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Staying hydrated
June 29, 2014, 1:56 pm

One topic that is particularly important during an extremely hot and humid summer is hydration. Not only does the hot weather make it more difficult – but the long summer days mean that our window of opportunity for food and water from sunsetto sunrise is significantly shortened. Therefore it’s extremely vital to be more mindfulof getting enough water and high-quality nourishment to sustain our fasts. Here aremy top tips for staying hydrated while you fast:

Track your water intake: Keep a labeled water bottle to track your water intake and refill it as necessary to make sure you’re getting the H2O you need.This will help keep you accountable and eliminates the risk of accidental dehydration.

Eat Fruits and Vegetables with High Water Content: That means leafy greens, cucumbers,celery, and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage among others. Ideal high water fruits include apples, pears, strawberries, blueberries,watermelon and citrus fruits like grapefruit and orange. Including a wide range of water-rich fruits and veggies in your Iftar and Suhoor meals can go a long way to keep you hydrated.

If you’d like to tick off some veggies on that list without chewing on a salad –break your fast with a green juice. Make a blend that contains cucumber, celery, lettuce,spinach, parsley, lemon and a green apple along with some ginger – it’s delicious,packed with concentrated nutrients and super hydrating.

Alternatively, have a green smoothie before your Suhoor meal – a favorite recipe is a blend of spinach,pineapple, blueberries and coconut water with a splash of coconut water Kefir for some healthy probiotic bacteria.

Coconut Water: Coconut water is one of nature’s most refreshing and hydrating drinks. It’s also naturally isotonic and packed with electrolytes, making it a great post-workoutdrink. And if that weren’t enough, it’s loadedwith vital nutrients such as B-complex vitamins,amino acids, vitamin C and minerals such as potassium, manganese, and magnesium. Long story short – drink up.

Just make sure you get pure coconut water – none of the thai imported cans packed with sugar and preservatives.

A pinch of sea salt to your drinking water: Sea salt contains over 84 minerals andnutrients, and that by adding a pinch to your drinking water, it can help administer these minerals and nutrients as well as quench your thirst for longer periods because the mineral content will retain more of the water within your body. Don’t confuse it with table salt.

Milkshakes: Milkshakes are one of the best healthy drinks for Ramadan. They are wholesome and full of energy. Go for any sort of healthy milkshakes that have a good amount of milk,sugar and your favorite fruit. Luckily, mangoes are available widely, and therefore, mango milkshakes should be a priority.

A glass of hot milk with saffron will give you instant energy which will help you cope with the long day ahead. Another great way to quench your thirst and save energy during the month of Ramadan is to have a glass of strawberry smoothie as part of healthy drink regiment for summer. It is full of nutrients.

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