Ramadan: Drink plenty water before fasting –Physician

A physician , Dr . Sam Onuh , has advised Muslims who wish to fast during the Ramadan to consume enough water few days to its commencement and throughout the period .

Onuh , who works at the Omu – Aran General Hospital in Kwara State , told the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday that consuming enough water would reduce the possibility of dehydration in the course of the fast .

NAN reports that Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Holy Qur ’ an to Prophet Muhammad .

The 2017 Ramadan is expected to start on Saturday, May 27 , and last for 29 or 30 days .

Onuh noted that people who fast commonly experience dehydration largely because they are denying the body the required fluid .

“ For people who are used to having breakfast , lunch , dinner and snacks in – between , the fasting period can be a major challenge .

“ It is recommended that they consume plenty of water prior to fasting .

“ Fasting can increase the stress level and disrupt sleep; dehydration , hunger or lack of sleep during fasting can also lead to headache . It can also cause heartburn .

“ Lack of food leads to a reduction in stomach acid which digests food and destroys bacteria. But , smelling food or even thinking about it during fasting can trigger the brain into telling the stomach to produce more acid, thereby leading to heartburn , ” he said .

He added that prolonged fasting could be beneficial because it could also be effective for the regeneration of the immune cells .

“ This can also serve as a protection against cell damage caused by aging and chemotherapy.

“ The good news is that the body , during fasting , gets rid of the parts of the system that may be damaged , old or is inefficient.

“ Now , if you start with a system heavily damaged by chemotherapy or aging, fasting cycles can generate, literally , a new immune system .

“ Studies of intermittent fasting show that there are improvements in blood pressure , cholesterol levels , and also in insulin sensitivity , ’’ he said . ( NAN )

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