Ramadan fasting – Healthy Tips
Every healthy Muslim should fast except!
Ramadan fasting is not a prolonged or continuous fasting, but consists of alternate fasting and feasting periods (i.e.: intermittent feeding).
Every healthy Muslim should fast except those who are:
- Traveling long distances
- Pregnant women or those in menstruation
- Elderly or minor (under the age of puberty)
- People with wasting diseases or malnutrition.
- Those with a history of cardiac arrhythmias.
- People with hepatic or renal insufficiency. although they may participate if they would like to.
Other health problems as renal insufficiency, if creatinine is above 2 mg/dl, should not fast because the kidney needs fluids and should not be subjected to dehydration. Those with creatine 1.4 to 1,9 mg may fast and repeat creatinine after 3 days, if it rises, then they should not fast.
Diabetic patients should consult their doctors 15 days before Ramadan not three days to adjust the dose of treatment according to severity of diabetes.
In general, in Ramadan, observe to drink lot of fluids during the time of no fasting, take care not to exceed the normal amount of proteins whether animal protein or plant protein as Foul (Fava Beans).
Drink lots of water and eat water-rich foods when you are not fasting to keep hydrated avoiding headaches & tiredness.
Avoid walking in the sun or hot weather not get dehydrated and tired. If you don’t drink sufficiently before a fast your risk of dehydration is increased. This risk is higher in older people and in those taking tablets such as diuretics.
If you are unable to stand up due to dizziness, or you are disoriented, you should urgently drink regular, moderate quantities of water–ideally with sugar and salt.
Impact on nutrition:
- Decreased time available for eating
- Decreased Gastric filling Capacity
With my best wishes