Fasting has been a religious practice in many groups, probably because the wisdom of the past has discovered its powerful effects, spiritually as well as physically. The association between fasting and praying is frequent in many cultures while the ways of fasting differ. Ramadan fasting comprises rich traditions, including Ramadan songs and receiving the month with lighting lanterns, and healthy practices such as breaking the fasting gradually. Following Al-Fath Pharmacies present you four tips for healthy fasting.
1 Be patient while your body ridding itself of toxins
During the fast, your body, released from the digestion process, begins to get rid of the toxins inside. It’s likely to suffer detox side effects, especially on the first days, including tiredness, headache, foggy brain, etc. Be patient towards these normal reactions of your body; taking analgesics whenever you feel the slightest pain is not recommended. Instead, you could consult a healthcare provider about practices, foods, and beverages that could serve as natural painkillers.
2 Keep yourself hydrated
You suffer from dehydration when your body consumes more fluid than you take in. The lack of water and other fluids prevent your body from carrying out its normal functions. Among the effects of dehydration are fatigue, dizziness, and confusion. Everyone is likely to dehydrate at high temperatures if s/he doesn’t drink enough water; however, it gets dangerous when occurs among old people. Therefore, make sure to consume enough amount of water after the sunset to keep you hydrated during the next day fasting. Don’t count on thirst to alarm you that you need to drink as it’s not always an early symptom. Also, distributing your water intake throughout the Iftar hours maximizes the benefit. Besides, don’t expose yourself to the afternoon sun unless it’s necessary.
3 Practice suitable exercises
During fasting, the body becomes focused on detoxifying itself. Therefore, gentle exercises like the simple poses of yoga, if you’re a beginner, and walking will serve you more than intense workouts.
Targeting the body as well as the mind, yoga gives your whole being health and strength. An extra benefit of practicing yoga during the fast is that it aids the body ridding itself from toxins effectively; the gentle stretching combined with breathing exercises speeds the process, therefore lowering the manifestation of symptoms such as headaches and fatigues. Recommended times to do your exercises are the early morning, or before breaking the fasting if you can. In case you want to do it after the Iftar, wait three to four hours after eating. Walking would also be fascinating in these times; in addition to the exercise benefit, it allows you to enjoy Ramadan’s atmosphere in the streets without being in a hurry to do something or see someone.
4 Meditate and practice silence
Meditation is the portal that leads to silence. When meditating, you are mindful of the present moment loaded with the life force. Your mind, tongue, and ears finally realize the silence that has always been there. Practicing silence sharpens the mind, connects you to nature, and deepens the perceiving and relationship with the creator. Silence has degrees, from not to talk when there’s no need to doing it for periods that could extend from hours to days. Among the ways in which you meet silence are doing something that truly attracts you, surrounding yourself with nature, watching the sunrises and sets, and worship. Actually, silence and worship are closely connected, and many of the Muslims practice, to a degree or another, silence and solitude during Ramadan, especially in the last ten days of it.
Spend happy, meaningful times and have healthy fasting for the rest of the holy month!