Did you know that 70% of the human body consists of water?
Water is important for a lot of bodily functions including regulating body temperature, assisting food digestion, improving kidney function and avoiding urinary tract infection, and providing muscles with energy. One of the main reasons for feeling tired and low in energy during the holy month of Ramadan, especially during summer, is the water lost by the body and feeling thirsty. Here are some tips and guidelines to help you during Ramadan:
- Drink at least 6-8 cups of water (2 liters) over a long period of time between iftar and suhoor, increasing the amount if you work out or the weather is hot.
- Avoid sugary drinks, such as fizzy drinks and boxed juices, as they increase dehydration and replace with homemade juices.
- Avoid drinking large amounts of water in a short period of time, especially during suhoor, as you would lose the water due to urination.
- Avoid drinking highly caffeinated drinks as they induce urination and cause water loss.
- Avoid fried and grilled food as it dehydrates the body.
- You can also increase your water intake by consuming certain fruits and vegetables which have high water content such as lettuce and watermelon.
- Eat foods that are high in potassium such as bananas, dried fruits, and dates and avoid salty foods during suhoor time.
- You can monitor your water replenishment by having and maintaining light colored urine.
Palestine Hospital family wishes you health and a Ramadan mubarak.