During fasting, the body needs fluids to stay hydrated, apart from drinking water. Water intake can also be obtained from several foodstuffs.
Since the first many people who think that drinking eight glasses of water per day is enough. Whereas according to some studies, this has no definite medical explanation and is a theory published in 1945.
According to Tanya van Aswegen as a clinical dietitian at Valiant Clinic Dubai. Everyone’s water intake is different. Depends on gender for activity level. For the daily recommendation, women should drink 2.2 liters of water, and men should consume 2.8 liters of water per day.
“In general, women are advised to consume 2.2 liters of water and 2.8 liters of water for men,” said Tanya. In addition, Tanya explained that water fills more than 60% of the body, so, during fasting, this water intake can be different.
Although there is no change, Tanya still recommends drinking lots of water when breaking the fast, especially at dawn. You can also supplement it with fluids from other food sources.
“You can drink more soup, milk or herbal teas, which will contribute to adding fluids throughout the day. The challenge when fasting is to make sure you have plenty of fluids in your body.”
So water intake can be increased by consuming foods such as soups, herbal teas, and milk. This liquid will later keep you healthy and energized while fasting. Also serves to control body temperature, digestive system, maintain intestinal health, to carry nutrients throughout the body.
Even so, you are advised not to drink large amounts of water at once. This can actually cause side effects for the body.
According to Doctor Nacrin Uddin, Consultant Family Medicine at Medicare Medical Center in Dubai, you should also avoid drinks that contain lots of sugar.
“It is highly recommended not to drink large amounts of water at once, or in the middle of a meal. Don’t drink sweet juices, soft drinks and others,” said Doctor Uddin.
Eating foods that have healthy fluids, such as fruits, vegetables, soups, or broths, can be a liquid added to the water so that the body remains hydrated during a full fast.
“During the fasting month, it is important to drink and consume foods rich in fluids. Especially during sahur, which can encourage daily energy,” concluded Doctor Nuddin.
So besides that, it is recommended to consume lots of water. You are also advised to eat foods that have a high water content during Ramadan.