In Ramadan, from dawn till sunset, people neither eat nor drink and keep themselves busy praying to accumulate reward and blessings from God. It is like a test of our faith as well as strength.
When it comes to strength, we need to take care of ourselves throughout Ramadan in order to fast effectively without damaging our health. Yes, unhealthy eating and other habits that are usually included in our routine may greatly affect our health.
If we don’t drink plenty of water during the hours we are not fasting, it may lead to dehydration and cause us to lose all our energy. In worst case scenario, it can affect our kidneys too. In the same way, if we are eating junk and sugary food items a lot, they may also cause all our energy to be drained out making us to fall sick.
However, all these things could never happen if we take necessary precautions and keep a strict watch on our daily habits during Ramadan. Like eating and doing everything in a limit or up to adequate levels. By doing so, we enable ourselves to celebrate the true spirit of fasting wholeheartedly and restrain dullness from ruining our routine.
Fasting hours may vary according to the region and season. Fast during summers sometimes may last for twenty hours depending on the timings of sunrise and sunset. So, in a situation where you can’t eat or drink for up to twenty hours and on top of that you’ll have to carry your routine tasks, it is very important to stay energized and maintain a healthy routine
Now we know that maintaining a healthy routine during Ramadan holds key importance and everyone should be adequately concerned about it. To make it easier for the people to become their own health watchers during the blessed month, we have come up with a few techniques that’ll help them to keep their energy up during fasting. So, let’s find out more about them!
Keep yourself hydrated
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As already discussed above, it should be your aim to drink plenty of water during the night hours because it is the time when you are not fasting and, in this way, you prepare the internal system of your body for the next fast.
Drinking fluids is most of the time mistaken by consuming sugary drinks. Take it into notice that they are extremely harmful for our health and may lead us to a condition where we might suffer severe diseases.
However, drinking healthy juice made of pure fruits and having no artificial sugar and obviously water are two of the best ways to quench your thirst at the time of iftaar and even during the after-hours. In this way you keep your body hydrated and fueled during the blessed month.
Intakes of healthy fats
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Pakoras, samsosas, box patties and a whole lot of delicious items await you at the table of iftaar but do you think eating all this is doing any good to your health? Well, Heath experts don’t think so because most of these foods are prepared in unhealthy fats.
Ramadan is the right time to make a switch from unhealthy to healthy fats and taking a full control on your diet. Yes, no one will stop you from eating those pakoras and samsosas if they are prepared using fats that are good for your health and also if you eat them in controlled amounts. Use of healthy fats (fetched from natural not artificial resources) is one of the most effective ways to keep your energy level up whole fasting.
Break Your Fast with Fruits & Dates
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One of the most common mistakes we all do is that we break our fast with oily things and sugary drinks which is quite unhealthy and make us lazy. However, the best things include fruits, dates and other forms of healthy snacks.
If we get ourselves habitual of healthy snacking at the time of iftaar then not only we improve our performance while fasting but we will also be doing a lot of good to our health. Unhealthy eating may have disastrous effects on our health on long-term basis.
Healthy Post-Fast Dinner
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Most of us are not fond of snacking at iftaar and prefer eating dinner right after iftaar time. Well, it is also the best routine to follow if you are cautious about the health factor in it as well.
So, what exactly we are required to eat? Will oily those curries that we prepare help us regain some energy after fasting all day? Well, the answer to that question is a straight ‘No’. All you have to do is to keep your post fast dinner, clean and simple.
By clean and simple we mean intakes of lean protein and food items that are rich in fiber and iron. Again, they are required to be prepared in healthy fats. After a healthy dinner, snacking on nuts can also adequately help you build up the energy for the upcoming day.