6 WAYS TO STAY HEALTHY IN RAMADAN:Ramadan is a constant battle against thirst from dawn to sunset

To stay healthy and hydrated is extremely important especially for those late night noor gainz #AlwaysOnTheNoorGrind #NoorGameStrong

Here are some tips to stay healthy:

  1. WATER IS YOUR BESTFRIEND.

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Stay hydrated!! Our bodies are made up of nearly 65% water, so it’s important to load up on the water as soon as you break your fast. Carry a water bottle to those nighttime prayers to stay hydrated throughout the night.

  1. STAY AWAY FROM sugary drinks

Yes, that pink drink that has been engraved in Ramadan tradition since you were a child can actually be bad for you. Sugary drinks like Rooh Afza are a part of the classic iftaar, but contain artificial dyes and flavors that can be harmful in the long run, and may lead to weight gain. The best way is to go natural! One way is to juice fruits, make smoothies, or infuse your water with fruits and lemon for natural flavor.

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  1. Choose foods with high water content!

Foods like cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, watermelon, strawberries, apples, and leafy greens will help you stay full and hydrated without feeling bloated.

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  1. Bro, do you even protein?

Protein delays hunger pains and helps you stay full longer. When paired with whole wheats, they’ll provide steady energy throughout the day. The best sources of protein are eggs, beans, greek yogurt, soy, fish, and beef. #DontSkipProteinDay
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  1. Stay away from fried foods.

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Drop those pakoras. Fried foods are heavy in oil and that makes them harder to digest, especially when they’re the first foods to be eaten after a long fast. Food rich in salt and oil will also leave you feeling thirstier.  Of course samosas, pakoras, and all things oil make your insides happy, but it’s important to remember moderation. Your stomach will thank you during taraweeh.
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  1. Avoid the feast.

As we stare at our plates waiting for clock to hit exactly iftaar time, we tend to get caught up in testing our limits when it comes to how much we can eat in a few minutes.

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Its important that when you break your fast to pace yourself. Eating slowly helps you feel more full and helps with digestion. Break your fast with a light meal, pray Maghrib, take a power nap or do some light exercise, and eat some more. Remember that Prophet Muhammad (S) instructed us to split our stomach in 3 parts, ⅓ water, ⅓ air, ⅓ food.

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May this Ramadan bring us blessings, prosperity, and increase our Imaan.

#blessed
By Zairah Ahmed

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