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The month of Ramadan is upon us, this is the period Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. If you will be taking part in the fasting process, below are some tips to help you stay in good health throughout the period.

Hydrate. Increase your water intake as much as possible before dawn and at sunset. Try to avoid dehydrating drinks like coffee and sugary drinks. Breaking your fast with water ensures that you get hydrated before food consumption.

Portion size is important. Try to avoid overeating to make up for calories or trying to eating to compensate for your fasting window, this can cause indigestion or heartburn. Eating mindfully and listening for when your hunger is actually satisfied puts less stress on your body and gives you more energy than eating huge amounts at one time.

Keep moving. Though fasting can be physically exhausting, try not to be completely sedentary. Walks and stretches can go a long way in keeping your energy up during the day. Avoid Strenuous exercises during the period because you can quickly become tired and dehydrated.

Eat Veggies and Fruits. Always try taking fruits, vegetables as much you can during this period. These foods, along with protein, keep you fuller during your fasting window and can also help with blood sugar control while you are fasting.

Know when to fast. Certain Individuals are exempted from Ramadan fasting such as pregnant women, children under the age of puberty, elderly and frail individuals, the acutely unwell and those with chronic illnesses in whom fasting may be detrimental to health. If you fall under this category, it is advisable to stay off fasting.

Ramadan Mubarak from all of us at SPAR Nigeria!

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