Dehydration is one of the most common symptoms during Ramadan due to low consumption of water. Dehydration occurs when the body loses more water and fluids than it consumes, which may cause headache, lethargy, and constipation.
Children, elderly, individuals with chronic diseases, such as; diabetes and kidney failure, and individuals with physical activity higher than normal are the most vulnerable, especially if they are exposed to sun heat during their day-to-day activities.
Her are some tips to overcome dehydration while fasting:
. Drink 8-12 glasses of water from the moment you break your fast and until suhoor.
. Use less spices and salt as they increase the body's need for water. Moreover, consuming salt increases thirst.
. Eat less sweets after breaking your fast. Sweets are normally high in sugar, which increases thirst as well.
. Avoid exposure to sun heat or even exercising during the daylight hours. Spend your time in cool and shaded places.
. Avoid caffeinated drinks, such as; coffee, tea, soft drinks that contain large amounts of sugar. Such drinks may lead to dehydration.
During the blessed month of Ramadan, it is necessary to consume more fluids such as water and juices. It is also necessary to eat vegetables and fruits such as watercress and watermelon as they are high in water. Moreover, it is preferable to drink room temperature water rather than cold water, as it aids the digestion system.