By not consuming any food, our body is able to concentrate on removing toxins, as we give the digestive system a rest. Fasting allows the gut to cleanse and strengthens its lining, so it can also stimulate a process called autophagy, where cells do a self-cleanse and remove damaged and dangerous particles.
Scientists have also been studying the link between diet, gut health and mental wellbeing. Fasting can lead to the release of BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) in the brain. This has been shown to protect brain cells and could reduce depression and anxiety, as well as the risk of developing dementia.
By not eating throughout the day during Ramadan, you’ll find that your metabolism becomes more efficient, meaning that the amount of nutrients you absorb from food improves.