Thirst is something that almost everyone experiences while fasting. Although we try to hydrate ourselves during sahoor, it is usually of no avail come midday. And as the hot weather persist, so do perspiration and need for water. But going without such a vital element of our lives for an entire month can take a toll on our bodies.
Since the body continuously loses water during digestion, breathing, perspiration and the likes, it is highly important to have a steady intake of fresh water in your body to keep your organs normal.
Dr Mashraib Jillani, a general physician at Al-Atta Clinic, spoke on an important issue, which pertains to something that we all do while breaking our fast – that is, drinking too much water at once.
When you drink a lot of water, the sodium levels in your blood drop; sodium is supposed to keep the fluids in your body balanced. But when the water level in the blood increases rapidly, the sodium goes inside the cell from the blood and causes your cells to swell up. While this swelling is generally very harmful, however, if it occurs inside the brain cells, it can be fatal. The condition in which this happens is called hyponateremia. Symptoms include confusion, headaches, nausea and bloating – these symptoms are often confused with dehydration. In serious cases, hyponatremia can prompt seizures, organ disappointment and even demise.
Drinking too much water will also cause you to urinate a lot. In this case your body will not absorb as much water as it will excrete. The body has a natural mechanism when it comes to excessive water intake; the kidneys expel all the extra water that is not needed at that time, which leads to your body having less water even after you have drank a lot.
It is advised to take two glasses of water at once and then continue after eating and praying. Water should be taken regularly in the time between iftar and sahoor so that it is stored in your body for the next day.
Here are some drinks to beat dehydration during Ramadan
1. Dates & Milk
Dates & milk are traditionally eaten right after the sunset call to prayer, when Muslims break the fast. Muslims begin their Iftar by consuming the dried dates, which are put in milk overnight, in adherence to the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed, who also broke his fast this way.
Refreshing hot or cold with a color that is as intense as the flavor, Karkadeh is a sweet infusion made from hibiscus flower. With a hearty Iftar meal the cold version is preferred.
3. Tamarind or Tamer Hindi
Tamarind also known in Arabic as “Tamr Hendi”, or Indian date is very popular in Arabic countries. Tamer Hindi is a very sour drink that is considered as the twin of Hibiscus as it is made almost in the same way. It is made of tamarind fruit mixed with sugar and water.