During the month of Ramadan,Muslims,stop eating and drinking between dawn and dusk as a sign of piety to feel closer to Allah. Ramadan is the second most followed holiday in the world after of Christmas, it is not in vain that 25% of the world’s population practice it.
Although it has sometimes been heard that fasting is harmful to health, if a balanced and correct diet is followed, this practice can be beneficial for health. According to the Moroccan nutritionist Nabil Ayachi, Ramadan is destined to purify the organism, being able to serve as a diet to lose kilos without any risk to the body and to lower cholesterol. Although many may be waiting for the sunset to try something like this funny spot:
During this sacred month, there are certain dangers that must be taken into account:
Ramadan & Dehydration
Ramadan prohibits you from eating or drinking anything, not even water. The effects of dehydration can vary from mild (headache) to severe (heat stroke).
The fasting of Ramadan as we see is rigorous, especially during the long summer days, when Muslims can not eat for 16 hours. This tension could be extremely detrimental to people with certain health conditions, but the Qur’an itself establishes clear exemptions for this type of case, indicating that no one puts their health at risk by complying with the fast ( Qur’an 2: 184-185 ).
The Muslim soccer player of the French selection Bacary Sagna, announced that he would not fast during the world-wide one, as well as the ex- soccer player of the Real Madrid, Ozil.
The doctors in UAE are encouraging Muslims to remain fasting to avoid heat stroke and by drinking enough water during sunset and sunrise. Without adequate intervention, heat exhaustion can lead to sunstroke, damaging the brain and other vital organs. Of course, being thirsty and not having water increases blood pressure and can also cause heart problems.
Prevent Dehydration During Ramadan
- Any person fasting should drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water between sunset and sunrise.
- Calculate the water intake and try to drink a glass of water every hour, so you do not end up drinking a lot at one time and then spend most of the day having to go to the bathroom.
- You have to know how to distribute the quantity well. As soon as the fast is over, the first thing is to drink a glass.
- Take other types of fluids such as soups and juices.
- Excess physical activity during Ramadan should be avoided.
- Avoid training in the morning.
- Avoid exposure to sun light.
- Spend more times on indoors.
- Break fast with plenty of fruit and vegetables
- Keep your spices and salt consumption to moderate levels.
- Prevent eating sweets.
- Lower your caffeine and nicotine intake.
- Take a nap and take cold showers.
Before Ramadan, a Muslim should always consult with a doctor about the safety and health of the fast in regard to their individual circumstances. Some health disorders, as we said earlier, may improve during fasting (hypercholesterolemia), while others may deteriorate. In case the fast can be harmful, there are two options for Muslims:
- If the danger situation is temporary, not chronic, you can recover the fast (one day for a day) at an hour later, when your health improves.
- If it is a permanent or chronic condition, a charitable donation can be made instead of fasting. The amount must be enough to feed one person per day, for each fasting day that is lost.
Water is one of the best fluids for proper hydration because it does not contain sugars or caffeine, which can actually increase dehydration. The consumption of water also ensures that the digestive tract is sufficiently lubricated and helps prevent constipation and other digestive problems.”