Preventing infections while fasting

During Ramadan, there is a significant decrease in water consumption over a long period of time. The unrelenting heat, harsh sunlight and longer days do not make it easy for people who fast. When you add dehydration, fatigue and weakness to the equation, you can have several health complications, including kidney stones and urinary tract infections (UTIs) in both men and women. Symptoms of mild to moderate dehydration are increased thirst, headache, lightheadedness, constipation, dry skin and mouth. We receive a number of patients who come to us with dehydration during Ramadan. All individuals planning to fast need to recognize the issue in advance of the fasting period and adopt the right measures to reduce the incidence of the problem to have a safe and healthy holy month.

The incidence of kidney, ureter or bladder (KUB) stones and urinary tract (UTIs) infections can increase in individuals towards the last days of Ramadan. Stones are commonly seen in people who consume less than the suggested eight to ten glasses of water a day. When there is not enough water to dilute the uric acid, which is found in urine, the pH (alkaline) level within the urine lowers and becomes more acidic. A highly acidic environment in the kidneys is linked to the incidence of kidney stones. (more…)

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Tips To Stay Hydrated In Ramadan

Most people take drinking water for granted and do not meet the adequate requirement of water consumption, which is especially true in Ramadan. It is extremely important to drink sufficient water during Suhoor and Iftar in order to replace the water that is lost from the body during daily activities like sweating and urination. Many times people tend to ignore drinking water because they do not like the taste if it. Here are some tips to ensure adequate hydration during Ramadan. (more…)

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Why is Sleep Important During Ramadan

  1. How important is getting enough sleep for our general health?

Sleep is a condition of body and mind which leads to natural periodic suspension of consciousness, in which the nervous system is inactive, the eyes are closed and the postural muscles are relaxed. In terms of computer language, sleep acts like update and shutdown option for the body. Sleep offers the following health benefits;

  • Improves the memory
  • Increases life expectancy
  • Reduces the incidence of diseases related to inflammation like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis etc.
  • Improves cognition and creativity
  • Improves stamina and fitness
  • Improves the learning of new tasks
  • Improves attention
  • Helps keep a healthy appetite and weight
  • Reduces the level of stress hormones
  • Improves decision making and reaction time specially while doing critical tasks like driving
  • It helps for a better emotional stability and taking care of anxiety and depression

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A Healthy Ramadan Plate

The holy month of Ramadan is a time when families gather together to enjoy a rich and heavy meal, particularly during Iftaar. One must keep in mind that during Ramadan, the diet of an individual who is fasting is completely altered and completely depends on the meals consumed during Suhoor and Iftar. It is crucial to decide and consume the right kind and amount of food because these meals help an individual sustain their fast for the entire day.

Suhoor (early morning meal) needs to be wholesome in order to provide the required nutrients and energy to last until the next meal at Iftar. An ideal Suhoor meal should contain foods rich in fiber, protein, calcium, and vitamins. Cereals like oats with nuts and dry fruits, wholemeal bread, green leafy vegetables, brown bread with yogurt and fruits are ideal meal options for Suhoor. Eggs are rich in protein and nutrients and help stay fuller. Dairy products are also a great source of nutrition that helps stay hydrated throughout the day. Dry fruit milkshakes, watery fruits like cucumber and tomato are great sources to keep the body hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is key during the non-fasting hours in Ramadan to keep the body hydrated throughout.

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Gut Health during Ramadan

Fasting during the month of Ramadan is a spiritual practice and is known to improve health. However, if one fails to follow the correct diet during Ramadan, it can cause digestive problems. Ramadan is a time when digestive issues are common, due to the changes in the timing, types and quantity of food taken during this period. During the month of Ramadan digestive issues like heartburn, belching, bloating and constipation are rather common. These conditions occur not just to those with pre-existing gastric problems but also to those who never had gastric issues before. Festivities and feasts during this month often cause acidity, heartburn, indigestion, constipation etc.

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