Ramadan Kareem Ziqqi People! We are so excited that the Holy Month is finally upon us and have prepared so many wonderful surprises for you and your loved ones. As we prepare our hearts and bodies for the month of fasting, we compiled a list of tips, with the help of our amazing Pharmacy Category Manager- Sayed, to help you stay healthy and hydrated during the Holy Month.
We have divided our tips into two broad categories; things to avoid and things to increase.
Dos and Don’ts
Don’t drink lots of water just before fasting time, because your body will not be able to retain the water and make proper use of it. Instead, do try to drink a glass of water every hour or two during breakfast time.
Don’t drink tea and coffee during breakfast time. This is because caffeine is a mild diuretic which means that it causes your kidneys to flush out extra sodium and water. As you would like to retain as much water as possible, it’s best to avoid caffeine as much as possible when fasting.
Avoid fried food like samosas as they increase the impact of fatigue and exhaustion caused by fasting. Instead, increase your intake of vegetables as they are a natural source of water and help the body to remain hydrated.
Avoid refined or processed sugar because when you have extra sugar in your body your body’s response is to try flush it out, consequently, having high blood sugar can lead to dehydration.
Don’t over indulge in sweets and desserts, although we all love a good treat or dessert during Ramadan it is best to avoid giving in to that sweet tooth and limiting to a small piece preferably directly after Iftar. This is because the sugar in these treats leads to an increase in insulin which in turns causes us to feel hungry all the time, making fasting much harder. Desserts also tend to be high in calories, with poor nutritional value and the resulting energy boost in usually short lived. Instead, try to have fresh and dried fruit as they are a natural source of sugar in the form of fructose.
Don’t take hot showers as the hot water opens up your skin pores allowing your body to lose water faster. Instead take cold showers to keep pores closed and retain water for longer.
Top tip: Eat lots of yoghurt, a banana or two before you start fasting as both are a great natural source of water and bananas contain potassium which will give you a much-needed energy boost. Dates are also a great natural source of water and energy and make a tasty way to break your fast at Iftar time.
For more tips on how to make the most of your Ramadan check out our blog on our Ramadan top shopping picks and follow us on Social Media to learn how you can shop and win this Ramadan. In the meantime: Blessings and good wishes for the holy month.