Ramadan Nutrition

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During the Holy Month of Ramadan, our routine, diet and sleeping patterns change. Sudden changes in dietary habits combined with long periods of daily fasting can have a bad effect on our skin.

Ramadan Nutrition

What impairs skin health?

  • Genes
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol
  • Sun exposure
  • Poor diet
  • Dehydration
  • Lack of sleep
  • Stress

Does eating better make you look better?

  • There is NO proven magical food to cure or prevent skin problems
  • There is NO strong evidence for the correlation between chocolate and acne
  • Sugar-loaded desserts may cause pimples
  • A balanced and varied diet filled with most food groups helps with skin elasticity and luster
  • Exercise improves blood flow to surface of skin

Vitamin A prevents skin dryness

  • Sources: carrots, green leafy vegetables (mloukhiyeh, spinach, tabouleh) and sweet potato

B complex vitamins assist in premature aging and early wrinkle prevention

  • Sources: meat, legumes and whole grains

Vitamin E minimizes the appearance of wrinkles and enhances cell regeneration

  • Sources: nuts, seeds and vegetable oils

Vitamin C assists in skin integrity and glow

  • Sources: yellow and green vegetables such as peppers, broccoli, orange and citrus fruits

Other Antioxidants – zinc and selenium
Protect and repair skin cells from pollutants

  • Sources: meat and seafood

Omega-3 fatty acids assist skin preservation

  • Sources: fish, flaxseed, nuts and seeds

Dehydration

Lack of liquids, heat, humidity and air conditioning may all speed up sweat evaporation in the skin, making it look dull and break out

Requirements

  • 2 – 3 L/day for adults – 6 to 8 cups after Iftar + 2 cups at Suhur
  • Limit caffeine – a diuretic, which encourages faster water loss, leaving a less than ideal amount of water in the body

Break your fast with:

  • 2 cups of water
  • Warm water + honey + fresh lemon
  • Bowl of soup
  • Fresh salad and yogurt

Physical Activity

Training while fasting can be more detrimental than beneficial, because of dehydration and low energy:

  • 2-3 hours after Iftar – IDEALLY!
  • Otherwise, an hour before Iftar
  • 30 min. brisk-walk after dinner for fresher skin

Keep your skin GLOWING

  • Clean, tone, exfoliate and moisturize face and body. This removes dead skin, restores the skin’s natural minerals and balances oil production
  • Eye cream – minimizes dark circles
  • Night cream – for a healthy, nourished skin by day
  • Apply sunscreen
  • 7- 8 hours of sleep

By: Ayla Coussa
Clinical Dietitian, Fakih IVF

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