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NATURAL OPTION Fruits need to be part of diet during Ramzan

NATURAL OPTION Fruits need to be part of diet during Ramzan   | Photo Credit: Bloomberg

As mercury soars, Dr. Ata Mohammed Zulfiqar prescribes what to eat and drink during Ramzan

With searing heat making lives of Delhiites miserable, those observing the fast as part of Ramzan need to eat the right edibles, ingredients and beverages to keep themselves healthy and fit throughout the holy month. Eating should also be done intelligently and cautiously .

According to Dr. Ata Mohammed Zulfiqar, who practises at Lion Hospital, New Friends Colony and Eden Hospital, Green Park, Ramzan overhauls the system. “During this month, faithful need to give rest to their system by avoiding heavy food. They need to take a diet which refreshes their system; removes all toxins accumulated all these months. Natural diet like salads and fruits need to be taken. Protein should be avoided so that body does not need to digest them.” To avoid dehydration, Zulfiqar says one should have chhach and aam ka panna.

Explaining how he breaks his fast, he says: “For the past many years, I have been having three dates, half a cup of tea and water. People should follow this routine. Then they need to go for prayers and eat later on. I also take half a bowl of curd and it doesn’t make me feel lethargic. In evening, I eat all natural non spicy food like fruits and boiled chana daal. After prayers, we can have complete food.”

Apart from fruit salad, those observing fast take a curry based diet. “They need to eat roti with stew or vegetables. Meal should be curry based. They also need to avoid oily stuff. In non vegetarian food, biryani should be avoided as it is very heavy on the system.”

Making a clear distinction between things which are harmful and things which are beneficial, Dr. Zulfiqar says, “Rooh Afza is beneficial. Ideally, tulsi (basil) should be soaked in water in the morning. Seeds don’t have taste but have a cooling effect on the system. By evening the seeds are ready; then mix them with Rooh Afza, black salt, lemon and honey. One can have diluted milk with Rooh Afza. As it already has lot of sugar, add honey.”

He prescribes shikanji with black salt as faithful lose lot of potassium by perspiration.

“They can also take diluted milk shake. Make sure that it is not creamy and heavy. Have lassi but that too diluted. Soft drinks are not allowed.” Another refreshing and soothing option is pieces of water melon added with honey and black salt. “One can also have honey water with lemon and salt.”

Despite all the care if somebody feels sick, Dr. Zulfiqar suggests that one should see a doctor and take the required medicines. “As per the practice, anyone who is travelling and is indisposed can skip fasting. Such a person can observe it later on. Patients can give three meals of charity to anyone per day.”

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