KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Drinking fruit juice during the
sahur meal will ensure that Muslims are energized and remain healthy throughout
the day during the fasting month of Ramadan, according to dietitians.
Head of Department of Dietetics and Catering Hospital Kuala
Lumpur (HKL), Ridzoni Sulaiman, said drinking fresh fruit juice could prevent
the body from becoming dehydrated when fasting.
Fruit juice contains a variety of nutrients such as
vitamins, potassium and glucose, and serves as a significant source of energy
for the body, he told Bernama recently.
"Actually, the feeling of exhaustion, tiredness and
sleepiness is due to lack of water in the body rather than lack of food. When
dehydration occurs, our body loses water and minerals such as sodium,
potassium, calcium, phosphate and so on, thus water plays an important role in
our body," he added.
Considering that this time Ramadan has fallen during the
Southwest Monsoon season with hot and dry spells, along with the haze and the
forecast that El Nino will occur in the middle of the year, it is necessary to
ensure the supply of water in the body is constantly maintained.
Ridzoni said people should also avoid drinking coffee or tea
during the fasting month because the drinks have a deuretic effect.
Meanwhile, School of Health Sciences Campus Universiti Sains
Malaysia (USM) Dietetics Officer, Mohd Hairil Nizam Abdul Hamid, agreed that
adequate water intake was very important during the hot spell when fasting.
Seventy per cent of the body's composition is made up of
water, it is a major constituent of our bodies and vital organs and lack of
water can cause health problems.
"The body needs at least eight glasses of water a day
to keep the body's cells functioning properly. Lack of water can cause kidney
problems, fainting and dizzy spells," he said.
He also advised people to eat a balanced diet.
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