Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year in Islamic culture and is considered a holy month in Islamic religion during which Muslims abstain from intake of food and drink from sunrise to sunset. Ramadan month advances 11 days each year and, therefore, can occur during any season of the year and consequently the effects of the daytime fasting are strongly influenced by climatic conditions, being most severe during the summer months1. Ramadan this year falls in the months of May and June which bring hot temperatures in the UAE. This hot temperature also produces humidity that can reach extreme levels in the month of June so adequate fluid intake is necessary during this time.
Daily routines during Ramadan are markedly altered affecting the duration, intensity, eating schedules, the amount and types of food consumed, the volume and timing of fluid ingestion, the duration and intensity of physical activity, working hours, recreational activities, and sleeping patterns. Therefore, food and water intake frequency and quantity are reduced during the month of Ramadan. These changes in diet and lifestyle can affect energy and hydration levels so to keep energy and hydration levels at a premium, here are a few recommendations during this holy month.
Before sunrise and after sunset, suhoor and iftar…
Our team at Emirates Integra encourages you to stay energized and hydrated during this holy month. Call us at (04) 434 3966 to learn more about how to manage your wellness and to book an appointment with one of our specialists.
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Trabelsi, K. et al. (2011). Effect of Ramadan Fasting on Body Water Status Markers after a Rugby Sevens Match. Asian Journal of Sports Medicine. 2(3): 186-194.