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Here's how you can cope with fasting in Extreme Heat

We are experiencing one of the hottest summers on record and unfortunately, it is coinciding with the Holy month of Ramadan. Find out how to stay healthy in this scorching heat

  • Tonima Ahad
  • Tonima Ahad
  • 28 May 2019

 

Here’s how you can cope with fasting in Extreme Heat

The month of Ramadan is all about connecting with our Creator and the humanity in the most pious way possible, from feeding to the poor to performing all sorts of philanthropic activities. Fasting itself is a virtue. However, the question remains - why do we consider fasting as an absolute compulsion even during extreme weather conditions when our Lord wants ease for us rather than hardships?

“Allah burdens not a person beyond his scope” [Surah Al Baqarah 2:286]

Fasting is not a compulsory obligation for those who are suffering from any sickness or can't endure the hardships of their daily work and profession. When these conditions of adversity change, we are obliged to make up for the missed fasts. However, most of us are so hell bent on sticking to our traditions that sometimes we tend to overlook the aftermath of our actions. Dehydration and Hypoglycemia (the low levels of Glucose in blood) are two of the most common reasons for why so many people fall sick during the month of Ramadan.

So, to make it easier for you, here's how you can cope with fasting in this extreme heat:

Keep yourself hydrated

The importance of hydration cannot be emphasized enough. It is always advised to drink plenty of water after Iftar and before Sehri. On top of that, avoid caffeinated drinks at all cost. While caffeinated drinks are not directly related to dehydration, they have a mild diuretic effect which can cause your kidneys to flush out extra Sodium and water out of your body.

Avoid over-eating

While it may feel like you can eat a lot right after breaking your fast, refrain from over-eating because it will only slow you down! The month of Ramadan is one of those times where you need to be extra conscious about the kind of food you're consuming. It is advised to have low carb meals and sugary foods since they're likely to make you feel more tired. Instead, opt for meals with high protein intake for the slow release of energy throughout the day. Eating fruits with high water content such as watermelons, leafy greens and tomatoes are only a few examples of fruits that will make you feel refreshed and energetic throughout the day. Always remember: a well-balanced diet will make your fasting experience even better whereas an insufficient intake of food and fluids can deteriorate your physical and mental condition.

Keep physical activities at a minimum

If possible, take power naps throughout the day. This will give you little bursts of energy throughout the day which in turn will help you fast in a far more pleasant manner. For those who regularly engage in tedious activities due to their profession or are in difficult situations where they are unable to fast, it is permissible for them to not do so.

Fasting in Ramadan along with all the other activities that the month brings along with it such as giving Zakaat (charity) to the poor to regularly offering prayers is simply a means to achieve spiritual excellence - and the month of Ramadan should be all about that and more; more of replacing the bad deeds with the good, to gain better control of self-discipline and self-control and to develop a higher consciousness.

Hope you have a pleasant experience this Ramadan!

 

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