As we have just welcomed the holy month of Ramadan, the season of kindness and compassion defined by habits and traditions, it’s time to ensure that both your mind and body is nourished to stay healthy all through this blessed month. While we have a sumptuous spread of traditional and nutritious Ramadan meal for every Iftar evening, it’s equally important to take care of our fluid intake especially when your body is struggling to adjust to the new routine.
Water is your best friend during Ramadan. There’s no other fluid as water that replenishes well your dehydrated body during this season. But mostly, we end up having only small amounts because of the soft drinks and bottled juices.
Now, what we have to remember is that our body is made of 70% of water and maintaining that amount is essential for the smooth functioning of our organs. Any fall in the intake of water could make your body dehydrated leading to discomforts such as tiredness, dizziness, digestion problems, headache and skin problems. While other drinks will help you in quenching the thirst for some time, it could also fill up your stomach fast giving you only empty calories.
Fresh fruit juices are another great and healthy way to treat your body with essential fluids after a long day of fasting. Our stomach releases a lot of acids when it’s deprived of food at regular intervals which lead to a bloated stomach and other problems such as ulcer and loss of appetite. When you’re fasting, a well-balanced intake of fresh juices will help you keep your body alkaline. It will not only keep you hydrated but will also provide all the natural minerals and vitamins to the body.
Soup is an important part of Iftar dishes. It is a delicious light meal in itself which also tones down your appetite. With a variety of flavours, it also offers many health benefits. Starting your Iftar with a bowl of soup will help in restoring the lost body fluids while fasting. Soups are gentle on your tummy and great in flavour which makes it a healthy & yummy beginning to the Iftar. It prepares your digestive system for the rest of the meal and they also provide all the essential nutrients in decent amounts.
Soup gives warmth to the stomach preventing bloating or any other stomach discomfort. It is also a good way to keep your weight in control as people tend to drop or gain weight during this season due to irregularity in the food routine.
Milk has a significant role in your Suhoor. As we already know how nutritious milk is, it is good to have plenty of milk for Suhoor along with other foods such as bread, cereals, and eggs. Milk, when taken with fruits and dates, is a good source of natural sugars which will give some energy throughout the fasting day. It is also good to have warm milk before you go to bed as it is a good sleep inducer and your body needs that rest to get through the fasting.
Also, milk derivatives, such as curd or yogurt which can also be churned into buttermilk is very good to include in the meal plans. It is very cooling and works wonders for the digestive system.
The above-mentioned are some of the basics that even though we know it is not good to avoid especially during the fasting days, we still somehow miss to incorporate them sufficiently into our diet. So this Ramadan, let’s be mindful about our fluid intake and enjoy a well balanced & blessed Ramadan season.