Here’s how you can stay healthy during Ramadan

Here’s how you can stay healthy during Ramadan

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It’s Ramadan, a month full of blessings. However, the long hours of food deprivation may be worrisome, as they might lead to falling sick, dehydration and fatigue, especially during this hot summer season. But fear not, with the proper lifestyle and right eating habits you can dodge any of the above easily.

Never Skip Sehri

You must have heard about all the amazing health benefits of breakfast, well this meal is replaced by sehri during Ramadan.  Skipping sehri can make your fast difficult. Make sure to never skip it, as it lays the foundation of your fast. Eat wholesome foods that will leave you feeling full and won’t make you lazy during the day.

Increase Your Fruit And Vegetables Intake

While fruits are a constant on our iftar tables, vegetables seem to disappear from the menu during Ramadan. The temptation to eat deep fried snacks after a day of fasting is real, but they’ll never replace the nutritional value of fresh fruits and veggies. Fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, melon and cucumber are highly recommended after fasting as they contain high water content and help you stay hydrated for longer.

Cut Down On Sugary And Processed Foods

Processed and sugary foods are never good for your health, but they’re even worse in Ramadan. Heavily processed foods that contain refined carbohydrates as well as fatty desserts, are high in fat and low in nutrients. Consuming them will make you feel sluggish and low on energy during fasting hours.

Don’t Overload Yourself At Iftar

It’s natural to get excited and overindulge in the variety of food at iftar, but go easy and make sure you don’t overeat or it can spoil your appetite. Break your fast with a date and then hydrate yourself with enough water first. Dates provide the body with enough sugar to help restore low blood sugar levels after a day of fasting.

Avoid Caffeinated Beverages

 

We all need our dose of caffeine to feel more awake in the morning. But that doesn’t mean you gulp down caffeinated drinks at sehri. Caffeine is a natural diuretic; it increases fluid loss in the body and leads to dehydration. Therefore, caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea, energy and carbonated drinks should be avoided in Ramadan.

Fix Your Exercise Time

Fasting is not an excuse to skip your regular workout routine. But you do need to adjust your timings. Working out during your fast causes dehydration. The best time to workout in Ramadan is two to three hours after iftar because that’s when your energy levels are at its peak.

Get Proper Rest

Our sleep routine goes haywire in Ramadan and that leads to us feeling lazy and tired. Sleep deprivation not only affects your energy but can also lead to unwanted weight gain or loss. To feel your best throughout Ramadan, make sure you get proper sleep and take some time out to rest during the day as well.

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