Ramadan month has just begun and by now you must have also started fasting, haven’t you? Well, fasting during Ramadan has huge health benefits but you can get sick if you do not take food judiciously. Especially those who have diabetes must take special care of themselves. Here are few tips for those who want to finish their fasting devotedly without falling sick.
- Break Your Fast with Dates:
While fasting you lose a lot of energy which can only be replenished with sugar. Dates have that perfect amount of healthy sugar that will provide you the energy that you lose throughout the day. The fiber in dates will get your bowels regulated. The magnesium and potassium will also make you feel better.
- Drink Plenty Of Water After The Iftar:
After breaking the fast, you must drink enough water so that you don’t feel dehydrated. Drink at least 8 glasses of water during the night so that your body has enough fluid. The temperature will also remain high during the Ramadan and hence you must make sure you take enough water.
- Avoid Packaged or Salted Food:
Do you know taking too much salted or packaged food might increase your thirst throughout the day? So, rather stick to a healthy diet during Ramadan and have more fresh fruits and vegetables in your meal. It will not only keep you full for a long time but also keep you healthy.
- Include All Nutrients In Your Iftar:
You must include enough protein, carb and fat so that it can even out all the imbalances that come throughout the day. Fruits, vegetables, healthy oils, whole grains – all these should be there in your meal.
- Avoid Eating Too Much Sweet:
You might feel more attracted to sweets after the fast. But taking sweetened food in large quantity might result in unwanted weight gain. Therefore, stay away from having sweets and sugary dishes.
- Enrich Your Suhour With Healthy Carbohydrates:
The main meal of the day is Suhour so you must be careful while choosing what to it. Include more vegetables and carbohydrates that your body burns slowly. Especially you must insert whole grains, fruits and vegetables and beans. It will also be helpful if you are diabetic.
- You Can Wait Until Maghreb If You Feel Stuffed After Iftar:
Yes, sometimes you might not feel like eating once you have finished your Iftar which starts with dates. However, you don’t need to hurry. You can wait until your Maghreb prayer and then eat your main course. It will also give you time to digest your food.
- Decrease Coffee Intake:
Drinking too much coffee can take a toll on your health. So, bring down your coffee intake while you are doing your fast. Or else you might feel sleepy during the day and have headaches.
- Exercise Is Really Good:
Sometimes, you might feel lazy to work out during this fasting season. But exercise is really beneficial during the Holy month of Ramadan. So, make sure you work out.
- Eat Slowly:
Be slow while you break your fast. Begin with dates and fruits and then slowly take your meal at night. This is the best way to keep your digestive system work properly and adjust slowly with this changed routine.