Ramadan will be starting this week and you could have many concerns about your health. In this blog your health and fasting, a few tips will be shared here to help you make the most of the blessed month. Luckily for Muslims, religion allows the Muslims to skip fasts and make up for them later if unwell or traveling. For people who have weak health and are generally unable to fast do not have to fast but give out something monetary in exchange for that.
While there are numerous health benefits of fasting, there are also a few risks. These risks are directly related to having an unhealthy lifestyle or some illness. For example, when you eat a lot of heavy food like fried samosa and pakora at iftaar, you are likely to invite high cholesterol and heartburn. Similarly, drinking soda drinks can dehydrate the body instead which is very dangerous in Ramadan.
Sometimes, people who fast without following the spiritual guidelines and a healthy routine are likely to end up with bad moods and bad health. People are also prone to have higher stress levels which can be caused due to pangs of hunger. Fasting for the entire month causes a routine to get disrupted which can end in headaches.
The problem arises when people indulge in foods that are unhealthy and have a higher quantity of carbohydrate. The iftaar and suhur table should be filled with vegetables, fruits, dairy products, wholesome meat and dry fruits. Dates are especially great for breaking fasts as it provides instant energy which is lost during the day.
Unhealthy eating leads to the body becoming obese and fats to build the body. Moreover, the greatest concern for those who will be fasting would be dehydration. It is recommended that you drink 8 to 10 glasses of water between iftaar and Suhur – how will you manage that with sleeping is up to you. The extra water that you drink during this time restores and stores water levels in the body.
You should also eat those foods that have a higher water content like fruits and dairy products. Drinking a glass of milkshake at Suhur will not make you thirst all day. Eating a bowl of yogurt has the same effect as well. Moreover, having drinks with lemon in it at iftaar will restore the lost electrolytes from the body when the weather is too humid.
If you have serious concerns about your health and feel that you will be unable to fast please see a doctor. Islam has very flexible options which you can follow if you are unable to keep the obligatory fasts during the month.