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Some health guidelines for fasting
« on: September 22, 2007, 07:34:14 PM »

This article provides useful advice on how to avoid some common problems encountered in Ramadan. If followed, it would enable one to fast comfortably and enjoy fully the spiritual benefits of Ramadan.

During the holy month of Ramadan, our diet should not differ very much from our normal diet and should be as simple as possible. The diet should be such that we maintain our normal weight, neither losing nor gaining. However,  if one is over-weight, Ramadan is an ideal time to normalize one's weight.

In view of the long hours of fasting, we should consume slow digesting foods including fibre containing-foods rather than fast-digesting foods. Slow digesting foods last up to 8 hours, while fast-digesting foods last for only 3 to 4 hours.

* Slow-digesting foods are foods that contain grains and seeds like barley,  wheat, oats, millet, semolina, beans, lentils, whole meal flour, unpolished rice, etc. (called complex carbohydrates).
* Fast-burning foods are foods that contain sugar, white flour, etc. (called refined carbohydrates).
 * Fiber-containing foods are bran-containing foods, whole wheat, grains and seeds, vegetables like green beans, peas, sem (papry), marrow, mealies, spinach, and other herbs like methie, the leaves of beetroot (iron-rich), fruit with skin, dried fruit especially dried apricots, figs and prunes, almonds, etc.

The foods eaten should be well-balanced, containing foods from each food group, i.e. fruits, vegetables, meat/chicken/fish, bread/cereals and dairy products. Fried foods are unhealthy and should be limited. They cause indigestion, heart-burn, and weight problems.
 
AVOID

* Fried and fatty foods.
 * Foods containing too much sugar.
 * Over-eating especially during the meal before Dawn (sehri. or suhur)
 * Too much tea during the meal before Dawn (sehri. or suhur). Tea makes you pass more urine taking with it valuable mineral salts that your body would need during the day.
 * Smoking cigarettes. If you cannot give up smoking, cut down gradually starting a few weeks before Ramadan. Smoking is unhealthy and one should stop completely.

EAT

* Complex carbohydrates during the meal before Dawn (sehri. or suhur) so that the food lasts longer making you less hungry.
 * Haleem is an excellent source of protein and is a slow-burning food.
 * Dates are excellent source of sugar, fibre, carbohydrates, potassium and magnesium.
 * Almonds are rich in protein and fibre with less fat.
 * Bananas are a good source of potassium, magnesium and carbohydrates.

DRINK

* As much water or fruit juices as possible between iftar  (Breaking fasting) and bedtime so that your body may adjust fluid levels in time.


Common Medical Problems

CONSTIPATION
Constipation can cause piles (haemorroids), fissures (painful cracks in anal canal) and indigestion with a bloated feeling.

Causes: Too much refined foods, too little water and not enough fibre in the diet.
Remedy: Avoid excessive refined foods, increase water intake, use bran in baking, brown flour when making roti.

INDIGESTION AND WIND
Causes: Over-eating. Too much fried and fatty foods, spicy foods, and foods that produce wind e.g. eggs, cabbage, lentils, carbonated drinks like Cola also produce gas.

Remedy: Do not over-eat, drink fruit juices or better still drink water. Avoid fried foods, add ajmor to wind-producing foods.

LETHARGY ('low blood pressure')
Excessive sweating, weakness, tiredness, lack of energy, dizziness, especially on getting up from sitting position, pale appearance and feeling faint are symptoms associated with "low blood pressure". This tends to occur towards the afternoon.

Causes: Too little fluid intake, decreased salt intake.

Remedy: Keep cool, increase fluid and salt intake.

Caution: Low blood pressure should be confirmed by taking a blood
pressure reading when symptoms are present. Persons with high blood pressure may need their medication adjusted during Ramadan. They should consult their
doctor.

HEADACHE
Causes: Caffeine and tobacco-withdrawal, doing too much in one day,
lack of sleep, hunger usually occur as the day goes by and worsens at the end
of the day. When associated with "low blood pressure", the headache can be
quite severe and can also cause nausea before Iftar (Breaking Fasting).

Remedy: Cut down caffeine and tobacco slowly starting a week or two
before Ramadan. Herbal and caffeine-free teas may be substituted. Reorganize
your schedule during the Ramadan so as to have adequate sleep.

LOW BLOOD SUGAR
Weakness, dizziness, tiredness, poor concentration, perspiring easily,
feeling shaky (tremor), unable to perform physical activities, headache,
palpitations are symptoms of low blood sugar.

Causes in non-diabetics: Having too much sugar i.e. refined carbohydrates
especially during the meal before Dawn (sehri or suhur) . The body produces too much insulin causing the blood glucose to drop.

Remedy: Eat something at suhur (sehri) and limit sugar-containing foods and
drinks.

Caution: Diabetics may need to adjust their medication in Ramadan,
consult your doctor.

MUSCLE CRAMPS
Causes: Inadequate intake of calcium, magnesium and potassium foods.

Remedy: Eat foods rich in the above minerals e.g. vegetables, fruit,
dairy products, meat and dates.

Caution: Those on high blood pressure medication and with kidney stone
problems should consult their doctor.

PEPTIC ULCERS, HEART BURN, GASTRITIS AND HIATUS HERNIA
Increased acid levels in the empty stomach in Ramadan aggravate the
above conditions. It presents as a burning feeling in the stomach area under
the ribs and can extend upto the throat. Spicy foods, coffee, and Cola
drinks worsen these conditions.

Medications are available to control acid levels in the stomach. People
with proven peptic ulcers and hiatus hernia should consult their doctor well
before Ramadan.

KIDNEY STONES
Kidney stones may occur in people who have less liquids to drink.
Therefore, it is essential to drink extra liquids so as to prevent stone formation.

JOINT PAINS
Causes: The  increased pressure on the knee joints during Salat. In the elderly and those with arthritis this may result in pain, stiffness, swelling and discomfort.






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Re: Some health guidelines for fasting
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2007, 08:51:24 PM »
Thanks Dr.Noora for your useful post.
Although there is some people who gain wight during ramdan, which I am one of them.
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Re: Some health guidelines for fasting
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2008, 12:32:10 PM »
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Re: Some health guidelines for fasting
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2008, 01:11:09 PM »
thanks noora 3al al 6ari7 al jamiil wa nasae7 al mufida
الأسوار التي تحيط بنا عالية، وعلى من لا يستطيع أن يهدمها أو يقذفها أو يتسلق عليها... عليه أن لا يزين للباقين الجلوس خلفها.

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Re: Some health guidelines for fasting
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2008, 03:18:25 PM »
thnx Dr noora, but most don' loose wight. I am unerwight so, I am trying to gain some weight this Ramadan Insha Allah. I w'll tell the result after Ramadan Insha Allah.
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Re: Some health guidelines for fasting
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2008, 02:16:02 PM »
quick question,most ppl lose weight in ramadhan while i dont,it seems to be static,any ideas?

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Re: Some health guidelines for fasting
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2008, 12:15:46 AM »
Post Jamiil
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Re: Some health guidelines for fasting
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2008, 01:34:45 AM »
lol i've never lost weight in ramadan
but this ramadan, i lost 2 kgs in the past few days, its all because of qaras n all
so couldn't eat well... but its cool lol am ok with it!
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Re: Some health guidelines for fasting
« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2008, 07:06:48 AM »
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quick question,most ppl lose weight in ramadhan while i dont,it seems to be static,any ideas?
i think dr kyf u eat heavy meals in afur n suxur,so be calm n eat heavy meal in afur but ligh one in suxur.
and start ur afur wit tamr coz it gives u energy, and don't drink much
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Re: Some health guidelines for fasting
« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2008, 01:14:35 PM »
it would be logical if i ate much n therefore would be stupid of me to ask such an obvious question.bt no i neither eat much in afur nor saxur.rather i eat less than normal.it might be the thyroid gland bt am in no mood of investigating it.wish there was an easy trick tht can be shared bt i guess no one knws abt tht.thanx anyway

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Re: Some health guidelines for fasting
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2008, 09:39:46 AM »
Its either because you shave or you have the disease that the first person said.Read this asap this tells you what to do and what it is and what will happen.I hope ur ok



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Re: Some health guidelines for fasting
« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2008, 03:00:31 PM »
wat in GOD's name are u talkin abt???shave??? ???


 

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