Gearing up for the onset of the Holy month of Ramadan? Stocking up your refrigerators for the delicious meals of Suhoor and Iftaar?
Ramadan is around the corner, and the excitement of the festivity is gaining momentum. Muslims all around the world wait eagerly all year round for the festive month of Ramadan.
The excruciating heat, the unbearable hunger cravings, and the never-ending time before breaking the fast seem eternal.
In such a significant month, it is crucial to stay hydrated so that you could enjoy the blessed month in its entire essence.
Here are some of the tips to quench your thirst and help you in staying hydrated.
Drink Ample Amount of Water
Starting our list with the best and the wisest thing to do; drinking water. Science recommends drinking at least six to eight glasses of water daily.
In the case of Ramadan, this number increases as the starvation of the whole day makes you dehydrated. The consumption of sugary drinks, soft drinks, and caffeine increases thirst; therefore, try to drink ample water.
Make a habit of keeping a whole jug of water with you at night. If you forget to drink water, then associate this habit with any activity, such as drinking water when watching tv commercials.
Install a daily drinking reminder application to remind you to drink water every hour. There are even apps for you to keep track of how much water you’ve had so far.
Wear Light Clothes
Fasting in summers can become quite cumbersome if your choice of clothing is not correct. The texture, color, and quality of your clothes play a vital role in keeping you cool and hydrated during Ramadan.
Try wearing light-colored garments made of light fabric such as cotton that allows maximum ventilation and minimal absorption of sunlight.
Avoid wearing dark or black clothes as they absorb full sunlight and are a better option to choose in winters.
Certain people believe that wearing a cotton undershirt can help you in deflecting sun rays. The truth is that an undershirt absorbs humidity and increases the chances of dehydration. It will raise your body temperature, especially if you are wearing another layer of clothing above it.
In such a situation, wearing a loose fabric shirt is a viable option in Ramadan.
Take Cold Showers
Nothing feels more relaxing than taking a cold, rejuvenating shower in the scorching heat of Ramadan.
Dehydration becomes quite normal in Ramadan. You would notice a change in your body. Cracked lips, dry skin, fatigue, increased body temperature, and flustered breathing have become common.
If you start to notice the symptoms mentioned above visibly, then douse your head under a cold shower.
Try to take a bath daily to minimize your dehydration tendencies, and make you feel energized and relaxed throughout the day.
If you are in an office and the complex working hours are getting the most of you, then apply a wet towel to your forehead, your face, and the back of your neck to ward off dehydration.
Eat High Water Content Foods
Ramadan comes with its delicious recipes of Iftaar and Suhoor. We often tend to munch on oily foods at Iftaar, followed by a glass or two of sugary drinks, which makes us feel lethargic and strips away our water content.
Make a habit of consuming leafy greens and water-based foods such as cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelons, etc. They not only provide you nutritional benefits but keep you hydrated for a long time.
If you dislike eating them raw in salads, then you can incorporate them into your daily meals. Try to add as many leafy greens as you can to your daily Ramadan appetite.
Break Your Fast With A Date
It’s a common tradition in Muslim households to break a fast by eating dates. It is also a Sunnah of our Holy Prophet (PBUH) to break his fast by eating three dates.
Dates have many nutritional benefits, such as high sugar content, which energizes you and regulates your blood glucose levels. They also have high potassium content that keeps your body fluids regular, thus preventing dehydration.
Chances are you already break your fast with a date, but in case you don’t, then start doing so as eating dates gives you the energy you need to sustain your hunger and daily routine.
Avoid Fatty Foods
We often break our fast by eating oil-based and fried foods enriched with unhealthy fats, salt, and sugars. Instead of dozing on heavy foods, resort to healthy eating by steaming, boiling, or roasting your food.
Avoid putting too much salt or sugar in your foods, and drink healthier fruit juices instead of sugary drinks.
You would see a visible difference in your overall health. This healthy Ramadan food routine will make it easier for you to pass the whole month with productivity.
The idea of working out in Ramadan might seem daunting at first, but given its benefits, you would not resist the urge to move your body and burn calories.
Exercising charges you and flushes out harmful toxins from your body that accumulate over time and make you feel dehydrated.
Try to balance the amount of water lost while working out. Try to drink three glasses of water after a workout session to replenish your water content level.
These were some of the top-notch tips to make you be prepared for the most revered and blissful month of Ramadan.
Remember that water is essential as it makes up to 70% of your body. Drink up, live up, and enjoy your Ramadan in all its glory.