Here are six tips to keep you healthy while fasting in Ramadan
1.Don’t skip meals
Avoid skipping meals, especially Suhoor. Eating slow carbs as you wake up will give you lasting energy throughout the day.
If you don’t have a large appetite early in the morning, a glass of milk, a few nuts and dates are recommended. For those who eat heavier meals in the morning, wheat kaboos with hummus or chicken is ideal.
Remember to drink at least two to three glasses of water before you begin fasting to avoid feeling dehydrated during the fasting hours.
2. Go slow when you break your fast
Coconut-coated dates with laban, avocado juice with fruits or dried fruit or soups are the perfect choice of foods to opt for when you break your fast. A good mix of carbs, proteins, fruits and vegetables should be included in your meals.
3. Load up on B complex vitamins
Having a B complex vitamin like neurobion at Suhoor has shown to keep energy levels up during the fasting period.
4. Foods to be avoided
Fasting can often increase gastric acidity levels in the stomach, causing a burning feeling and heaviness in the stomach. This experience can be avoided by eating foods rich in fibre.
It’s also important to avoid fried foods, very spicy foods, salty foods and foods containing too much sugar.
5. What to drink
Drinks with high caffeine content (coffee, tea, chocolate, sodas and even decaffeinated teas and coffees) should be avoided.
Caffeine percolates calcium from your system, which makes you feel less full all the time. Avoid drinking tea at Suhoor, as tea increases salt excretion in the urine, which is needed for your body during fasting.
The ideal beverage would be water, or if you’re feeling more dehydrated than usual, try adding a slice of lime, strawberries or even mint to your glass of water.
6. Work out (mildly)
Light physical activity is also recommended and will keep your body supple and fit.