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Ramadan 2023: WHO Guidelines on Healthy Fasting

Ramadan 2023: The special time of the year is almost here. The biggest festival of the Islam community is about to be celebrated. Muslims across the country celebrate Ramadan, the holy month of the Islamic calendar, by fasting from sunrise to sunset. Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated after a month of fasting. During Ramadan, Muslims cannot eat during the time between sunrise and sunset. So, they start their fast by having food before sunrise and then break their fast after sunset. Traditionally the breaking of the fast consists of three dates, which are followed by a feast.

Ramadan 2023: WHO Guidelines on Healthy Fasting (Unsplash)
Ramadan 2023: WHO Guidelines on Healthy Fasting (Unsplash)

This year, Ramzan will begin on March 22 and end on April 21, when the crescent moon will be seen in the sky. As we gear up to celebrate a month full of festivities, here is a look at the fasting guidelines given by the World Health Organization that we should keep in mind to stay healthy throughout the month:

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Drinking WaterFasting begins with sahur – a meal eaten before sunrise, and ends with iftar – a feast taken to break the fast after sunset. However, in between, we must remember to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated throughout, so that the body can get the nutrients it is lacking.

FruitEating fruits and vegetables with high water content will help hydrate the body and keep it healthy.

cool and shady place: It is necessary to stay in a cool and shady place to keep the body hydrated and healthy along with fasting for at least 15 to 16 hours.

Suhur: The fast is started just before sunrise by having a breakfast called Sahar. It is extremely important to include food rich in vegetables, carbohydrates and proteins to boost the body with energy.

sweets: It is also advisable to avoid consuming a large number of sweets after iftar. The intake of foods rich in fat should also be limited.

fried foods: To keep the body healthy throughout Ramadan, it is recommended to use other cooking methods other than frying.


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