As we all know that sawan is going on. The most auspicious and special month of the whole year. This month is considered as very sacred among the Hindus as Mondays, or Somvar, in the month of Shravan (July – August) is considered highly auspicious for praying to Lord Shiva.
It is believed that the worship of Shiva during Shrawan month is 108 times more powerful than worshipping during normal days.
Millions of devout Hindus observe the Shravan Somwar Vrat – fasting and performing Pujas on Mondays in Sawan Month. As monsoon is at its peak and there is less sunlight, it makes the digestive system weak.
On these days, people basically perform fast in which they eat once a day and avoid all type of food which is not good for our health. In the whole month of Shravan people avoid nonvegetarian food as they detox their body by having a vegetarian diet. The physiological effect of fasting includes lowering of blood sugar, lowering of cholesterol and lowering of the systolic blood pressure. In fact, fasting would be an ideal recommendation for treatment of mild to moderate, stable, non-insulin diabetes, obesity, and essential hypertension.
Here I am giving all the health benefits of fasting during the sawan.
1. Better Digestive System: During the time of fasting, The body immediate need at the times of meal is to get easily available energy sources in form of glucose for every living cell, particularly the brain and nerve system. A balanced diet during the fast improves blood cholesterol, reduces gastric acidity, prevents constipation and other digestive problems and contributes to an active and healthy lifestyle. Further, fasting reduces or eliminates excess hunger and rapid weight loss. Hence helps in the improved digestive system.
2. Effects in Cholesterol level: One of the major problems that affect the of quantity or quality of dietary fat on blood cholesterol level is a failure of the effect of dietary fat in relation to body weight or changes in body weight. There is an increase in blood cholesterol levels with increasing or decreasing weight from normal weight levels. But eating healthy and limited food during the time of fasting results that our body weight decreased significantly at the end of fasting, while there was no effect on cortisol, testosterone, electrolytes on cholesterol level.
3. Diabetes mellitus: Diabetic patients who fast during the Sawan, experienced variations in their blood glucose values depending upon the type, composition, and quantity of food consumed, regularity in medicine taking, alterations in daily physical activities or occasional binge eating after the breaking of the fast. HbA1c, serum fructosamine level, insulin, and C-peptide levels also show slight changes during this.
4. boosts metabolism: Intermittent fasting helps in to lose weight is because the restriction of food, followed by regular eating, can help stimulate our metabolism. While long-term fasting can actually cause a drop in your metabolism. So we should always give a break during fasting.
This is also a more effective tool than long-term calorie restriction, which can often wreak havoc on the body’s metabolism. Weight loss often goes hand in hand with muscle loss – and since muscle tissue is what burns through calories, having less muscle leads to a drop in your body’s ability to metabolize food. Intermittent fasting, though, keeps your metabolism running smoothly by helping you maintain your muscle tissue as much as possible.
5.Longevity: Researches revealed that intermittent fasting can delay the development of the disorders that lead to death – meaning that regular practitioners can enjoy a longer, healthier life than people who eat a regular three meals a day or follow a traditional restricted-calorie diet. Hence it increases the longevity of the person.