Dyt, Nutrition and Diet Specialist. Eda Honça Türe drew attention to the importance of drinking water during the month of Ramadan and gave information about the health problems that occur in the event of drinking too little.
Saying that a minimum of 10-12 glasses of water should be drunk during the period from iftar to sahur, Türe said that although tea and coffee seemed to quench thirst, it actually caused dehydration in the body during the period until iftar.
“LOW WATER CONSUMPTION CAUSES VARIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS”
Emphasizing the importance of drinking plenty of water to spend the month of Ramadan in a healthy way, Dyt. Eda Honça Türe said, “More than 60 percent of the human body consists of water. During Ramadan, when it is difficult to consume enough water, metabolic balance is disturbed when fluid loss occurs in the body. This situation brings with it symptoms such as low blood pressure, dizziness, fainting, headache, nausea and weakness. Our body loses a certain amount of water during the day through urine output, sweating, production of body secretions and many other ways. In the spring and summer months when the air temperature is high, water loss is even higher. “When we cannot drink enough water to compensate for this loss from iftar to suhoor, various health problems arise due to the decrease in the body’s water ratio, in other words, dehydration.”
“DRINKS LIKE TEA AND COFFEE CANNOT MEET WATER NEEDS”
Drawing attention to the fact that the desire to drink water is reduced and water consumption is forgotten due to the excessive consumption of tea and coffee, Türe said, “Drinks such as tea and coffee cause a certain amount of water loss from the body rather than meeting the water need. Because these kinds of drinks are diuretic drinks, which are called diuretics in medicine. It should be known that the consumption of such drinks will definitely not replace drinking water, as the need for water increases due to the increase in urine output. The recommended amount of 10-12 glasses of water should be consumed only in the form of water, except for these drinks. People who have trouble drinking water after a long period of hunger at iftar or who have nausea problems can make the water more consumable by adding a small amount of light flavoring foods such as lemon and mint to their water. The key point here is that the feeling of thirst should not be met with different types of beverages, and it should be known that water should be drunk first and then turn to other ingredients ”.
LOSS OF LIQUID OCCUR IF AT LEAST 2 LITERS OF WATER IS NOT CONSUMED
Emphasizing that how much water should be consumed during the month of Ramadan can vary from person to person, Türe said, “We recommend a minimum of 2 liters of water consumption per day for healthy individuals who live a life close to sedentary. However, this amount is insufficient for people who work physically, do sports regularly, or who are very active during the day and spend long hours in hot environments. For these people, water consumption should reach at least 2.5-3 liters, since the loss of water during the day is too much.
If the water lost during the day is not replaced, the water and electrolyte balance of the body may be completely disturbed. This situation negatively affects the health of our kidneys in the first place. In addition, deterioration of skin health, slowing of metabolism, deterioration of the digestive system and constipation are among some health problems that can be accompanied by fluid loss. Fasting will be much easier for those who take care to drink plenty of water, with a minimum of 10-12 glasses during the month of Ramadan. For this reason, consume plenty of water from iftar to suhoor in order to protect your health and to spend the month of Ramadan in a good way, ”he said.