Written by on May 14, 2019

We are all aware the holy month of Ramadhan is a blessing for us.

What we eat outside of our fasting hours, however, is crucial to our health and ability to maximise the spiritual nourishment that the holy month brings.

In fact, there has been a lot of research of late highlighting how fasting, and intermittent fasting in particular, can benefit your health.

So what are some of the pitfalls that stop us from fully benefiting from the holy month?

Here, Inspire FM’s resident expert Suliman Rafiq brings you a little reminder of the do’s and don’ts of the month.

No Fizzy drinks: If I could only give you one tip it would be this: AVOID Fizzy drinks, why you might ask…

  • Often have high sugar content
  • Can cause digestion problems
  • Creates a false sense of ‘fullness’ and therefore you might not eat necessary nutrients from other foods
  • They stimulate water loss much faster, which can lead to dehydration.

No deep fried foods – sorry! Why?

  • After hours of fasting, our stomach becomes sensitive to foods that are deep-fried or too rich.
  • These foods are also often high in salt content – which as well as not being good for our health, will make us dehydrated.
  • One of the main reasons why people feel bloated and gain weight during Ramadan is because of the temptation of those samosas and kebabs at iftar.

So what can we eat and drink?

You won’t be surprised to hear that nothing beats what Mother Nature provides…

  • Drink as much water as you can. Ideally, this should be sipped through the period from iftar to sahoor
  • Lots of fruits and vegetables. Dates are of course great and also try to get a good mix of others.
  • Wholemeal foods are better.

Want to know more? The NHS have produced a ‘Ramadhan Health Guide

Suliman Rafiq is a Public Health professional with over 10 years of experience working in the areas of healthy weight, diet and cardiovascular disease.

You can catch him on Inspire FM as the co-host of the Health and Fitness show on the third Thursday of every month live on between 6-7pm.

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