Hydration tips for Ramadan


Shereen Shabnam

 

To stay healthy and hydrated during Ramadan,drinking enough water between Iftar (dusk) and Suhoor (dawn) is important. Below are some reasons why we should stick to water instead of sugary drinks during this month. 

 

1. Break your fast with water instead of sugar-laden juices. Juices do not quench or satisfy thirst as water does and is a healthier option.
2. Water is essential for all body functions and helps to dissolve nutrients from Suhoor to Iftarand makes them more accessible to the body
3. Prophet Mohammed broke his fast with water and dates as the water helps with hydration while dates are a natural sauce of glucose andit is the best fuel for energy.
4. Keep a bottle of water by your bed to drink whenever you are up during the night and just before Suhoor.
5. Don’t drink all your required water at once but drink them gradually during the night.
6. Try and choose food that has high water content such as watermelon, apples, cucumbers and juicy fruits.
7. Avoid excessive spices, salt or sugar in meals. Using extra salt in food leads to excessive thirst.
8. Avoid smoking, having excessive coffee or exposure to the sun during the month of Ramadan as this causes dehydration.

If your mouth starts getting dry and your skin feels wrinkled, it is a sign of dehydration.

Other signs include over sleeping and general fatigue so make sure you drink between 8-12 cups of water between Iftar and Suhoor.

Water is the essence of life and makes up 60-70% of our body. It plays a significant role in weight loss and maintenance helps get rid of toxins. Water is indeed the perfect drink for everyone during Iftar and Suhoor in the month of Ramadan.

 

 

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