Ramadan fast is from dawn to dusk abstaining from food and bad deeds. In our medical terms, fasting is voluntarily not eating food for varying lengths of time but Ramadan is time specific fast. It is not only spiritual practice but also recommended condition as a medical therapy (it would be discussed in later write-up) in some other health issues.
It starts early in the morning from meal prior to Adhan for Fajr (Dawn) prayers and ends after Maghrib (sunset) prayer by having a meal. They call morning meal suhoor and evening meal iftar. This practice is seen as a way to learn patience and refrain from bad habits.
We are concerned about Ramadan fast because during this fast there is a sudden change in eating habits of people that too for the longer period of around a month. Healthy or no people may need to encounter many health issues.
If you want to avoid fasting headaches, weight gain and hunger pains read on for some tips on how to stay healthy this Ramadan.
1. Make healthy food choices
In your suhoor, opt for food rich in carbohydrates and protein such as beans, meat or eggs, which will keep you feeling full for longer. One should strictly avoid overeating and to avoid putting on weight cut sown carbohydrates intake and pair it up with protein.
2. Avoid oily foods
In iftar and suhoor, you are allowed to eat anything you crave for and which is heavenly delicious but try to be frugal during fast and avoid very heavy, oily foods. It will help you to be fit during this month and refrain from feeling bloated. Oily food is better to avoid during morning and night.
3. Start the meal with dates
For iftar, it would be highly recommended to have dates since it is a great energy boost. Dates are a very important source of glucose, fibers, potassium, and magnesium.
4. Stay Hydrated
When you drink water after a daylong patience, drink it slowly. Slowly sip at least eight glass of water to stay hydrated. Stay out of the sun and limit your coffee and tea intake.
5. Start slowly
After a fast of around 11 to 22 hours according to a region you live, you may feel to stack up to the plate. But, do not do that, going slowly will help you and your stomach feel better.
6. Do not avoid suhoor
Try not to avoid suhoor. It will help you stave off hunger and maintain energy through the daylight hours.
7. Enough Exercise
If you are exercise enthusiast an hour or so after iftar is the ideal time. But avoid excessive exertion.
8. Consult with your Physician
People with compromised health conditions have to consult their physicians if they wish to fast. They need to frame a plan with their physician and prepared to stop fasting if their health condition is not favorable.
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Health is always at the first place when we practice any new habit. Though Ramadan is the spiritual month and helps people to get close to God, health should not be avoided. Fortunately, it would be done at ease with these practices during fast.