During the holy month of Ramadan, it’s important to keep your body hydrated.
While fasting has many proven benefits to your body such as lowering blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure, what you choose to eat and drink during and after Iftar is important as well.
During Ramadan, millions of Muslims around the world abstain from eating and drinking until they break their fast in the evening. This religious practice is meant to reset the mind, body, and soul and is a requirement in the teachings of Islam. It is a chance for a deep spiritual reflection and gaining gratitude as reminded of those less fortunate.
As we enter the holy month, it is important to keep your body hydrated and healthy to maintain strength and energy to fast. Drinking water during Suhoor and after Iftar is an obvious choice to avoid dehydration but there are plenty of fruits and vegetables that you can eat and drink with high water content and includes essential nutrients.
Check out the list below that includes 12 ways to get optimal hydration during this month:
This fruit contains 92% water making it one of the most hydrating foods you can eat (or drink!) and is very available in Bahrain. It also includes Vitamin A & C, Magnesium and the antioxidant Lycopene. Cut up slices for a snack or blend it up into a smoothie or juice.
Celery is one of the most hydrating vegetables, with a water content of 95%. They’re also rich in fiber, potassium, and Vitamin K. It aids in digestion as well. You can eat celery raw or cooked, with hummus, peanut butter, or blended into juice.
Like celery, cucumber is made up of 95% water and contains Vitamin K, B6, Iron, Potassium, and Magnesium. Cucumbers can be included in salads, added into a “green juice” blend, eaten as a snack on its own, or with dip, and in sandwiches.
Strawberries are made up of 92% water and are the perfect sweet treat. They contain fibers, manganese, antioxidants, vitamin C and can reduce inflammation and heart disease. The versatile fruit can be added to salads, juices, baked goods, turned into jam, eaten on their own (or dipped in chocolate).
Smoothies and juices are popularly drunk in Bahrain. We have tons of juice spots that deliver or offer takeaway at the moment and can be made at home easily. It’s a flavorful way to add many hydrating options into one delicious and refreshing drink.
6. Sports drinks
Sports drinks include electrolytes like sodium and potassium, proteins, and sugar which can hydrate the body quite faster than just a glass of water. Especially if you’re working out during Ramadan, have a sports drink like Gatorade after Iftar to replenish your body and retain fluid.
7. Coconut water
Coconut water is rich in potassium and is one of the most hydrating natural drinks in the world with 95% water content. It is instantly hydrating, also rich in electrolytes like sports drinks, making it the perfect natural drink to replenish hydration. You can drink coconut water on its own or add it to juices or smoothies.
Any type of milk whether dairy, almond, coconut or oat is great for replenishing the water in your body. Have it in smoothies, alone, or with cereal. Milk also contains calcium and other minerals that your body needs.
1 cup of yogurt contains 77% water, making it a great rehydrator. It is packed with nutrients and has a cooling effect on the body. Have it plain, with fruit, or in a smoothie.
Tomatoes contain 94% water making it a super H20 rich vegetable (technically fruit). One tomato can provide half a cup of water! Like watermelon, they also have the antioxidant Lycopene, and are rich in fiber. Tomatoes are super versatile and can be basically added into anything: soups, sauces, salads, sandwiches, eaten raw or cooked, can even be blended into a juice.
Tea is 100% water. Its flavor comes from tea herbs and can be sweetened with honey and made more robust with the addition of mint. You can enjoy tea iced or hot and great to have after Iftar.
It’s important to moisturize in Ramadan to keep the skin hydrated as your body loses water while fasting. Use an SPF moisturizer if you are going to be out in the sun.