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How Fasting Can Benefit Your Mental Health



Fasting Benefit For Mental Health

The effect of fasting on mental health

A study published in The Journal of Nutrition, health & aging volume in 2013, which was conducted on a group of healthy elderly men, indicated an improvement in mood, a significant decrease in levels of stress, anger, and confusion, and an improvement in strength and vitality as a result of intermittent fasting. Low-calorie intake for 3 months, but no significant decrease in mean depression scores were observed.

A small study published in Frontiers in Nutrition in 2016, which was conducted on a group of healthy women, indicated that, despite the high levels of emotionality, fasting had a good effect on mental health, improving positive emotional feelings, such as increasing the sense of accomplishment, and pride.

Advantages of Fasting for Mental Health

Benefits of fasting

Fasting has psychological and physical benefits that bring a lot of good to the fasting person, and these benefits include:

Physical benefits

  1. Increasing the strength of the immune system in the body, when a person refrains from eating for periods, leads to alleviating the pressure on the body’s systems and thus allowing the immune system to work better and with higher efficiency.
  2. Reducing the chances of developing cancerous tumors, and is what recent scientific studies have proven.
  3. Fasting works to treat some diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  4. Fasting helps people with obesity and overweight to get rid of these harmful fats.

physical benefits of fasting

Psychological benefits

  1. Psychological comfort, clarity of mind, and the ability to think well and clearly; During fasting, balance occurs in the body of a person who has been exhausted during normal days, and this balance restores the ability to see things more clearly.
  2. happiness, optimism, and love of life; If a Muslim slave performs one of the acts of worship that brings him closer to God Almighty, he feels happiness and love of life. There is no comfort or happiness in this world except by worshiping God Almighty, carrying out His commands, and staying away from what He has forbidden, and whoever takes the opposite path has promised him that he will have a hard life.
  3. Getting rid depression, studies have shown that when a person with depression gets up in the second half of the night, this improves his mood and reduces his depression.
  4. Increasing the person’s ability to control himself and his desires and desires; As when he refrains for a short time from eating what he craves from food and drinks such as coffee and tea, then he begins to control himself at various times, and this benefit makes the person more able to walk in life when he has a strong will, he does not allow anything to attract him to what he does not want.
  5. Fasting leads to the rich feeling hungry, and thus he feels with his poor brothers who cannot find food to eat, and this would cause comfort to the poor who feels that his rich brother feels and sympathizes with him and that he is not alone in his suffering.

spiritual benefits of fasting

Social benefits of fasting

  • Regularity: On normal days, food and drink are available to people at all times, but in the month of Ramadan, eating and drinking are organized in all parts of the earth, so no one eats or drinks before the Maghrib azan, as everyone abstains from everything that breaks the fast from the time of dawn to sunset, no matter how hot the weather is, and here the strength of religion appears in the Muslim, so he overcomes thirst and hunger and waits for the end of the day and hearing the echoes of the call to prayer from all the minarets, to start breaking the fast.
  • Equality and feeling for others: Fasting is equal between the rich and the poor in abstaining from food and drink from the time of dawn to the time of sunset. When the rich person refrains from food and drink for this long time of the day, he will inevitably feel the suffering of the poor who does not always find food. Because Ramadan includes many alms, zakat, and gifts, this helps the poor and raises their standard of living a little.
  • Uniting individuals and resolving disputes: Fasting brings together all family members for breakfast, unlike other days in which each of them eats separately. Relative Muslims, and also Muslims gather every day after dinner to perform the Tarawih prayer, and they stand in one line, shoulder to shoulder. and urges them to cooperate.
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