Keep Your Bones Healthy During Ramadan
The celebrations at Iftar and Suhoor can be a tempting time to forgo a healthy, balanced diet and to over-indulge. Every adult needs to continue to get their daily intake of calcium during Ramadan, which is around 1,000 or 1,200 mg of calcium per day. Calcium is an essential nutrient for healthy bones and milk is one of the best sources – a single glass has the same amount as nine cups of raw spinach.
Singer and Anlene bone health advocate Nancy Ajram encourages those who are marking the holy month to remember that it is important to eat a balanced diet during the celebrations to keep bones healthy.
An easy and convenient way for you and your family to get your recommended daily dose during Iftar and Suhoor is by drinking fortified milk drinks. High calcium milks not only have double the amount of calcium than regular milk, they are fortified with additional vitamins and minerals to help your body absorb calcium more effectively.’
Once Iftar begins, it’s advisable to keep food as simple and unrefined as possible.
Mix up your food groups to keep it interesting and add lots of fruits and vegetables so your body can absorb the nutrients it has missed out on during daylight hours.’
It’s still important to keep active during Ramadan but you need to ensure your body is properly hydrated beforehand. Taking a walk with family or a yoga class with friends during Iftar or Suhoor maintains your health and fitness and social life.’