Ramadan Health Tips

Tip One

At Suhoor, it is important to eat food rich in carbohydrates and protein, fruits or vegetables, and plenty of water. Do not over eat….. 

Tip Two

Do your best to stay indoors between 11am-4pm and limit your daytime physical activity…. 

Tip Three

Break your fast with dates and either milk, water or fruit juice before going to Maghrib Prayer… 

Tip Four

Resist the temptation to feast! After Maghrib Prayer, bring your fluids and blood sugar level up without overdoing it so enjoy a light starter such as soup and crackers…

Tip Five

Have your MAIN meal about an hour after Maghrib Prayer. The meal should be healthy and balanced with a few glasses of water (remember, don’t overeat!)… 

Tip Six

Resist the temptation to drink tea, coffee and fizzy drinks. When visiting friends or family, ask for glasses of water… 

Tip Seven

Don’t be tempted by chocolate and candy for dessert, fresh fruit and nuts are in plentiful supply this time of year… 

Tip Eight

Keep hydrated throughout the evening. The target is eight glasses of water or two big bottles by bedtime… 

Tip Nine

Don’t be lazy! Light exercise, such as a 15-20 minute walk, each evening will make a huge difference to your well being…

Tip 10

QUIT SMOKING - you know you want to so there is no better time than now!

Tip 11

Water is vital throughout the evening and if you don’t like water, squeeze some lemon in for flavour

Tip 12

Caffeine makes you more dehydrated, so avoid coffee, tea and Cola!

Tip 13

Taking Multi-vitamins can help you boost your body after fasting but consult a health expert first

Tip 14

Avoid sugar! Sugar-loaded food and drink means a spike in blood-sugar levels and then a crash.

Tip 15

Don’t forget to chew your food. When we are hungry we tend to eat too quickly. Take your time and chew every mouthful slowly

Tip 16

Avoid indigestion by taking your time eating and not indulging in many varieties of food in one meal

Tip 17

Soups are a very important part of the Iftar table. They are warm and easy on the stomach and provide the body with some fluids and minerals

Tip 18

Remember to include salads at every Iftar. Prepare salads rich in vegetables of different colours. The more colour the more beneficial vitamins and minerals.

Tip 19

Try to avoid fried food and instead prepare baked pastries or steamed vegetables

Tip 20

A well-balanced Suhoor that provides the right nutrients can reduce the effects of fasting such as laziness, headaches, fatigue, hunger and discomfort

Tip 21

If you suffer from heartburn after iftar, avoid fried foods and high fat foods

Tip 22

If you break your fast with a big feast you may find that you actually put on weight during the Holy Month

Tip 23

Avoid the excessive use of oil to cook foods during the Holy Month

Tip 24

Avoid deep fried, high sugar and high fat foods

Tip 25

Dates are not just traditional, they are vital and provide a burst of energy to break the fast

Tip 26

Diabetics should consult a health professional before fasting and those who need insulin to control diabetes should not fast

Tip 27

If you take regular medication, consult with your doctor about arrangements for fasting or not

Tip 28

Kick the bad habits! There is no better time than Ramadan to quit smoking and cut out the junk food, candy and chocolates

Tip 29

Chicken or fish is widely recommended to be had with the main evening meal

Tip 30

Make it a family celebration and enjoy evenings with those that are important to your lives