Navigating Ramadan amid incoming summer-like conditions

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AMMAN — Jordan is forecast to see a rise in temperatures over the next two days, according to the Jordan Meteorological Department. The peak of this heat wave will occur on Sunday and Monday, when various parts of the Kingdom will experience higher temperatures than they usually would this time of year. اضافة اعلان

A hot air mass from the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula will drive temperatures up, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. The weather will be especially hot in the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea, and Aqaba, where temperatures are set to exceed 40°C.

With the month of Ramadan underway, those fasting may need to take the necessary measures to cope with the rise in temperatures.

Maintaining a healthy level of fluid-content is essential to avoiding dehydration, said Rima Mashal, associate professor at the University of Jordan’s Department of Nutrition and Food Technology, in an interview with Jordan News. “The key is to maintain water reserves during the fasting period and replace water after iftar, she said.

 “To replace the water, they should consume the recommended fluid intake, which on average is at least 2 liters a day,” Mashal said, adding, “They can also focus on foods with high-water content such as fruits and vegetables.”

An important factor to consider is maintaining a healthy level of electrolytes in the body. These are the minerals that help balance the amount of water in the body. “During the times when they are not fasting, they should try to get in the electrolytes that they need including sodium, potassium, magnesium,” Zein Nimri, a functional medicine nutritionist, said in an interview with Jordan News.

Avoiding high intensity workouts in order to limit sweating also helps control water retention. “Fasting is already stressful on the body, so exercise should not be intense,” Nimri added. When temperatures are at their peak, avoiding the outdoors for extended periods of time and instead exercising in controlled environments is advised.

Contrary to common perception, however, there is no direct evidence linking fasting to dehydration, Mashal explains. “Fasting does not significantly affect the total body water if the correct measures and eating patterns are maintained.”

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