Reduce intake of caffeinated drinks, spicy food during hot weather, says dietician

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  • Monday, 23 Feb 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: Members of the public are advised to reduce intake of caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea and carbonated drinks, which can increase water excretion during the hot weather.

Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) Catering and Dietetic department head, Ridzoni Sulaiman said, excessive urination could lead to loss of body fluids.

"Ideally we should drink fruit juices with less sugar. To ensure enough water in the body we need not drink two litres of plain water, instead, we can consume fruits to gain body fluids," he told Bernama on Monday.

He said in addition to caffeinated drinks, diuretic drugs prescribed for patients with high blood pressure could also cause frequent urination.

Ridzoni said such patients are advised to consult their doctors on other alternatives or reduce their prescribed dosage temporarily to prevent water excretion.

Meanwhile, Director-General of Health Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah advised the public to reduce their intake of spicy food to prevent a rise in body temperature.

"Take food which contains a lot of water such as watermelon, papaya and honeydew, vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumber and mustard, as well as soupy dishes to increase water intake.

"Plain water, milk, food such as pudding and yogurt are also sources of fluid in the diet," he told Bernama.

He said the public may also visit the Nutrition Division website at to get more information on Malaysian Dietary Guidelines or submit any related queries through Nutrition Division Facebook or to Division of Nutrition, Ministry of Health Malaysia.

The Meteorology department when contacted said, the maximum temperature in several major cities including Kuala Lumpur on Monday reached 34 degrees as we are now experiencing the end of the Northeast Monsoon which is expected to last until late March. - Bernama
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