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Fasting promotes healing,
( This article was published in Oman Daily Observer, Oman's most prestigious Newspapers.The article is reproduced with the permission of the author )
By Hasan Kamoonpuri
By Hasan Kamoonpuri - MUSCAT — Thinking about
God reduces distress, promotes healing and feelings of overall well-being, says
a leading city-based doctor. “We get solace when we think about God, undertake
fasting and we do not indulge in any harmful activities. This promotes healing
and a feeling of well-being.
God bestows upon us His mercy and forgiveness
when we try to follow the right path”, said Dr Sayeed Khalfay, Consultant
Physician, Apollo Medical Centre, Muscat. Dr Khalfay said the holy month of
Ramadhan is a most holistic, and all-encompassing institution that not only
helps “our body but also our mind and soul by eliminating whatever is harmful
for us physically, mentally and emotionally. It helps to refresh and recharge
our body and has a similar effect like taking vacation from work”.
For some people, overeating becomes a habit and
sometimes an addiction. Fasting helps to break this habit. It gives rest to the
digestive system. To maximise the benefits of fasting, "We must eat a balanced,
simple and healthy diet and not indulge in overeating. We must ‘eat to live and
not live to eat’ and develop a healthy lifestyle. We must not eat too much
immediately after breaking the fast and avoid oily spicy food on empty stomach".
Dr Khalfay also stressed the need to avoid junk,
fatty, sugary, salty and high calorie food. The holy month of Ramadhan demands
us to go to bed early and early to rise and this is key to maintaining a good
rhythm during the holy month. Many of the modern day diseases are due to
unhealthy lifestyle especially due to dietary excess or abuse and lack of
exercise. “We must try to overcome this during the holy month of Ramadhan and do
regular exercise during non-fasting hours. Fasting with proper diet and exercise
leaves a most favourable effect on the metabolic profile especially cholesterol
and fats, blood sugar and blood pressure”, says Dr Khalfay.