Fasting … What happens to the liver during it? What are its benefits for the stomach? Is drinking cold water harmful?


With the advent of the month of Ramadan, there is much talk about the benefits of healthy fasting and how it affects chemical changes in the body, and here we provide a set of answers to questions about fasting in the holy month:

What happens to the liver during fasting?
When fasting, the liver processes less of the nutrients in the food, which allows the liver to recover, especially the fatty liver, which is the body’s largest organ responsible for detoxification.

German scientists from the German Center for Cancer Research and the Helmholtz Center for Medical Research in Munich said that fasting has a positive effect on the human body, especially on fatty liver disease that is widespread in the world. On the other hand, fasting helps overcome the obesity problems of many people, according to the German newspaper “Augsburger Algemeine”.

The study, published by the specialized scientific journal “Molecular Medicine”, indicated that scientists have come to know what happens in the human body when fasting, as the body produces a protein that affects chemical transformations in the liver, which reduces the accumulation of fat in it.

“We can treat obesity and fatty liver problems when we understand how fasting affects chemical transformations within the body,” Dr. Adam Rose of the German Center for Cancer Research commented on this study. The authors of the study agree that fasting has health benefits for fatty liver problems, also known as fatty liver.

What is the effect of fasting on the pancreas?
Fasting relieves the pancreas, as it produces less insulin. The cells of the body also become more sensitive to insulin, which has a positive impact on the health of people with type 2 diabetes.

How does fasting affect cholesterol, blood pressure and chronic pain?
Abstaining from food lowers cholesterol and blood pressure. After the end of the fasting period, there is usually a slight increase in their level, but it does not reach the initial values.

Fasting also relieves many chronic pain disorders, for example rheumatism (chronic arthritis).

What are the benefits of fasting for the stomach?
During fasting, the expanding stomach shrinks again, and the mucous membrane also recovers, just as it is in the intestine. Fasting also changes the spread of intestinal flora, or what is called an “intestinal bacterial flora”, in a positive way.

Fasting also promotes blood circulation and the metabolism of fat tissue, as fat cells, especially those under the skin and stomach, open their locks and begin to dissolve. The fat molecules convert into high-energy ketones during fasting.

What about fasting and nerves?
Fasting promotes the regeneration of nerve cells, in addition, refraining from eating for certain times can improve mood, as some scientific studies have shown.

Which is better to drink cold or lukewarm water?
Some claim that drinking cold water hinders digestion, but scientific research has not revealed that there is real harm to cold water on the health of the body, which was confirmed by research published by the British medical site “Medical News Today”.

And all research unanimously on the need to drink water heavily during fasting days or in the summer to compensate the body for the loss of fluid through sweating. This is consistent for one, as it is noticed that a person becomes less urinated in the summer due to sweating, and this means that the body loses its fluids, and one has to drink a lot to restore his normal urination level.

And revealed the “Science ABC” Indian scientific site that there is no permanent damage in drinking cold water, except that it exposes the process of digestion to hardness due to contraction of stomach muscles.

Medical research centers agree that drinking lots of water, whether cold or warm, helps flush toxins out of the body, facilitates digestion, and prevents constipation.

The aforementioned website published the facts and results of a small study conducted in 2013 on six people to investigate the effects of their thirst and the effect of cold water they drank. It turns out that their drinking of water at a temperature of 16 degrees Celsius, which is the temperature of the tap water in normal conditions, may be followed by minutes that stop them from sweating (and it must be noted that this does not apply to the temperature of the tap water in hot countries, where it often reaches 40 Celsius).

From this simple experiment, the researchers concluded that drinking water at a temperature of 16 degrees centigrade is best suited for those who exerted great effort, sweat heavily, and raised their body temperature due to exertion or vigor.

The common belief that drinking cold water, eating ice cream, and cold eating in the summer, in particular, may cause colds, flu, or chest pain, is still lacking evidence, as there is not a single scientific evidence to support this belief.

Many claim that drinking excessively cold water greatly helps in losing weight, citing studies that show that drinking more water helps the body burn calories, but these studies do not make a difference between drinking cold water and drinking water at room temperature in moderate countries. The atmosphere.

Show that some research warns those who suffer from problems in the esophagus and throat from drinking cold water, especially those with Achalasia, a disease that causes the patient to swallow food and fluids.

Studies have shown that people with this disease may experience health complications if they drink cold water in the summer, especially, but those who have suffered from these symptoms continue to be cured if they drink warm water, and they can swallow easily.

How do we use Ramadan to stop smoking?
For almost fourteen hours, which is the fasting period in Ramadan, many positive changes and gains occur in the bodies of smokers, which makes them more able to invest this blessed month in the final cessation of smoking.

These changes start twenty minutes after the last cigarette, according to Dr. Ahmed Al-Mulla, director of the Smoking Prevention Center at the Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar, after which the heartbeat and blood pressure will return to a stable normal, and then the body begins to expel the toxic carbon monoxide gas From the body so that it will be disposed of within eight hours since the last cigarette was used by the smoker.

The sense of smell and taste nerves begin to recover, so smokers notice a marked improvement in these senses.

And carbon monoxide gas is the gas that weakens significantly the oxygenation of the body’s organs, the most important of which is the heart and brain, so the smoker will feel an improvement in his energy and breathing, according to a statement issued by the Hamad Wasl Foundation for Al Jazeera Net.

And about what happens to the smoker in relation to nicotine, which is the addictive substance found in all smoking products that makes the smoker want an urgent and lasting desire to smoke, Dr. Jamal Bashi, a cessation specialist at the Center for Smoking Control, says that after three hours of the last cigarette, nicotine in the blood decreases by 50%, which is why most smokers smoke every two or three hours.

But in Ramadan, and because the smoker is forced to not smoke for a period of 14 hours, nicotine falls in a large amount in the blood, and then some withdrawal symptoms may appear in the smoker, such as the desire to smoke, poor concentration, nervousness, and possibly headaches, but with Ramadan spirituality, reading the Qur’an, and improving blood circulation, he can The person overcoming it and using smoking cessation treatments for smokers who have these severe symptoms.

Note that these symptoms, according to the experiences of smokers in Ramadan, remain for the first week of the month only, then they decrease completely or disappear, and this is the reason that many smokers in Ramadan succeed in stopping smoking, and some of them even without treatments.

Source: Deutsche Welle websites