Preventing thirst during Ramadan

Frequently, articles tell you to drink a lot of water before fasting in order to hydrate yourself during the month of Ramadan. There are however, alternative ways to reduce your thirst other than gulping down gallons of water during your evening. What else can you do to keep yourself from getting thirsty throughout your day of fasting?

Avoid garlic

Garlic is known to make you thirsty. Therefore, it’s a good idea to stay away from it and/or avoid foods that contain this ingredient. Stay away from the usual suspects, like garlic bread and garlic dip. Garlic is also used in lots of chicken and potato recipes. Several popular Arabic recipes, such as Baba Ganoush and Moussaka contain a great deal of garlic.

preventing thirst during ramadan

Reduce your caffeine intake

Try to avoid drinking too much soda, coffee or certain types of tea as they help increase fluid loss and results in your body demanding more hydration.

preventing thirst during ramadan 

Stay away from salt

Likewise with Salt, try to avoid adding it to your food and/or consuming anything with too much added salt, as well as salty snacks. If you are preparing your own food, try to add as little salt as possible or none for that matter. If you are going to eat out, keep in mind that certain dishes contain more salt than others and ask the waiter to avoid adding salt to your dishes.

preventing thirst during ramadan 

Avoid exercising during your fast

It’s usually best to avoid exercising while fasting since your body loses a lot of fluids and requires for you to hydrate yourself. Remember that, on average, for each 10-15 minutes of exercising, your body requires 6-8 ounces of water.

preventing thirst during ramadan


Eat water-filled foods

Fruits such as watermelons, strawberries, grapefruit and cantaloupe are made up of over 90% water. Likewise, vegetables such as cucumber, radishes, zucchini, tomatoes, carrots, lettuce and bell peppers are all chock full of water.

preventing thirst during ramadan



Quick thirst fixes aside, you should try to consume as much water as possible before fasting, ideally 8 ounces per day, in order to keep your body well-hydrated. 

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