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Use of soft drinks during Iftar, Sehr causes diseases

HEALTH professionals have warned people over consumption of soft drinks during ‘Iftar’ and ‘Sehr’ as these are harmful for health and may cause diseases like diarrhoea, gastroenteritis, dehydration, renal problems and decline in the function of kidneys. The experts, however, advised people to use home-made juices instead of soft drinks in Iftar as it is easily absorbed during digestion process.
Professor Izhar Ahmed, an expert talking to APP said that home-made drinks like lemonade, milk soda and others are more efficient in combating thirst as compared to soft drinks. He said that use of fizzy drinks lead to several diseases including, diarrhoea, gastroenteritis, dehydration, renal problems and even cancer adding that soft drinks should be avoided especially at Iftar as it is causes kidney problems.
He also asked people for increasing water intake to avoid heat affects and maintain required level of minerals in the body especially during Ramazan. Due to hot summer season and humid weather, the chances of dehydration will increase in human body and especially in fasting.
The health professional advised general public to take at least 8 to 10 glass of water or liquids in form of juices, beverages, etc with intervals from Iftar to Sehar for proper functioning of body organs.
Taking lot of water and drinks at Iftar time to quench thrust is not a healthy practice and not beneficial for human body, he said, adding keeping the body healthy and it is imperative that some solid diet should be taken first and then water should be taken gradually as taking water with empty stomach is not good for intestine.
Another expert Dr. Anwar added that level of salt and sugar in the body also reduces in Ramazan so ‘Lemonade’ is the best drink not only to quench thirst but also keep the level of minerals at the required level. “At least eight glasses should be taken daily.
There is no harm of excessive water intake on human body rather it washes kidneys,” he said. He said the Holy Prophet Muhammad PBUH(Peace Be Upon Him) used to break his fast by eating dates at Ifar and it is scientifically proven to break one’s fast as dates are rich in carbohydrates, fibers, sugar, magnesium, and potassium.
Being rich in sugar, the dates raise blood sugar levels almost immediately, fulfilling energy needs of the body. The high carbohydrate content of dates makes it harder for your body to digest them and slows down the digestion process therefore leaving you fuller for longer, he added.