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Beyond Hunger: How Fasting Enriches Mind, Body and Spirit

Ramadan is the month of fasting, people refrain from eating and drinking and break their fast at sunset with a meal called Iftar

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Fasting helps in detoxifying and eliminating accumulated toxins from the body

New Delhi: As the predawn twilight fills with the peaceful call of the Azaan, Shabir wakes up to have his first meal of the day. It is called Suhoor and it is the only meal he will have in twelve hours. It is Ramadan and he is fasting. “Fasting is a good way to detoxify. It leaves me feeling energised,”says Shabir as he talks about the advantages of not eating or drinking anything throughout the day.

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Ramadan fasting comprises of Suhoor–a full meal and water before daybreak–and Iftar–the second meal at sunset. The time gap between Iftar and Suhoor is anywhere between 12 to 17 hours.

Javid keeps it healthy,

I avoid oily food and hog on fruits, dry fruits, and other nutritious foods to maintain my energy levels while fasting for prolonged hours.

Fasting in general allows the body to take a break from the constant activity of digestion, helping in detoxifying and eliminating accumulated toxins from the body.

Javid has company in Shifa, another rozedar, , who goes for fruits and simple sweets to break her fast every evening. Her plate includes homemade goodness like lentils, rice, and chapatis. Shifa says,

Fasting makes me more patient. I don’t feel less energetic. In fact, it’s just a normal day for me.

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Break your fast with dates, suggests Imran. ‘Dates are a quick source of energy,’ he says. Imran sells fruit juice while on fast through the day.

As Ramadan is observed all over the world, The WHO has also shared some tips to stay healthy in Ramadan.

• Consume water-rich foods to stay hydrated
• Eat a balanced diet during Suhoor (pre-sunrise meal) and Iftar
• Cut down your sugar intake

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