5 Tips To Prepare Your Body For Ramadan

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With Ramadan coming up at the end of the month, it’s time to pre-plan and allow our bodies time to prepare. Ramadan is a holy month of spirituality and cleansing your body and soul. This is why you need to take time to prepare your body for this month, instead of waking up one day realizing you can’t have your morning cup of coffee, you’re starving and the withdrawal symptoms take over.
Here are five things you can start doing, to prepare your body for the upcoming holy month of Ramadan.

1. Cut Back On The Caffeine

Now is the time to start reducing your consumption of caffeine. Not consuming caffeine during Ramadan can make the first few days of fasting extremely difficult, due to the withdrawal symptoms such as migraine.

  • Start now by switching to a drink with less caffeine, so start switching your morning cup of coffee to tea instead.
  • Gradually decrease the amount of caffeine you consume.
  • Start having your caffeine later on in the day to avoid being completely dependent.

2. Regulate Portion Control

The typical mindset of “eat all you can because you won’t be eating in Ramadan” is not your best friend. Binge eating only increases your appetite, which will result in you having a harder time fasting and getting hungrier during the day.

  • Start reducing your food quantities, to get your body used to less food and calories during the month of Ramadan

3. Reduce Smoking

The withdrawal symptoms associated with smoking range from restlessness to anger. Smokers tend to find it harder to fast and concentrate during the fasting period.

  • Start by reducing the amount of cigarettes you smoke, or better yet aim to quit.

4. Stay Well Hydrated

It is very important to stay hydrated in Ramadan. Water is vital for our well being, to help rid of toxins and reduce feelings of hunger.

  • Start drinking water regularly.
  • Ditch the juices and soda for water so when Ramadan comes around you’re used to staying well hydrated to avoid dehydration.

5. Fast Days
The saying goes, practice makes perfect. If Ramadan is particularly hard for you, then try fasting in preparation for Ramadan. This way your body will be more prepared for what’s to come.

  • Fast at least one day a week until the holy month, to start becoming accustomed to not eating throughout your day.

Although a sociologist at heart, Nadine finds her love in nutrition, her passion in Pilates and her purpose in writing. Nadine is a Specialist in Fitness Nutrition and a Pilates-instructor in the making. She is also the founder of health blog, Nourished by Nadine (@nourishedbynadine) where she shares her own recipes, as well as health tips.

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