Let’s prepare ourselves for the most revered month of Ramzan when Muslims keep fasts and obey their creator the Allah Almighty and worship him more than in normal days. This month is accompanied with fasting for Allah, having sahari (the breakfast in dawn) and breaking the fast, aftar time. This month is meant to remove toxins from our body and making us healthy.
This year the month of Ramzan is set to start in July which is the hottest month of the year with longer days. So it means that fasting time would be 15-16 hours which is about the one third time of the day and the time remaining to allow eat and drink is only 8 hours maximum. In Ramzan we keep fast to normalize our diet but what happens we end up eating more food in the left over 8 hours than the normal days. This causes many digestive problems and health hazards.
Our Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: "The children of Adam fill no vessel worse than their stomach. Sufficient for him is a few morsels to keep his back straight. If he must eat more, then a third should be for his food, a third for his drink, and a third left for air." (Sunan al-Tirmidhi)
So we must take care of our health in Ramzan. Here is given 5 must to-do health list for ramzan which will guide you to maintain your health in Ramzan even during fasting.
1. Healthy Sahar Meal
The most important of the 5 must to-do health list for Ramzan is to have healthy sahar meal (breakfast at the dawn). To make your 16 hours fasting an energetic time try to consume ‘complex carbohydrates’ or the slow digesting foods so that the meal stay longer in your stomach and make you feel less hungry during fast. Foods such as grains like barley, wheat, oats, millet, beans, lentils, and unpolished rice contain complex carbohydrates.
Doing some exercise while fasting proves beneficial for the person with fast. It increases metabolism and makes the digestion system strong. Try to have a 30 minutes’ walk or 40 minutes cycling. It will burn extra calories in your body and will melt the excess fat stored in your body. It is also good to remain physically active whole day by cleaning your home or your room. Praying 5 times a day is also at one of the most important 5 must to-do health list for Ramzan. It includes physical exercise and worshiping as well.
3. Light Digestive Aftar
The common belief in Ramzan is to eat more than the normal days. At aftar time which is also the breaking the fast in evening at Maghrib prayer time the people with fast enjoy different kind of fried items such as samosa, pakorey, French fries. These all aftar time meal are not digested easily and disturb stomach as well. So, it’s better to have light digestive food filled with high nutrition like eating mix fruits or to have green tea.
4. Spiritual Health
Always give priority to your spiritual health as during fasting it is also important to focus on your spiritual well-being. Say your 5v prayers regularly and try to spend more time for worshiping Allah Almighty than in the normal days. Getting spiritually closer to Allah will eliminate all your troubles and will relieve your stress as well.
5. Setting Health Goals
The last at the 5 must to-do health list for Ramzan is to set some of your health goals. Ramzan is the best time to achieve health benefits. Fasting makes a person healthy, it regulates low blood sugar, it controls indigestion and also for the people with overweight it is good to lose some weight but only by defining some health goals in these 30 days.
Holy month of Ramzan is arriving after few days and we must prepare ourselves to greet this most revered month. Health in Ramzan is of supreme importance and therefore during fasting we must care for our health.