Ramadan is here again, it the time when Muslims all around the world set aside to fast, pray and maintain a holy life. During these periods, observers abstain from food within specific hours of the day (between sunrise and sunset) between 5am in the morning till around 7pm in the evening. It would be good practice while fasting, to keep both the mind and the body in top condition.
During fasting the body usually undergoes several metabolic and biological changes which requires some precautions taken before breaking a fast. Here are some of the precautions. First of all avoid taking heavy foods or large quantities of food so as not to over work the digestive system, also avoid cold water or drinks during this period.
Here are some suggested foods/fruits to take during the Ramadan fasting
Water is essential during fasting to prevent dehydration, it also helps flush the system, keep the body stabilized and effective during this period. Taking lots of water helps keep the body regulate its temperature.
Oranges are one of the most popular known fruits, as it is rich in vitamins and contains lots of minerals for good health. They are known for their concentration of vitamin C which helps in body building and fighting against infections which the body might be prone to during fasting.
Apples are one of the healthiest fruits and are rich in vitamins and minerals. Apples help regulate and stimulate blood sugar in the body.
Beans are high in protein, fat free and contain more fiber than most other foods. The amount of protein in beans helps to build up lost tissue, something that could arise during fasting.
When breaking your fast, the first fruit that should come to your mind is watermelon, it is not acidic, while being very rich in water content. It is also an energy giving fruit. Watermelons have high water content which helps rehydrate the body quickly.
Sweet potatoes are soft root crops rich in Vitamin A and also very easy to digest unlike other root vegetables.
Yoghurt is rich in potassium, calcium, protein and B vitamins, including B-12. Yoghurt has strong medicinal properties which includes ability to stimulate the immune system and kill bad bacteria which is a good thing when taken during fasting.
Milk is rich in Calcium which helps in building strong, healthy bones and teeth. It also helps in building and repairing of body tissue, which is highly required during fasting.
Vegetables are one of the best sources of vitamins and minerals. They are medicinal in nature they help in repair and building body tissues which might have been lost during fasting.
Bananas are rich in vitamins, soft and easily digested by the system. It also lowers blood pressure, and in turn helps improving the health of your heart.
What are some of your favourite foods to eat during Ramadan? Let us know in the comments below and Kul ‘am wa enta bi-khair! (May every year find you in good health!)