The Magen David Adom (MDA) emergency service said, Monday, that people should try to remain as cool as conditions will allow to make it through the 25-hour Tisha B'Av fast that begins at sundown on Monday. Ahead of the fast, one should drink at least two liters of liquid, minimizing caffeine and sugar intake, as well as salty foods such as nuts and pickles. During the meal before the fast - not including the symbolic meal of bread, ash and egg - it is recommended to combine all food groups, complex carbohydrates with proteins and vegetables, which create a feeling of satiety for longer.
Medium to heavy heat stress is forecast for the fast so people should take advantage of the shade, air conditioning and as much space as conditions will allow. Extra attention should be paid to babies, children and seniors. MDA says seniors and people with illnesses should consult with their physicians, as should pregnant women. The ill effects of fasting start with headaches and dizziness, and at a more serious stage, may be reflected in difficulty urinating. In case of a medical emergency, one should not hesitate to call MDA at 101. The emergency service expects to treat dozens of people.
One should end the fast with something light, including liquids that are not too hot, accompanied by a slice of cake or a simple sandwich, with a light meal an hour later.