5 Ways To Stay Hydrated in Ramzan

It is that time of the year when we throw our whims out the window and devour every greasy edible that comes our way. Yes, Ramzan is here! Sehri and Iftari are times when fried rolls, pakoras and samosas, dripping with fat, are eaten with gusto, all washed down by our favourite soft drinks. At such a time, it’s hard to

At iftari,  fried rolls, pakoras and samosas, dripping with fat, are eaten with gusto, all washed down by our favourite soft drinks. At such a time, it’s hard to curb your desire for some chatpatta food to fill you up. Unfortunately, all these foods make you feel thirsty and, when you have to abstain from food and drink for half the day or more, it’s no laughing matter.

It’s very important to balance out your diet to keep yourself hydrated and mentally fit. Dehydration upsets your body’s mechanism and makes you feel weak and lethargic all day. It’s nearly impossible to concentrate on your work or studies when your mind and body are constantly thinking of water and other thirst-quenching drinks.

Here are some great ways to stay strong, fit and active during the scorching hot month of Ramzan:

1. Water

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The miracle drink! Water keeps your body fresh and hydrated all day. Make sure you drink enough water that your body functions regularly while you’re fasting.

Since it’s not possible to eat or drink during the day, stock up your body’s energy stores by drinking water during the evening. Chugging 4-8 glasses in a row isn’t going to help. You need to balance it out. A few sips of cool water every half hour does the trick for me! I don’t know, maybe it’s psychological, but I sure feel less thirsty knowing that I consumed around 1.5 – 2 litres of water.

It’s a common ritual in Pakistan to break the fasts with doodh soda or juice. Many health experts recommend against this trend. As you’re in a hurry to break your fast, you end up over-drinking these liquids which can cause bloating and, in prolonged cases, weight gain. A few glasses of water are the best way to break your fast.

So, keep a bottle of cold water by your bed, so you can keep drinking continuously throughout the night.

2. Water-based drinks

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It’s hard to resist a can of icy cola when you’ve been fasting the whole day. But Coke and other fizzy drinks are only temporarily hydrating, and sooner or later your body craves water. If you don’t feel like drinking water during Sehri and Iftari, but also don’t want to miss out on an energizing drink, here’s a solution: water-based drinks.

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Drinks like lemonade, lassi, Squash and Tang are wonderfully refreshing and are cool and delicious to the taste. Make a batch of cold lassi or Tang and keep drinking all evening. It will boost your energy when you fast. Making Falsa juice can be hydrating and nutritious at the same time so maybe you can try that!

3. Watermelon

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This is truly a miraculous fruit that can kill thirst like nothing else. Watermelons are delicious to eat, and their high water content is great for hydration during Ramzan.

As it comprises of around 92% of water, eating watermelons or drinking watermelon juice during the evening is a great way to prepare for the summer fasts. It is rich in vitamin A and C, along with amino acids and potassium. Each juicy bite contains a healthy dose of antioxidants, which flush away waste materials from your body. Besides, the fruit is fat-free and contains very little caloric content, so it’s ideal for those looking to slim down.

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While it’s delicious to eat as it is, you can make a jug of watermelon smoothie and keep drinking a mugful every now and then. This is far healthier than soft drinks and the taste is also great.

4. Cucumber

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Cucumbers don’t just taste great, they have a cool essence and keep you hydrated throughout your fast. A cucumber is 96% water, so it’s a great alternative if you don’t feel like drinking water all evening.

The cucumber is a rich source of vitamins A, B and C, which boost your energy and enhance your immune system. Keep munching on cucumber slices during the evening and you will notice what a difference it makes. If you don’t like the taste of raw cucumber, garnish it with salt, pepper and a dash of lemon juice to enhance the flavour.

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Instead of gorging on fried omelettes and parathas for Sehri, prepare some light cucumber sandwiches. They will satiate and boost your energy like nothing else.

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5. Tomatoes

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This healthy summer fruit is a must-eat if you want to stay energized and hydrated this Ramzan. Tomatoes contain a vital dose of essential nutrients you need to keep up your energy levels. They are rich sources of vitamins A, B6, C and K, and are high in potassium, magnesium, manganese, protein, iron and dietary fibre. With a water content of 94.5%, tomatoes can singlehandedly fulfil your hydration needs.

Munching on tomato slices during the evening will keep you cool and fresh when you fast. Don’t feel like eating tomatoes? Squeeze out tomato juice and keep drinking all evening, as well as during Sehri. Mix tomatoes with healthy vegetables like onions, iceberg lettuce and radishes and add your favourite dressing to create a delicious salad.

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Make bite-size tomato sandwiches for a light snack after iftar. These snacks will satisfy those errant hunger cravings, and they’re super healthy to boot!

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