Healthy Fasting Tips for Ramadan 2018. The most celebrated and Holly month of Islamic calendar, Ramadan Kareem, is here with all its dignity and blessings. Muslims all over the world celebrate this month with extreme respect and conventions. Pakistani people, specially, start preparing for it, even before its arrival, by stocking the food items. But, this time fasting will not be an easy task as these long summer days and this scorching summer heat will serve as a great challenge and a major obstacle in the fast. It will test out strengths and determination. But, nothing is difficult if you have a will to do it. With the right management of sleep, diet and exercise, we can make our bodies calm and healthy. All we need to do is to take good care of ourselves and our food routine. In this blog, I am going to share some healthy tips to follow during this month. I have personally followed this in last 4 days of fasting and believe me they are really helpful. So, let’s start listing them all.
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Healthy Fasting Tips for Ramadan 2018
Keep Yourself Hydrated
As we all know that this time Ramadan has arrived in one of the hottest month of the year, June. Fasting during these long summer days of June can lead to dehydration and heat strokes especially in those who are doing some hard labor So, we have to keep ourselves hydrated for which we have to take fluids during non-fasting hours. We need to drink something from iftar through to suhoor. Besides, adding hydrating foods in suhoor can also help such as watermelon, cucumber and tomatoes.
Fasting Tips for Ramadan to Keep Yourself Active and Healthy
Avoid Caffeinated Drinks
Avoid caffeinated drink as much as possible. I know that we cannot live without having our coffee or tea but we have to ignore it, for some days, in order to keep ourselves healthy. Caffeinated drinks, such as tea, cola and coffee can make you urinate more than often. This extra urination can lead you to hyperglycemia and depletion of electrolytes in the body. So, lets ignore these drinks for a month.
Never Ever Skip Suhoor
Suhoor is the most important part of fasting. Many people skip this part so that they can sleep as they have to work the next day. But, without suhoor, body will have no energy to do any work. So, we all need to do our suhoor, it is a must thing. Besides, choose the right food for suhoor such as low dairy products and carbohydrates in the form of fruits, vegetables, beams and chickpeas. They will provide you long-lasting source of energy. Have a balanced meal because eating too much can make you even more hungrier during the day.
Exercise While Fasting
We are all scared of doing exercise in this month. Aren’t we? because there is this huge misconception that exercise in Ramadan can lead you to get hungry and tired which is not true. In reality, doing some moderate exercise before breaking your suhoor, before going to bed and right before suhoor will not only help you in reducing or maintaining weight but will also help you in keeping your fast smooth. Do not go for outdoor exercises but the indoor one such as climbing the stairs, starting slowly with two flights at a time. Besides, you can also do brisk walk for 10 minutes after the sunset or just before dawn.
Have a Balanced Iftar
Just like suhoor, a healthy iftaar is very important. Do not overdo it. Just take the right amount of food. First, break your fast with 2 or 3 dates as they are the excellent source of fiber and then drink a whole glass of water. After that, you can start your main course or salad.
Adjust Your Work-Sleep Schedule
We are witnessing some of the longest fasts in the history which require us to keep fast for almost 17 hours. Awakening at 3am and then having work next day can be challenging. We need to adjust or sleep and work routine. Try to sleep as early as possible to have at least 4 to 5 hours sleep before suhoor and 2 to 3 hours after suhoor. Sleeping during the day is also good and healthy. Take a two-hour nap during the day to conserve your energy.
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