Ramadan is a very important time in the Islamic calendar, where Muslims fast throughout the daylight hours. Fasting is broken at sunset by iftar.
Fasting is an exercise in self-restraint and is intended to remind people of those less fortunate and to give those who observe the fast a chance to detoxify the body and mind. It gives people the opportunity to focus solely on one’s faith.
There are some exceptions from fasting. For example, children, the elderly, anyone who is sick and pregnant ladies can be exempted.
If you are fasting in Ramadan 2020 in the UAE, here are some tips from nutritionists at Kcal about how to stay healthy.
Have a healthy and filling suhoor
Eat complex carbs including whole grains and protein, which are slower digesting and help maintain energy levels.
Avoid simple sugars
Skip refined sugar and flour. They’ll give you a temporary energy boost – followed by an energy crash.
It takes more time to break down in the body than carbs and provides a longer-lasting energy source.
Ditch fried foods
Opt for healthy fats for longer lasting energy and to keep you fuller for longer.
Drink plenty of water
After breaking your fast, drink water regularly to compensate for the hydration you didn’t get while fasting. Combine with foods rich in water: cucumbers, leafy greens, watermelon and tomatoes.
Limit your caffeine
Fasting causes dehydration. It’s a good idea to take a break from tea or coffee as it will increase water loss in the body.
For everything you need to know about Ramadan in Abu Dhabi click here. For Dubai, click here. For Sharjah click here.