The Healthy Way of Fasting During Ramadan
Although every Muslim might be familiar with the rules of fasting, it’s never wrong to take precaution to keep your body healthy for a better and healthier fast.
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Before starting the fast, it is recommended to do a health check-up. The health check-up is the first guide to achieve a healthier fasting period. Additionally, you can also test for any diseases related to the kidney, diabetes, or uric acid levels to prevent unnecessary dangers during the fast.
Of course, having illnesses related to diabetes, kidney, uric acid, or abnormal blood pressure requires a more careful fasting plan. That said, here are the best ways for a healthy fast during the month of Ramadan.
1. Stay Hydrated
Water takes around 60% – 70% of our body that is regulated by insulin. The lower the insulin level in our body, the less sodium we have in our kidneys. Lesser sodium means fluid loss which leads to dehydration. Another reason is the body used up all your stored glycogen which is primarily water.
Dehydration leads to fatigue, vomiting, and high fever. There are many ways to stay hydrated during the fasting period. Although drinking 8 to 12 cups of water during Iftar and Suhoor, you may also want to avoid excessive spices and heat.
Additionally, you may also want to start consuming foods that hydrate your bodies such as watermelons or coconuts.
2. Consume Vitamin B Complex
To further boost your energy during the fasting period, it is vital to consume Vitamin B complex. Vitamin B complex breaks down nutrients and provides new energy by regenerating cells. Each B vitamin has a different function that can help keep your body healthy and energized.
B1 vitamin extracts energy from nutrients and is essential for the body’s nervous system. B2 Vitamin transforms oxygen into energy while B3 vitamin repair damaged cells and increase brain performance.
3. Balanced Exercise Routines
Exercising with empty stomach improves insulin sensitivity while eating too often or too much makes our body resistant to insulin’s effects.
Higher insulin sensitivity also prevents heart disease and cancer. Another benefit is that exercising on an empty stomach promotes weight loss more efficiently.
4. Know Which Foods to Avoid
During the non-fasting period, it is essential to plan your meal before you endure the next fasting-period. Try to avoid fried and sugary foods.
Fried foods are harder to digest due to the grease, while a lot of sugar intake can make the sugar level peak precipitously and drastically drop during the fasting period.
This crash of sugar levels can be dangerous to one’s health. Also, try to avoid salty foods as they tend to make you feel thirsty afterward.
5. Change of Eating Habits During the Non-Fasting Period
Try not to overeat after Maghrib, instead, eat lightly but more often during the non-fasting period. Overindulgence can also lead to obesity, heart disease, and diabetes mellitus. While overeating carbs can lead to stomach pain.
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