During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food and drink during daylight hours. Without careful planning, this could lead to inadequate hydration.
Water is essential for all major bodily functions and the overall well-being of the body. The time between sunset and sunrise is a time to replenish with healthy food , and to make rehydration a priority.
Hydration and fasting
About 60% of the human body is made up of water. On average, the body loses about 2 to 3 liters of water daily through urination, sweating, and breathing. Fasting during Ramadan means refraining from drinking water and as the body is not instantly replenished, the result is an overall drop in the water level for a longer period of time, leading to dehydration. Symptoms of dehydration include weakness, dizziness, headaches, tiredness, palpitations, and increased thirst, all of which can be amplified during Ramadan.
Although it may seem like a challenge, managing your water-intake and diet to stay sufficiently hydrated throughout the fast is achievable, and has many benefits.
Watch this short video to learn more.