Each year, Muslims around the world take part in Ramadan during which they abstain from food, drink and marital relations during the daytime. Fasting is seen as both "an act of worship and unity" whereby one can practice humility and self-control on a daily basis.
A lot of activities and events will take place during the month of Ramadan. So, there is a lot of planning involved and to change your routine it is essential to be aware of any medical conditions which may be affected as a result of changes in your daily life.
Taking care of your health is important to ensure that you can get the most out of each day and be physically well to function and carry out good deeds during this time, "when a person's good deeds are magnified."
If you are taking any prescribed medication while you are fasting, consult with your doctor regarding your dosages. Perhaps you could alter the dosage slightly to accommodate your fasting, as taking medication is considered to "invalidate the fast." As long as it does not affect your health, and your doctor approves the changes, you should be fine.
For those of you who may have diabetes, it is imperative that you are monitored during your fast, so consult with your doctor regularly and ensure that your changes in your eating and drinking, do not have adverse effects on your condition. It is important to take care of yourself while you are fasting so that you can continue with a healthy lifestyle once your Ramadan fast is over.
For pregnant women and those who are still breastfeeding, it is important to assess whether or not you are in a condition to carry out the fast, such that it does not affect your health, or that of your child. Should you have any genuine concerns regarding this, make sure that you discuss them with your doctor, and if necessary, be exempted from the fast. Remember to watch your fluid intake if you are fasting, as this is important for both you and your baby.
Smoking during the daylight hours is prohibited during Ramadan, so try to reduce your smoking habits before your fast so that it will be an easier transition for you. It is also a suitable time to give up smoking if this is something which you have been considering. You may find that others around you may be doing the same, and it is better for your health.
If you find that you tend to drink a lot of tea or coffee throughout the day, try to lower your intake before beginning your fast, as it will help you to adjust, as you could experience caffeine withdrawal symptoms which can be even worse when you are not eating. So start by drinking less tea or coffee and making lighter brews, and drink lots of water.
Set a light exercise routine for yourself while you are fasting, and change your diet gradually, so that your system can adjust before Ramadan. Should you experience any symptoms which may put your health at risk, why not have your doctor check it out?