As the Month of Ramadan is soon approaching for many all over the world, many may be wondering if there is anything that can be done to stay hydrated and with less fatigue on the body, and the answer of course is: yes there is! When we spoke about this the first time, I just wanted to introduce you to the food as medicine concept. In this second phase of this I want to provide those preparing to fast with optimal tools for endurance as well as those who want to know more about it; some key information for optimal wellness during the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Practically speaking there are only two times that one will have to hydrate themselves during Ramadan; and that would be either at the pre-dawn (before the actual rise of the sun) meal known as ‘Suhour’ or after the setting of the sun with the meal known as ‘Iftar’. It is very important to stay as hydrated as much as possible this year, especially since Ramadan falls in the end of May again this time. For the most part there are many who do just fine with one glass of water and dates before the rise of the sun; you would have to know your own body and element temperature type. Yet if you are like the writer, than you may have experienced lack of hydration about the time Asr (afternoon) prayer comes in, only to wobble into the remaining hours until it is time to break the fast. Yet this hydration fatigue isn’t necessary if you know what fruits and vegetables to juice either before or after the fast. Here is a list of the most hydrating foods; see the bottom of the article for super-hydrating juicing recipes:
Cucumbers, Spring Greens, Strawberries, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Melon, Papaya, Celery, Broccoli, Radishes, Peaches, Carrots, Plums, Apples Apricots.
*All of these have water content of over 88% by weight with, cucumbers being the highest of 97%.
Inshallah, adding these foods into your Suhour or Iftar meals should provide some relief for people who deal with severe dehydration. Juicing them will be of better effect because the contents will have been broken down and then micro-nutrients released which means more energy and endurance for your fasting inshallah.
About sluggishness and fatigue on your body in Ramadan:
The entire aspect of Ramadan is a detoxing one, both spiritually and physically. However since we are talking about the physical aspect here, it deserves a discussion on two of the most challenging aspects of Ramadan and that deals with sluggishness and fatigue. It is part of the healing process and there is almost no way to escape sluggishness all of time on every day. However what is interesting to note is your level of sluggishness and fatigue is linked to how much processed, fried, and conventional foods you ate over the year in most cases. We should also keep in mind that you should stop eating once you begin to feel full after our Iftar meals; you can resume the meal either before sleeping, after Isha salat or you can add it with your Suhour meal before dawn. Realize that whatever discomfort we may feel while fasting in Ramdan is just a part of the internal healing process. If you are looking for ways to have more energy this month and to be more focused on what you need to do, there are natural and vital foods you can have with your Suhour meal before sunrise that are safe, alkalizing and healing at the same time. Consider adding the following with your Suhour (*please note that these are suggestions for pre-dawn meals and are not to be eaten in one setting):
- Maca root smoothie.
- Cacao root smoothie.
- Juice with Aloe gel blended with your juice.
- Kale, spinach and Spirulina juice blend.
- Chia seeds.
- Goji berries with nuts and blackseeds.
- Almond butter with whole wheat toast, and agave.
- Moringa powdered fruit smoothie.
and for hydrating juices:
Super Green Hydrator Juice: 2 cut cucumbers, hand full of strawberries, watermelon, one celery stalk, handful of spring greens, cantaloupe, 1 tablespoon of Spirulina, hint of agave. Juice together. Enjoy.
Melon Melody: Chunks of honeydew, melon, watermelon, papaya, peaches, one carrot, spring greens, one knuckle of ginger. Juice together. Enjoy.
-Daud Scott-CHNP; CPT.