Ramadan Special: 6 Ways To Stay Hydrated During Ramadan
The holy month of Ramadan is upon us. It’s time for some purity and cleansing of our souls, along with practicing patience and humility in every way possible through our actions. We have to fast during the daylight hours from dawn to sunset. So it is most important to go for foods high in water that can help prevent dehydration. It’s also important to remember to eat a balanced diet and keep hydrated before and after the day of fasting. After day of fasting, getting enough water is important. As water is necessary to keep your body functioning. If you don’t drink enough water, There’s a risk of dehydration. And that can cause dizziness, headaches, lethargy and fatigue.
But it’s also true that during the long fasting days of Ramadan, drinking water is not an option. But there are a few little secrets, tips and tricks that can help you avoid dehydration.
Drink Water… And A Lot of It
Try to drink at least 7-8 glasses of water after Iftar. Keep a bottle of water close by during the evening, and try to drink a cup or two at least every hour. Also if you are exercising after breaking fast or during fast in hot weather, you loss more fluids. So make sure you drink more water. Try to drink at-least three liters. But remember that you should try to drink more water. And best way to drink more water is to drink it in little portions.
Indeed, this will be not less than a challenge for coffee lovers and tea addicts. However, abstaining from caffeine drinks can help you retain water levels needed while fasting. To stay hydrated throughout the day, it’s best to stick to water. Make sure to have a drink purified water as much as you can along with fruits and foods high in water.
Iftar with Plenty of Fruits & Vegetables
First step, say big no-no to sugary or fizzy drinks. Try your best to avoid sweet or fizzy drinks during Ramadan. Because they don’t quench your thirst in any way. These type of drinks also cause digestion problems and a sense of fullness. Instead of these drinks, you should add fruits and vegetables high in water. Fruits and vegetables stay in your intestines for long period of time which help reduce thirst. Foods high in water like watermelon or yogurt help in reducing dehydration.
Avoid Chugging Drinks in One Go
After breaking fast we usually pick glass and start to drink water in one go. Remember, drinking water in one go will cause your body to flush it out soon after. It’s best to sip water throughout the non-fasting hours of the day. As we mentioned above, keep a bottle of water close by during the evening, and try to drink a cup or two at least every hour. Try to take some sips whenever you’re feeling thirsty. But do make sure to get enough water during the non-fasting hours to avoid dehydration.
Avoid Very Spicy or Really Salty Foods
Food that contains a lot of salt and spice can really dehydrate you. Spicy and salty foods can increase your body’s need for water. As they causes water retention. Try to eat fruits high in water like watermelon or an orange. Green salads are another good source of extra water, you can include them in your diet.
Take Coolly Shower
Cold showers is also a best source to get hydration during the month of Ramadan. Try to lower your body temperature in any way possible. And the best way to reduce body temperature is to take a coolly shower. Spend 10-15 minutes with the base of your head under direct cool water. If you are at your job place or in an office, so wet a small towel with ice water and apply the towel to your forehead. It will also help you to prevent from dehydration.
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