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Practical healthy eating tips for fasters

- Do not eat several kinds of food on Iftar and restrict yourself to one or two kinds so as to avoid any indigestion and unsettled stomach.

- Do not eat the entire Iftar meal at once; break your fast by eating something light and wait a little while before eating the rest of the meal.

- It is medically known that the intestines absorb sweetened water in less than five minutes; thus, the body would no longer feel in need for water and sugar, and the symptoms of hypoglycemia and dehydration would go away. However, it takes the faster who fills his stomach at once with food or water three to four hours for his intestines to absorb the sugar included in his Iftar meal; thus, the said symptoms would persist even if he feels satisfied and it would be as if he is still fasting.

- Eat liquid food such as soup in the Iftar meal.

- The Iftar meal should include kinds of vegetables that are known to moisturize and soften the stomach.

- Do not drink fluids such as refreshments and juice except after one hour following the Iftar meal to prevent any indigestion.

- Avoid overeating due to the damages it causes.

- The Suhoor meal (the meal consumed early in the morning before fasting): It is recommended to keep the Suhoor meal light, and it is discouraged to sleep right after having the Suhoor, after which it is preferred to stay up for at least one hour before going to sleep.

- Avoid extreme thirst in hot weather by staying away from salty, sour and fried foods, especially during Suhoor. It is recommended to drink tea, for example, and some refreshing drinks, such as Tamarind (Tamr Hindi), Jallab, licorice (Soos), and Qamaruddine (peach-based drink).