Ramadan can be a great opportunity to not just bolster your faith but also benefit your body. Fasting, when done correctly, can decrease your risk of heart disease and diabetes, boost your mental health and even break your addictions. Here are a few tips to follow during the holy month that can keep you hale and hearty.

Hydrate

Water is the most important fluid for replenishing your thirst during the month of Ramadan. Most people consume only small amounts at Iftar and then forget to drink water until the next day. Dehydration can cause undesirable side effects such as: constipation, headache, dizziness, tiredness and dry skin. Water helps to get rid of toxins and reduces the feeling of hunger.

Balanced Meal

When deciding what to eat during Ramadan, remember that Iftar and Suhoor help sustain your fast the following day, so consuming the right food is important. So start the day with water followed by veggie sandwiches or oats with veggies and nuts. In the evening, break your fast with water again, eat dates and fruits as well. After the prayers have salad, vegetables, rotis, dal and or chicken. It is important to eat a good amount of vegetables to provide enough nutrition to the body

Assess Your Health

Before starting a fast, it is necessary to talk to a doctor, particularly for seniors, diabetics that are taking medication to control their insulin levels, pregnant women and pre-adolescent children. Those with compromised health who still wish to fast for Ramadan should consult their doctor to develop a fasting plan adapted to their condition.

Avoid Overeating

It is important not to eat excessively when breaking your fast. Chewing slowly will help with this. When you chew slowly, it helps you resist the urge to swallow and move on to the next bite. It also allows your body to effectively send you signals on hunger and fullness cues.

Sleep

Set your sleep schedule for Ramadan to ensure you get the right amount of rest. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body releases hunger hormones, and as a result they can make you overeat over Iftar.

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