While we agree that this month is also a month for mental detoxification, we tend to forget that we are what we eat, drink and think. Therefore, most importantly what we choose to put in our body makes us what we are. For diet and nutrition, I am going to share my quick simple tips that will help you to stay healthy in this holy month.
One key thing to consider when breaking the fast whatever the time is hydration. Although the body has the ability to conserve water through the kidneys, water can naturally be lost via sweating, urination and even breathing. So, the most important thing is to break your fast with a refreshing glass of lukewarm water and a slice of lemon. This ensures your body is getting alkaline especially after an entire day of fasting when your gut has produced a lot of acid.
- Fruits and Vegetables
Drink plenty of fluids and consume fluid-rich foods, such as fruits like watermelon, cantaloupe, berries and vegetables like cucumbers, celery, homemade fresh soups and stews. This is important as these foods help to replace fluids and electrolytes that are lost during the day and contribute to your next day of fasting by keeping you hydrated. Also, it is best to avoid foods that contain too much salt as it induces thirst which will be very hard to handle during Ramadan.
- Whole grains
It is vital you consume plenty of high fibre foods, such as whole grains, nuts, seeds, high fibre cereals, bran, dried fruit and nuts alongside plenty of fluids. As the sudden changes to eating habits and lack of fluids during the day may cause constipation or bowel irregularity for some people.
Dr. Vidhi Patel, Nutritionist at Gold Collagen