from a Muslim Pharmacist:
below an article on eating healthily for Ramadan.
Ramadan is prescribed for every healthy adult Muslim. The weak, the sick, children, travellers and menstruating women are
amongst those who are exempt for fasting during this month.
the fast are required to abstain not only from eating and drinking, but also from consuming oral medicines and injecting fluids
of nutritional value.
Advice on diet:
that there is no need to consume excess food at iftaar or sahur. Overeating contradicts the principle aim of fasting.The body
is able to adapt to ensure that when we are eating less that normal, stored
body fat is used more effectively. It is therefore not necessary to eat
more than you normally would.
To remain healthy
in Ramadan, you should eat from the major food groups:
a.. bread and
b.. milk and dairy products
d.. meat and poultry
f.. vegetables and fruits
after a meal is strongly recommended and your diet in Ramadan should be as simple as possible and as close as possible to your
Eating at Sahur:
At the time of Sahur you should eat those foods which are 'slow-digesting'
so that you are provided with a slow release of energy over a long
period of time (about 8 hours). Examples of these foods are thosemade of grains and seeds like barley, wheat, oats, millet, semolina,
beans, lentils, wholemeal flour and unpolished (brown) rice.
Eating at Iftaar
'Fast-digesting' foods (which only last 3-4 hours) would be better
taken at iftaar so that blood sugar levels return to normal as soon as possible.
Fast-burning food include those that contain sugar and white flour.
Dates are an excellent source of sugar, fibre, carbohydrates, potassium
and magnesium and have, of course, been recommended by Prophet Muhammad
very spicy foods and foods containing too much sugar, such as sweets, can cause health problems and should be limited in Ramadan.
They cause indigestion, heartburn and weight problems.
causes an increase in stomach acidity which can leave you with a burning feeling, heaviness in the stomach and a sour mouth.
You can overcome this by eating foods rich in fibre such as whole wheat
bread, vegetables, hummus, beans and fruits. These foods cause the muscles
to start working and digestion to increase - which reduces the amount
of acid build-up in the stomach.
of water and juices between iftaar and sleep to avoid dehydration and encourage detoxification. Avoid drinking large amounts
of drinks containing caffeine eg tea, coffee, cola etc, especially
drinking too much tea will increase your urine output and cause the loss of valuable minerals from your diet.
as bananas are a good source of potassium, magnesium and carbohydrates - but they may cause constipation. So drink plenty
of fluids if you like your bananas!
recommended to engage in some form of light exercise, such as stretching or walking. Walking to the Masjid for tarawih is an excellent
Advice for the
If you are genuinely sick, you are exempt from fasting in Ramadan.
However, if you still feel that you must fast, please obtain medical advice
from a qualified health professional.
If your illness
is temporary and you need to take, for example, antibiotics, do tell your doctor that you are fasting and inshaAllah
will prescribe medication that need only be taken once or twice
a day - rather than 3 to 4 times a day.
who suffer from mild forms of angina take GTN tablets - their doctor may be able to prescribe patches for them instead. By using
a patch, the medicine enters the body through the skin and not the mouth
so the fast would not be broken. Again, please consult your doctor as patches
are not suitable for all.
medication for high blood pressure should also see their doctor if they are taking medicines called diuretics (which could
causedehydration if you are fasting) or if they are taking other tablets
for blood pressure more than once or twice a day. The doctor may be
able to prescribe tablets that can be taken just once or twice a day.
especially of Asian descent, have diabetes. The International Journal of Ramadan Fasting Research has suggested that diabetic
patients who are controlled by their diet should fast and hopefully their
diabetes may improve with weight reduction. InshaAllah. Diabetic patients
who take tablets to control their diabetes should be very careful if they
decide to fast and should consult their doctor to make sure that their dose
of is suitable for them. If they develop low blood sugar symptoms in the
daytime, they should end their fast immediately. Diabetic people who take
insulin should also consult their doctor so that their dose of insulin can
be adjusted if necessary. In all cases, blood sugar levels should be
checked throughout the day.
Islam offers an exemption to the sick from fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. If however you are sick and you feel that
you still want to fast, remember that your pharmacist or local doctor is available
if you need any advice.
May Allah swt
aza wa'jal have mercy and forgive us all and accept all our fasts, prayers and good deeds, Ameen.