4 Ways to Stay Healthy During This Ramadan
Mar 24, 2022
Ramadan is a month not only welcome by all Malaysian Muslims, but it is also looked forward to by people of other faiths. This is due to the happening of the Ramadan bazaars, which are the best places to get a variety of local scrumptious and mouth-watering delicacies. However, changes in the eating pattern, particularly overeating or eating too much fatty and spicy foods during Ramadan can lead to digestive issues such as indigestion, constipation, bloating, and heartburn. Here are a few tips to ensure that you stay healthy throughout Ramadan to fully utilized this month of blessings.
One Stall at a Time
While there are many foods to try at the bazaar, there are also many days in Ramadan month. With the temptations of abundant types of kuih and sugary beverages from the bazaar, try to limit yourself to one main dish with one dessert only. Take a stroll along the bazaar’s aisles and make your decision afterward will prevent you from over purchase too.
Opt for Foods with Healthier Cooking Method
When visiting the Ramadan bazaar, opt for dishes that are prepared and cooked in a healthier way such as grilled, boiled, or steamed. Even if you want to indulge in foods such as roti John, kebab, or burger, try to request for less chili sauce, ketchup, or mayonnaise to avoid extra fat or calories intake. You can also opt for less sugar when buying juices or cordial drinks..
Avoid Large Portions
It is easy to eat large portions after a long period of fasting. Stay mindful of what you are eating when breaking fast. A good rule of thumb is to have half a plate of vegetables, a quarter of a plate of protein, and a quarter of a plate of carbohydrates.
Take Probiotics Daily
Probiotics, commonly known as good bacteria, aid in digestion needed after a fast. During Ramadan, heavy meals during Iftar or Suhoor, insufficient water intake, or even an unbalanced diet can disrupt the balance of intestinal flora. Hence, by taking probiotics, they can help regulate intestinal flora and soothe irritation in the gut. Most importantly, they also help alleviate constipation and normalize bowel movement, which is a common problem experienced during Ramadan.
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