Posted on April 29, 2020

Mrs. Heba Nassar - Head of the Health Education Department at QCS said – in Ramadan Muslim lifestyle changes, which give the opportunity to adapt a healthy lifestyle that helps in losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight and regulates blood sugar. As well as Muslim people in Ramadan can reconsider unhealthy food habits such as eating too much fatty food. Therefore, fasting helps in renewing and activating body system and organs to get rid of accumulated body waste.

Healthy food

To maintain a healthy diet, it is preferred to start with dates and water then having soup which helps in controlling over the quantity of food the fasting person should have. Also, it is important to eat food slowly and wisely not too fast. As well as, it is recommended to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration because water maintains the balance of human body which is necessary for the absorption of many nutrients and it is very important to drink 2.7 liters – 3.7 liters of water per day, she added. Nassar advised that you should avoid eating fried and fatty food such as fried potato and samosa these foods contain high level of the daily recommended fat and salt intake, so eating them frequently may increase the impact of fatigue and exhaustion. in addition, foods that contains high amount of salt such as pickles, can dehydrate the body and affects the ability to absorb fluids.

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She also advised that Precautions should be taken and proper guidelines followed when working out before Iftar. Exercising just before Iftar should be limited and for no longer than 60 minutes, preferably in an air-conditioned location. After you break the fast, drink sufficient amounts of fluids and water to replenish salts and minerals lost by the body, and have a good rest. As it is advisable to perform physical activity three hours after you break the fast as by then the body has completed the digestion process in an air-conditioned place.

Renew immune system

An American research has found that fasting for a short period of time (for 3 days) renew the whole immune system and stimulates stem cells to renew white blood cells that resists infections. Another study has shown that fasting for a long period of time force human body to use glucose and fats storage which destroys most of the white blood cells. So, these changes lead to renew immune system cells by stem cells. Also, they found that prolonged fasting reduces the aging enzymes responsible for increasing the risk of tumors and cancer. Therefore, prolonged fasting increases body resistance to infections and diseases. Also, decreases the risk of developing cancers and tumors, she added.

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She continued “due to the spread of COVID 19 which is an infectious disease that affects the respiratory system, this holy month can be used to enhance human immunity and resists contagious diseases. As we must be aware of the preventive measures to avoid the disease, such as washing your hands regularly with alcohol-based or with soap, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, because hands touch many surfaces and can pick up virus and try to maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing”.