Health tips for Ramadan!
Ramadan is the holiest and most beautiful month of the year when the Islamic fraternity fast, observe abstinence and read the Holy Quran to feed their soul.
Fasting from dawn to dusk is known to have several benefits to the body, mind and soul. It detoxifies your body, reduces fat levels and blood pressure, improves digestion and helps you overcome addiction, provided itÔÇÖs done the right healthy way.
Wondering what we mean? Follow these health tips below to make your fasting a meaningful, spiritual and healthy one.
Never skip Suhoor
The pre-dawn meal, Suhoor is the most important meal of the day. Ensure you do not skip it at any cost. Prefer food items that slowly release energy throughout the day. Try dates, whole wheat, oats, eggs, fruits, vegetables and plenty of water. Avoid beverages such as tea or coffee and also oily, salty food as those may dehydrate your system. Instead drink milk with honey. ItÔÇÖs very important to nourish your body with a balanced diet containing complex carbohydrates, fibres, proteins, good fat and plenty of fluids.
Take a short 20 minute nap during the afternoons to boost your energy and recharge your body to tackle the day ahead. You need these power naps as you would be tired from rising early everyday for prayer and Suhoor. At nights make your bedroom as dark and cool as possible, so that your system is able to rest completely.
Speak to your doctor
Islamic faith does not demand sick people, pregnant women or small children to fast. However if you still want to fast, discuss the same with your doctor. Ask him about injections, patches, eardrops, and eyedrops you can take instead of oral pills. However listen to your bodyÔÇÖs response and act accordingly.
Avoid the sun
ItÔÇÖs a very bad idea to go out in the sun when you are fasting, as you will get more dehydrated. Stay in cool areas and try to be at rest.
A proper mild workout is necessary during Ramadan. Remember never to exercise on an empty stomach. You can exercise three hours after iftar, as your body needs time to assimilate and digest food.
Try healthy Iftar recipes
Iftar should always begin with dates and fresh juice/milk for a refreshing burst of the much-needed energy. Go for starters that are grilled or baked instead of deep fried. Avoid high sugar desserts and settle for mild sweet milk based ones such as kheer and rasmalai. Alternate oily parathas, curries, greasy pastries with whole wheat rotis sans oil, rice, and baked or grilled meat. Remember moderation is the key. Eat small quantities and go for a light pre-bed meal before going to sleep.
Following the tips above, you can make Ramadan a beautiful rewarding experience without affecting your health.