As members of the Muslim community continue with their fast, a GP has passed on her top tips for a healthy Ramadan.
Ramadan this year lasts until Wednesday May 12. Muslims around the world fast during daylight hours, meaning they abstain from eating or drinking on average for 16 hours per day.
Dr Khan is a GP at Loomer Medical Practice in Stoke-on-Trent.
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Her four top tips are:
- Safe fasting: “While everyone is fasting it’s natural those with health problems will want to fast also and may feel left out if they can’t. But it’s really important if you do have a health problem and you are fasting to find ways around this. Most people can fast, but for some it may be best not to. A good example would be if you need to take several medications during the day. Your GP can advise you further and those with health problems are exempt from fasting if necessary.”
- Eating well: “Eat food that is nutritious for your body and will last you through the day. Some foods will fill you up in the short term but won’t give you energy for long periods. Make sure you are having vegetables and fruit. Try to bake rather than fry food and try and eat brown rice or bread rather than white.”
- Don’t dehydrate: “Make sure you are drinking plenty of water. This can be really difficult when there are long periods when you can’t eat or drink, but it’s important that you do drink slowly throughout the hours when you can. You still need to be drinking 6-8 glasses of water to make sure you don’t become dehydrated.”
- Be COVID safe: “We all want to see our family and friends, but it’s still not safe to be doing iftars together indoors. Please observe social distancing, wear a mask where it’s needed and sanitise your hands. What we don’t want is people becoming infected with Coronavirus and being unwell during Ramadan.”