The month of Ramadan began over the weekend and Muslims across Illinois are abstaining from food and drink during daylight hours.
From sunup until sundown, Muslims do not eat any food or drink any water. Even when the temperature gets hot.
This year’s total fasting time is right around 17 hours. And with the summer heat, fasting can take a toll on a person’s body if they’re not properly hydrated.
Hannah El-Amin, is a dietician with Nutrition that Fits.
“There are a few areas that people want to be very diligent about. Making sure that they are well hydrated and that they get enough electrolytes which we lose throughout the day especially in hot weather as we sweat.”
El-Amin says most people’s bodies are able to adjust to fasting. And she adds that it can be good to give your digestive system some rest from time to time.
Ramadan is projected to end on July 28th with a three day celebration known as Eid Al Fitr.