Many studies tout the health benefits of fasting. We now know that when we refrain from giving our bodies food, the body will heal itself.
When given the opportunity, the body will seek to restore balance to all its systems. Studies outline the many health benefits of fasting on our physical bodies, but there are also benefits we experience on a spiritual and emotional level.
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Studies outline the many health benefits of fasting on our physical bodies, but there are also benefits we experience on a spiritual and emotional level.
However, to receive the full benefits of fasting during Ramadan, it’s best to follow the sunnah and not sleep all day or overeat.
In order to better understand this, let us first understand detoxification and what is happening on the physical level.
What is Detoxification?
Detoxification is most often thought of as the body’s way of clearing away impurities. This is true, but it is something the body is constantly doing.
Our body uses various systems to carry away harmful substances. This includes the skin’s sweat glands, the lymph nodes, tears, nose, gastrointestinal tract, throat, lungs, kidney, gallbladder and, of course, the liver.
A dysfunction in one system can lead to an overburden and failure of another system. The body’s systems must all function as a team in order to remove waste from our body.
Overeating seriously reduces our body’s ability to benefit from fasting because it hinders the purpose of reducing food intake and allowing the body to remove waste more effectively.
Many chronic diseases have been linked to the toxic burden our body bears and its inability to remove waste efficiently (1).
Toxins that aren’t eliminated by other systems are passed to the liver where they are changed through two specific pathways in order to be excreted. Both pathways must function properly or the waste remains in the body, trapped in our cells, tissues and organs (2, 5, 12).
Although we normally understand detoxification as a removal of toxins from the body, we can experience emotional and spiritual cleansing as well.
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