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5 SIDE EFFECTS OF EATING TOO MUCH IN RAMADAN!

Most of you are probably familiar with the Islamic month of Ramadan, or the month of fasting as they call it. It’s a time to reflect, do charity, and help the more unfortunate. It teaches self-control, discipline and a healthy way of life! Ramadan is celebrated by 1.8 billion Muslims all over the world!

With Ramadan also comes shopping, parties, family dinners with Grandma’s famous whatever recipe and more food! People basically ‘reward’ themselves for fasting the whole day and tend to over-compensate it with overeating! This can seriously affect overall health. You might want to book tele appointment  online  to   find doctors online to help incase you experience indigestion, bloating or heartburn. Online doctor apps not only save time, but are safe and cheaper too and since time is of essence is Ramadan this would be a great way to receive expert medical advice.

Did you know that overeating is actually more common a problem than you may think? It’s not only limited to Ramadan or other holidays. In fact, it only goes into overdrive during this time!

According to new CDC stats, 40% of U.S. adults are obese. It all starts off with overeating. Yes, overeating one time won’t make you fat, but chances are it won’t only be ‘one time’, unless you’re a health freak who can yoga yourself back to health.

People often underestimate their portion size and end up consuming up to 70% more than what their body needs! That’s a lot, and if this habit sticks, then slowly and surely, you’ll probably be a size or two bigger by next Ramadan! Online health services like My live doctors can help you find doctors online to work out a special diet plan for the month of Ramadan so you can stay active and reap the spiritual and physical benefits of fasting in the Holy month.

Health benefits of fasting

It’s an absurd notion to think that while fasting you were depriving your body of food. It’s quite the opposite actually. Research suggests that there are numerous health benefits of fasting such as:

  • Detoxification of blood from unwanted waste substances and toxins
  • Weight loss
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Mental health
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces cholesterol

So why overeat and throw away these amazing changes your body is going through. It’s only a couple of meals here and there you say? What harm can a little over-eating do? Let’s break it down.

How does overeating affect your health?

Overeating refers to consuming excess food in relation to the energy one expends. Let’s try to understand why you overeat in the first place, despite knowing that it’s not good for you.

Unfortunately, your body is quick to adapt to changing behaviors like overeating by releasing dopamine (a happy chemical) in the brain, so you feel pleasure while eating.

So, even if it causes some discomfort, you continue to indulge or feel compelled to continue eating. This is how food addiction begins, which will ultimately lead to unhealthy weight gain.

Other health conditions, that are quicker to show up are:

  • Heartburn

It’s not that chutney or sauce that caused your chest to catch fire! When you eat more than you’re supposed to, then some of the food along with stomach acid backs into your esophagus. It can be the worst experience for some and the chest pain is very often mistaken for a heart attack!

  • Abdominal pain

Having a tummy ache or discomfort after indulging in your pie is a no-brainer! What else did you expect? Normally, your stomach can store up to 1 to 2 cups of food. When this limit is crossed, then the stomach stretches and pushes up against the diaphragm. Now you know why it gets difficult to breathe after stuffing your face. No wonder Uncle Steve always loosens his pants before mealtime!

  • Bloating

Overeating is the most common cause of bloating, the condition of your belly feeling swollen. The feast you just had is going to wreak havoc inside your tummy and let off a lot of gas! Well, isn’t that a ‘volatile’ situation to be in?! Fatty foods and eating too fast may enhance bloating too.

  • Diarrhea

Filling your stomach too much and too fast may cause it to explode, literally! You might be spending the next couple of days counting the tiles in your restroom. Certain foods can irritate your bowels and stretch them exaggerating certain reflexes and transit time leading to diarrhea! Food that isn’t cooked thoroughly can leave you hanging for much longer than a couple of days.

  • Constipation

At the other end of the spectrum, if you consume too much junk food or foods that lack fiber like fruits, veggies and whole grains, your arteries aren’t the only things that will get blocked, if you know what I mean! Constipation can be a real pain the butt, in every sense of the word! Overeating makes you lazy and that doesn’t translate well to your bowels either!

The fact of the matter is, it’s alright to spoil yourself during holiday season and succumb to guilty pleasures, but at the same time it’s important to know when to stop. If you experience any of the above symptoms during Ramadan feel free to find doctors online with the online doctor app My live Doctors and get treated from the comfort of your own home. Download the app for FREE on your smartphone or mobile device, sign up and look up your doctor. You can go through patient reviews that will help you select an online doctor. It’s safe and reliable. Communicate with them through emails, texts, audio or video calls. My live doctors will help you find doctors online in Pakistan in no time. Online doctors are also authorized to write e-prescriptions so why go the doctor’s office when you can get a prescription online too!  

It’s always a good idea to contact your doctor to help you with a fresh start, and now you can get expert advice even on the go! Go to www.mylivedoctors.com and connect with a licensed physician or specialist and come up with a health plan you can stick to, even during Ramadan!