Not many know this fact but our body is designed to fast… in fact, without our realising, it does so every night. Fasting helps our body get rid of accumulated toxins, and avoids accumulation of more for a day or so. Also, when you go without eating solid food for more than two days, the store of carbs (glucose) in your body is utilised and your body goes into a metabolic state called ketosis, in which the body starts burning accumulated fat for energy. Also, since the food intake is restricted, the digestive system gets to rest. During the fasting period, the digestive tract gets a chance to cleanse itself.
Taking these factors into consideration, dieticians and doctors suggest breaking a fast by consuming mild foods, so it is always better to opt for foods which are in its natural state or those cooked in minimal oil and spices.
Here are 3 reasons why fresh fruits and dry fruits are the best fast breakers:
Provide Nutrients In The Most Natural Way
Fresh fruits, especially the citric ones, are rich in vitamin C, and are an excellent antioxidant. They are consumed widely for the common cold, wound healing, healthy skin, teeth, gums, and to keep the lymphatic system healthy. Fresh fruits contain minimal sodium and harmful fats, and dry fruits contain a good amount of healthy fats, so they are healthy for your heart. They, especially bananas, are also rich in potassium, which is important to keep your blood pressure regulated.
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Mild On The Rested Tummy
How would you feel when you sense something loud and intense just after you wake from a good deep sleep? You will definitely feel taken aback, shaken, irritated or worse – in shock. The same thing happens when you feed your tummy with spicy and/or oily foods after a long period of fasting. Fruits and dry fruits – the ones that are low on acidic level, such as dates, figs, jack-fruit, banana, etc. – are mild on the tummy.
The Best Source Of Instant Energy
Fructose – the sugar found in fruits and dry fruits – is a very good energy booster, especially when your dietary inputs have been limited or restricted for a span of time. Hence, when you eat fruits and dry fruits your supply of energy increases in no time. Even athletes are advised by dieticians to have a fistful of dry fruits and fruits juices (for quick and nutritious hydration) just after their workout sessions.
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