It’s essential your employees and team members stay healthy and energized during Ramadan. Here are a few tips to keep you safe, healthy, and energized during the holy month
Never Skip Suhoor
During the daylight hours of Ramadan, lasting up to 18 hours in some areas of the world, Muslims partake in fasting. During fasting hours, our body will use its stores of carbohydrates and fats to provide energy once it consumes all of the calories from the foods consumed during the previous Suhoor and Iftar meals.
Just as breakfast is the most important meal of the day, Suhoor is equally important during the holy month of Ramadan. Our pre-dawn meal helps our body stay hydrated and fueled with the nutrients it needs to get us through our next meal when we breakfast at sunset.
A well-balanced Suhoor contains:
– Complex carbohydrates: Wheat, oats, grains, lentils, and other complex carbohydrates, such as fava beans, are slow-releasing carbs. Slow-releasing carbohydrates help our body maintain steady blood sugar levels, which provide a feeling of fullness for the larger portion of the day.
– High-fiber foods: Foods rich in fiber are digested slowly. High fiber foods include dates, cereals, bran, figs, whole wheat, seeds, grains, vegetables, potatoes, and most fruits (particularly apricots and prunes). Bananas also provide a great source of potassium and other essential nutrients to help keep your body hydrated throughout your fast.
– Protein-rich foods: High protein foods such as cheese, eggs, yogurt, and lean meats during your predawn mean will help maintain your energy throughout the day.
Depending on the weather and the length of the fast, most people who fast during Ramadan will experience mild dehydration. However, studies have suggested that this is not harmful to health, provided that enough fluids are consumed after breaking fast to replace those lost during the day.
Symptoms of dehydration include the following –
– Mild headaches
– Difficulty concentrating
– Feeling faint or lightheaded
The benefits of drinking water are plentiful. During Ramadan, it’s especially important to drink plenty of water outside of daylight hours to ensure you are properly hydrated during your fasting hours. Water not only helps to cleanse your body of toxins, it’s also essential for the health and vitality of your body. Be sure to keep a bottle of water next to your bed and sip throughout the night to stay hydrated, and drink plenty of water before sunrise.
Start off Iftar with Dates
Low blood sugar is one of the most common reasons for headaches or dizziness during Ramadan. Kicking off your Iftar by eating dates will provide you with an immediate source of energy. Dates are rich in nutrients and fiber. Once you have regained your initial boost of energy, you will be ready to enjoy your Iftar meal.
The Importance of First Aid During Ramadan
While first aid is a useful skill regardless of the time of year, it’s especially important during the month of Ramadan. In the event that someone becomes ill or dehydrated during their fast, first aid may come in handy, both at home and in the workplace.
First aid certification classes teach participants how to care for individuals during a medical crisis while they wait for medical professionals and other first responders to arrive. Not only do first aid classes provide participants with the skills to respond to a number of different medical scenarios, but they also provide you with the confidence needed to respond swiftly and accurately.
First aid and CPR training are critical for all employees and apply to every industry regardless of size. Whether the workplace is located on a construction site, in a factory or in a traditional office, every organization has employees who will benefit from first aid training.
HSS First Aid
At HSS, we offer Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 first aid training courses in accordance with the Health and Safety Laws. Our first aid courses provide hands-on training to ensure all participants are competent in administering the treatment and care necessary to save lives in the event of a medical emergency.
Contact a member of our team to learn more.