Canadian Specialist Hospital Launches Campaign to Support Healthy Fasting and ‘Year of Giving’
Rising daytime temperatures make it particularly important to maintain safe fluid levels in the body during this Ramadan and those fasting should hence make sure to have at least eight glasses of water between Iftar and Fajr prayers, according to Dr. Alaa Takidin, Clinical Dietitian/Nutritionist, at Canadian Specialist Hospital, one of the leading private sector hospitals in the UAE.
“Conscious efforts should be taken to maintain body temperature at normal levels and avoid dehydration during this Ramadan. Staying indoors during the hottest hours of the day and limiting physical activity as well as avoiding foods and drinks that makes you thirsty are extremely important,” said Dr. Alaa Takidin.
Canadian Specialist Hospital has also launched a Ramadan campaign across its facilities, websites and social media to help people, especially those dependent on medications or working outdoors, enjoy the benefits of Ramadan without risking their health, added Dr. Yashar Ali, CEO & Medical Director at Canadian Specialist Hospital.
“In line with the spirit of Ramadan and the Year of Giving initiative in the UAE, the hospital is also offering free consultations and medical assistance to the needy. The deserving candidates are being chosen in partnership with charitable organisations,” said Dr. Yashar Ali, CEO & Medical Director.
“We have also launched six special Ramadan packages. Those suffering from lifestyle conditions like diabetes can have their fitness evaluated and monitored, and also get advice on healthy fasting as part of the packages,” said Dr. Yashar Ali, CEO & Medical Director.
The hospital will also join the Ramadan Night Market taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre 1-10 June to build awareness on heathy fasting among the public.
“Those fasting should be aware of the importance of a well-balanced diet and a healthy routine. For example, light exercises lasting 15-20 minutes are good during Ramadan but it should be done in the evening. Caffeinated drinks like coffee, tea or coke could cause headaches, irritability and mood swings while fasting and hence should be avoided.
“A balanced main dish at Iftar should contain a source of carbohydrates like rice, pasta, potatoes or burghul, as well as some form of protein like beef, chicken or fish, in addition to cooked vegetables. Balance and moderation are key to health. Salty and spicy foods, gorging on sweets and overeating in general should be avoided at all times,” concluded Dr. Alaa.
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Canadian Specialist Hospital provide a wide range of medical services and houses most of the surgical facilities of Dubai. Continuous development and investment in technology, medical expertise and support facilities have contributed to the hospitals' current stature as one of the preeminent medical institutions in the middle east.