Ramadan 2020: Fasting benefits amid Covid-19 explained.

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Fasting helps regenerate the immune system cells and lessen the possibility of getting infected with viral and immune diseases.

A webinar moderated by a World Health Organisation (WHO) official has highlighted the health benefits of fasting amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

The webinar organised by the Health Promotion Department in Sharjah guided participants about the health and food practices that should be adopted in Ramadan.

Dr Ayoub Al Jawaldeh, WHO Regional Advisor for Nutrition, said fasting helps people get rid of toxins, reduce blood sugar levels and break down fat deposits. Fasting also helps in boosting immunity as it “helps regenerate the immune system cells and lessen the possibility of getting infected with viral and immune diseases”.

More fresh foods

Dr Al Jawaldeh urged those fasting to increase the intake of fresh foods. He advised them to steer away from fried foods and those containing high levels of salt and spices as they tend to cause thirst.

Stay hydrated

The WHO official said fasting people must consume eight to 12 cups of water (approximately two litres) between Iftar and Suhoor. “Water helps in cleaning the digestive system, kidneys and intestines, and getting rid of toxins.”

Don’t give up exercise 

Al Jawaldeh stressed on the need for exercising daily. “Consume vegetables, fruits, grains and high-protein legumes and avoiding saturated and trans fats,” he advised.

Avoid artificial juices

The webinar discussed the importance of avoiding artificial juices and soft drinks at Suhoor and Iftar, given the high levels of sugar they contain – which increase the risk of obesity and diabetes.