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These are All the Tips You Need to Keep Yourself Healthy this Ramadan

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Fasting can have a positive impact on your health, body, soul, and appearance. Following a few simple steps can transform your life for the rest of the year, and help to beautify this Holy Month in all aspects. Ramadan is an ideal time to purify ourselves, cleansing our hearts, emotions, and health – its an ideal soul detoxing in all forms.

This is the month of blessings, giving, and beautiful nights with family and friends. So with the advent of the gatherings, and abundant and delicious foods are increasing. Being healthy doesn’t have to be overly complicated; it’s all about feeling truly well, energetic, balancing hormones and all about getting and staying healthy as a lifestyle — It’s all about exploring new options, and provide as many alternatives and substitute as possible

As a long-term advocate for health and fitness, I aspire to change the common misconception of healthy food in the Middle East, I dream of encouraging healthy lifestyles in all aspects, of promoting nutritional education, and raising health awareness in any possible way. I’m on a one-woman mission to change what people believe ‘healthy’ is. Following a couple of essential points may feel beautiful inside and out and to enjoy a healthy lavish Ramadan!

As a start; Ramadan is the perfect time to bring back your workout routine on a track. Finding a favorite sport, or increasing your walking steps are nothing but great movements. Walking or working out lightly before iftar is perfect if you are trying to lose some weight. However, working out after your Iftar/dinner in Ramadan is an excellent thing to do to maintain your health. It’s all about balancing, finding the accurate time, and about the goal you’re trying to achieve (health wise) during this month.

Another important thing is to always drink at least eight to twelve cups of water a day. Drink plenty of fluids for hydration from the period of Iftar to the time of suhoor. I understand that a lot of popular sugary Ramadan drinks such as Tamarind and Hibiscus and soups are sources of fluids, however, water is the best choice, so try to consume other drinks in moderation.

You should break your fast smartly, and have suhoor in the same way as well. Suhoor meal helps your body stay hydrated and fueled up on energy and nutrients until your next meal. It also helps you avoid overeating when you break your fast at sunset. A well-balanced meal should contain complex carbohydrates, high-fiber foods, and protein-rich foods.

In addition to suhoor there is iftar; always make sure to include your essential nutrition in your iftar, while it is tempting to overindulge at Iftar after a day of food deprivation, remember that you should slow down. Each meal needs to contain the correct amount of protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats, and fiber. For better digestion, healthier body, and greater feel, dates are a great source of energy for the body and perfect to break your fast, helping it to secrete digestive enzymes in preparation for the upcoming meal. Post that, you may get started with some warm soup or salad. Avoid heavy oils and fats in your iftar. Make sure you consume plenty of vegetables and a good portion of protein and enough carbohydrates, with good fats. Remember you should eat slowly and give time for your body to digest the food.

Finally, we shouldn’t forget the amount of sugar we consume this month. While natural refined sugar-free is meant for moments when you need a little sweetness, delicious healthy substitute such as honey, stevia, maple syrup, coconut sugar, agave nectar are not just healthier alternatives; they taste amazing which won’t make you miss sugar.

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