It’s the first week of Ramadan 2022 and with the sudden heat, it is normal to find yourself suffering from dizziness while fasting Ramadan. In this article, we’ll explain what to do if you’re feeling weak and dizzy while fasting and how to avoid it.
Causes of dizziness during fasting
One of the main reasons you could be feeling weak and dizzy while fasting is because you’re not drinking enough fluids. When fasting Ramadan, it’s normal for a person to be hungry, focus on food, and forget to drink. Also, because the timeframe between Iftar and Suhoor is not that much, it is difficult to drink enough fluids to avoid dehydration. Symptoms of dehydration include the following:
- Fainting in extreme cases
Low blood sugar levels
When you start fasting, especially during the first week, your body will start to burn stored glycogen in the body for energy reducing your blood sugar levels. However, once your body starts adapting to the routine, it will start burning fat for fuel instead of glycogen and your blood sugar levels will go back to normal. If you’re still suffering from dizziness while fasting after the first week, then you should consult a doctor.
Tips to prevent dizziness during fasting
Hydration is key
You need to focus on giving your body the liquids it needs, this can be by breaking your fast by drinking a glass of water and setting an alarm to drink one glass of water every hour until you go to bed.
Avoid salty foods
Especially during suhoor, to keep your body hydrated and nourished, you should avoid eating foods high in salts such as pickles, fried foods, and refined carbs. These foods cause water retention and will make you feel thirsty, leading to dehydration. Instead, you should focus on hydrating foods such as cucumbers, watermelon, apples, and leafy greens.
Do not miss suhoor
If you get dizzy while fasting, you aren’t getting enough nutrition and your body is feeling weak. That’s why that second meal of the day is essential and should not be missed. Focus on eating nutritious foods that offer carbs and protein, and hydrate to give you energy and help you get through the fasting day. These can be foods such as foul with vegetables, oats with berries and yogurt, eggs with vegetables, or Greek yogurt and honey.
Avoid going out in the heat
The weather is hot these days and the heat can lead to dehydration or even heat strokes if you’re exposed to the sun for too long. While fasting, it is best to minimize being outdoors for too long or make sure you’re in the shade if you absolutely have to head out.
Avoid extreme physical activity
If you’re already feeling lightheaded and tired, it is best to avoid extreme physical activity and keep any strenuous work for post-iftar when you’ve retrieved some energy from food. While many people like to exercise before iftar, it highly depends on your ability and your energy levels. Listen to your body and your energy levels and do not put yourself at risk.
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Sources used in this article:
- Practical tips to safely fast during Ramadan – Healthline
- Intermittent side effects – Prevention
- Health guidelines in Ramadan -Islamicity