We are ready to welcome the holy month of Ramadan with all the peaceful, healing, and positive vibes it brings with it. Many people find the first day of fasting in Ramadan difficult. It is common to suffer from headaches, fatigue, and dehydration on the first day of Ramadan due to the change your body undergoes suddenly. Yet there are tips you can follow to make fasting easier on the first day.
1. Avoid eating salty or fried food the night before.
We want to enjoy all the foods we love before fasting, but some food types are not advisable. Eating fried food before fasting or at suhoor can cause indigestion problems. You also need to limit your salt intake and salty food in general such as pickles during suhoor to avoid feeling thirsty the next day. Instead, eat foods high in water content like cucumbers, and increase your intake of fiber-rich foods.
2. Drink as much water as you can.
Drink plenty of water during suhoor to keep yourself hydrated throughout your fasting time. Make sure you don’t drink less than 8 glasses of water daily and compensate your water intake right after iftar.
3. Get enough sleep.
One of the reasons why we feel exhausted during fasting besides lack of food and caffeine is not sleeping enough. Make sure you get enough sleep and if you tend to go to bed late during Ramadan, then try to take a nap before Iftar.
Finally, as much as we all crave a food feast on our dining tables, it is also important to eat as healthy as possible and minimize your consumption of fatty food and Ramadan desserts.
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