Ramadan is holy month in the Islamic calendar. This period require all Muslims to engage in fast for a period of 29 or 30 days according to the movement of the moon. It is a month when Muslims move more closer to God in giving, praying, reciting the Glorious Quran and many others. Also it is believed to be a month of forgiveness and multiple blessings
Knowing fully well all the benefits attached to this holy month, all Muslims strive not to miss the fast except those that are not in the fasting category e.g aged people, children, sick people etc but some can still give to those that are fasting to partake in the blessings attached to it. It is very crucial to follow a healthy diet and way of life during this period, we therefore compiled 5 important tips to follow so as to have a healthy and safe fasting during the holy month.
Don't forget to take your Suhoor
In the month of Ramadan, Muslims can only take food 2 times in a day, that is Suhoor (before sunrise or daybreak) and Iftar (after sunset or the maghrib prayer time). The Suhoor may be difficult for some people to eat as many people don't have appetite at that time or even forget to wake up on time to prepare the food. This can lead to excessive tiredness during the day. Its necessary to eat more of healthy meals like whole grains, fruits and veggies, and enough water to sustain throughout the day.
Drink enough liquid
There is a belief that water reduces appetite, that is if one take enough water, the person won't feel hungry easily. To keep hydrated throughout the day for the month of Ramadan, make sure you drink enough water between sunset(Iftar) and the next day (Suhoor) and also take fruits that have high water contents e.g watermelon, oranges
Break your fast with fruits
There is a traditional practice of breaking fast with dates as practiced by the prophets and their household. It is still practiced in some places till now. Three dates were used to break fast followed by other meals every evening. Breaking fast with fruits and water before normal food is the best and also supply more nutrients to the body
Plan your fast according to your health condition
That you have a certain ailment or health condition does not mean you can't fast if its not complex. Some people with ulcer or other minor sicknesses do start there treatment dosage before fasting start so that they can also participate. But mind you, some health conditions cannot be managed to fast especially those that are hospitalized. Some people that can't fast do engage in charity giving and others
To go back to normal routine or eating habits is always difficult for some people after Ramadan. It is a normal feeling and one have to be positive about the situation at all time and try to change by keeping hydrated all the time and you can also take snacks in-between meals
Ramadan is a joyful moment and time of growing more spiritually through fasting, prayer and good deeds. Engage in this tips to have a more healthy and energized fasting period.
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