JUICING! A Great Way to Start a Day of Fasting!
Juicing is a great way to start a day of fasting, and also a great way to replenish the body after a day of fasting. In fact, it’s a great way to start any day!
Green is the colour of nature, freshness and life. It is also the colour of the juice best to start the day with. Green juice is best taken after waking up. That is when the stomach is empty and able to absorb the nutrients in the drink.
Green juice is packed with nutrients and phytonutrients, contains antioxidants, is highly alkalizing (balancing our usually over-acidic body), and gives that boost of natural energy you need.
At Organic Press, all our Green Plant sources include kale, lettuce, spinach, chard, parsley, celery, cucumber, chlorella & spirullina.
However, for the best results and to meet the recommended five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables daily, you should be consuming fruits and vegetables from a rainbow of colours.
To incorporate colour and variety to one’s meal, one should consider including red plants (beetroot), yellow or orange plants (carrot, grapefruit and lemon).
As Muslims commence the month-long Ramadan fasting period, there are many ways to eat healthy and incorporate fruits and vegetable juice as part of one’s diet.
Here, at Organic Press, we want you to get the most out of the Holy Month of Ramadan. Below is a guideline, written by our expert nutritionists to help you ease your way into a Fit & Healthy Holy Month.
- For suhoor (pre-dawn meal), try to include nuts or complex carbohydrates such as wheatgerm, brown rice, dhal, fruits and vegetables.These foods contain insoluble and soluble fibers to make one feel more full, and regulate the blood sugar to help sustain energy throughout the day.
- Incorporating juices with a 60:40 ratio of vegetables and fruits will fill your stomach with soluble fibers that will slow down the digestion and help lower the LDL cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, also known as the ‘bad cholesterol’) in the blood system.
- For iftar (breaking fast meal), we suggest taking three pieces of dates followed by a 330ml glass of an Organic Press Fruit based juice, or you can break your fast with our exclusive range of Almond Mylks which are subtle and sweet in taste. This will provide the body with instant energy and nourishment, as the natural fructose in fruits & dates contain simple sugars that can be absorbed immediately.
- Hydration is also made simple without bloating the stomach with water. If juices are too tedious, you can always opt for our Organic Press Raw Coconut Water or Aloe Vera Water.
- While drinking juice is ideal for iftar and suhoor, we advise and recommend you to only eat 15 to 20 minutes after having the juice to allow the body to absorb the nutrients.
- Food choices are important in healthy eating. Try to get leaner cuts of meat and remove the skin before cooking. If you are eating out, opt for grilled dishes instead of fried items. This will help to decrease the intake of excessive oil.
- A mild brisk walk for half an hour after a meal is good for metabolizing the food. But if you had a heavy meal, walking shortly after dinner may create some discomfort in your digestive system. So go for a walk one to two hours after the meal instead.
- We suggest drinking at least two liters of water during the period between iftar and suhoor to prevent dehydration.
We hope this guide was useful to you regarding some healthy tips during the Holy Month of Ramadan.