How to stay hydrated during Ramadan

With the blazing summer sun this Ramadan, dehydration is a bigger concern than hunger. Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed

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How to stay hydrated during Ramadan

With the blazing summer sun this Ramadan, dehydration is a bigger concern than hunger. Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed

With the blazing summer sun this Ramadan, thirst is perhaps a bigger concern than hunger, for most. As acutely felt as it is, most people do not track their liquid consumption, and the result is dehydration, and related troubles.

From maintaining the right balance of electrolytes to providing the right nutrients, the role of water is crucial! Thus, after continuous fasting, halfway through the month, you may find yourself constantly parched and dehydrated.

Forgetting to drink enough fluids during Ramadan is hardly uncommon, given than most of the non-fast time is also the time we sleep. So, how do you stay hydrated during Ramadan?
The simplest solution — drink plenty of water! Break your fast with at least one glass, and keep sipping throughout the night. Avoid chugging too much at once. Finally, drink around two glasses of water during sehri to stay hydrated throughout the day.

If you are not a fond of drinking water, don’t worry! There are plenty of fruits and vegetables with high water content that you could try instead. Opt for fruits like watermelons, and oranges or finish your iftar with vegetable soup. Alternatively, put a few lemon slices or mint leaves into your water for a fresh, subtle flavour.

No matter how much of a coffee-addict or a tea-lover you are, Ramadan is the time to refrain from these! Stimulant drinks act as diuretics and can cause dehydration faster. If you are worried about weight gain during Ramadan, stay away from calorie-rich sugary drinks during iftar and stick to plain lemon water or cucumber water!