4 Tips for a Healthy Ramadan
Fasting in the summer is a challenge - the long, hot days mean the countdown to Iftar is a long one. Here are some tips to avoid the hanger (hunger + anger):
1) Make sure you drink plenty of water before you start your fast and after you break it. Staying hydrated during your fast is perhaps the greatest challenge during Ramadan in the summer months, so to avoid headaches, dizziness and brain fog - drink up! Avoid caffeinated and sugary drinks as much as possible and reach for the real deal: a tall glass of water. Preferably 8 of them.
2) Stay in cool areas as much as you can - you'll lose less fluids through sweat, and it will probably give you better peace of mind too.
3) Plan your meals ahead of time - this will help organize your sleeping patterns and ensure you don't overeat. It might be tempting to gorge as soon as the sun sets, but breaking your fast with dates and water and then building your way up is not only Sunnah, but a lot healthier for you since it prevents heartburn and indigestion.
4) Get to know your community - Ramadan is an excellent opportunity to get involved with your community. Most of the masjids in the area have Iftars and potlucks you can participate in, which relieves the burden of planning an elaborate Iftar every day. Plus, you might find comfort in being around other people who can relate to you.
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