Boost immunity while fasting during COVID-19

Experts warn that while fasting has great health benefits, those pursuing fasting for health or religious reasons should take additional precautions to boost their immunity during Covid-19.

Currently, over 1.9 billion Muslims globally are observing Ramadaan, a month of fasting.

Although there is no evidence to suggest it is unsafe to fast during Covid-19; experts warn that high risk individuals or those who do fall ill should be extra cautious, consult their doctors and terminate their fast if necessary.

Health expert Vanessa Ascencao said that fasting is shown to impact positively on blood sugar and blood pressure levels. As well as heart health, weight management, brain function and metabolism. However, patients with fever and prolonged illness could become severely dehydrated. They are at greater risk of contracting illnesses in these circumstances.

Ascencao said, “Fasting, whether for healthy or religious reasons is a good time to try to shift your perspective on health to a holistic view that includes physical, spiritual, mental, and social wellbeing.”

Some recommendations

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She recommends that those fasting should stay hydrated, consume a nutritious diet, use high quality supplements and follow a healthy lifestyle to help boost immunity.

Avoid overeating and nourish the body. Opt for whole foods such as fruits and vegetables, plant-based protein, healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, avos and olive oil, and modest amounts high quality organic poultry, meat, fish and eggs.

Avoid foods that are damaging to the body. For example, fried or processed foods, sugary foods or drinks, refined carbohydrates such as cakes, biscuits or sweets. Also avoid stimulants such as caffeine and cigarettes.

Eat foods that help boost immunity, exercise regularly and practise deep breathing or meditation. Do what you can to avoid stress.

Take high quality supplements such as:

Ramadan Mubarak to our Muslim readers.

Also look at this article: Lockdown Health: How to boost immune function

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