Ramadan fasting and good health

With millions of Muslims observing fast during the holy month of Ramadan, here are a few answers to your concerns and suggestions to help you remain healthy during this holy season.

  • Is fasting good for health?
  • What are the benefits of fasting?
  • How fasting works to improve one’s health?

Fasting offers a physiological rest to digestive, assimilative and protective organs. As a result, the digestion of food and the utilization of nutrients is greatly improved after fasting. The fast also exerts a normalizing, stabilizing and rejuvenating effect on all the vital physiological nervous and mental functions.

  • Is it healthy to fast during Ramzan?
  • How long is it safe to fast?
  • How to stay healthy during fasting?

The duration of the fast depends upon the age of patient, the nature of the disease and the amount and type of drugs previously used. The duration is important, because long periods of fasting can be dangerous if undertaken without competent professional guidance.

It is, therefore advisable to undertake a series of short fasts of two or three days and gradually increase the duration of each succeeding fast by day or so.

  • How can we begin fasting if we have some health concerns?

It is important that you discuss with your doctor and decide on the fast under his guidance. It is, advisable to undertake a series of short fasts of two or three days and gradually increase the duration of each succeeding fast by day or so.

  • Who all can fast?
  • I have diabetes. Is it safe for me to fast during Ramzan?
  • Which all disease conditions are not safe to fast during Ramzan?
  • What precautions I should take while fasting?

The duration of the fast depends upon the age of patient, the nature of the disease and the amount and type of drugs previously used. The duration is important, because long periods of fasting can be dangerous if undertaken without competent professional guidance.

It is, therefore advisable to undertake a series of short fasts of two or three days and gradually increase the duration of each succeeding fast by day or so.

However, in cases of diabetes, advanced stages of tuberculosis and extreme cases of neurasthenia, long fasting will be harmful. In most cases, however, no harm occurs to patients who observe fast, provided they take rest, and are under proper professional care.

  • What are the health tips during fasting?
  • How can we break the fast?

The success of the fast depends largely on how is it broken. The most significant phase! The Main rules for breaking the fast are:

  • Do not over eat
  • Eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly
  • Eating solid foods is carefully planned
  • The right food after the fast an important
  • Any dietary precautions necessary during fasting?
  • What is the ideal diet during fasting?
  • What food items are healthy during fasting?
  • Whenever a person is breaking fast, the higher ratio of alkaline forming foods should include in his diet, the quicker will be the recovery. Acidity is neutralized by alkaline foods.
  • Foods containing high amount of calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium present in foods contribute to the alkaline foods. The most agreeable and convenient means of alkalizing blood are citrus fruits(oranges and sweet lime) and fruits.
  • Raw and cooked vegetables, or light starchy vegetables like beet, carrot, cauliflower, eggplant and squashes may be taken.
  • Which are the food items that are healthy enough to be consumed at large during fasting?

Few examples of foods that is healthy to take during Ramzan fast?

  • Dry Fruits : Almonds, Apricots, dates , raisins, figs
  • Fruits: Apples, oranges, peaches, pears, pineapple , melons, lemons, grapes
  • Vegetables: cabbages, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, potatoes, pumpkins, spinach, radishes, onion, coconuts, lettuce, tomatoes, soybeans
  • Milk, cottage cheese

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