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At one point or another, we’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. During the holy month of Ramadan, having your sahur or pre-dawn meal is key to a good fast. It sustains you throughout the fasting period and what you consume during sahur has a great effect on how well you get through the rest of your day.
Credit: GiphyOne of the main things that most people battle with while fasting is thirst. Not being able to drink any water throughout the day can be challenging, which is why it is crucial to hydrate whenever you can. Since sahur determines your energy and hydration levels from dawn ‘til dusk, it is the best time to get the right fluids into your body. Otherwise, you run the risk of dehydration and when that happens, you’ll start noticing several signs that show you haven’t been properly hydrating. Keep reading for some of the signs you should look out for!
1. Frequent headaches
A major symptom of dehydration is headaches. It’s a lot more common to experience them during Ramadan since you can’t drink any water during the day. They can range anywhere from being relatively mild to something as severe as a migraine, and no matter where you fall on that spectrum, headaches are unpleasant all the same. While a plain glass of water can help chase them away, drinks like 100PLUS give an extra boost to your hydration levels. It contains electrolytes which helps in fluid retention, which maintains your hydration levels better. Dehydration can throw off the levels of electrolytes in your body, so keeping them balanced with a healthier choice of isotonic drink between iftar and sahur is a great way to prevent the throbbing pain in your head.
2. Constantly feeling dizzy
An early warning sign of dehydration is dizziness. The woozy feeling in your head typically occurs when you’re in an upright position (sitting or standing) and can sometimes be followed by an actual fainting episode. To combat this, all you have to do is hydrate yourself appropriately especially during the fasting month when it’s easy to compromise your health. Sip on water regularly between iftar and sahur, then once again throughout your morning meal. You can set alarm reminders on your phone or keep a bottle of water near you for easy access. If it helps, mark the bottle with hourly goals to keep yourself on track!
3. Craving sugar all the time
When fasting, it’s normal to have many cravings especially in the first week of Ramadan. But if you catch yourself dreaming of sugary treats a lot more than usual and over long periods of time, there’s a high chance that it’s the dehydration speaking instead. When your body is in need of fluid, a part of your brain that is responsible for hunger and thirst can’t differentiate between the two, so it sends out mixed signals that makes you hanker for things like cakes and cookies. For those who have a naturally sweet tooth, trade your bubble tea and bandung with 100PLUS instead for a healthier option. You’ll feel just as refreshed from its lightly carbonated taste, and with a stamp of the Healthier Choice Symbol by the Health Promotion Board in Singapore, it’s really a win-win situation!
4. Easily distracted and unable to concentrate
Everyone is guilty of getting distracted once in a while, but if you feel it takes twice as long and as hard to complete tasks that require minimal attention, then dehydration is the culprit that you’re looking for. Without enough water intake, it not only affects your performance of daily assignments but can also take an emotional toll on you. Boost your hydration levels when you consume 100PLUS in the morning for sahur. A non-carbonated option, 100PLUS Active, is also available for easy consumption without leaving you bloated. Whether you’re a student, working professional or aspiring entrepreneur, hydrating with this isotonic drink can help you to get your job done more efficiently and stay focused at work.
5. Low energy levels and fatigue
Between having to wake up early for sahur and carrying on your day as usual while fasting, it’s only natural to feel more drained during Ramadan. However, dehydration brings about a different level of exhaustion that makes you feel tired even when you’re well-rested. You experience fatigue and sluggishness – a dangerous combo that tempts you into taking naps every chance you get. An easy way to avoid this problem is by hydrating yourself with the right drink during sahur. Raise your energy levels and say goodbye to lethargy when you choose 100PLUS Active as part of your pre-dawn meal. This isotonic beverage is especially beneficial to those in a labor intensive line of work as it contains Vitamin Bs that help to reduce tiredness and fatigue.
6. Digestive problems
If you find yourself making frequent toilet trips and taking longer than usual bathroom breaks, you most probably have a case of dehydration on your hands. Water is essential for digesting food and if you’re not getting enough of it, your digestive system will suffer from irritable bowel syndrome. By staying well-hydrated with 100PLUS Active during sahur, it will relieve you of any constipation and bloating you may experience all through the fasting hours.
7. Poor skin conditions
Did you know that dry skin is one of the first tell-tale signs of dehydration? That’s right - when you don’t drink enough water, the overall tone and complexion of your skin can get affected. In addition to the dryness, lack of water also causes flakiness, redness and even itchiness. Up close, you may even notice that your fine lines are more prominent. While it’s tempting to slather on every moisturizing product you have, the best way to overcome this issue is to simply hydrate before the start of your fast. When you properly hydrate yourself in the morning, it helps your skin retain moisture throughout the day. So, drink 100PLUS Active when you have your sahur in the morning, and your body plus your skin will definitely thank you for the hydration. #HHWT Tip: One way you can test your skin’s hydration level is to take a small portion of skin around the cheek area and squeeze lightly. If the skin doesn’t bounce back immediately after you let go, then your skin may be dehydrated.
8. Dark urine
The colour of your urine says a lot about the hydration levels in your body. From pale yellow all the way to orangish yellow, it can vary depending on how much water you drink. When your urine is clearer and lighter in colour, it usually means that you’re properly hydrated. In the case of dehydration, you can expect it to be darker and more concentrated. On top of that, your urine also appears cloudier and has a stronger odour. A simple solution to fix this problem is to incorporate a hydrating drink into your sahur meal. By doing so, you’ll be able to see a difference in urine colour and ultimately, feel better from inside out. As you fast, remember that hydration is one of the most important things for your overall health. Take the time during sahur to nourish your body by eating wholesome foods and consuming the right drinks. That way, you’ll be energised, well-hydrated and ready to take on the day 💪