Avoid caffeine during evening hours: Expert

ABU DHABI — The consumption of caffeine during the evening hours of Ramadan should be avoided, advised
Dr Nellie Boma, Chief Medical Officer at Al Rahba Hospital.

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Published: Wed 24 Aug 2011, 9:07 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 2:53 AM

She urged that caffeine drinks such as tea, coffee and softdrinks “should be taken in moderation during the Holy month as caffeine is a natural diuretic, stimulating faster water loss, and the effect remains till the following day.”

“Anything that is heavily-processed is also not going to give the body everything it needs to stay healthy,” said Dr Boma. For its Ramadan activities, the Al Rahba Hospital hosted a special education programme and built a tent next to the hospital’s main entrance. Over 150 visitors of varying ages attended the health lectures by the healthcare providers.

“Caffeine intake, healthy meals for diabetic patients and a long list of health tips to follow during the Holy month were major topics of discussion and it received a vast interaction from the audience. We’re reaching out to the community to ensure that healthcare needs are met during this holy and spiritual month,” said Dr Boma. The aim of the programme was to reach out to the general public about the importance of monitoring health and regulating eating and fasting during the Holy month and to ensure optimal lifestyle benefits during fasting.

A team of doctors, nurse educators, dietitians, nurses and the Patient and Family Education committee team members interacted with the patients and responded to their questions about the do’s and don’ts during Ramadan. Handouts and healthy cooking recipes were also distributed to the patients.

olivia@khaleejtimes.com



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