Observing the fast is a vital part of Muslim faith, however, it can be challenging, especially during the long summer days. Living in plain areas having hot and humid conditions, you need certain amount of minerals to avoid any physical disorder and malady. Fulfilling these needs are not a big deal when there are number of fruits and recipes easily available which are rich in essential vitamins and mineral.
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Sparkling beverages, both regular and low or no-calorie, contain between 85 percent to 99 percent water. They act as an ideal hydration source
60 –70% of your body is made of water and any reduction in your water intake can affect your body’s cells and nerves from functioning properly. This is why it is absolutely essential to compensate the loss of water in your body, because dehydration can cause undesirable side effects such as: constipation, headache, dizziness, tiredness and dry skin.Many people adopt bad eating habits that have become associated with Ramadan. This includes over-eating, indigestion, dehydration and lethargy, in addition to the summer heat.
The main problem is over indulgence. After fasting for many hours, people feel ready to consume more than their usual amount of food. They cook a feast consisting of twice as much food as they would regularly make. However this excessive intake can cause health problems stated by a locally renowned dietician and nutritionist.
Breaking the fast in itself, people need to be mindful of how they do it. It is about gradually breaking the fast, it's customary for Muslims to break the fast (Iftar) with some dates, Food and beverage intake should be simple and not differ too much from your normal diet. It should contain foods from all the major food groups [fruit and vegetables, bread, cereals and potatoes, meat, fish or alternatives, milk and dairy foods, foods containing fat and sugar.]
People must ensure to have a balanced diet with a special focus on hydration especially during the summer months. They must consume beverages that are refreshing and hydrate the body.
People with medical conditions should always consult their healthcare provider to determine which foods and beverages are appropriate to meet individual needs.