As we approach the time of fasting in various traditions, let us take a moment to remind everyone about the significance of this practice.
Fasting is observed in many diverse cultures and religions around the world, and it involves abstaining from food, drink, or other physical needs for a certain period, usually for spiritual or health reasons.
With long fasting hours and intense heat of summer, it is critical to take extra precautions to stay healthy and hydrated throughout the fasting interval.
While fasting can be challenging, it can also have many health benefits, including improved insulin sensitivity, weight loss, and lower blood pressure.
It is important to fast safely and to consult a doctor before starting a fast, especially if you have a medical condition.
To fast safely, here are some tips that you can follow:
1. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water during non-fasting hours & post breaking the fast to maintain electrolyte balance.
2. Eat nutrient-dense foods during mealtimes to ensure that you get enough vitamins and minerals.
3. Do not break the fast with a 'mega feast'- Avoid consuming large meals, which can lead to digestive discomfort.
4. Limit physical activity and rest as needed during fasting hours.
5. Meditation- A low-intensity activity, which will help in distracting your mind from hunger pangs.
6. If you have a medical condition, talk to your doctor before starting a fast to ensure that it is safe for you.
We encourage everyone to be respectful and supportive of their family members, colleagues, or friends who may be observing a fast.
Please be mindful of scheduling meetings or events during mealtimes and avoid eating or drinking in front of those who are fasting.
Let us all take this opportunity to deepen our spiritual connection and practice healthy habits.
We wish everyone a blessed time of fasting.