Folks! It is that time of the year where the holy month of Ramzan is being celebrated across the globe.
One whole month of delicious food, even though it is limited to just two times a day, and all the fun-filled festivities, family get-togethers, prayers, shopping for new clothes, etc, can all be rather exciting.
People who celebrate Ramzan observe fasting on every day of this month. They limit themselves to just two meals a day.
The first meal of the day is consumed before dawn, known as the Suhoor, and the last meal of the day is consumed after sunset, called the Iftar.
Since our body is not used to the huge gap in between the meals, fasting during Ramzan may sometimes lead to digestive issues like gastric, acidity, abdominal discomfort, constipation, etc.
So, to have a stress-free and healthy Ramzan, it is important to have a balanced diet and also take certain precautions.
It is no fun falling sick during a festival and missing out on all the celebrations and spending time with your family and friends.
So, you can follow these simple health tips to keep yourself healthy and fit during Ramzan, have a look!
Try not to miss out on the Suhoor, as it is the first meal of the day. Skipping Suhoor can slow down your metabolic rate and may also lead to binge-eating during the Iftar, leading to weight gain.
After the Suhoor and Iftar, you can take a walk or indulge in some light exercise, so that your metabolic rate remains active, thereby keeping your immune system stronger.
Limit the fat intake during the two meals, you can always substitute deep-fried foods and sweets with lean meat, fruits and veggies. The high-calorie food can be had once in a week, but consuming them every day is definitely not healthy.
Baked samosas, boiled dumplings, chapatis made without oil, baked or grilled meat, milk-based sweets, etc, are some of the more healthier options that you can include for the two meals.
If you have the time, you can take a short afternoon nap. This will help restore your energy during the fast to keep you feeling active throughout the day.
Ensure that you keep yourself well hydrated to avoid dehydration and constipation. Drink enough water and also healthy fruit juices.
Make sure that you do not over-eat during the meals, especially during the Iftar, as it is the last meal before bed time, and your body will not be able to digest a lot of food at once during the night, which could lead to more digestive issues.