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Summer fasting: Dos and don'ts

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Amarhealth Correspondent: June 10, 2016: This year's Ramadan starts in summer. That means the days are broad as a result fasting hours would be long. Possibility of shortage of salinity in the body rises due to heat wave. So, we can keep fasting only by following the healthy food habit.  

Healthy Habit to maintain:

Drink 8 glasses of water daily from Iftar to Suhour (pre-dawn) to prevent dehydration and constipation.

Sleep for 6-8 hours a day to get sufficient mental and physical rest. Less sleep means you will feel tired during the day which in turns leads to less productivity and activity.

Have a balanced varied Iftar which incorporates dates, soup, salad, a main dish, fruits and a small piece of Ramadan sweet.

Walk or participate in some kind of physical activity.

Have Suhour to fill your body with energy and help regulate your blood sugar.

Unhealthy habit to avoid:

Try not to drink excess fluids at night for fear of thirst during the day. This will lead to abdominal distress.

Don’t eat a wide variety of food at night or Suhour especially foods high in fat, thinking that they will prevent hunger pangs during the day.

Avoid eating large amounts of food at Iftar which will lead to extreme fullness.

Try and avoid having a large quantity of starters and sweets which will lead to weight gain.