Eat wholesome meals and keep away from fatty merchandise whereas fasting, specialists say – newspaper
KARACHI: Eating the right food at the right time is vital, especially in Ramazan. It fulfills our nutritional needs and helps us get the most out of the holy month, which is a great opportunity for self improvement, including our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
This was noted by health professionals when they shared their suggestions for healthy eating in Ramazan with Dawn.
They stressed that people with chronic health problems should consult their doctors for specific guidelines and that everyone must follow Covid-19-related Standard Operating Instructions (SOPs), especially social distancing and the wearing of face masks.
“Eat healthy foods in small amounts and avoid as many oily products as pakoras and samosas as you can. The more you eat and strain your stomach, the more you lose the chance of benefiting from fasting, which should help you lose extra weight, and not otherwise, ”said Senior General Practitioner Dr. Waqar Sagheer.
The use of face masks, the observation of social distancing in Ramazan, was particularly emphasized
Just because they ate a lot and that food was too unhealthy, he added, people got sick and gained extra pounds during the month of fasting.
“What we usually see in Ramazan is unfortunate. People spend their whole day resting or sleeping instead of working productively, ”he said, suggesting using water (not cold), yogurt, milk and lassi, especially with sehri.
Dr. Abdul Ghafoor Shoro, also a senior general practitioner, explained what was “healthy” and said people should eat homemade food, avoid oily products, and eat seasonal fruits and vegetables.
“After the body has been without food and water for 12 to 14 hours, it needs easily nutritious materials that it can easily digest, such as dates, plain water or lemonade and fruits at iftar time. After about half an hour, you can have roti with vegetables or rice, ”he said, adding that yogurt is highly recommended at sehri as it is an excellent source of electrolytes and quenching thirst.
According to Dr. For Shoro, the right combination of foods was just as important, otherwise indigestion could result.
With Ramazan being watched at a time when Covid-19 cases are rising across the country, there is serious concern among experts about the general disregard the public has shown for the pandemic-specific SOPs.
That stance would worsen the public health crisis this month as people congregate in crowded places.
“We have triggered several alarms for violating SOPs. But all of our requests fell on deaf ears. We are paying a heavy price for this indifference and it is time for people to wake up and seriously follow the SOPs, especially this month, “said Dr. Shoro.
Caring for diabetes
The experienced endocrinologist Dr. Zaman Sheikh said it was important for diabetic patients to get advice from their doctors on whether to fast.
“In general, low-risk patients – those who treat type 2 diabetes with oral medication and lifestyle changes – are advised to fast. In fact, fasting is good for them, but they should monitor their blood sugar levels during the day, ”he said.
These patients could use artificial sweeteners in lassi or lemonade instead of sugar.
“Between iftar and a long time you should drink plenty of water, at least eight to ten glasses. You can have homemade parathas prepared in olive or rapeseed oil at sehri. Fruits containing fiber are better than juicy fruits for these patients. “
Sometimes diabetic patients may experience health problems due to negligence and negligence in eating or avoiding the use of medication during sehri and iftar.
“We recommend that the patient break the fast and seek medical attention if the blood sugar level falls below 70 mg / dL or rises above 350 mg / dL with some symptoms such as weakness or dizziness.”
Posted in Dawn on April 15, 2021