Month: May 2016

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Quit smoking during Ramadan

The month of Ramadan is a great opportunity to start some healthy habits and stop some bad ones, such as smoking. Ahmed Rahman gave up smoking during Ramadan with the help of a smoking counsellor at his mosque in north London. The 36-year-old traffic warden had smoked between 10 and 15 cigarettes a day for…
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Fasting: health risks

Some common health complications that can arise from fasting, and how to prevent and deal with them. The following advice has been provided following consultation with medical experts and Islamic scholars. Fasting and heartburn Fasting usually reduces the amount of stomach acid, which digests food and kills bacteria. However, thoughts of food, or the smell…
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Healthy Ramadan meal plan

These healthy meal ideas will give you a varied and balanced diet during Ramadan. They include ingredients from the five major food groups. The meal plan has been written by medical experts in consultation with Islamic scholars. ………… Fluids (water and juices) and dates should be added to each Suhoor (pre-dawn meal) and Iftar (dinner…
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Ramadan health FAQs

Here are some frequently asked health questions about fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. These answers have been put together by medical experts and Islamic scholars and researchers. Should a person with diabetes fast? People who have their diabetes under control, either by their diet or using tablets, may fast. However, their GP may…
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Guide to healthy fasting during Ramadan

Don’t break your fast with a feast or you may put on weight instead of losing it. If you are not careful, food eaten during the pre-dawn and dusk meals can cause some weight gain. Dr Razeen Mahroof, an anaesthetist from Oxford, says feasting during the non-fasting hours can be unhealthy. He recommends approaching the…
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