Is Fasting Healthy?
Is Fasting Healthy?

There have been many studies about whether fasting is healthy or not from past to present. In particular, as a result of studies and experiments on animals, many data on fasting were obtained, interpretations were made and scientific foundations were laid.

When the studies on animals are examined, it has been observed that the calorie intake of the animals, fed under or intermittently, decreases; their blood sugar is balanced; many systems including the digestive system rest; the toxins and edema in their bodies are removed and it has been observed that it is good for the health of heart and diabetes.

Following the thought that studies on animals would not affect humans one-to-one, studies were conducted with humans on fasting even though more limited, and as a result of these studies, scientific opinions were obtained about whether fasting is healthy or not by observing a kind of match with the results of the studies in animals. As a result of this, a concept called intermittent fasting has been introduced into our lives recently, and it has been discovered that this form of fasting is also beneficial for human health, and it has been observed that it has great effects on burning calories.

To summarize briefly, it can be said in the light of scientific studies that fasting is beneficial for human health (if they do not prohibit them to stay hungry) and that intermittent fasting has positive effects on human health.

What is the Difference Between Fasting in Ramadan and Intermittent Fasting?

Although fasting in Ramadan and intermittent fasting are similar in many ways, there are still a few minor differences.

The first of these differences is that nothing is eaten or drunk during the specified hours of fasting during Ramadan. However, the person who fasts in intermittent fasting differs according to the fast in Ramadan in that he determines the times he will eat or not and can drink water at the time he should not eat. This is one of the main points where fasting in Ramadan differs from fasting performed intermittently.

Another difference is that the fast observed during Ramadan is uniform. While the fast observed in Ramadan has the same rules for everyone, a person who fasts in intermittent fasting can determine his own day and time. For example; An intermittent fasting person may choose to eat 8 hours and fast for 16 hours, or they can fast for 24 hours on two non-consecutive days, or they can do this intermittent fasting diet by eating only 500-600 calories for 2 days while eating 5 days a week. However, this is not the case in fasting during Ramadan and it is strict.

In short, the person who fasts in intermittent fasting is freer and decides what to do. However, since the fasting observed in Ramadan is a fast based on belief, everyone who has that belief must obey the determined rules. For, contrary to intermittent fasting, fasting during Ramadan is not a diet but a complete act of worship.