There are certainly many benefits of spiritual growth, for those who choose to reflect, while fasting, However, fasting has distinct physical benefits as well.
When the body is deprived of food, it starts breaking down fat content in the body to use as a source of energy. This process typically starts about 8 hours after intake of the last meal. Prolonged starvation, if this process is allowed to continue, can be very unhealthy, as the body can also start breaking down muscle mass, to use protein as a source of energy. However this is not normally a concern for people fasting in Ramzan, since people observing fast replenish their bodies on a daily basis.
The use of fat for energy causes weight loss. It also eventually causes reduction in cholesterol , blood sugar and reduces blood pressure. Another benefit of breaking down fats for energy is detoxification. When the body breaks down the fat content, it also releases and removes the toxins stored in that fat. After a few days of fasting, higher levels of endorphins appear and you may feel more aware and a general sense of well being. Releasing these toxins from the body will also give you healthier looking skin and you may feel you are much more energetic.
It is important to have a balanced diet during Ramzan. Your meal should contain adequate amounts of carbohydrates, fats and proteins, all essential parts of a balanced meal.
Of course, don’t go too crazy on those fried pakoras and samosas, as delicious as they are!