Staying hydrated is important for overall health – and it is especially important to stay hydrated during the hotter summer months.
With long fasting hours and the heat of the summer, it is very important for people in Ramadan to take extra precautions when dealing with their water consumption patterns.
This will help ensure they remain healthy, hydrated and balanced throughout Ramadan.
But what if you just can’t stand to drink plain water?
While nothing in the world can beat a tall glass of water, there are various alternative ways to stay hydrated without guzzling down bottles of H2O, a task that many people find tedious throughout the day.
A watermelon is made up of 92 per cent water, and 8 per cent fruit. The fluids that are found in the watermelon include salt, calcium and magnesium, which are perfect components to re-hydrate the body after a long day.
2. Unsweetened, flavored teas.
Chugging water is boring—so spice up what you sip on. Flavored drinks typically are easier to drink than plain water. Brew homemade iced tea and add some fresh lemon, or have a mug of hot chamomile or green tea—all count toward your daily fluid goal.
3. Drink Milk
This re-hydrator is actually a great substitute for water. Have a bowl of cereal with some milk. We all know that milk is a great way to get your calcium fix, but it also keeps hydration levels up throughout the day. It is also a great post workout drink, as it helps with recovery after exercise.
4. Sip on a smoothie
Pick some fruit with high water content such as oranges, watermelon, apples and pineapples, and make a smoothie! Instead of adding yogurt or milk, add water and some ice. It will keep you hydrated for longer and you can make a large batch and drink it during suhoor.
5. Coconut water
You may already know this. Coconut water is, undoubtedly, the best hydrating drink. It is low in calories and rich in potassium and is known to have better hydrating qualities than plain water. It is also energizing in nature which makes it a healthier substitute.
6. Fruit Infused Water
Fruit juices may not be the best hydrating drinks but a glass of fruit-infused water is. Adding fruits in water helps in diluting the sugar content and increasing its hydrating powers.
Cucumbers are known to contain 90% water and are one of the most hydrating vegetables. Having slices of cucumbers or making a juice or smoothie out of them is bound to keep you hydrated.