The holy month of Ramadan for 2016 is set to begin on or around 7th June, depending on the sighting of the new moon which will tell when the ninth month begins.
In preparation, Dr. Sam Onuh has advised Muslims planning to engage fast during the month of Ramadan to consume plenty of water before the commencement of fasting.
According to NAN, Onuh who is a consultant-physician with the Omu-Aran General Hospital in Kwara state advised Muslims to consume a lot of water a few days before the commencement of the fasting in order to reduce the effect of dehydration on them during Ramadan. Speaking on Thursday, June 2nd, Dr. Sam Onuh said fasting denies the body of necessary fluid.
“With people who are used to having breakfast; lunch, dinner and snacks in between, the fasting period could be a major challenge. It is recommended that Muslims consume plenty of water prior to fasting.
“Fasting can increase the stress level and disrupt sleep. Dehydration, hunger or lack of sleep during fasting can also lead to headache. It can also cause heartburn; lack of food leads to a reduction in stomach acid, which digests food and destroys bacteria.
“But smelling food or even thinking about it during fasting can trigger the brain into telling the stomach to produce more acid, leading to heartburn.”
The medical practitioner disclosed that those who are medically not expected to be part of the fast may include the underweight, individuals below 18 years, pregnant women, people with type 1 diabetes and those recovering from surgery. He nevertheless made it known that there are benefits attached in fasting. Hear him:
“This can also serve as a protection against cell damage caused by aging and chemotherapy.
“The good news is that the body, during fasting, gets rid of the parts of the system that may be damaged, old or is inefficient.
“Now, if you start with a system heavily damaged by chemotherapy or aging, fasting cycles can generate, literally, a new immune system.
“Studies of intermittent fasting show that not only do people see improvements in blood pressure and their cholesterol levels, but also in their insulin sensitivity”.
Ramadan is the ninth month of Islam’s lunar calendar, a system which sees each month begin at the sighting of the new moon. According to some scholars, the month is said to be the one in which the Qur’an was first revealed, making it the holiest and most sacred month for Muslims.
It is the period when Muslims fast every day from sunrise to sunset, and is one of the five pillars – or duties – of Islam. Not only do Muslims abstain from food and drink, it is also a time of deep contemplation and prayer to Allah, and also charitable generosity.