Here’s what to eat and what to avoid to stay healthy throughout Ramadan.
10 May 2018| Last updated on 19 April 2020
During the holy month of Ramadan in Dubai, it is important to follow a simple and healthy diet that will sustain you during the long and hot summer days.
Here are few tips to help you stay in good health throughout Ramadan:
- Consume slow digesting food, rich in fibre like food that contain grains and seeds (barley, wheat, oats, semolina, beans, lentils, etc…) rather than fast-digesting food containing sugar, white flour, etc... The slow-digesting food last up to 8 hours, while fast-digesting food last for only 3 to 4 hours.
- Avoid fried and fatty food, as well as food rich in sugar. They cause indigestion, heart-burn and weight problems.
- Avoid caffeine in drinks such as tea, coffee and cola. Caffeine is a diuretic, it stimulates a faster water loss through urination taking with it valuable mineral salts that the body needs throughout the day.
- On the break of fast, have a healthy and balanced Iftar. Do not over eat and drink few more glasses of fluids.
- Consume dates: they are an excellent source of sugar, fibre, Carbohydrates, Potassium and Magnesium.
- Consume almonds: they are rich in protein and fibre with less fat.
- Eat bananas: they are a good source of Potassium, Magnesium and Carbohydrates.
- Drink water or fruit juices as much as possible between Iftar and bedtime. This will help your body replenish fluid levels during fast.
- Exercise: establish a routine to walk at least 30 minutes every day and remain active throughout the day
- Stay in cool areas (indoors or in shade) and limit your physical activity, during the hottest part of the day.