Avoid getting up for suhoor during Ramadan – Health News
Dietitian Gökçen Efe Aydın of the Turkish Kidney Foundation said: “There is no change in the energy, protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamin and mineral ratios that individuals should be taking on a daily basis based on their age, gender and physical activities during Ramadan. During this period, adequate and balanced nutrition should be continued to maintain health. Meals should be arranged as two main meals during sahur and iftar, and one or two snacks after iftar.
It is recommended to start iftar with light meals and after 10-15 minutes continue with a lean meat dish, vegetable dish or salad. Again, instead of high glycemic index foods such as white bread and rice pilaf, which provide energy but quickly raise blood sugar, high glycemic index foods such as bulgur pilaf, wholemeal bread or wholemeal pasta are preferable.
Aydın mentioned the importance of fasting with sahur and iftar in Ramadan and said, “It is important for those who are fasting to stand up for sahur in terms of health protection. When sahur is not awakened, the fasting period will be at least 20 hours. This period can cause serious health problems. It would be good for health to get up for sahur to reduce the hunger period,” he said.
Timur Erk, president of the Turkish Kidney Foundation, mentioned the importance of water, salt and sugar consumption for a healthy body and said, “We definitely include the issues of adequate water consumption and salt and sugar consumption in our decision in all our studies. These issues take on a special importance along with fasting in Ramadan. This year, the eve of the first day of Ramadan coincides with World Water Day on March 22. That is why we would like to mention in particular the problem of water consumption. It is extremely important that an adult consumes at least 2 – 2.5 liters of water per day on average. In Ramadan it is necessary to pay attention to this so that the body does not dry out. In addition, there are important issues that we need to set an example for future generations, both in terms of consuming enough water for health and being mindful of our water resources. On the one hand, there is adequate consumption of water, which is of great importance for all vital functions of the body, and on the other hand, there is the proper use of water resources, which is closely followed by climate crises all over the world. We must do our part to reduce water consumption and conserve resources and raise awareness about these issues. Erk stated that it is necessary to act in moderation in terms of sugar and salt consumption: “The total amount of salt that a healthy adult should consume daily is 6 grams, which is equivalent to 1 teaspoon. Excessive salt consumption should be avoided during Ramadan. should be considered and salt should be used in moderation.In the same way, for health protection, it is important to give preference to milk desserts or fruit desserts instead of sorbet desserts.