people fast for different reasons,for health,before surgery,to lose weight and for religious reasons. At the beginning of the year many of our churches do their fasting and praying programmes and this is that time and i think knowing the right food to eat before and after fasting will be of great help now. When you fast, enzymes in the digestive system are diminished. To build these back up, you need to eat carefully to allow your body time to recover
Below are list of healthy food you need to eat to ease your stomach back into normal mode, after a fast.
Fruit and Raw Fruit Juice
Fruit is a terrific way to break your fast. Fruit is high in water and easily digested. Eat watery fruit like watermelon, grapes, and apples. Don’t eat citrus fruits as your stomach has lost some of its protective coating.
If you squeeze your own juice, your body can use the nutrients more readily. Follow it with a bowl of juicy fruit and a big glass of water.
Raw Vegetables and Vegetable Juice
Raw organic vegetables and juiced vegetables should follow your fruit. By juicing veggies, you’ll release nutrients that your body can access readily. The extra water will help as well. Try a glass of fresh carrot juice, If you’d like something solid, follow juice with a small salad (without dressing).
Better Nutrition recommends organic veggies because they are free of pesticides, herbicides, hormones, antibiotics and other harmful chemicals that may upset your stomach.
Yogurt or Cultured Milk Products
As you fast, you change your gut bacteria population. If you were fasting involuntarily from being sick, medications like antibiotics change gut bacteria. To rebuild a healthy population, add cultured or fermented milk products to your post-fast diet.
Yogurt are great sources for good bacteria. Full fat Greek yogurt offers an excellent balance of protein and fat with a broad range of vitamins and minerals.
Check the label to see if the product contains live active cultures or is fermented.
As you fast, your body breaks down muscle tissue. To rebuild muscle, eat protein. Carefully add small amounts of high quality protein to your post-fat diet. Protein takes effort to digest, so don’t start with meat.
Lean protein includes beef, chicken, pork, salmon, tuna, and whole eggs. Quinoa, and of course, beans are excellent sources of quality plant-based proteins. Plant protein is every bit as healthy as meat protein.
Nuts are an important source of protein and healthy fats. They also contain magnesium and potassium. Eating a few nuts after breaking your fast is a good way to get some all-important fatty acids.
Nuts may reduce blood sugar and cholesterol levels, so they are excellent snacks. Just remember that nuts are high in calories, so go easy on them.
Grains include more than wheat and rice. Some are amazing sources of protein and are easily digested by post-fasting stomachs. Quinoa, sprouted grains, and oats are very good for you. Don’t go overboard eating grains.
They are 100% carbohydrates. Too many carbs are hard on the body. If you are fasting for health reasons, don’t undo the benefits by eating too many carbs.
Avoid white flour and white rice. Your body easily converts them to sugar and offsets any benefits you’ve gained from fasting.
When Not to Fast
Fasting can be hard on your body, so if you are pregnant or already suffering from malnutrition, don’t fast. If you have heart, liver, or kidney problems, talk to your doctor first. If you take any medication, talk to your doctor before fasting.
Finally, fasting for a day or two is probably not harmful to a healthy person. If you plan on one of the more rigorous fasting regimes, like a 21-day or 40-day fast, talk to your doctor. These can be very hard on your body.
Remember that your metabolism, stomach enzymes, stomach coating and good bacteria will be suppressed when you fast, so, eating healthy food will ease your stomach back into normal mode.