Fasting tips for the longest Ramadan in 33 years
Ramadan 2016 is here, and most countries already started fasting. Given the fact that this month is the longest in 33 years, we decided to provide some tips for our visitors, to help remind you to stay hydrated and healthy.
Hydration should be the slogan of this period of Ramadan. Upon breaking the fast, users must drink large quantities. Try to also drink water throughout the evening. Do not wait until before dusk to drink water again. Because if you do that, you will overwhelm your body, which in turn will simply expel the excess water. Drink water throughout the evening.
Do not overeat
Do not break your fast with foods hard to digest. Start with simple foods, and break your fast with small quantities of food (protein, carbs, fiber) like by eating a couple dates, milk, eggs, bread … the point is not to eat too much of anything. Too much food will make you feel sleepy, and feel unhealthy. Just like you should spread drinking water, so should you spread eating.
Choose your food wisely
Before started your fasting day, eat foods which do not have too much sodium (such as fish) because it will make you thirsty quickly. Focus on food high in fiber. For example beans (bissara) is a good choice, because your stomach digests it very slowly, and provides nutrients throughout the day. Avoid food with too much sugar and carbs, because those will burn quickly.
Get enough sleep
In Ramadan, families tend to stay up late, to enjoy some food and family time. Make sure if you stay up late, get enough sleep at night. If you don’t sleep well at night, make sure you make up for it during the day.
Do not be a hero
This Ramadan is one of the longest months in 33 years. The day is very long, the temperature is very high. If you feel extreme thirst, and feel dizzy and may lose consciousness, drink water, orange juice or a candy. God does not want you to hurt yourself to perform fasting. If you have to travel, or feel sick, also do not fast. These are permissions given in Islam and should be used when in need. You are the only judge of your condition. Do not be a hero and hurt yourself, because that’s not the purpose of fasting.