New Delhi: With India already witnessing above-average temperatures in many parts, it is important to take a little extra effort to take care of your health. With the holy month of Ramadan going on, those who fast without food and water the entire day may get dehydrated and fall sick.

Hence, it is important to take care of your diet and eat cooling foods for Sehri which are not just filling and nutritious, but also help you protect from the heat wave.

According to health experts, foods that are high in protein, salt, and caffeine should be avoided, as they can lead to extreme dehydration. A few of those are:

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Caffeinated and carbonated drinks

Carbonated drinks are bad for health, as they increase the risk of obesity, apart from triggering acidity in the body.

During Ramadan, when you fast the entire day, having carbonated or caffeinated drinks would increase acidity as the body does not have enough time to digest it.

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Also, coffee and most carbonated drinks are diuretics and would make you want to go to the toilet very often, causing dehydration, and making you long for water.

Spicy and fried food

Do not start your day with spicy and fried foods, as they give you acidity, heartburn, and indigestion throughout, making you uncomfortable.

Also, fried foods have no nutrition and are just high in calories and saturated fats. So, cut off unhealthy samosas, bread rolls, bread pakodas, and even sweet and fried dishes like Gulab Jamun off the list.

High sodium foods

Health experts do recommend eating salty foods during fasting as it helps maintain a good fluid balance, transmits nerve impulses, and helps move our muscles. However, during summer, when the temperatures are high, it is better to avoid excess sodium intake.

According to doctors, high-sodium foods do not keep you full for a longer time, and make you thirsty and hungry, and craving junk food.

During summer, high-sodium foods also contribute to increasing blood pressure levels, which are detrimental to heart health.

Processed foods

According to doctors, eating unhealthy foods before beginning your fast can counteract the benefits of fasting. Avoid processed meats, trans-fats, refined sugar, and starches that you should limit in your everyday diet anyway.

High carb foods

Avoid eating foods like bread, rice, and potatoes for Sehri as they are high in complex carbohydrates and take longer to digest.

These foods would make you feel hungry throughout the day and may cause indigestion as well.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

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