Sunday, July 6, 2014

Use Ramadan to Detox

The fasting month is here and that means 15 hours of fasting with endless temptations, right? Not this time!  To me, every Ramadan was a month where I would completely stop working out and take the time to indulge in all the food they prepare at home. Until I read the endless benefits of fasting.

Fasting allows your digestive system to rest, promote mental clarity, and reduce allergies, skin conditions and asthma. Basically, fasting allows your body to go through complete detoxification.  That’s right! Complete detoxification! I don’t know about you but the term “detox” struck my mind; I’ve been thinking a lot about detoxifying my body but I haven’t really figured out how to except when I read about the health benefits of fasting.  

But how do you know if your body is detoxifying the way it should? There are a few signs to look for especially in the first few days of Ramadan

1. Headaches:
The most common symptom that your body is detoxing; this usually means that your body is experiencing caffeine or sugar withdrawal symptoms

2. Fatigue
At this point, your body is working extra hard to get rid of the toxins within (no wonder you feel exhausted!). You might require more sleep which is totally okay. Allow your body to do what it knows.

3. Diarrhea
All that unwanted junk will be coming out. It’s not pretty, but it is necessary. Again, allow your body to do what it knows to do and help to literally release.

4. Skin Acne/Rashes
Some people report breakouts during the first few days of fasting, that is also natural as your body is probably detoxing through your skin.

5. Brain Fog
Sign of insufficient calories, or it could be a sign you’re experiencing sugar withdrawal.

If you’ve experienced these signs then you’re not alone. Your body is trying to tell you that it has been exposed to way too many toxins and it needs to undergo this process. It’s going to be hard at the beginning, but I’m sure it will be worth it. Happy fasting everyone! 

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