Over-eating during Ramadan may lead to intestinal disorders
Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is urging residents of Qatar to avoid over-eating during the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Senior Consultant of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Saad Abdul Fattah Al Nuaimi, stressed that consuming large quantities of food or an unbalanced diet for Iftar can lead to stomach upset and intestinal disorders that may worsen other existing health conditions.
“If people don’t maintain moderate food intake and overindulge, this contradicts the purpose of the fast. It can also lead to weight gain and obesity with its complications, such as diabetes mellitus and heart disease,” Dr. Al Nuaimi explained.
Dr. Al Nuaimi highlighted that one of the most common ailments observed due to overeating in Ramadan is abdominal pain. “This happens when people eat very quickly immediately after the Maghrib adhan (call to prayer) is given. A large amount of carbohydrates in meals makes people bloated and this is what most frequently results in stomach pains.”[boxify cols_use =”1″ cols =”1″ position =”none” order =”none” box_spacing =”10″ padding =”10″ background_color =”#3c3c3c” border_style =”solid” ]
Healthy Eating Tips
- Do not skip Suhoor (pre-dawn meal) as this will increase the length of your fast, which is not advisable in this hot season and may result in dehydration and fatigue.
- Drink as much water as possible between Iftar and sleeping time.
- Avoid salty foods during Iftar and Suhoor meals.
- Avoid caffeinated drinks such as coke, coffee or tea.
- Try not to consume heavy fatty foods, which often cause gastrointestinal disturbances (when using oil in food preparation, use only a small amount of olive oil or other polyunsaturated fats)
- Also avoid refined carbohydrates and sugar (e.g. white bread, white rice, sweets and pastries) which can cause blood sugar surges, leading to weight gain
- For Suhoor meal, it is advisable to eat proteins, oils, complex carbohydrates such as beans, and drink half a cup of fresh juice or eat half a piece of fruit.
- Break your fast by your Iftar meal with a simple, easily digestible food such as three pieces of dates, half cup of orange juice or one cup of vegetable soup. These help your glucose level return to normal and help you control your appetite during the main meal.
- Store food items properly in the refrigerator or as directed on the food label.