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Friday, 08 May 2020

5 ways to stay hydrated while fasting

Muslim Hands

Water is essential for our body’s functioning as it assimilates and absorbs all minerals, vitamins, and glucose and flushes out all toxins from our body. Drinking 2 litres of water can be difficult in Ramadan while fasting the whole day, however, it is crucial to hydrate yourself while fasting to prevent fatigue, weakness, and drowsiness from dehydration. Here are simple ways that you can increase your body’s fluid intake while fasting in Ramadan:

1. Drink 2 glasses of water at Iftar: Studies show that breaking your fast with water boosts metabolism, promotes cell regeneration, and increases growth regulation. Further, drinking 2 glasses of water at the time of breaking the fast will also give your body time to rejuvenate itself for the night prayers of Taraweeh.

2. Have soup for Iftar: Soups are highly nutritious as they contain a high concentration of water, amongst other beneficial properties that can be gained from the vegetables and proteins found in this hot meal. Having soup at the time of Iftar will not only increase your fluid intake but will also provide you with essential hydration and assist with digestion.

3. Stay indoors: If possible, try and stay indoors while fasting to prevent sweating from exposing yourself to direct sunlight. Try and avoid being under the sun at optimal times such as noon to avoid overheating and dehydration. Make sure to also dress appropriately such as wearing airy fabrics in pastel shades that will reflect heat.

4. Avoid salty foods and caffeinated drinks: While caffeine can be an addiction for many, it is important to stay away from it during the month of Ramadan. Caffeine and sodium are diuretics that stimulate the body to urinate more often, thus resulting in water loss from the body. In order to maintain hydration, ensure that the foods you consume are not too salty, and avoid all drinks that contain caffeine. Rather opt for decaf or healthy fruit juice that can keep one refreshed and hydrated after Suhoor/Iftar.

5. Carry water with you at Salat-al-Taraweeh: Dehydration can make one experience fatigue and drowsiness during the Salah of Taraweeh. It is important to carry a bottle of water and drink timeously between the rakats of Taraweeh, as this will keep one alert and hydrated to optimally concentrate during the salah.

While we may find it easy to take steps to stay hydrated during Ramadan, many others will not have clean water to quench their thirst after a long day of fasting this Ramadan. Over 800 million people around the world lack access to safe water and will have to walk miles in the scorching heat every day to collect water from contaminated water sources increasing their risk of serious health complications due to dehydration and waterborne illness.

The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “And whoever gave (in Ramadan), a person who fasted water to drink, Allah shall grant that giver water from my fountain, such a drink where after that person shall never again feel thirsty until he enters the Garden (Jannah)” [Ibn Khuzaymah].

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Established in 1996, Muslim Hands South Africa is an aid agency and NGO aiming to help those affected by natural disasters, conflict and poverty. It is a branch of Muslim Hands UK established in 1993 in Nottingham.