This year the holy month of Ramadan falls during a time of great heat. Our health promoters at Sidra have some Ramadan tips for people who are fasting this year.
This week’s blog will focus on hydration.
- Due to the hot weather, your body will lose water and salts during the time of fasting. Therefore, it is important to drink an adequate amount of water before you start your fast, since it will reduce the risk of dehydration.
- Avoid spending too much time in the direct sun as this could lead to dehydration. To reduce the risk it is recommended to:
- Wear light-colored clothes and avoid dark colors, which can absorb heat.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat or carry a small umbrella.
- Avoid the midday sun when its scorching hot.
- Always check the weather forecast before going out.
- Be aware that low water intake may cause constipation. Be sure to always keep yourself hydrated after breaking your fast, that will help maintain regular bowel movement.
People with diabetes are at higher risk of dehydration. Due to the fact that the kidneys get rid of the excess blood sugar through urination, this leads to a greater amount of water loss. To compensate for the loss, it is highly recommended that you drink lots of water before you start your fast.