At sunrise on the first day of Ramadan, 1.8 billion Muslims all over the globe began their spiritual journeys toward a renewed sense of consciousnesses and closeness to Allah.
The Holy Month is not only a time of abstinence, but also an opportunity to strengthen relationships with family, friends, and communities. Physically, fasting from dawn to dusk every day can have grave implications for the body, if it is not done in a healthy way.
The importance of proper hydration for the basic functions and performance of our bodies is immeasurable. People can survive without food for weeks but without water for only a few days. Therefore, during the Holy Month, you must ensure that you hydrate as well as you possibly can in order to sustain yourself and function as well as possible. Also, good nutrition is vital! When you can eat, be sure to eat good quality foods that will sustain you for as long as possible. Here are some tips on how to stay healthy and hydrated this Ramadan.
Focus on hydration
Our bodies are made up of 60% water… it’s the essence of life so reducing your intake can have vast implications on your body. These include headaches, constipation, dizziness, sleepiness, and skin becoming dry and itchy. In some bad cases of dehydration, the more serious complications include kidney problems and seizures. Therefore, it’s essential to mitigate any potential dangers of dehydrating drastically this Ramadan. So, drink much water as possible after sunset and before sunrise so you have the best chance of staying hydrated throughout the entire day.
Water is best
Choose water over other drinks this Ramadan. Although you have many options, other drinks usually contain a lot of sugar meaning you end up consuming more calories that you may wish to. Water is by far the best thirst quencher anyway, and it doesn’t contain gas which means your stomach won’t become bloated or you won’t get a false feeling of fullness, therefore, eat better during Iftar and Suhoor.
Choose nutritious food
You may be tempted to indulge at Iftar but try to prioritize super high-quality complex carbohydrates, proteins, and high-fiber foods when sitting down to your meal. These will help keep you feeling fuller for longer, give you the nutrients you need. Also, avoid hot and spicy dishes as these only contribute to your thirst.
Don’t neglect exercise
If you are an active person (which you likely are if you’re reading this blog), you can and should continue exercising while fasting. Just make a few small alterations. For example, it’s recommended that daytime workouts be kept short and cardio limited to twice a week. Remember, the best time to exercise is just before Suhoor, the pre-dawn meal. Also, take it easy for the first two weeks of fasting as your body adapts.
We hope this helps… Wishing you happiness and peace for the Holy Month of Ramadan this UAE Year of Tolerance.