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Some common health complications that can arise from fasting,

And how to prevent and deal with them.The following advice has been provided following consultation with medical experts and Islamic scholars.

Fasting and heartburn

Fasting usually reduces the amount of stomach acid, which digests food and kills bacteria. However, thoughts of food, or the smell of it, make the brain tell the stomach to produce more acid, which can lead to heartburn.
People who regularly take medicine for indigestion  such as antacids, antihistamines or proton pump inhibitors  are advised to continue taking them. A good time to do this could be with the pre-dawn meal.
The control of heartburn or belching can be aided by eating in moderation and avoiding oily, deep-fried or very spicy food. Reducing your caffeine intake and stopping smoking can also help.
Preparations such as peppermint oil may help reduce belching or abdominal discomfort. Sleeping with your head raised on a few pillows, in addition to long-term weight loss, may also help prevent heartburn.

Fasting and poor control of diabetes

People who regularly inject insulin are advised not to fast, as the potential risk to health both in the short and long term of not taking insulin is too great. People who have their diabetes under control using tablets should seek careful advice from their GP before starting a fast.
Regular self-monitoring of your blood glucose is strongly advised. Low blood sugar levels (known as a "hypo") are dangerous, and may lead to fainting or fits if left untreated.
Feeling dizzy, sweaty and disoriented may all suggest a hypo. If a person with diabetes has these symptoms, they should immediately have a sugary drink, or place sugar or a sugar-rich sweet below their tongue.

Fasting and a headache

This common problem has many causes. Headaches during a fast could be due to dehydration or hunger, poor rest, or the absence of addictive substances, such as caffeine or nicotine.
A moderate and balanced diet, especially not missing the pre-dawn meal, taking in enough fluids and, if necessary, some painkillers such as paracetamol, can help prevent or reduce the risk of getting a headache.
Headaches can also be prevented by not exposing yourself to direct sunlight, wearing a hat when out, using sunglasses to reduce the effect of glare from the sun and relieving any tense muscles with a short, gentle massage.

Fasting and dehydration

Dehydration is common during a fast. The body continues to lose water and salts through breathing, perspiring and urinating.
If you don’t drink sufficiently before a fast, your risk of dehydration increases. This risk is higher in older people and in those taking tablets, such as diuretics.
If you are unable to stand up due to dizziness, or you are disoriented, you should urgently drink regular, moderate quantities of water  ideally with sugar and salt  or Dioralyte or Lucozade.
If you faint due to dehydration, your legs should be raised above your head by others, and when you awake, you should urgently rehydrate as outlined above.


 Fasting and constipation

When you are fasting, being active, drinking water regularly and eating healthily (during the times when you are not fasting) will help to keep your bowel motions regular. Include lots of fruit and vegetables in your diet and increase the fibre content of your food using bran. If the problem persists, a short course of laxatives may help.

 Fasting and stress

Lack of food and water, changes of routine and shorter periods of sleep can cause stress. It’s important to deal with any potential sources of stress to stop any harmful effects. This can be helped by not taking on more than you can handle, not playing sports in the hot sun, controlling your anger and not smoking.

 Fasting and weight control

Food consumed during the pre-dawn and dusk meals may lead to some unintended weight gain. However, if you approach the fast with discipline, it can be an opportunity to lose weight and become healthier.

Article Source by : NHS 

Getting Ready for Ramadan in the Summer

Forgive Yourself for the Dread

It was inevitable: due to the fact that the Islamic calendar is lunar, it was inevitable that Ramadan was going to fall during the summer months. There is no need to remind anyone that this means that days are long, the days are hot, and the nights are very short. It is normal to feel a little dread. Fasting is difficult; God knows this, which is why there is such tremendous reward for completing the fasts. In fact, God says in a Prophetic tradition: "Fasting is for Me, and I Myself give the reward for it." This is assuming, of course, that there is no medical contraindication to fasting. The challenge is to overcome your fears and fast anyway, and through this, one can attain to piety.

Take Full Advantage of the Long Day

Given that Ramadan will be in the summer (for the next...ten years or so), it is an opportune time to take advantage of the fact that you can't eat or drink until late. It is the perfect time to read the Qur'an during all those hours of waiting to eat. It should be quite easy, in fact, to finish recitation of the entire Qur'an during Ramadan. Read up on the life story of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), or that book by Dr. Tariq Ramadan that you have been meaning to read but had, heretofore, no time to finish. Spend more time with the children; figure out how to have a good time without eating and drinking. Yes, it may not be the greatest that you can't eat until 8 PM, but make some lemonade out of those lemons. (Just make sure you drink it after sunset!)

Be Mindful of the Season

Like it or not, Ramadan is during summer now, and so be mindful of the heat and humidity. If you are tired during the day, do not hesitate to take a nap and rest. After sunset, make sure you drink plenty of fluids and stay well hydrated during the night. Try to avoid very salty foods so as to not be excessively thirsty during the next day. As a doctor, I would recommend avoiding any strenuous physical activity while fasting, if at all possible. And again, most importantly, if fasting causes you to become ill, do not continue, and seek medical help immediately. Islamic law has outlined alternatives to fasting for those who cannot fast due to medical or other reasons.

Rev Up Your Spirituality

It never ceases to amaze me how much food and drink takes up our mental energy. With that temporarily suspended, Ramadan allows us to focus on our inner selves, to nourish our spiritual self. So, take advantage of this: recite scripture, repeat the Names of God, learn about the faith, deepen the bond with God. Come out of Ramadan better than when you started it. This is the whole purpose of the fast as the Quran says: "O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed for you as it has been prescribed for people before you so that you will (learn how to) attain God-consciousness" (2:183)

Strive to do Away with Bad Habits

The fast of Ramadan is more than simply a diet plan. It is a cleansing of both body and soul. While waiting for the day to end, work on improving those aspects of your character that may be lacking. Each one of us has our weaknesses and vices; each one of us can always be a better person, a better spouse, a better co-worker, a better child, a better sibling, a better relative, a better citizen. Strive during this blessed month of Ramadan to, once again, be better person at the end of the month than you were at the beginning.

Increase Your Charitable Giving

Good deeds are multiply rewarded during the month of Ramadan, and charitable giving is no different. Thus, try - as best as possible - to increase your charitable giving if possible. Indeed, these are quite difficult times, but the Lord is Most Gracious. Even if all you can give is $5, be assured that the Lord will accept this gift with tremendous gratitude and kindness. In addition, this is the month that many Muslims pay out their obligatory alms, or Zakat. So, don't forget to pay it, and take advantage of the tremendous reward and blessings that come with Ramadan.

Be Thankful and Happy

When the month does finally come to an end, be of good cheer. There is a reason that a holiday, Eid ul Fitr, follows the month of fasting. Turn to the Lord in gratitude and thanks for allowing you to participate in such an amazing act of public piety; an amazing act of spirituality and faith; an amazing act of physical restraint and self-control. And look forward to living out the rest of the year, hopefully, a much better person to boot.
Article source beliefnet

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