Hydration during Ramadan

Hydration during Ramadan

Why is water important?

Water is essential for life and during Ramadan it is imperative to stay hydrated.  Adequate water consumption and hydration will benefit your health by preventing constipation, kidney stones and urinary tract infections. Water regulates the body’s temperature, transports nutrients and helps our joints remain supple.

What happens if I do not hydrate?

If you don’t consume enough water you will become dehydrated. Signs of dehydration can include increased thirst, dry sticky mouth, tiredness, poor concentration, headache, dizziness or light headedness. Other factors that can contribute towards dehydration are air conditioning, humidity, exercise and weather temperature.

How much should I drink?

It is recommended that woman consume 1600ml water per day and men consume 2000ml. Other factors to consider are age, activity levels and weight. A good indication that the body is hydrated is straw or pale yellow coloured urine.

Hydration during Ramadan

Suhour is the meal consumed before the fast begins which happens before sunrise. Iftar is the meal which is consumed after sunset in order to break the fasting period. It is essential to rehydrate and fuel up during Suhour and Iftar. A nutritionally balanced meal and hydration will help you maximise your energy over the fasting period.

Aside from water you can consume hydrating fruits and vegetables, smoothies and soups to restore hydration levels.

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