Top 15 Foods to Stay Hydrated During Ramadan

By Gamal Khattab March 17, 2024 2262

Ramadan, a holy month for Muslims, involves fasting from dawn to dusk. While this spiritual practice brings immense rewards, staying hydrated during extended periods without fluids can be a challenge.  Dehydration can lead to fatigue, headaches, and even dizziness, impacting one's ability to fully observe Ramadan.

Fortunately, a variety of delicious and nutritious foods can help you stay hydrated throughout the day. Here are the top 15 foods to incorporate into your Suhoor (pre-dawn meal) and Iftar (evening meal) during Ramadan:

  1. Watermelons, Cantaloupes, and Honeydews: These melons are over 90% water, making them nature's hydrating powerhouse [1]. They are also a good source of vitamins and fiber, aiding digestion and keeping you feeling full for longer.
  2. Cucumbers: With nearly 96% water content, cucumbers are another excellent choice for hydration [1]. Enjoy them raw with a squeeze of lemon or add them to salads, raita (yogurt dip), or refreshing soups.
  3. Tomatoes: Do not underestimate the hydrating power of tomatoes! They are about 95% water and contain essential electrolytes like potassium, which helps regulate fluids in the body [1].
  4. Leafy Greens: Spinach, lettuce, and kale are not only packed with vitamins and minerals but also have a high water content, making them a perfect addition to your Suhoor or Iftar salads.
  5. Fruits with High Water Content: Berries, oranges, grapefruit, and pineapples are all excellent sources of hydration and essential vitamins. They also add a touch of sweetness to your meals.
  6. Yogurt: Opt for plain yogurt or add some chopped fruits and nuts for a satisfying and hydrating meal component. Yogurt is a good source of probiotics, which contribute to gut health and digestion [1].
  7. Soups and Stews: Opt for broths and light, vegetable-based soups. They are not only hydrating but also provide essential nutrients and keep you feeling full for longer.
  8. Coconut Water: A natural electrolyte powerhouse, coconut water is a refreshing and effective way to replenish fluids lost during the day [2].
  9. Dates: Dates are a traditional Ramadan food and a great source of natural sugars, potassium, and magnesium, all of which help with hydration and energy levels [2]. Enjoy them at Suhoor for a sustained energy boost.
  10. Vegetables with High Water Content: Celery, bell peppers, and zucchini are all excellent choices, boasting high water content and offering a variety of flavors and textures to your meals.
  11. Fruits Infused Water: Enhance the taste of plain water by adding slices of lemon, cucumber, ginger, or berries. This not only adds a refreshing twist but also provides a slight flavor boost.
  12. Herbal Teas: Opt for caffeine-free herbal teas like chamomile, peppermint, or ginger after your Iftar meal. These teas are soothing and hydrating, aiding digestion and promoting relaxation.