Important Tips to Consider in Ramadan while Fasting

This article provides us with useful tips on how to avoid common problems usually encountered during Ramadan when it comes to food. If this advice is followed, it can lead to can be fixed comfortably and fully enjoy the spiritual benefits of Ramadan.

Once Ramadan starts to change our eating habits. Our meals are cut down to the morning and evening meals, and there will be no eating in between for a limited period. For some of us increase the intake of oily foods skyrocket. These changes in eating habits is not always well received by all. Dr. Farouk Haffejee from The Islamic Medical Association in Durban, South Africa has made a list of suggestions on how to deal with Ramadan in a healthy way. Dr. Haffejee proposes that the Ramadan month, "should our diet should not differ very much from our normal and should be as simple as possible." He says that our diet should maintain our normal weight, but he also mentions that if one is overweight, Ramadan is a good time to lose a few pounds. He also suggests food last longer. "Given the long hours we are fasting, we should consume food that melted slowly, such as high-fiber foods rather than fast-digested food. Slowly melting foods last up to 8 hours, while fast melting food only lasts for 3-4 hours," says Dr. Haffejee.

Slowly melting foods are foods that contain grains and seeds like barley, wheat, oats, semolina, beans, lentils, whole wheat and unpolished rice. These are called complex carbohydrates. Fast melting foods are foods that contain ingredients such as sugar and whites flour. These are called refined carbohydrates. According to Dr. Haffejee are wheat, grains, seeds, vegetables (like green beans, peas and spinach), fruit with skin, dried fruit (such as dried apricots, figs, prunes and almonds) examples of high-fiber foods.

Dr. Haffejee says the meals during Ramadan should be balanced and include foods from each food group, such as fruit, vegetables, meat / chicken / fish, bread / cereals and dairy products. He advises against fried foods as part of us depend. Dr. Haffajee out that "fried foods are unhealthy and should be limited. It causes indigestion, heartburn, and weight problems." Below is Dr. Haffejees recommendations for a Ramadan diet should look like:

AVOID: Fried and fatty foods. Food that contains too much sugar. Overeating, especially at Suhoor. Too much tea during suhoor. Tea makes you need to urinate more often, which makes you lose valuable mineral salts that your body would need during the day. Smoking: If you can not give up smoking can gradually cut down for a few weeks before Ramadan. Smoking is unhealthy and one should try to quit.

EAT: Complex carbohydrates at suhoor, so that the food lasts longer and you become less hungry. Dates are excellent source of sugar, fiber, carbohydrates, potassium and magnesium. Almonds are rich in proteins and fibers and contains less fat. Bananas are a good source of potassium, magnesium and carbohydrates.


DRINK: As much water and fruit juices as possible between Iftaar and bedtime so that your body may adjust fluid levels in time. Below, Dr. Haffejee listed the common health problems you meet during Ramadan, its causes and cures: Constipation Constipation can cause hemorrhoids, painful cracks in anal opening, indigestion and a feeling of uppvÀlldhet. Causes: Too much refined foods, too little water and not enough fiber in the diet. Remedy: Avoid refined foods, increase water intake, use bran in baking, and brown flour when baking flat bread.

Digestive problems and flatulence: Cause: Overeating. Too much fried and fatty foods, spicy foods, and foods that cause gas, for example. eggs, cabbage, lentils. Carbonated drinks such as cola also produce gas. Remedy: superatmospheric, drink fruit juices or - even better - drink water. Avoid fried foods, add celery seeds (ajmor) in the gas-producing foods.

Lethargy (low blood pressure), sweating, weakness, tiredness, lack of energy, dizziness, especially when standing up from a sitting position to look pale and feeling faint are all symptoms associated with low blood pressure. These tend to be forward to 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 measuring the blood pressure when the symptoms occur. People with high blood pressure may need ommedicineras during Ramadan. These should consult their doctor.

HEADACHE: Causes: That you abstain from caffeine and tobacco, trying to do too much in one day, lack of sleep and hunger. This usually appears during the day and worsen towards the end of the day. When this occurs along with low blood pressure, headache become quite severe and cause nausea before Iftar. Remedy: Cut down caffeine and tobacco by cutting down on the one or two weeks before Ramadan. This riveting can be replaced with Herbal and caffeine-free tea. Add on the schedule during the Ramadan so that you get enough sleep.

LOW BLOOD SUGAR: Weakness, dizziness, tiredness, poor concentration, perspiring easily, feeling shaky or unable to perform physical activities, headache, palpitations are all signs of low blood sugar. Cause (non diabetic): Eating too much sugar ie refined carbohydrates especially at Suhoor. The body produces too much insulin causing the glucose decreases. Remedy: Eat something at suhoor and limit sugar intake in food and drink. Caution: Diabetics may need ommedicineras during Ramadan. Ask your doctor.

Muscle cramps: Cause: Insufficient intake of calcium, magnesium and kaliumrik food. Remedy: Eat foods rich in the above minerals such as vegetables, fruits, milk products, meat and dates. Caution: Those who take medicine for high blood pressure and kidney stone problems should consult their doctor.

Stomach ulcers, heartburn, gastritis and hiatus hernia (HIATUS) For high acid levels in the empty stomach in Ramadan can aggravate the above conditions. It can result in a burning sensation in the stomach area under the ribs and spread even to the neck. Spicy foods, coffee and cola drinks can worsen these conditions. There is medication to control acid levels in the stomach. Those who have been diagnosed with a stomach ulcer or hiatal hernia should consult their doctor well before Ramadan.

Kidney stones: Kidney stones may occur in people who drink too little fluid. Therefore, it is essential to drink extra fluids to prevent kidney stone formation.

Joint Pain: Causes: During Ramadan, when doing extra salah increases the pressure on the knee joint. In the elderly and those with arthritis this may result in pain, stiffness, swelling and discomfort. Remedy: Decrease the weight so that the knees do not have to carry any extra weight. Exercising the leg muscles before Ramadan so that they can be prepared for the increased effort. Being in good physical shape leads to increased pleasure which makes it possible to perform salah with greater ease.