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SOME HEALTH GUIDELINES FOR RAMADAN
Azouzbiladi [ PM ] [ ]
September 25, 2005 10:41AM
Salam and Ramadan Mubarak Karim for All,

THIS IS TO SHARE WITH YOU SOME HEALTH GUIDELINES FOR RAMADAN:

This article provides useful advice on how to avoid some common problems encountered in Ramadhan. If followed, it would enable one to fast comfortably and enjoy fully the spiritual benefits of Ramadan.

During the holy month of Ramadan, our diet should not differ very much from our normal diet and should be as simple as possible. The diet should be such that we maintain our normal weight, neither losing nor gaining. However, if one is over-weight, Ramadan is an ideal time to normalise one's weight.

In view of the long hours of fasting, we should consume slow digesting foods including fibre containing-foods rather than fast-digesting foods. Slow digesting foods last up to 8 hours, while fast-digesting foods last for only 3 to 4 hours.

Slow-digesting foods are foods that contain grains and seeds like barley, wheat, oats, millet, semolina, beans, lentils, wholemeal flour, unpolished rice, etc. (called complex carbohydrates).

Fast-burning foods are foods that contain sugar, white flour, etc. (called refined carbohydrates).

Fibre-containing foods are bran-containing foods, whole wheat, grains and seeds, vegetables like green beans, peas, sem (papry), marrow, mealies, spinach, and other herbs like methie, the leaves of beetroot (iron-rich), fruit with skin, dried fruit especially dried apricots, figs and prunes, almonds, etc.

The foods eaten should be well-balanced, containing foods from each food group, i.e. fruits, vegetables, meat/chicken/fish, bread/cereals and dairy products.

Fried foods are unhealthy and should be limited. They cause indigestion, heart-burn, and weight problems.

AVOID:

Fried and fatty foods.
Foods containing too much sugar.
Over-eating especially at sohor..
Too much tea at sohor. Tea makes you pass more urine taking with it valuable mineral salts that your body would need during the day.
Smoking cigarettes. If you cannot give up smoking, cut down gradually starting a few weeks before Ramadhan. Smoking is unhealthy and one should stop completely.

EAT :

Complex carbohydrates at sohor so that the food lasts longer making you less hungry.
Dates are excellent source of sugar, fibre, carbohydrates, potassium and magnesium.
Almonds are rich in protein and fibre with less fat.
Bananas are a good source of potassium, magnesium and carbohydrates.

DRINK:

As much water or fruit juices as possible between iftar and bedtime so that your body may adjust fluid levels in time .

Ramadan Kareem once again .

Salam




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Ilhem2 [ PM ] [ ]
September 25, 2005 06:08PM
Hello everyone,


very useful advises...thank you very much Azouzbiladi....



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/25/2005 06:24PM by Ilhem2.
Azouzbiladi [ PM ] [ ]
September 25, 2005 09:14PM

Salam,

Welcome Ilhem2



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Sunny [ PM ] [ ]
September 25, 2005 10:26PM
Thank you Azouzbiladi, also i would like to add:
Dont forget being active in Ramadn, at least 30mns a day exercise( Walking, Running, Biking, swimming...). Also dont forget Tarawih prayer...
Ramadan Mubarek to everyone!!!
Azouzbiladi [ PM ] [ ]
September 25, 2005 11:01PM
Salam,

Thank you Sunny for this ineresting info you added, and evrybody is welcome for

any additional information.







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