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Three fasting tips to keep you healthy during Ramadhan

Jessicha Valentina
Jessicha Valentina

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Wed, June 6, 2018 | 10:30 pm
Three fasting tips to keep you healthy during Ramadhan

Fasting gives our digestive system a break, which leads to body detoxification. (Shutterstock/File)

The holy month of Ramadhan is almost at an end. For almost one month Muslims restrict themselves from food, drink and even bad habits.

Fasting is clearly not an easy task as some may feel tired or dizzy from the lack of food and drink.

Nestle Indonesia nutritionist Eka Herdiana shared three simple fasting tips during Journalism Class Nutrition Quotient (NQ) last week.

Eat a balanced diet

Eka said fasting gave our digestive system a break, leading to body detoxification.

During the process, the body will automatically adapt by saving energy and fluids.

To stay healthy during Ramadhan, Eka recommended eating a balanced diet, comprising complex carbohydrates, protein, fruits and vegetables.

“Find complex carbohydrates such as red rice, brown rice or potato with the skin,” she said.

Eka also suggested avoiding processed food as it is high in sodium, which makes you feel thirsty.

Read also: Why dates are the best food to break your fast

Get enough fluids

To avoid dehydration, which makes you feel dizzy, Eka suggested consuming enough fluids.

“Eat soup, steamed or boiled dishes,” said Eka, explaining that only drinking water could make you feel bored.

She said you could also get fluids from fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon and cucumber.

Get enough sleep

Apparently, sleep plays an important role in healthy fasting, as a lack of sleep could affect cognitive performance.

“It makes it hard for you to concentrate,” she said.

Therefore, Eka recommended that adults get six to eight hours of sleep. (kes)

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