A Ramadan kind of summer. Well, you better get used to those because next time Ramadan will dawn upon us in a winter season will be in about 18 years from now. Here are some quick tips to help quench your thirst while fasting on those scorching summer days – they should come in handy for the next 18 years, I guess…
Drinks lots of water when you can
You should try to get a cup of water into your system about every half hour in order to make up for the water you haven’t been drinking throughout your day of fasting, to avoid dehydration. Spread out your water intake from dusk to dawn – don’t just gulp down a pitcher for sehour, that wont be of any help.
Make sure the temperature of the water is right
That ice-cold goodness could be calling out to you after a long day of Cairo summer weather, stick to your health guns and opt for a more moderate temperature for your water. Now you can avoid the risk of vasoconstriction and weakened digestion.
Eat the right types of food for sehour
Your go-to foods should be fruits and vegetables. Besides the incredible health benefits they have to offer and the peace of mind they give to the weight-conscious, fruits and vegetables are also great for hydration purposes. Go for especially watery fruits and vegetables like watermelon and cucumber.
Embrace the traditional drinks
Dig deep for your Egyptian roots and embrace the traditional drinks. Drinks like date shake, karkadeh, tamarind, amar el din, and kharoub are great for hydration and rejuvenation purposes.
Avoid spicy food
Spicy food = ton of water afterwards. You won’t be able to really deliver, especially if you’re having those spices for sehour.
Avoid salty food
For the same reason. If you’re keen on getting the salty flavor in your food, try replacing the salt with lemon. You will still get that tang of flavor but without the health problems of excessive salt intake. This works particularly well with salads.
Avoid tea or coffee, caffeine in general.
You are a lot better off without tea and coffee in Ramadan, especially the closer you get to Sehour as they contain caffeine, which increases the activity of the kidneys, making you lose water a lot quicker. It’s important to point out that as tea and coffee are hot, that they are not to be mistaken for a replacement to water.
Avoid soft drinks
Soft drinks contain carbon, which results in us feeling full, therefore believing that our body doesn’t need water after a day of fast, although that usually isn’t the case.
— Stay hydrated!