In the next few weeks, weather forecasters are predicting an unprecedented heatwave, with temperatures rising to 30C. This will affect those undertaking the long fasts during the month of Ramadan.
Coupled with long fasting hours in the United Kingdom, we must ensure we take care of our physical as well as our spiritual well being.
It’s important to balance food and fluid intake between fasts and to drink enough water, eat fresh fruits and avoid food that will increase thirst.
Fasting and the Vulnerable
If you are suffering from a chronic medical condition or taking multiple medications seek medical advice before you decide to fast.
If you start to feel unwell, disoriented or confused, or collapse or faint, advice is to stop fasting and have a drink of water or other fluid. This is especially important for older adults, those with poorly controlled medical conditions such as low/high blood pressure, diabetes and those who are receiving dialysis treatment. Breaking fast in such conditions is permissible. Seek medical advice immediately.
Also make sure to check on others in the community who may be at greater risk and keep an eye on children to ensure they are having a safe and healthy Ramadan.
More information about the Heatwave: Heatwave Plan for England 2013 – Protecting health and ... - Gov.uk