Fasting can improve your health only if the correct diet is consumed; otherwise, it can affect your health in many ways. It is not about when you don’t eat during fasting, but more about what you should be eating during the non-fasting hours. The best way to fully benefit yourself from fasting is to consume the best diet and quality food in this month of blessing.
Heartburn or Indigestion: The stomach is designed for food digestion and to kill bacteria. Heartburn is caused when our stomach produces the acid by our own body’s special juices.
Although fasting decreases the amount of acid in our stomach, but thought and smell of food can send signals to our brain to make more that causes indigestion. Indigestion or heartburn can be a problem during fasting hour.
Healthy Ramadan: 5 Common Problems During FASTING
The heartburn can be aided by avoiding sincere friend, oily or spicy food. If you decrease the intake of caffeine and tobacco, it can be beneficial.
Headache: Headaches are the one of the common problems during fasting. The reason for a headache can be hunger, dehydration, not enough rest or the lack of addictive substances that you usually take on a daily routine basis such as nicotine.
The most natural remedy to avoid a headache is not to miss the suhoor meal (sehri) and to consume an ample amount of water. For more safety measures, avoid direct sunlight during this hot weather and always wear a hat or sunglasses when heading out.
Dehydration: As we fast for hours, our body continually loses water and salt as we breathe, sweat or pass out urine. In this hot, humid weather, the water loss is more rapid as our body is soaking in the water we had consumed before fasting. The symptoms of dehydration are the feeling of dizziness, muscle cramps and even fainting at times.
However, to reduce the risk of dehydration, hydrate yourself with fluids and increase the intake of fruits.
Constipation: For someone undertaking a fast, constipation can be somewhat irritating as you do not feel comfortable with the bloated and gassy feeling. Constipation is caused when your bowels are not fully eliminated.
There is no cure for constipation other than maintaining a balanced diet and proper hydration. Increase the fiber intake, include a lot of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Happy Ramadan! Source: htv.com.pk