Ramadan is the month of nourishing the body and soul. Having a healthy diet – as well as enough rest and balanced praying hours can protect you from those unwanted fatigues and headaches during the fasting hours. Alternatively, it will lead you to have an active and productive holy month both physically and spiritually.
Here is how:
- YOUR BODY TALKS:
Experienced fasters know how their bodies react to a different kind of food after breaking their fast. So if you want to stay up after Iftar, then it’s important to listen to your body. Dr. Vera Singelton, a naturopath specialist from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine advise some essential points in her blog, that everyone needs to know:
- “If you feel tired and drained after eating a lot of carbs and bread or fall asleep after eating, then you likely have issues with blood sugar management”.
- “If you feel bloated, full and find that your stomach doesn’t get flat, you probably have a bacterial/yeast balance problem in your gut”.
- “If your energy is low, even after you eat again, then you are not balancing enough macronutrients (protein/carbs/fats)”.
- HAVE A HEALTHY DIET PLAN:
The best-balanced diet for a fatigue-free Ramadan is a basket full of protein, carbs, healthy. Fats, fibers, and fluids. (Here are some recipe and grocery list ideas for Suhoor&Iftar).
- STAY HYDRATED:
Drink a moderate amount of plain or detox water(add some slice of lemon/berries/cucumbers)frequently during suhoor and iftar. Watery fruits e.g watermelon, cucumber, apple, and grape helps. Avoid sweating by choosing the right clothes to wear.
- DO YOGA: breathing technique in yoga boosts your body and mind’s energy level. These two techniques are recommended by the Yogis:
- Asana: to speed up the body’s detoxifying process to get rid of fatigue and headache especially 2-3 hours before Iftar.
- Sheetali: cools down the nervous system and helps to tolerate thirst and hunger peacefully.