With long fasting hours and intense summer heat, thirst becomes our usual fasting companion during Ramadan.
Do you know that the average human body consists of 57-60% water? Water is crucial for the body as it controls the body temperature, transports nutrients, and for other vital functions.
Fasting for more than 14 hours a day puts our body in state of dehydration. It is important for everyone to consume an adequate amount of water to prevent the risk of dizziness, headache, constipation, etc.
Many people think that just because they are not thirsty, they are fully hydrated. This is a wrong perception. You lose water from the body while sweating, urination, etc. Thus, drinking a large amount of water in an interval during non-fasting hours can help you retain energy and stay hydrated.
Don’t drink very large amounts of water in one go because the body would not be able to absorb the water all at ones.
During suhoor and iftar, drink plenty of pure, unadulterated water in frequent sips. Foods with high water content like watermelon, grapes, apples, cucumbers, and celery will also help you to stay hydrated.
Water hydrates the body better than fizzy drinks and fruit juices. So avoid drinking coffee, tea, or related drinks that contain caffeine. Caffeine will increase your thirst and will cause dehydration.
Also decrease the intake of sugar in your drink. Have a look at few of the drinks that you should consume to stay hydrated.
Yes water. No other drink is more hydrating than a simple glass of water. Try to drink at least 2-3 liters of water during non-fasting hours.
If you are bored with normal glass of water then try milk. The best thing is that you can make different drinks out of milk.
You can make different flavored milk shakes and smoothies. But maintain the quantity of sugar in your drink.
Ayran is a drink made from yogurt, water and salt. This drink is a great way to satiate your thirst. You can also do some experiment with this drink.
For e.g. you can instead of salt you can put sugar in the drink and make it a sweet drink.
If you want a light and sweet drink then go for coconut water. Coconut water is a sweet, delicious, nutritious and natural beverage that is extremely beneficial for your health.
You can mix cut out fruits like orange, strawberry, blueberry, etc with coconut water. A flavorful drink for your thirst.
It is advised to eat more fruits during summer as it hydrates the body. I know there are some people who do not eat fruits. So, for them a fruit slushies are an awesome alternative.
Watermelon contains high percentage of water. Consuming slushie is a great refreshing drink. Mix the watermelon in the blender with lime and maple syrup (not necessary). Serve chilled with ice cubes and mint leaves. Prepare your favorite fruit slush with the same method.
Fruit juice is only beneficial if sugar amount is excluded. So make a fresh fruit juice at home without added sugar.