Avoid overeating during Ramadan
Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is urging residents to avoid over-eating during Ramadan.
Consuming large quantities of food or an unbalanced diet for Iftar can lead to an upset stomach and intestinal disorders that may worsen other health conditions.
Several people who fast tend to experience health problems during Ramadan due to eating beyond the level of fullness at the time of Iftar.
As a result, there's an influx of patients with gastrointestinal ailments at Hamad General Hospital's Emergency Department.
Not maintaining moderate food intake and overindulgence contradicts the purpose of fasting. It can also lead to weight gain and obesity with complications, such as diabetes mellitus and heart diseases.
Part of benefits of fasting is to help us develop a healthier lifestyle, reinforce community relationships and enhance compassion and charity.
One of the most common ailments due to overeating during Ramadan is abdominal pain. This happens when people eat quickly immediately after Maghrib adhan (call to prayer).
A large amount of carbohydrates in meals makes people feel bloated and this is what most frequently results in stomach pain.
The best way to prevent any such illness is to plan the Iftar meal in advance and ensure it is light, coupled with fluids to keep you hydrated and energised.
Do not skip Suhoor (pre-dawn meal) as this will increase the length of your fast, which is not advisable in this hot season and may result in dehydration and fatigue.
• Drink as much water as possible between Iftar and sleeping time.
• Avoid salty foods during Iftar and Suhoor meals.
• Avoid caffeinated drinks such as coke, coffee or tea.
• Try not to consume heavy fatty foods, which often cause gastrointestinal disturbances (when using oil in food preparation, use only a small amount of olive oil or other polyunsaturated fats).
• Avoid refined carbohydrates and sugar (eg white bread, white rice, sweets and pastries) which can increase blood sugar, leading to weight gain.
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