It is commonly known that the energy and productivity levels of those who fast fall significantly during the month of Ramadan compared to the normal days. The body functions on less food & fluids, causing laziness & fatigue to the body, especially in the summer season where weather temperatures are high.
Although, fasting is known to be very effective in cleansing the body and improving health conditions, it does affect your energy levels if your body is not well prepared for it. Therefore, you must eat more consciously during Suhoor and Iftar, to help maintain good energy levels throughout the day.
Here, we bring you some nutrition tips to follow during Suhoor and Iftar to help keep you active and energetic while fasting. So, here is what you should do:
- Increase your Liquid Intake: Drinking more fluids will keep you hydrated throughout the day. Fresh fruit juices like strawberry juice, apricot juice and milk soda are the best options to have during Suhoor. These juices will maintain the blood sugar level of the body.
- Include more fibrous food: Fibrous food products are the best during Ramadan, as they improve your metabolism throughout the day. If your stomach is not performing well, then you will feel lazy with a heavier body. If the body metabolism is working fine, the body then feels energetic and lighter. These fibrous food products include mangoes, tomatoes and other green vegetables.
- Avoid junk food: You should not eat junk food or canned food during Ramadan or any other month. Most of the junk foods like burgers and French fries are high in sodium and oil, that are not healthy for the body. Junk food lacks essential nutrients, hence, the energy level of the body decreases during the fasting day.
- Eat more dates: Dates contain carbohydrates that are very essential to keep the body energetic and active. It is recommended that people should take 3 to 5 dates at the time of Suhoor as it will maintain the sugar level of the body. Dates also contain fibers that are good for regulating bowel movements.
- Avoid Salty & spicy food: All the salty, fried and spicy foods are thirst triggers. Try to avoid them especially in a hot weather as they will retain water in your body and make you feel bloated.
- Have Milk: Usually people don’t like to drink milk during Ramadan, but it is recommended as it contains calcium and strengthens your bones. You can add some ingredients in the milk to make it tasty and delicious.
Ramadan Kareem, Stay Healthy & Fitt!!!