How to stay hydrated during Ramadan

There are plenty of fruits and vegetables that you can stock up on during sehri and iftaar to to keep the H2O balance just right

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Wondering how to stay hydrated during the holy month of Ramadan?

Of course, it's a no-brainer that you need to need to drink lots of water to keep hydrated, but with Ramadan one needs to be super smart when it comes to picking food rich in H2O to eat during sehri and iftaar,

So fill up your kitchen and fridge with the following items and stay hydrated and fit throughout the holy month.

1. Watermelon

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Based on its name, it is no surprise that this fruit is made up of 92% water. But the salt, calcium and magnesium it contains is what makes it ideal for rehydration, according to a study at the University of Aberdeen Medical School. The fruit is also a good source of potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C.2. Celery

Include celery stalks in your salads as they contain about 95% water. Celery stalks are high in fibre and rich in minerals including potassium and vitamin K.

3. Cucumbers

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Composed of 96% water, cucumbers have no saturated fat or cholesterol, and are very high in vitamin K, vitamin B6 and iron. This veggie has the highest water content and is perfect for salads. You can even simply slice it up and have it with a tasty dip. Want to pump up cucumber’s hydrating power even more? Try blending it with non fat yoghurt, mint, and ice cubes to make cucumber drink.

4. Strawberries

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Strawberries are the perfect sweet treat for staying hydrated. They are 92% water and are loaded with fibre and vitamin C.

5. Smoothies

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Can’t choose just one hydrating option? Slurping down a fruit or vegetable smoothie is a great way to combine your favourite flavours into one nutritionally-packed glass. Not only will your drink be yummy but you will be all refreshed and hydrated.

6. Sports drinks

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In addition to the electrolytes and protein included in most of the sports drinks, the sugar and sodium they have can bring a drained body back to balance faster than water. This is the best option if you plan to work out during Ramadan.

7. Coconut water

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There is a reason people go nuts for this tropical drink. Coconut water is low in carbohydrates, rich in potassium and is one of the most hydrating drinks. According to a study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the all-natural beverage is effective in rehydrating instantly in scorching summers.

Originally published in The News