Ramadan 2024: 7 Sehri Tips To Keep Hydration Under Check
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This year Ramadan will be celebrated from 10th March 2024 to 9th April 2024. It is a holy month for millions of Muslims around the world where people from all age groups indulge in rigorous fasting. Everyday for one whole month, people celebrating Ramadan wake up early in the morning to have sehri which is a pre-fast meal. Then a day-long fast is observed which is broken later in the evening with a meal called Iftar. This goes on for a whole month.

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Keeping the Ramadan fast is undoubtedly a difficult process and it becomes cardinal for one to take care of their diet. Not drinking water or eating anything for a prolonged time can make the body weak. This is why it is very important to make smart choices for both Sahri and Iftar. Also feeling dehydrated is quite common as everyone has to also continue their daily chores. 

Here are some top sehri hydration tips for everyone observing the month of Ramadan. 

* Avoid Drinking Tea or Coffee

Starting the day with tea or coffee is a very common habit among a lot of people. But for the sake of one's well-being, one must avoid having either tea or coffee in Sehri. Both of these beverages are not at all a healthy choice and can lead to dehydration a lot faster. These are also generally high in calories and don't give any benefit to the body. One can choose healthier drinks, such as lemon water, green tea, and cucumber water. These drinks are filled with antioxidants and vitamins and are a smarter choice comparatively. 

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* Try To Dry A Lot Of Water

One must try to drink at least 2 to 3 glasses of water during both Sehri and Iftar. It is not necessary to chug down water deliberately just to hydrate the body as it is not going to benefit one's body in any way. However one must drink water as per their thirst and instead of focusing on just food, one must also be careful towards hydration. Try having water as the first thing for Sehri as well as Iftar.

* Have Hydrating Fruits And Vegetables 

Fruits are a very important part of both the pre-fast and the post-fast meals. One must smartly choose fruits that are naturally very hydrating. These fruits help in restoring the water retention rate in the body. Some examples of naturally hydrating fruits include watermelon, oranges, peaches, grapefruits, strawberries, and many more. In terms of vegetables, one can have zucchini, cucumber, celery, and other such hydrating vegetables. This is appropriate for people who do not like drinking a lot of water straight up.

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* Don't Have Heavy Meals

Try to not overeat the sehri meal. Having a light stomach can make one field fresher and more rejuvenated throughout the day. On the other hand, eating a lot of food all at once can create a lot of problems and may also lead to dehydration. One must always keep track of what they're eating and how much they are eating. Overeating is always going to leave a person feeling bloated and dehydrated.

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* Add Yoghurt

Sehri is the best time to have yoghurt. Yoghurt is good for the stomach as it is filled with a lot of good bacteria and can also prevent dehydration. Instead of eating too spicy or sugary food as the first thing in the morning, one can simply have some yoghurt with fruits and one paratha for carbohydrates. It is a great way to prevent stomach-related problems that are pretty common among people when they indulge themselves in day-long fasting. 

* Have Less Salty Food

Having lightly seasoned food during Ramadan is the key to maintaining one's gut health. Not eating anything throughout the day may make one's stomach sensitive. This is why it is important to ensure that the food being eaten is light and not too heavy to digest for the stomach. Adding excessive salt to the food during Ramadan can be one of the reasons why one is feeling dehydrated. This is the right time to enjoy the natural flavours of fruits and vegetables and clean up one's diet as much as possible.

* Dates

No Ramadan meal is complete without having some dates. Dates not only carry religious significance but also have a lot of scientific benefits for the body. As per the Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials, dates are not only rich in fibre but also rich in a lot of phytonutrients and antioxidants that can improve the health of the gut. Having dates helps in improving the health of the gut and keeping the body healthy.