Healthy Hajj: Some important guidelines to maintain

Pilgrimage Contributor
Healthy Hajj
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Maintaining few health guidelines will help you to have a healthy Hajj. Restraint in food intake during the Hajj season is an issue that every pilgrim should pay special attention to. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Man does not fill a vessel worse than his stomach. It is enough for a person to take a few fists of food to keep his back straight. But if he needs to eat more, he should leave one-third for food, one-third for drink, and one-third for breathing. ” (Musnad Ahmad, Tirmidhi)

In addition to being moderate in food intake, one should also make sure that the food is healthy and free from any germs, bacteria, or parasites. Pilgrims need a variety of foods that meet the calorie, protein, or vitamin needs of their body as they move from one place to another during the Hajj.

The following is a list of standard nutrition plans for healthy Hajj

  • Protein is an important component of the daily diet of pilgrims. Adequate amounts of protein are found in meat, eggs, fish, and milk. Pilgrims need at least about 100 grams of protein per day.
  •  It is also important to eat vitamin-rich foods. Liver, fresh fruit, corn, and wheat are some of the best sources of vitamins.
  • Similarly, for gaining thermal energy, fats are an important source. Cream, butter, oily foods, etc. contain enough fats.

Sick pilgrims need a special diet during Hajj. For example, patients with kidney problems should eat less salt as well as less protein and phosphorus foods. In addition to drinking plenty of water, they need to eat vegetables and fruits. They should also avoid fatty foods.

Therefore, pilgrims suffering from various ailments should seek the advice of a doctor at a nearby medical center to review their diet. Especially diabetics should consult a nutritionist before going on Hajj.

Some important health tips to ensure a balanced diet for healthy Hajj is given below

1) Refrain from eating open food and buy canned food by looking at the expiry date.

2) Take moderation while eating and avoid foods that cause indigestion.

3) Wash fresh vegetables and fruits well.

4) Cook meats well.

5) To avoid constipation, take enough water.

6) Wash your hands well before eating.

Eating healthy during Hajj helps to stay healthy and increase immunity.

Keep a first aid equipment (medical toolbox)

Some pilgrims prepare themselves for the Hajj by taking all the necessary precautions. On the other hand, some pilgrims are very indifferent in this regard. They do not take all the precautions that need to be taken to perform Hajj safely. To have healthy Hajj carrying first aid equipment is one such important precaution.

The first aid toolbox of a pilgrim may contain two types of medicines-

1) Medicine for chronic diseases

-Pilgrims who are suffering from high blood pressure should keep the necessary medicines in the toolbox.

-Pilgrims with diabetes should take insulin injections and pancreatic enzyme tablets in their toolbox.

-Inhalers should be taken to reduce the shortness of breath of pilgrims suffering from asthma attacks.

-All pilgrims who are suffering from heart disease should take the necessary medicines.

In addition, patients with such chronic diseases should consult their doctor before going on Hajj and take an adequate amount of medicine.

2) Medicines for some common diseases

– Diarrhea or dehydration is a disease that can suddenly affect someone. So saline and diarrhea medicines must be kept in the toolbox to avoid diarrhea or dehydration.

-Paracetamol should be taken for sudden fever.

-When the weather changes, anyone can suddenly catch a cold cough. Therefore, medicines for cold, cough, or flu should also be kept in the medical toolbox.

– Ointment should be kept with to relieve burns and sunburn.

-Antacid medication should be taken to treat mild stomach inflammation.

-Medical tape, cotton, and Dettol should be kept with disinfectant.

These are some of the important components of the medical toolbox that should be kept with every pilgrim for first aid.

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