Happy Ramadan to all our Muslim friends. Fasting can be a breeze to some, but to some it may be hard and cause some painful and uncomfortable side effects. Here are six ways to ease fasting discomforts.

No. 1 Indigestion aka Heartburn
Indigestion has many possible causes. Often, indigestion is related to lifestyle and may be triggered by food, drink or medication. Common causes of indigestion include: Overeating or eating too quickly. Although the body produces less stomach acid during fasting, heartburn and bloating are commonly-reported complaints. Thinking about food or smelling it can naturally signal to your brain that a meal is on the way, causing your stomach to generate more gastric acid which would then lead to heartburn and bloating.

Don’t fret, here are easy ways for you to reduce that uncomfortable heartburn!

√ During sahur and iftar, avoid eating too much. Eat in moderation and in slow pace.
√ Avoiding oily and spicy food.
√ Avoid drinks with high caffeine content (coffee, tea, sodas, etc).
√ Soy may even help neutralise acid in the stomach and the oesophagus. Soy protein contains less fat than most meat and dairy products, making it a safer choice for people with gastric problems.
√ Add peppermint and ginger to reduce stomach discomfort, bloating and gas.

No. 2 Constipation
During berbuka puasa, it is so important to eat right and well. Avoid refined food and opt for a healthier alternative. Too much refined foods, too little water and not enough fibre in the diet can cause constipation during fasting.

The best way to avoid constipation would be –

√Hydrate as much as you possibly can during sahur and iftar. You can try the Shaklee Drink √Performance to ensure maximum hydration as well as energy!
√ Consume a fibre-rich diet with lots and lotsa fruits and vegetables
√ Regulate bowel movements with Herb-LaxTM, a natural laxative.

No. 3 Lethargy
As the hours go by, you’d probably experience hunger and you might start to feel weak. This is because when you fast, glucose levels in our blood start to drop. You may experience weakness, tiredness, lack of energy and dizziness towards the afternoon during fasting hours in Ramadhan.

The most important part is to know what to consume during sahur to avoid this.

√ Get a boost of energy and stay hydrated with Shaklee Performance drink, take B vitamins and CoEnzyme Q10.
√ Pre-plan you sahur and iftar meals. So you’d know what to have and not forget. Include energy sustaining foods such as the Shaklee ESP Protein and feel full and energised throughout the day!

No. 4 Headache
Now, everything seems so wrong and you really want to just give up because of not enough sleep, hungry, and feeling so so dehydrated. Hang in there. Don’t give up just yet.

Here is what you need to do to keep the headache away!

√Get adequate rest and quality sleep. Wake up feeling fresh for sahur. Reminder: Do not skip sahur!
√ Incorporate ESP Protein in your meals to sustain energy and lengthen satiety effects.
√ Rehydrate and power up with Performance®, with its unique blend of electrolytes.

No. 5 Dehydration
Fasting creates a greater risk of dehydration especially with the hot and dry whether in Malaysia. As a result, it may lead to fatigue, headache and nausea.
Fortunately there are a number of ways you can boost your hydration levels by doing one, two or more of these things:

√ First of – keep your body cool. Wear loose, lightly colored clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton, linen, or silk. Semi-synthetics such as rayon and modal can also be worn to combat body heat. Scientists are developing fabrics created especially to keep you cool, such as thermal regulation fabrics. Products made with these types of fabrics are often designed for sport and outdoor activities.
√ Avoiding salty food like salted fish, pickles and salty snacks. Salt may further worsen the dehydration condition.
√ Taking Performance®, an ideal drink that rehydrates, providing energy to keep you energised.

No. 6 Unintended Weight Gain and Obesity
We may experience unintended weight gain as there could be a tendency to overeat or over-indulge in rich, fatty foods. This off-sets the physical benefits of fasting.
Here are ways to keep your body healthy and fit and get that physical benefits of fasting!

√ Eating in moderation. If you’d like to take something fulfilling and fat burning, Shaklee Cinch is the best way to go! Just add in your favourite fruits and blitz with ice, and your set.
√ Observing healthy eating habits through self-control and discipline. Watch what you eat and eat slowly. Overly hungry can cause eating faster than you should, so, before eating, its best to drink a glass of water and slowly eat your food. Enjoy every bite and be grateful for every bite.
√ Closing nutritional gaps with Meal Shakes that provide 19 essential vitamins and minerals.
√ Taking Lecithin, a natural fat emulsifier.

So, there you go! All the best and don’t give up! Take Shaklee with you and it’ll ease you journey.

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