ISLAMABAD - Fasting in the holy month of Ramadan is proved as a key to good health and an effective cure for various psychological and medical disorders according to the medical experts.
Fasting helps a person to firm up will, refine taste and manners, strengthen conviction of doing good, avoid controversy and rashness which all contribute towards a sane and healthy personality. Talking to APP, Dr Abdul Wahab, a health expert from Holy Family Hospital, said that fasting keeps a person healthy, clean, alert, agile and energetic.
Empty stomach during fasting protect the faithful from stomach related diseases including intestinal infections and indigestion and help strengthen immune system of the body against diseases, he said. “The people of our country are simply unaware of the concept of healthy diet. They do not follow discipline in eating habits and keep on observing unplanned eating that sometimes disturbs the stomach which decreases the life value. Fasting provides relief to those facing stress and anxiety as it has direct influence on the physique and psychology of the fasting individual.
It is a tool to make a person healthy and ensure health and the soundness of human body and mind,” he said.
“Besides nurturing resistance and ability to face hardships and endurance, fasting cuts out gluttony and rids of excess fat,” he pointed out. Dr Wahab said fasting is instrumental in alleviating a number of physical diseases related to digestive systems, such as chronic stomachache, inflammation of the colon, liver diseases, indigestion, and conditions such as obesity, arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, asthma, diphtheria and many other maladies.
According to physicians, the advantages of hunger as a remedy exceed those ingesting medicine several times.
Fasting should be regarded as an effective means of restoring youthfulness and longevity and one must abstain from taking unhygienic food items prepared with unbranded ghee and cooking oil at the time of Iftar to avoid indigestion.
The faithful must take fruits and simple diet in the month of Ramadan to get health benefits in this sacred month. The holy month of Ramadan is a blessing for psychiatric patients, as offering five-time prayers and observing fast helps them overcome the disease.