Tuesday,12 December, 2017
Current issue | Issue 1298, (2 - 8 June 2016)
Tuesday,12 December, 2017
Issue 1298, (2 - 8 June 2016)

Ahram Weekly

Entre Nous: Adjusting the body for Ramadan

 

 

As Ramadan approaches, some may wonder how they are going to cope with the challenges it may bring, especially on the first few days. Though we may think we will suddenly be ready when Ramadan starts, it is recommended to start training the body beforehand to make the transition easier.

 

Try these tips to prepare your body for Ramadan:

 

 

ŸStart having an early morning breakfast each day. During Ramadan, we wake up early for suhour, so if you start having an early breakfast from now on this will help your body get used to the earlier hours, especially if you normally don’t eat breakfast.

 

ŸSkip snacks between meals and stick to three main meals a day, which will help to prepare your body for the two main meals of Ramadan, suhour and iftar. If you do this now, you will only have to cut out one meal a day.

 

ŸFasting a few days before Ramadan starts is recommended to help you adapt to the holy month. It is also a great opportunity to make up for any missed fasts from last year.

 

ŸRegulate your sleep. If you normally sleep late and wake up late, start regulating your sleep from now on because during Ramadan you will be waking up early for suhour and the fajr prayer.

 

ŸMinimise caffeine intake. Coffee and tea lovers should start reducing their caffeine intake now to avoid having pounding headaches during the first few days of Ramadan. Limit coffee or tea to one cup at a time until you’re able to cut them out altogether.

 

ŸTry as much as possible not to over-indulge during meal times. Eat moderate quantities. Do not splurge on food because Ramadan is approaching as this will only increase your appetite, making fasting seem even more difficult. Remember that moderation is the key to ensuring that your body and digestive system are not exhausted during the holy month of Ramadan.

 

ŸWean yourself off smoking. Smokers who enter Ramadan unprepared may experience withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, restlessness, impatience and difficulty concentrating during fasting hours. Try to reduce smoking during the day to prepare your body for fasting.

 

ŸFinally, consult your physician. If you have concerns over your ability to fast for whatever reason, be it diabetes, high blood pressure or reflux disorders, now is the time to check with your doctor whether or not it is safe for you to fast.

 

Happy Ramadan.

 

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