UAE Ramadan 2021: Fasting can restore immunity during the Holy Month.
Dhanusha Gokulan | Khaleej Times.
Filed on 2021-04-04 | Last updated on 2021-04-04 11:56:04
Fasting can restore your immune system during the Holy month of Ramadan, said UAE dieticians. However, in case an individual is tested positive for Covid-19, it is highly recommended they break their fast to avoid health complications.
Studies have shown plenty of benefits to fasting, especially that intermittent fasting has been on the top list of most common and followed dietary patterns, said Danya Al Atrash, a clinical dietitian at Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery, Dubai. “The difference is that in Ramadan, people abstain from consuming water and food from dusk to dawn for a period of 30 days. When seized well, Ramadan is a great time to kick start your fitness goals and to improve your dietary habits,” she explained.
“Considering the Covid-19 pandemic we should keep our immune system strong during fasting. So, ensuring enough calories during the permitted eating hours is very important. We should include enough macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, fats), and micronutrients ((Vitamin C, Iron, zinc, etc.),” said Danya.
Tips for a healthy Ramadan
- 1. Consume an adequate amount of lean protein for satiety and maintaining muscle mass
- 2. Eat a variety of food, including lots of different coloured vegetables, fruits, pulses, and legumes.
- 3. Fill up on fibre for good digestion.
- 4. Limit the intake of desserts and opt for fruits or healthy dessert choices
- 5. Exercise regularly and choose the timing that suits your fitness goals and energy levels
- 6. We should include a well-balanced distribution of macronutrients.