It’s that time of the year when exhausted is the look everyone is rocking thanks to low level of caffeine, nicotine, carbs, proteins et al. With long fasting hours and the sun blazing like it’s a good day in hell, and while your eimaan is in check, it is very important to keep a check on your food and drink consumption. Fasting for more than 15 hours a day puts a lot of stress on our body and could plunge it into a state of dehydration. As important as H2O is in normal life, it is even more crucial to keep yourself hydrated in Ramadan since your body is 70 – 80% water. Here are 5 tips that can help you feel less dehydrated in Ramadan.
- Consume fruits/vegetables with high amounts of water: Consume fruits and vegetables that contain high amounts of water like green leafy vegetables, celery, tomatoes, bananas, zucchini, cucumber, watermelon, sweet melon, oranges and citrus fruits. Soups, yogurt, and oatmeal also naturally contain water so incorporate them in your Iftar/Suhoor meals.
- Avoid caffeinated drinks: As difficult and almost impossible (for some people) this may sound, cutting down caffeine intake to just one cup after Iftar can help you feel less thirsty during fasting hours.
- Plan your platter wisely: Salty food increases body’s requirement for water making it feel dehydrated quicker whereas liquids with a high concentration of sugar encourage your bladder to perform better, making you feel dehydrated and needing a quick hit of hydration faster than usual.
- Try to keep cool: Avoid the sun like your life depends on it (literally), take cold showers, stay in cool areas, wear loose clothing to avoid excessive sweating and water loss.
- Gym after Iftar: It’s no brainer that when your nutrition is limited, you need to put the brakes on strenuous physical activity. Gym once you have replenished your body with food and water and keep gymming to a minimum to avoid intense energy drain.
Lazy girl’s guide to eating healthier
When it comes to eating healthy, many of us are plain lazy. There are no words to describe it. It’s like you want to improve your health but you don’t necessarily want to put in the hard work that’s required. The good news is, eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. Just swap your everyday junk food for these delicious, guilt-free superfoods, and get a step closer to living a healthier lifestyle.
Dark chocolate is a natural energy booster packed with antioxidants and rich, authentic taste. Make sure you pick up the least processed one with a teeny tiny bit of sugar (75% or more if you’re not weak at heart!). The more processed and sugary the chocolate, the unhealthier it is.
Did you know “Chia” is an ancient Mayan word for ‘strength’? Need we say more? This superfood is packed with the goodness of Fiber, Protein, Fat, Calcium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), and Vitamin B2. Trust this bubbly little superfood to give you an instant hit of energy when added to your fruit bowl or cereal.
Bananas are a great pick-me-up superfood to snack on after a long exhausting day. Chug a glass of banana milkshake in the evening, or mix it with some cereal and milk, for an instant energy boost. It’s quick, easy to make, and full of rich nutrients that help you refresh! Got more super food ideas? Share them with us in the comments below!
Matcha Tea – New Fad or Superfood?
Dubbed the elixir of longevity, Matcha tea is what makes the Okinawans live to be 100 (yes, Okinawa, Japan has the most number of living centenarians). Although it has been around for more than eight centuries, this grassy green tea has become a staple on every fitness enthusiast’s Instagram visual feed much recently.
Before you decide on whether you should jump the Matcha Tea bandwagon (or not), let’s give you a lowdown of all the incredible health benefits this antioxidant powerhouse has to offer.
If you’re weight watching, Matcha Tea can help you burn those calories four times faster than your basic brew. It improves the metabolism and helps burn fat – sans the terrible side effects of synthetic health supplements and detox drinks.
Matcha Tea gets its brilliant green color due to the high chlorophyll content that is great for detoxing. Just one cup of Matcha Tea every day helps you get rid of harmful chemical toxins and free radicals (but don’t overdo it).
Rich in Antioxidants
Matcha Tea is also rich in skin-loving and cancer-fighting antioxidants called polyphenols and catechins that boost immunity and give skin a youthful appearance.
If Monday blues really get to you, start your day with a cup of warm Matcha Tea. Certain antioxidants present in this tea help boost concentration and improve memory.
Strengthens the Immune System
In addition to all the amazing health benefits Matcha Tea has to offer, it is packed with the goodness of vitamins A & C, protein, calcium, iron, and potassium that promote overall health.
Fancy a cuppa?