Ramadan is here and you know what that means… Keeping yourself hydrated matters. During this period, you will likely be closing your kitchen doors to all things food and drink till iftar and suhoor, (as long as the sun is up, anyway).
Ramadan is a wonderful time of self-reflection and spirituality; a time for heightened religious devotion and self-discipline for Muslims. So, to save you from dehydration, we’ve compiled a few tips and tricks to help you stay hydrated during this Holy Month.
Before we delve right in, make sure to figure how many ounces of water you should be drinking every day; check your weight in pounds and divide it by two. For instance, someone who weighs 100 pounds will need to be drinking around 50 ounces of water a day which is roughly 1 litre/48ml.
- Don’t rush your water
- Make sure you sip bit-by-bit during the day
- Eat fruits rich in water content, like Cucumbers, Strawberries, Pineapple, Peaches, Oranges, watermelon, golden melon, orange, beet.
- At night, keep enough water by your bedside, and label a bottle of water to keep yourself on track!
- Avoid salty and sugary drinks during iftar as these can cause you to feel dehydrated
- Even if you do not have conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes that require you to limit the amount of salt and sugar intake, be particularly mindful of the amount you consume during Ramadan because they are known to have an immediate effect if consumed in excess and can make you feel extremely thirsty and dehydrated.
- Load up hydrating vegetables and fruits like bell peppers, broccoli, celery, lettuce, and other vegetables that are high in fibre and water. They not only help your body feel cool but are also a great choice for keeping your skin healthy and avoiding constipation during Ramadan.
- Stay in a cool-aired place, preferably with air conditioners, if you have to go under the sun. Wear loose and light clothes with bright colours to reflect the sun-rays.
- Shower more than once on hot days to cool your body.