Almost two billion Muslims around the world are fasting from dawn to dusk. Fasting acts as a reset for the mind, body and soul.

Ramazan is also a month for showing gratitude. By abstaining from food and water during the day, the faithful are reminded of those who are less fortunate. Ramazan’s iftar tables are also a gathering place where families and friends enjoy this holy month of cleansing.

However, fasting means not consuming food and water for many hours which makes the Ramadan diet more important. To feel full during the fasting hours and have no medical problems after iftar, Dr. Fevzi Ozgonul said one can turn these long fasting hours into boosting the digestive system and resting the body with a right diet.

“The meal times change during the Ramadan and it is our interest to use long hours of fasting for the benefit of our bodies,” said Dr. Ozgonul.

Here are 10 steps to rejuvenate your body this Ramadan:

1. Do not skip sehri. In order not to feel any hungrier than you should, it is important to give up sleep and wake up for sehri.

2. What you eat for sehri is also crucial for a healthy Ramadan. It is advised to consume foods that you eat for breakfast as well as fatless meat and some soup. Dr. Ozgnl also warns people not to eat any fruit in sehri.

3. During fasting hours, you will not be able to drink water so compensate it by drinking a lot of water in sehri.

4. One of the most iconic Ramazan foods is the Ramazan pita which is baked at the bakeries just for the holy month. However, while it is delicious, it is important to restrain yourself and not eat too much. Dr. Ozgnl suggests that you should eat Ramazan pita only at iftar but not too much. If you do not want to feel thirsty during the day, it is better not to consume the pita in sehri.

5. After long hours of fasting, your body will be in need of a lot of water but Dr. Ozgnl warns: It is better not to drink too much water while you are your breaking fast. If you drink more than two glasses of water, it could prevent you from eating nutritious food that your body needs.

6. Dr. Ozgnl also advises breaking the fast with small amounts of olives, dates or nuts and to take five to 10 minutes to rest your stomach and ready it for the main course.

7. Before starting the main course of iftar, take a small walk around the house.

8. If you have a sweet tooth, choose to eat gulla, which is rice wafers stuffed with nuts, as it is a healthier and lighter choice.

9. Beverages with caffeine cause dehydration so make sure not to consume too much tea, coffee or carbonated drinks.

10. It is always a good idea to move around after iftar, so either take a walk or visit the mosque for tarawih, the Ramadan prayers.

COURTESY: DAILY SABAH

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