By Abdel J. Nuriddin, N.D., PH.D.
Thousands of people are fed to death annually in hospitals, nursing homes and at home by well meaning persons who are ignorant of the regenerative properties of fasting,
Herbert M. Shelton points out in his book titled “Fasting Can Save Your Life”: “In the animal world, fasting is a tremendously important factor of existence. Animals fast not only when sick or wounded but also during hibernation or aestivation.”
He also states, “Animals also survive forced fasts during periods of drought, snow, cold and live for long periods when no food is available.”
Further relevant to man, he says, “In mankind, fasting has been practiced in various parts of the world over centuries for religious reasons, for self-discipline, for political purposes and as a means of restoring health.
“Only in recent centuries has the concept that we must eat to keep our strength become a deeply entrenched idea.”
One of the greatest side effects of the Ramadan fast is the detoxification process. As the body is free of having to digest, it has more strength to cleanse and detox itself. It seems as though, the more rest the internal organs get, the greater their ability to heal themselves.
The human body is designed upon the pattern of dynamism (Fitra). Dynamic activity leads to dynamic rest, and dynamic rest leads to dynamic activity.
For example, if you watch children, they are in motion from the time they get up until the time they go to bed. When they go to sleep its like they are in a coma. The more dynamic their activity the deeper is their sleep. The deeper their sleep the more dynamic is their activity.
Our internal organs are on this same pattern: The more rest you give them from digestion, the stronger they become.
Fasting does not heal your body; the body is always in the process of healing itself, if it has the strength. Fasting merely affords the climate the body needs for self-healing to take place.
Fasting will not heal a broken bone or repair gum disease or get rid of tumors. But the body has the ability to correct these problems naturally, when the conditions are ripe in it.
Fasting will detox the blood stream of impurities that circulate throughout the body, which ultimately cause the metabolic processes to restrict vital functions such as sleeping adequately, thinking sharply, remembering, seeing, hearing, etc.
The body will provide us with all these functions in an optimal sense, if we will give it a chance. Fasting clears the way for the body to work upon itself.
Weight lost is also a side effect of the Ramadan Fast. Just by virtue of the fact that most of us will be consuming less calories, the weight most likely will be reduced. And we are cautioned not to be gluttonous at the breaking of the fast each day.
The clearing of the complexion, skills of concentration sharpened, more effective management of ones affairs are all positive side affects of the Ramadan Fast.
A nutritious Sahoor Meal before daybreak, will be helpful in directing the body toward cleansing and regeneration. A good vitamin and mineral supplement will help stimulate the immune system. A green drink will help in blood building and energy production during the fast.
Exercise some if possible, but you don’t have to over do it. The body wants the rest. You don’t want to spend the entire fast sleeping, but when you feel the need, rest.
Keep the fast, read the Qur’an and keep up prayer. And if it is Allah’s Will, you will have a great Ramadan.
Ramadan Mubarak (in advance)!