Yet again the Holy Month of Ramadan is here and it has already been a week now. We have read and heard a lot about staying healthy and ensuring to provide the essential nutrition to the body during Ramadan. Today, I am not going to say anything new, but only a gentle reminder of health tips that we are all well aware of, but forget to practice.
Do not skip Suhoor
Yes, it’s tempting to sleep that extra bit without bothering about having that pre-dawn meal and water before a day of fasting. But that meal is what will give you the energy to keep going till iftar, and a short nap is something you can always take while you are fasting. So skipping on Suhoor will make the fasting extremely tiring and difficult.
Reduce the Fat & Sugar intake
Iftars are quite a meal lined up with a variety of fruits, juices, dates, deep fried goodies, sweets, meat preparations, bread and rice. After a whole day of fasting, you don’t want to feel bloated and uncomfortable when you break your fast. So to help avoid that, it is better to reduce the intake of fat and sugar. Deep fried foods and sweets can be enjoyed but best kept to a minimal.
Avoid Artificial Drinks & Processed Foods
Aerated and artificially flavoured drinks are a big No especially after fasting the whole day. Stick to natural drinks like Coconut water, Laban, Lemon juice etc. are healthier drinks to keep yourself hydrated & replenished. When selecting food, go for fresh and natural foods. and avoid processed & canned foods as much as possible.
Try to keep your Suhur and Iftars well balanced. Eggs, dairy products, whole grains, legumes, meat, fruits and vegetables, all should be a part of your diet. Have a portion of everything good and healthy so that your body will get all essential nutrition.
Keeping your body active is another important thing to remember while fasting, which cannot be avoided on a regular day as well. During Ramadan, you don’t have to necessarily go for a heavy weight training or a fast paced running as on a usual day , but a brisk walk or a few repeated stretches in the evening will be enough to keep up the flow.
Sound sleep is very important for your body these days. Taking a short afternoon nap is also as important as having a goodnight sleep. This will keep your body refreshed and energetic till Iftar.