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Ramadan and Health > What to Avoid and be Aware of
 
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Fried foods
Very spicy foods and foods containing too much sugar, such as sweets, can cause health problems and should be limited during Ramadan.

They cause indigestion, heart-burn and weight problems. Fasting can often increase stomach acidity levels causing a burning feeling, heaviness in the stomach, and a sour mouth.
This can be overcome by eating foods rich in fibre such as whole wheat bread, vegetables, hummus, beans, and fruits. These foods trigger muscular action, churning and mixing food, breaking it into small particles, and thus help reduce the buildup of acid in the stomach.

Dehydration
Drink enough water and juices between Iftar and sleep to avoid dehydration, and for detoxification of the digestive system.

Avoid drinking a lot of caffeine drinks at Suhoor e.g. Drinking too much tea will make you want to pee so you will lose valuable mineral & salts.

Constipation
Fruits such as bananas are a good source of potassium, magnesium and carbohydrates. However, bananas can cause constipation and their intake has to be balanced with adequate fibre intake.

Exercise
Do some kind of light exercise, such as stretching or walking & praying. Overweight people should increase the amount of exercise and reduce the amount of food intake to help reduce weight.

 
     
 
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