As Ramadan progresses well into the month, I am feeling a lot healthier now. In fact, my mind is sharper and most importantly, I’ve lost weight. My body is very thankful that I’m not stuffing it with junk food during the day.
One of my goals during Ramadan has been to be aware of my actions and choices during the fasting month. Most times, outside of Ramadan, I don’t give too much thought to what I eat. However, the fasting month helps me live more deliberately with Allah on my mind, which Muslims are encouraged to do not just during the month, but every day of our lives.
To me, Ramadan has always been my rallying point, especially to ask for forgiveness, to renew my way of life and above all, improve my health.
For us Muslims, this world is the ultimate test to find out if one is able to withstand the lure of fame and wealth to be a believer. Muslims are expected to go about their regular lives even if they’re fasting. And this means going to work and exercising and keeping the same level of activity as the non-fasting months.
Now, getting back to the real point – eating healthy during Ramadan – I emphasise that eating heavy meals and fried items can cause health complications. We need to stop over eating and watch what we eat.
During my interaction with heath experts, they told me people should avoid spicy and non-vegetarian food at suhoor. They say such foods make you thirstier and feel fatigued, so should be avoided.
There is also need to avoid cold water. Cold water further increases thirst; it doesn’t quench thirst. Laban is a more favourable drink. Also, dates and bananas provide extra calories, so one should add these to the main course.
On what to avoid, all health experts advise against soft drinks. Have natural juices instead.
Additionally, oral hygiene is particularly important during Ramadan as fasting can cause oral bacteria to build up. Fasting and, therefore, abstaining from liquids can lead to the development of oral bacteria – the primary culprit of bad breath, cavities and gum disease.
We need to adapt our oral hygiene routine during Ramadan, being sure to brush our teeth after iftar and as well as suhoor to prevent bacteria from forming.
Till next time, stay healthy!