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JOHANNESBURG — Fasting is an ancient method of boosting health in body and mind. When the aim is spiritual, rather than physical health, it can also be a powerful tool of religious observance. One of the most well-known periods of fasting observance is the Muslim month of Ramadan. Followers abstain daily from eating, drinking and smoking from sunrise to sunset. It is meant to be a time of calmness and introspection. However, the lack of hydration and other factors often cause participants to suffer mild to moderate headaches that can get in the way of the spiritual mindfulness. One woman on twitter said eating dates helps to ease her headaches. Johannesburg maxillo-facial surgeon Dr Eliot Shevel, chairman of the South African Headache Society, gives more tips on how to avoid headaches during Ramadan. – Marika Sboros
How to handle Ramadan headaches
The fasting month of Ramadan is an annual religious practice of Muslims prior to the Hari Raya Puasa celebration. During the one-month period (from mid June to July), Muslims fast – they abstain from eating, drinking and smoking – from sunrise to sunset.
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