Hot weather: Expert calls for regular water intake to prevent kidney problem
By Usman Muhammad
A medical consultant, Dr. Tanko Zakari has advised the public to inculcate the habit of regular water intake during the hot weather to avoid the risk of kidney disease.
Zakari, the Medical Director, Zak’s Clinic in Kano gave the recommendation at a news conference on Thursday, in Kano.
He described drinking a lot of water as a major precaution against kidney disease and further improving the health of the human body.
“According to the medical consultant, one should drink at least six cups of water a day, but now that it is very hot, one should drink more than six cups of water.
“Because, with this, the body would have enough water to protect one from kidney and other chronic diseases,’’ he said.
The medical expert warned fasting Muslims to avoid drinking cold water, when breaking fast because it is harmful and has effects on health, causing vomiting, diarrhoea, Influenza and weakens the function of the genes in humans.
“I urge people to avoid drinking very cold water because if a fasting person breaks his fast with cold water, it will be very harmful to his stomach as the water in it will reduce the length of a person’s intestines and reduce their width where it is more likely to result to a “Severe abdominal pain that can lead to vomiting, diarrhoea and diarrhoea is not a flu-like illness,” said Dr Tanko Zakari.
Dr Zakari again advised the people to take good care of their diet, especially eating of vegetables, noting that the fasting person needs to eat fatty foods, especially during this hot season to avoid the risk of diseases.
Commenting on the pros and cons of exercise during fasting, the medical expert said,”It is not wrong for a person who is fasting to exercise briefly after prayers.
“But we should not exercise as we do when we are not fasting, due to physical injuries,” said Dr Zakari.