With the long hours of fasting in Ramadan, in addition to the rise in temperature, thirst might have become a common feeling for you. But do you know that thirst is a sign that you are already dehydrated? So, yes you shouldn’t wait to the point where you feel thirsty. So, the only way to fix this dehydration issue and not feel thirsty while fasting is by increasing your water intake the right way between sunset and sunrise. Here’s how to prevent dehydration while fasting:
1. Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water throughout the time between sunset and sunrise and not only in the last few hours before fasting. Your body needs to be hydrated throughout.
2. Avoid, as much as possible, spending a lot of the time directly in the sun. Excessive heat and exposure to the sunlight results in sweating and eventually you end up being dehydrated.
3. Avoid high-intensity workouts before Iftar. When you work out, your body loses a lot of water in sweating. So, working out while fasting when you can’t drink water will make things worse and you will dehydrate your body rather too quickly.
4. Take cold showers in the morning. While thirst becomes a common feeling after the first couple of days in Ramadan, parts of your body will still show signs of dehydration such as chapped lips, fatigue, and dry skin. Cold showers, unlike hot showers, are more refreshing and do not strip the skin of its moisture.
5. Avoid spicy and salty food, especially in Suhoor. Make sure your food doesn’t include a lot of salt or lots of spice as both are one of the main reasons behind dehydration. Stay away from foods such as pickles and salted fish as they cause water retention.
6. Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables that are high in water content such as watermelon, strawberries, cucumbers, bell peppers, and pineapple. This type of fruit will keep your body feeling replenished, so it is a good idea to include one of these fruits in your Suhoor.