Ramadan can leave many feeling bloated. It is not uncommon for gut problems to emerge due to changes in how we eat. Try our five simple ways to support for your gut health during Ramadan.
Firstly, what is Ramadan?
Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is observed globally by Muslims as the month of fasting, prayer, community, and self-reflection. For thirty days, able-bodied Muslims worldwide fast during the day and eat in the evening. Ramadan itself is a commemoration of Prophet Muhammad’s (P.B.U.H) first revelation and is considered one of the five pillars of Islam.
Many also fast outside of the month of Ramadan to either make up missed fasts, or to gain good deeds.
- The pre-dawn meal is referred to as Sehri, Suhoor or Suhur. The meal at sunset that breaks the fast is referred to as Iftar.
What can you do to help support your gut during Ramadan or fasting?
Often you can feel sluggish post-fasting, so here are 5 ways to help combat this:
- Moderation is Key - As nice as it sounds, jumping to eat right after a day of fasting is actually one of the main causes of bloating. Smaller portions can help combat bloating and reduce acid reflux.
- Try a gut friendly Iftar meal - Plates piled high with fried spring-rolls, pillars of and baklava can be substituted for foods like our Mellow Shakshuka, or date and mango lassis and charcuterie boards ladened with Harissa, Hummus, and Baba Ghanoush.
- Post-iftar walks - A favourite of the older generations, post-Iftar walks can help digest food and help reduce blood sugar levels. Try walking around your neighbourhood to help the food digest, it’s not just for the older generation!
- Staggering your meals - Instead of one big meal, try spreading it over the night. A small Iftar, dinner and Sehri might be better than a large Iftar and sleepless night followed by a binge before sunrise.
- Incorporate a gut supporting supplement - Many supplements now are both vegan and vegetarian friendly, even Halal! Taking vitamin B6, B12 and C with your Sehri can help you get through the day without feeling sluggish and taking a probiotic can help support your gut and reduce symptoms such as bloating.
In conclusion, Ramadan is a great time to start taking care of your gut microbiome, but it doesn’t have to stop there, love your gut and live life to its fullest.