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Docs suggest extra fluids, cereals in Iftar and Suhoor
By Faisal Aboobacker Ponnani
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 13 - 08 - 2010

Doctors in the Eastern Province are advising those who are fasting during Ramadan to increase their intake of fluids and cereals during Iftar and Suhoor in order to compensate for the body's loss of fluids due to the high day and night temperatures as well as the humidity that the region is experiencing.
Dr. Mohammed Taher, a general practitioner at Dar Assiha dispensary in Dammam, told Saudi Gazette that “after more than 14 hours of fasting the immediate need of the body is to have an available source of energy in the form of glucose, which is why it is better to take cereals during Iftar”. He also advised that due to the summer heat and high humidity in the Eastern Province, it is necessary to consume more fluids in the form of fresh fruit juices and soups.
A well-known internist Dr. Nooruddeen at Al-Mouwasat Dispensary suggested that a light meal for Suhoor with cereals, a cup of milk and extra water and fluids is best. He also said that the overeating of fried food and high protein content foods may cause serious trouble to the stomach when breaking the fast. Fresh juices of orange, lime and kiwi are best as they contain Vitamin C which is necessary after long hours of fasting.
Dr. Mohammed Atau Rahman, a general physician at Bader Al-Rabie Dispensary, advised that dates and juices are good sources of sugar. Juices, water, cereals and soups help maintain the fluid and mineral balance in the body. Diabetics are advised to consult their doctor as many of them may need smaller doses of insulin if they are fasting.
All doctors advised avoiding direct exposure to heat and sunlight, as well as strenuous outdoor activity, during peak hours of the day.


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