lose focus, fasting in Ramadan is very very detrimental to productivity. I'd like to see evidence for its benefits, but I'm afraid what I feel during a fast indicates the opposite. Experience versus fictional claims....
Being within a Muslim family, I have researched and experimented with fasting and can vouchsafe for the positive aspects to a great extent.
Fasting in general is very good for you. This is already scientifically proven.
Alternate day fasting and the 16-hour fast-- both of these types of fasts proved that mice would live longer when they were forced to fast for greater than 16-hour periods!
According to my own personal and others' "non-scientific" research, the health benefits increase the longer one fasts. For extremes: think of every saint and prophet's extended fast, google HRM sungazing, also see the
Ramadan fasting, as I've noted is like a nightowl version of this!
This is why in some Muslim countries everyone sleeps during the day and stays awake during the night, conducting business, etc.
For them, this ritualized fasting has become very comfortable for them.
For the Westerner Muslims, it is not so comfortable because the fasting period is during the work period!
I recommend you google the things I mentioned above and since you are an Athesit now you can non-religiously start practicing one very good religious practice (there are many more).