Fasting In Ramadan: Tips To Stay Healthy

Ramadan Kareem! It’s that time of the year again. A holy month for Muslims to fast and count the days down to Eid Mubarak. A few of the main purposes of fasting during this holy month of Ramadan is to learn self-discipline, the sacrifice of the pleasures in life as well as self-control. We basically have to fast from dawn to dusk, meaning in this time period, we are to abstain from any eating or drinking. 

Ramadan fasting

That being said, people who are fasting kind of face a lot of challenges, especially when you have to work. This is because you would need the energy that you’d usually get from your meals but since you’re fasting, it’s very likely that you feel tired, sleepy or just really hungry, right? Fret not because I’m here to share some tips and tricks to get yourself fasting through Ramadan with ease.

Benefits Of Fasting In Ramadan

Before we get into that, let me explain a few of the benefits of fasting during Ramadan. You see, since the stored fat in our body works like, figuratively, energy power banks, our bodies actually get to absorb more of the nutrients that are stored. That’s why people sometimes reduce their food intake when they want to lose weight. Proper reduction of food will allow our body to absorb energy from our stored fat, thus, reducing fat. 

Other than that, since we’ll be reducing our food intake while we fast, that’ll allow our bodies to go through detox as well as lower cholesterol levels in our blood. I think one thing that might be a little challenging for a lot of people while they’re fasting is when they have to restrain themselves from their bad habits. I mean look at the bright side, if you’re a frequent smoker, fasting will help reduce your smoking habit. Eating sugary foods is a bad habit as well, you know? So in this month, fasting will help you lower your sugar intake.

Ramadan fasting

Most importantly, Ramadan brings families and friends together.  

And with that, make sure you take care of yourself and your loved ones with these tips to stay healthy while you’re fasting in Ramadan:

Tips To Stay Healthy While Fasting

Hydrate, Hydrate And Hydrate

I think a lot of people nowadays tend to forget the amount of water they have to drink in a day to stay hydrated (I’m definitely not talking about me…). So, it’s really important that we remember, especially while we’re fasting in Ramadan, to drink the appropriate amount of water so you don’t get dehydrated by the end of the day. But don’t chug the water, you’d feel sick. Instead, drink 4-5 glasses when you break fast and another 4-5 glasses when you’re having your Sahur. If you’re afraid you’re not getting enough water intake by simply drinking water, try eating hydrating foods like watermelon, cucumber or tomato. 

Bonus tip: Try avoiding soft drinks or caffeinated drinks like coffee. People tend to urinate more when they drink that which can lead to dehydration during the day. 

Don’t Binge When You Break Fast

Ramadan fasting

Yes, I know you’re hungry but do not binge your food when you break fast. That’s the quickest way for you to get an upset stomach or indigestion. Instead, start with a glass of water and eat a portion of food you’d normally eat when you’re having a meal. Make sure to chew properly and don’t eat too fast. Stop before you’re full and if you still feel hungry, you could always snack on something healthy!

Exercise To Pass Time 

It sounds crazy but yes, you could exercise to pass time, even when you’re fasting in Ramadan. I know that when you’re fasting in Ramadan, you feel less energized. However, exercising doesn’t mean cardio or something that has to make you sweat. You could do yoga or simply go on a walk just to get yourself moving. 

Make Sure To Rest And Refresh

Ramadan fasting

Rest is important, especially when you’re not eating or drinking. Before work or when you start your day, take a shower then go about your day. You could perhaps rinse your face every once in a while to wake yourself up. Take a power nap or just take a break for a bit in the middle of the day. Don’t overwork yourself and make sure you are well-rested to face the day.

When you’re fasting in this month of Ramadan, you can practice self-control and sacrifice. But always remember to take care of yourself as well. Drink enough water, eat the right amount of food and let’s count the days to the festive time of Eid! 

Happy Fasting And Stay Safe, Everyone!

Sincerely From The Cool Bears.

Aafiqa Zamil
Aafiqa Zamil
I'm a lover, not a writer. But eh, I do write occasionally.

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