5 Tips to Keep You Healthy This Ramadan

Fasting during the Holy Month of Ramadan can get difficult, especially with the current weather and the stress of living in a fast-paced country like Nigeria.

We are very aware of the health implications that can come as a result of fasting under these circumstances, hence why we put together this post. Follow these tips to ensure you have a healthy Ramadan and avoid any health problems.

Ramadan Health Tip #1 – Add dates to your menu

Our first tip for you is to begin your iftār by eating dates because it provides you with an immediate source of energy.

Starting your Iftar by eating two to three dates is highly recommended as it provides the body with sugar, thereby helping restore low blood sugar after fasting all day.

This is essential because one of the most common reasons for headaches or dizziness during Ramadan is low blood sugar. This is why eating dates are very beneficial at the start of Iftar.

Ramadan Health Tip #2 – Moderation is a virtue

Our second tip for you is to try as much as possible to avoid overeating during this Holy Month. Do everything in moderation – including the meals you eat at Iftār and Suḥūr.

Hunger can play serious tricks on the human brain. Research has shown that even food-associated words can be prominent to a hungry person.

So, it is perfectly normal that after a day of fasting, your appetite might increase. This is where you need to exercise discipline by resisting the urge to overeat to prevent indigestion and weight gain.

Ramadan Health Tip #3 – Avoid eating fried, salty, and high-sugar foods

Apart from unhealthy weight gain, eating fatty and sugary foods will also cause sluggishness and fatigue.

In addition, you should limit your intake of salt, especially during Suḥūr, because this increases thirst which will make your fasting unbearable throughout the day. But overall, it is just unhealthy to consume fatty and sugary food.

Ramadan Health Tip #4 – Drink as much water as possible to reduce your risk of dehydration.

Reduce your risks of dehydration during this fasting period by drinking as much water as possible between Iftār (dinner) and Suḥūr (pre-dawn meal).

It is also advisable for you to cut down on caffeinated drinks like coffee, tea, and sodas because they have a diuretic effect on your body and they promote fluid loss.

Losing fluids will make you feel dehydrated during the day, which is why it is best to stay off these kinds of drinks. Instead, drink as much water as possible so that your body can retain it and use during the day.

Ramadan Health Tip #5 – Eat foods and vegetables that are rich in fibre and protein

Our final tip will keep you feeling full for longer during the day, thus reducing the strain of the fasting on your body.

High-fibre carbohydrate foods take longer to digest, thereby helping to sustain your energy levels for much longer. This helps reduce the strain of the fasting on your body.

Also, fruits, vegetables and meat that are rich in fibres and protein are essentials during fasting as they increase the feeling of fullness and help prevent constipation. They also contain vitamins, and minerals and that are essential for good health.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Ramadan is a great month to practice self-discipline. In fact, Ramadan fasting is basically an exercise in self-discipline.

So, for those who are chain smokers, food nibblers or coffee addicts etc, it is a good opportunity to break that habit, with the hope that the effect will continue even when Ramadan is over.

This holy month is the time to practice self-restraint. It is also a time to cleanse the body from impurities and re-focus on being your best self. We implore you to let this Ramadan bring about the changes that will last a lifetime for you.

From all of us at HealthConnect 24×7, we wish you Ramadan Kareem!

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Maryam Abubakar

General Physician at HealthConnect 24x7
A medical doctor who is highly trained in the management of acute and chronic conditions in general medicine.
Maryam Abubakar

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