With a hot and arid summer engulfing most parts of the country, fasting in Ramadan 2017 has become more of a challenge for Muslims. Dehydration in Ramadan is a common difficulty for people who observe fasting as no certain amount of water is helpful in keeping the body hydrated during a sixteen hour period. Here is a list of top five foods and drinks that will dehydrate your body during Ramadan. Here are the list of cooking recipes that keep you hydrated in Ramadan.
1. Salty Snacks
Salty and deep fried snacks which are loaded with sodium are a major cause of dehydration during the month of Ramadan. At the Iftar table, there’s a variety of salty and deep fried snacks like chicken samosas, pakoras and Kachoris etc which increase the flow of fluid loss from the body because water is required to get rid of all of the extra sodium naturally present in salt. Apart from these, fast food, canned food, and frozen meals should also be avoided especially during Ramadan as they contain excess sodium which not only causes dehydration, but are also responsible for bloating and water retention.
2. High Protein Meals
Foods rich in protein like fish, beef, chicken and eggs should be consumed at a minimum because consuming a protein-rich meal would cause your kidneys to produce concentrated urine and increase the risk of dehydrating the body. The body uses more water to metabolize the nitrogen from the protein and cells become dehydrated. Furthermore processed and cured meat products should be paid extra attention to because they contain extra salt and will deplete the body’s water level.
3. Caffeine Rich and Sugary Drinks
Downing a sugary, artificially flavored, fizzy drink is a really bad Idea during Ramadan as it has a Hypernatraemic effect on your body which means that it literally drinks out the water from the tissues of your body. Furthermore, the caffeine-rich cold drinks like colas etc will make you urinate more, causing a rapid decrease in your body’s water level. Energy drinks and coffee intake should be minimized during Ramadan especially in the hours of Suhoor as they also speed up the urination process and they cause the blood sugars to drop soon after consumption and give you a lethargic feeling for the rest of the day.
4. Carbohydrates and Natural Sugars
Foods rich in carbohydrates like potatoes and certain bread should be avoided as they are a chief cause of dehydration. Natural sugars from fruits if consumed in large quantities may cause a sugar crash sometime later after consumption.
It becomes difficult for the body to regulate sugar levels if the first day of the meal is highly composed of sugar and carbs so they are to be avoided especially in hours of Suhoor.
5. Spicy Foods
Certain spicy foods like Biryani, Nihari, Naan Chanay and Paaye that are widely eaten during Suhoor should be avoided at all costs as they are a major cause of dehydration and heartburn. The extra spices and salt intake upon consumption of such items will rob the body of its hydration and can cause heaviness and is responsible for some severe heartburn.
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