Ramadan Tips

Top tips to managing hypertension in Ramadan

When your fasting, hydration and diet are critical.

Top tips to managing hypertension in Ramadan

During Ramadan, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle if you have high blood pressure and want to fast so that abstaining from food will not have a negative impact on your hypertension.

 

Here are some tips for a healthy fasting routine during the Holy Month of Ramadan:

 

• Stay properly hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids from Iftar until Suhoor to prevent dehydration and other associated complications throughout the fasting day

 

• Make fruits and vegetables an essential part of your Ramadan meals as they are an important source of potassium that helps control high blood pressure

 

• Stay away from high sodium foods such as salted nuts, pickles, and fried foods that can elevate your blood pressure

 

• Avoid processed meats and cheese, such as sausages and mortadella as they contain high amounts of sodium

 

• Continue exercising during Ramadan as it helps regulate blood pressure

 

• Eat grilled fish at least twice a week as fish contains a healthy fat called Omega-3, which helps regulate blood pressure and prevents cardiovascular disease

 

• If you smoke, use Ramadan as an opportunity to quit as smoking raises systolic blood pressure (the first number) and significantly increases the risk of heart attack and stroke

 

• Reduce salt consumption in general.

 

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