Ramadan is here and the summer is in full swing. It’s important to note that fasting in this heat is especially taxing on the body and giving your body the right fuel is essential for maintaining energy levels and keeping your cool throughout the day. Make sure to include some, if not all, of the following foods in your Sehri meal:
- Yogurt. A balanced source of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. Simply put, it’s super. Not only will it help keep you cool, it contains probiotics that promote digestion.
- Fruits and Vegetables. Keep it simple and take plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. They contain fiber that helps keep you full and clean your system. They also contain vital vitamins and minerals.
- Complex carbohydrates. Rice, porridge, potatoes, beans and lentils are all excellent sources of complex carbohydrates that take a long time to digest. Ideal for maintaining high energy levels throughout the day.
Here’s what you should avoid:
- Caffeine. Caffeine increases urination and water loss from the body. Skip that cup of tea next time, you’ll feel less thirsty throughout the day.
- Too much water. Drinking too much water dilutes stomach acid and causes bloating and indigestion. Drink it in sips and don’t over-do it. 4-5 glasses should be more than enough