Fasting during the month of Ramadan is immensely important for Muslims. It is during this month, they abstain from food and drinks from dawn to sunset to show their gratitude to the Almighty Allah. This month teaches Muslims self-control and reminds them of the plight of the poor.
During Ramadan, fasting may produce some ill effects on people. E.g. hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, excessive weight loss, dehydration, and heart, and kidney disease. We at TABIIB would like to shed some light on this topic.
Exemptions From Fasting During The Month Of Ramadan
Before we get into the health effects of fasting, some people are excluded from fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. They are as follows:
- People who have a chronic health problem
- Individuals suffering from mental illness
- Women who are pregnant, nursing, or menstruating
- Elderly people
- Children under the age of twelve
Health Effects Of Fasting During Ramadan
Though fasting is a religious obligation for Muslims during the month of Ramadan, many people suffer health consequences from fasting for 30 days in a row.
Low Blood Sugar
Fasting can cause a drop in your blood sugar levels and lead to hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia can make you nervous, nauseated, and eventually cause you to pass out. This is why you are recommended to not skip Suhoor.
Even if you think you’re drinking enough water, dehydration is one of the common health effects of fasting during Ramadan. This will sometimes result in a lack of strength and endurance. If you have a weak immune system, we suggest that you start drinking water more often as soon as you break your fast in the evening. Avoid coffee and sugary beverages, which do not provide any nutrients to your body.
You may often experience headaches while fasting during the month of Ramadan. The risk of developing a fasting headache rises in direct proportion to the length of the fast. Sometimes taking short naps before Iftar is actually very helpful to your body.
Fasting causes moderate tension in the body, resulting in muscle pain. You can also use this opportunity to shed the extra pounds and begin exercise and weight training. At the same time, we advise you to be gentle with your body when you’re fasting.
Fatigue and Sleeplessness
It’s natural to feel groggy and sleepless, particularly when fasting. When you fast for several days in a row, your body runs on less energy than normal. Fasting can increase stress levels and disrupt your sleep patterns.
You can experience diarrhoea while fasting due to an increase in water secretion. A variety of factors, including caffeine-rich beverages such as tea or coffee, may cause this. As a result, we advise you to avoid drinking coffee and tea during Suhoor and consume high-fibre food.
If you notice something out of the ordinary while fasting, we recommend that you see a doctor right away. Don’t put it off until it’s too late.