A friend send this article to me today -‘Dozens hospitalized in Qatar after overeating during the first day of Ramadan’, the Arabian Business website reported Thursday.
Stomach pain, kidney stone attacks, dehydration. This is like a bad rerun that airs every Ramadan without a fail. I feel very deeply for those afflicted. It is not easy to resist the temptations of a rich, mouth watering table spread, and not dive into the sea of tastes and smells, which most consider their rightful reward after a hard day’s fasting. Unfortunately for most of us, this is just not how it works in real life.
What is really happening is toxicity meeting lack of preparation and logistical support for the body’s cleansing mode. The pain that these patients feel is truly excruciating and the stress of going to a hospital must be very unsettling for them, as well as their family members.
This is exactly what I wanted to help prevent in starting this website, so please share the info given here with your friends and family, so that these really painful episodes do not get to run in their lives.
Besides pure water, fruit, veggies and even nuts such as coconut are the best candidates for the job. This is also how you will avoid feeling fatigue and weakness in the body many notice after a couple of days of fasting.
( for more info check out ‘Eat your water, drink your veggies‘)
But lets give coconuts some more attention on the topic of hydration. This is truly an amazing gift of Mother Nature.
Water from fresh young green coconuts has the same electrolyte balance as our blood plasma, and can, in extreme situations, be given as an intravenous hydration fluid where medical saline is unavailable.
The same does not go though for the packaged coconut water. It is pasteurized and as such has reduced health benefits and living energy. Feel free to drink it and use it as a base for your smoothies, but if you have access to fresh coconuts, always opt for those, and be truly grateful for your good fortune.
Here are some easy recipes for a couple of potent hydrating smoothies. The thing with smoothies is that they are very open-minded. Anything goes really (unless you decide to really test the limits and throw in an anchovy or an escargot – but that is another blog altogether).
Here are three recipes to get you in the mood to ‘smooth’.
Flesh of 1/4 of a medium sized Watermelon
1 ripe Banana (freckled/with brown sugar spots)
Coconut (meat and water) or packaged coconut water 1-2 glasses plus 1-2 tablespoons of coconut flakes (alternatively 1 tablespoon of cold pressed coconut virgin oil)
Blend them together and enjoy immediately imagining you are on a tropical island!
Flesh of 1 avocado
Flesh of 2-3 big slices of watermelon
2 oranges, peeled
1 peach, unpitted
1 freckled banana
A handful of baby spinach leaves or any other green leafy veggies
5-6 Mint leaves
1 cup of strawberries
1 -2 table spoons of shelled hemp seeds
Blend them together and enjoy smoothly without delay!
2 freckled bananas
1 peeled and deseeded grapefruit
1 peeled pineapple
1/2 peeled and deseeded lemon or lime
1 handful of curly leaf kale or baby spinach
1 handful of parsley leaves
1/2 handful of cilantro leaves
1/2 handful of mint leaves
A pinch of courage
Blend together (best in high-speed blender) and dare to enjoy!
So, the lesson I really want you to take with you for this, and for all Ramadans to come is: ‘ Those who stay hydrated do not make headline news, but they sure make it through Ramadan’.
Feel free to quote and please spread the message.