Well, We have bad news and good news. The bad news is we don’t know if you’ve done the math yet, but this year we’re fasting for 15 hours. The good news though is, we have got you covered this year with all the tips and tricks you’ll need to stay cool and refreshed while fasting.
Why do you get thirsty?
Basically, you’re thirsty when your body is dehydrated. Normally, you should never drink water only when you’re thirsty, you should drink water regularly along your day. Since this is not the case when fasting we have to help our bodies retain its water levels as much as possible, and fill it with as much hydrating food as we can.
Much of the water we take in after iftar can come from food. You can ensure proper hydration by drinking fluids and by eating foods that have a high water content.
Eat Your Water:
Yogurt: 85% water and it keeps you full for longer in the day.
Fresh fruit & vegetables: Don’t just have these when you’re having Suhoor, you have to include them when you’re breaking your fast as well. Vegetables like celery, radishes, broccoli, carrots, and tomatoes are essential hydrating foods for their extremely high content of water.
Cucumber: 96% water and One of the best vegetables you can have for Suhoor, because it combats thirst by cooling down your body, so you wouldn’t get as hot as fast.
Watermelon: Do we need to say more? It’s basically nature’s flavored water.
Green tea: It’s not only just as hydrating as water but it has antioxidants as well that help fight free radicals. But don’t go replacing your water intake with green tea because too much of it is not good for you (as is everything else in this world).
Avoid These Like The Plague:
Soda Drinks: Because of the Carbon in these drinks, they bloat you up and give you gas which actually doesn’t allow your body to use up all the liquid you just drank. So, say a big NO to soda this Ramadan if you want to stay hydrated and not parched all day.
Salt: We know we’re being Captain Obvious here but a lot of the things we eat have salt that we don’t know about. Like every preserved or canned food is actually full of salt to help with the preservation process, so avoid any pastrami, processed good likes meat, cheeses, canned food and pickled vegetables. And opt only for fresh meat and salt-free dairy products as your Suhoor options.
Spicy Food: Spices and heavily seasoned food actually absorbs water from your body as you consume it. That means it leaves your body drier, so you end up having to drink so much more water after you eat them than you would have initially. That’s why it so important to avoid spicy food when breaking your fast and in Suhoor.
Direct Sunlight: As much as possible, try to stay in the shade. Choose to wear loose fitting clothes made of preferably cotton or any other breathable material to help your body stay cool for longer so you don’t get dehydrated. If you’re at home or in an office, close the blinds to not let the hot sun rays in, so you can keep your surroundings cool.
Tip: While taking warm showers is actually quite cooling for the body, sometimes your body needs to be tricked into thinking it’s cool (especially if it’s 40 degrees outside). You can do that by taking a cold shower, it really helps your body recover from a long exhausting day. If you don’t have time for a shower you can just wet a face towel with cold water and pat your face with it, this works wonders refreshing your body.
If you just take it easy on yourself and not exert yourself more than necessary, these tips will be more than enough to help your body survive the 15 grueling hours with no water this year.