Stay Hydrated During Ramadhan
If you celebrate Ramadhan, you are currently fighting a constant battle against thirst from dawn to sunset.
Water is the most important fluid that replenish your thirst during Ramadan. Unfortunately though, most people do not drink enough but have only small amounts at Iftar and then forget to drink water until the next day!
WHY DO WE NEED WATER?
60 –70% of your body is made of water and any reduction in your water intake can affect your body’s cells and nerves from functioning properly. This is why it is absolutely essential to compensate the loss of water in your body, because dehydration can cause undesirable side effects such as: constipation, headache, dizziness, tiredness and dry skin.
GOOD TO REMEMBER
Water is better for hydration and essential for almost all major body functions, including helping dissolve minerals and other nutrients from food to make them accessible to your body.
HOW TO STAY HYDRATED
1. The 8-glasses per day sticks! Try not to drink large quantities of water all at once or during a meal. Instead, drink water between your meals and keep water by your bed - you need to sip continuously through the night.
2. Break fast every night with one or two glasses and a few dates. Breaking the fast with dates is not only Sunnah, dates also help with hydration since they are a natural source of glucose, which encourage your cells to store fluid and fuel for energy.
3. Do not add too much salt to the dishes. Also avoid eating salty foods like salted fish and pickles as they increase the body's need for water.
4. Foods like cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, watermelon, strawberries, apples, and spinach help you stay hydrated because they contain a lot of water. So during iftar, make a salad with tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. Make smoothies for sahur with hydrating ingredients like watermelon or strawberries. Add sparkling water as substitute for plain water.
5. If possible, minimize sweat and the time you spend in hot/humid conditions. If your job requires you to be outdoors, try to spend some time in the shade.
IS DRINKING SPARKLING WATER DURING IFTAR SAFE?
As has been established before, the acid in sparkling water is very mild, it is generally safe to consume even during iftar. It's basically drinking water, but with sparkles! If you are worried about upsetting the stomach, try drinking a glass of plain water and eat some dates. Before you start your meal, drink a glass of plain sparkling water. This will help to keep you full and avoid over eating.
You can add fruits or freshly pressed fruit juice to your sparkling water for a healthy iftar!
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