Arab Weather - In light of the great rise in temperatures that coincides with the blessed month of Ramadan, it is worthwhile for the fasting person to pay attention to the quality of food and drink that he consumes at the suhoor and Iftar tables to avoid feeling very thirsty, especially since the rate of sweating increases as the air temperature increases, and this means losing salts and water The body is in the form of sweat, so in this article we offer you some foods and drinks that help maintain body moisture and avoid dehydration or feeling very thirsty.
The best food and beverages for fasting in extreme heat
There are many foods and drinks that prevent the feeling of thirst during the day in Ramadan, and reduce the incidence of dehydration, including:
- Interest in drinking water: The fasting person should drink an adequate amount of water after breakfast and until the time of Suhoor, at least two liters per day, and it is preferable to drink mineral water because it contains important minerals that the body needs, and slices of fresh lemon, orange, ginger or mint leaves can also be added. Fresh to water before drinking it to increase the benefit.
- Bananas: Bananas are one of the ideal fruits that can be eaten during the suhoor meal to prevent the feeling of thirst, because bananas contain large amounts of potassium .
- High-fiber foods: High-fiber foods stay in the intestine for a long time and prevent the feeling of hunger and thirst, and are very suitable for fasting in hot weather, such as: leafy vegetables, and it is better to start eating a salad dish at the breakfast table.
- Fresh aquatic vegetables and fruits: they refer to vegetables that contain a high percentage of water, as they moisturize the body for a long time, such as: cucumbers, zucchini, grapes and watermelon.
- Natural juices: contribute to moisturizing the body and provide it with mineral salts and antioxidants that reduce the feeling of thirst, and help hydrate the body, such as: apricot juice.
- Yogurt: Yogurt contains 85% water, so it provides hydration to the body throughout the fasting period.
- Milk: Milk is an important source of calcium, especially when it is added to cereals. This constitutes an ideal suhoor meal that gives you energy throughout the day, contributes to increasing the feeling of satiety and reduces thirst, and helps milk and maintains the bacterial balance in the intestine, which helps to stop digestive disorders that may be experienced. Some have it in Ramadan.
- Dates: Dates contain a high content of potassium , so it prevents the feeling of thirst.
- Green tea: It is one of the drinks that moisturizes the body and provides it with antioxidants. Green tea also speeds up the metabolism process.
Food and beverages to be minimized
- Caffeinated drinks, such as tea and coffee, because they act as a diuretic, and this causes sodium and water to be expelled from the body by the kidneys, and thus leads to a feeling of dehydration.
- Salty foods: cause an intense feeling of thirst, including: salted fish, all kinds of pickles, and instant foods.
- Spicy foods: These are foods that contain spices and black pepper, which are foods known to cause intense thirst.
- Foods rich in processed sugars: These foods cause a feeling of great thirst if they are too much, and they increase the body's need for water, especially if it is eaten during the suhoor meal.
- Soft drinks: In addition to being rich in caffeine, they also cause a feeling of bloating, which hinders the body from consuming adequate amounts of fluids, and thus a feeling of thirst.
- Spicy foods and foods rich in fat: It is best to avoid spicy foods and foods rich in fat because they increase the feeling of thirst.
Advice: Delaying the pre-dawn suhoor shortly before dawn helps to reduce the feeling of thirst, maintain body moisture for as long as possible during fasting in hot time, and increase the body's resistance to fatigue resulting from heat and fasting, with the need to avoid direct sunlight, and not be active Physical causes a feeling of thirst, and some medications have a side effect that they cause a feeling of thirst, so it is best to arrange for them to be taken after breakfast and not at the pre-dawn meal.