More health advice for your Ramadan
Many of our readers have suggested additional resources for Ramadan health advice, so we decided to offer more information, in addition to our other posts on health and fasting.
Most of our members have asked us to more prominently display our link to the British National Health Service’s guide to good health during Ramadan. Others have asked about advice for continuing aggressive workout routines during Ramadan. This insight from celebrity fitness consultant Rehan Jalali might prove to be a useful resource.
In that post, Jalali discusses the importance of good hydration during Ramadan and explains the unique qualities of dates:
The wisdom in Islam is never ending. We break our fast with dates and water but if you investigate this nutritionally, you will see that dates are very unique in their nutrient content. They contain very high levels of potassium (much more than a banana), a key re-hydration mineral and a special carbohydrate blend that enhances hydration above and beyond water alone. They contain a special blend of glucose and fructose for short and long term energy. They also have a special nutrient called beta D-glucan which is a soluble fiber that can enhance satiety and digestive health. So basically when you eat a date and water for iftar your body gets hydrated again much faster than with water alone (this is a complex topic but I don’t want to bore you with the details—You can think of dates and water as a very advanced form of Gatorade®). In fact, clinical research published in the International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition entitled “The fruit of the date palm: its possible use as the best food for the future?” concluded that “dates may be considered as an almost ideal food, providing a wide range of essential nutrients and potential health benefits.”
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