With less than a week left before we bid farewell to Ramazan, we must ask you- Are you one of those who still get super thirsty throughout the day, especially during the last hour before sehri? Do you chug the entire water bottle 5 minutes before the siren rings? You’re not alone. Summer and Ramazan are a deadly combination but kudos to us for making it this far. With that being said, staying hydrated is of utmost importance in Ramazan because dehydration can lead to headaches, fatigue, and basically, all the things we do not want while we’re fasting!
We are here to give you 3 tips on how to stay hydrated throughout your roza without chugging a lot of water all at once in Sehri. But before delving into the tips, let’s establish which drinks actually count in our hydration besides water.
Which Drinks Count In Your Hydration?
We need around 6 to 8 glasses of water or anything that counts in our hydration including, juices, milk, smoothies, etc. However, keep in mind that the quantity of these drinks you’re having should not exceed 150 ml.
Additionally, while it is true that caffeinated drinks like chai and coffee have a dehydrating effect if you have too much of them, at the same time, they count in your hydration as well. Hence, you will be good to go if you have it in moderation, for instance. 2-3 cups a day. However, for some, 2 cups may be a lot and can have a dehydrating effect on them. Hence, it varies from person to person. You’ll have to judge for yourself whatever suits you best!
How To Stay Hydrated
So, how do we make sure we’re getting the required water intake during Ramazan?
1. Divide & conquer! You can divide your daily goal into two, or more parts. For instance, have 500 ml in sehri and 500 ml after iftaar. You can fulfill the rest of your requirements through fruit juices, milk, etc.
2. Incorporate watery fruits and vegetables like watermelon, kiwi, lettuce and cucumber, etc in your diet.
3. Embrace your desi roots and have shorbay wala salan! Gravy-rich foods including soups will also contribute to keeping you hydrated.
Will you be trying out these tips in these last few rozas?
The information in this article was provided by Fareeha Jay. She is a Registered Dietician based in Plymouth. She is working as a Diabetes specialist, delivering educational sessions to people newly diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. She also runs her private practice. Her work entails online consultations with South Asians all over the world. If you wish to view her work, below are the links to her social media handles;