Navratri fasts are almost here. It is generally recommended to drink plenty of fluids during fasting. This is because a liquid diet keeps you hydrated and prevents you from getting tired. But most people mistakenly include those drinks in their daily routine that dehydrate them instead of hydrating them. Let us know about some such dehydrating drinks that can dehydrate you.
Drinks should be consumed during fasting
When you eat less during a fast, your energy levels drop. To maintain this, nutritionists recommend consuming healthy liquid drinks. Drinks like water, juice, whey, lassi, coconut water, milk with lemonade etc. help you retain water. They not only give you energy but also keep the blood flowing in the body properly.
Along with keeping the digestive system normal, these fluids are also effective in removing toxins from the body. By drinking more fluids, your kidneys work better and are also more efficient at removing bad bacteria from the body.
The right amount of fluid not only keeps the body light, but also provides energy through essential minerals and vitamins. Therefore, you will not feel tired and sluggish, and the stomach will also feel full.
Wasn’t she picking the wrong drink for no reason?
But do you know that during fasting, you can also eat some things that cause harm instead of benefit, such as some drinks. Drinks like these that we consume to keep us hydrated can sometimes dehydrate you as well.
Let’s find out which drinks consumed during fasting can dehydrate us and which ones to avoid.
Caffeinated drinks can cause symptoms of dehydration
Coffee, tea, soda, and energy drinks are all common caffeinated beverages. Studies have shown that these diuretic drinks do not dehydrate the body, but can cause other symptoms of dehydration such as headaches and dry mouth.
Be it black coffee, black tea, lemon tea or iced tea, all these drinks will dehydrate you instead of hydrating you. According to a study at Rice University, drinking high-caffeine drinks during exercise can cause dehydration in the body.
It is better to choose plain water instead of tea and coffee to stay hydrated during the fast. If you want, you can add lemon juice and rock salt to it.
Sugary drinks are also dehydrating
Fruit juices, other sugary drinks, even if they are artificial fruit juices, prevent the body from retaining the necessary water.
However, sports drinks are useful for maintaining hydration due to the electrolytes and sodium they contain. Fruit juices do not contain enough sodium to help you retain water.
The sugar content of both sports drinks and fruit juices can be reduced by adding water. This makes the drink less sweet and more moist.