Ramadan Kareem

Why is fasting good for you?

Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, introspection, and prayer for Muslims where they spend the entire month fasting from dawn till dusk. Fasting has been proven to be healthy in many different ways, however here are 2 things to look out for this Ramadan.

Observe your long-term medication intake

Do you have health conditions that require long-term medication? During the fasting month, you’ll need to relook into your medication schedule as your eating habits have changed.

Here are some tips from us!

Safety First

Make sure that you can pull through from dawn to sunset without the medication. If you can’t, refer to an Imam for some advice on honoring Ramadan in other ways.

Adjust the time of the medication

Adjust the oral medicines in a way that it has to be taken at dawn and at sunset. If the dosing time cannot be adjusted, speak to a doctor to consider a different treatment option.

Consider the illness

Illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, and migraine need special attention. Never miss Suhoor (morning meal) and stay hydrated. Adjust the medication dose accordingly upon advice from your doctor.

Here are some tips for fasting

Regular fasting is associated with lower rates of heart failure and a longer life span, according to two new studies.

 

Meal Planning is Essential

 

When you’re consuming less, it’s important to make sure you get the right nutrition.

 

Things you should eat before your fast

Fruits & vegetables (for hydration)

Lean proteins like chicken & fish

Low-fat yogurt

Break your fast slowly

Go slow when breaking your fast, don’t stuff everything at one go.

These can help you stay energized

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Centrum Energy

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Blackmores Executive B Tablet

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Redoxon Double Action Vitamin C+Zinc Effervescent Tablet

Take this opportunity to break the habit

Studies suggest that over 97% of Muslim smokers felt that it was easy to stop smoking during Ramadan. Besides having no problems with cravings or withdrawals, the change in the social environment and daily routine made it easier to quit smoking. Want to find the best way to quit smoking? Speak to our doctors now for free!

Alternatively, nicotine patches can be used to help quit smoking. It says in a statement of the Islamic Fiqh Council (no. 93). The following things are not regarded as breaking the fast among which they listed:

“Whatever enters the body through the skin, such as creams, ointments and skin patches containing medicines or chemicals.”

Nicotine patches could be an option to help you in your fasting journey,  but we recommend that you consult your relevant religious authorities should you have any questions or concerns.

Here are our suggestions

Nicorette 25mg/16H Transdermal Patch (Step 1)

Nicorette 15mg/16h Transdermal Patch (Step 2)

Speak to our specialists!

Dr Sandev Singh
Gastroenterologist
Thomson Hospital Kota Damansara

Ho Shiau Fen
Dietitian
THKD Dietetics Centre

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