Tuesday, 7 August 2012
So, fasting is good for you!
So did anyone else watch the Horizon programme about fasting, healthy lifestyles and the aging process? The presenter carried out some research based around diet and fasting the conclusion of which was that 2 days fasting a week [5 days of normal eating and 2 days of 600 calories a day] is good for you as it encourages the brain/body to grow new cells, has a positive effect on your blood sugar and cholesterol levels and can reduce your risk of getting cancer [because of a decrease in IGF1; a hormone in our bodies that controls our aging/cancer risk]. This, in turn, increases our metabolic health and slows the aging process.
Of course as Muslims we already knew that right? We know of the health and spiritual benefits of fasting 2 days a week as it was one of the great sunnahs [practices] of our beloved Prophet Muhammed [peace be upon him] that we should all aim to practice inshaAllah [God willing]. So, if we ever needed an extra incentive to adopt this sunnah I hope this can be it, but with the right intentions of course!
***For those of you that are unable to view the programme on the above link try this one at You Tube inshaAllah.***