Consultant – Orthopaedic Surgeon
Speciality interests include:
Lower extremity: trauma, sports surgery, knee, patella dislocation, tendon problems, foot and ankle surgery, and the management of degenerative joint disease in younger patients.
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Fasting has been lauded for its health benefits promoting protection against cardiovascular and neurodegenerative disease, anti-aging and improving cellular maintenance. There is a big difference between the type of fasting that some people elect to do for health or fashion, compared with the month of fasting during Ramadan.
Fasting over this holy time is to promote cleansing of the body and mind and to remember also those who are less fortunate. Because of its nature of sharing and bringing people and groups together, it can, however, become a time of too frequent feasting and the aspect of cleansing and detoxing gets lost.
Plenty of fluids is essential to life and especially after a thirteen hour fast. Water is the best choice with something to boost glucose but not overwhelm blood glucose levels. A lightly salted soup and three dates along with water are perfect especially in hot climates to replace energy, fluids and salt balance.
Iftar is the main meal and should be the same as a normal size meal taken during the rest of the year. Nutrient density is very important such as good quality protein, complex carbohydrates and plenty of vegetables. This meal is renowned for its sweet treats during Ramadan and this is where some restraint and planning needs to be asserted. If you are enjoying these, you must watch the portion of rice, bread and potato taken at the meal as it is very easy to flood the system with glucose.
Breakfast before sun up will take you through the day and needs a balance of complex carbohydrates such as oats or wholegrain bread, a small portion of fruit and protein such as Laban, yoghurt, eggs or fish. Watch that you don’t overdo carbohydrates by drinking excess juice or too much sugary tea and coffee. It may be that you skip coffee over this time if it interferes with sleep.
If sleep is an issue, foods high in the amino acid tryptophan can help make melatonin and be taken before bed. Milk, Laban, a small piece of banana, turkey meat are high in tryptophan.
The foods that can be taken during the holy month in abundance at meals are water, vegetables, fresh lemon and ginger. Carbohydrates, protein, sweet treats and fat all need to be taken in small amounts.