Pregnant can try to reduce the risk of dehydration during Ramadan such as diarrhea, vomiting, high fever or increase in urine flow by following an easy tips.
Check the below hacks for avoiding a dehydration during Ramadan days:
Drink between eight and 12 cups of water between Iftar and Suhour. It is preferable to drink lukewarm water instead of cold water as it is absorbed by the body faster. It is recommended to have soup daily during the holy month of Ramadan as soups are a good source of fluids. Furthermore, fruits and vegetables like watermelon, tomatoes, cucumber, grapes, etc. known for their high content of water, help reduce thirst.
Get away from salty and spicy food
It is preferable to avoid foods high in spices at Iftar as this increases the body’s need for water. Furthermore, it is recommended that the use of salt in salads and when cooking be reduced. Consuming high amounts of salt may increase thirst.
Choose a good sugar
Research has shown that eating sweets increases thirst as they contain large amounts of sugar. Eat fruits instead that provide your body with fluids and quench your thirst.
Avoid Caffeine and nicotine
Caffeine is a natural diuretic because it increases fluid loss and thirst. It is recommended that caffeinated drinks be avoided during Ramadan. This includes energy and carbonated drinks, tea and coffee. Also avoid smoking as it triggers a continuous dry mouth and thirst.
Choose a reasonable time for exercise
Due to high temperatures and direct sun exposure, it is necessary to drink plenty of water as the body is more likely to experience dehydration and an increase in thirst. The best time to exercise during the fasting period is just after Iftar as your body has been provided with food and drink to supply energy, and will have enough time to replenish lost fluids during exercise.