Summer 2018 seems to be getting dreaded day by day. Temperatures across the nation have crossed the 40-degree C mark, a metric used by meteorological department to declare Heat wave. Such conditions can cause havoc in our body and ruin our health system completely. Summer days don’t just make the environment uncomfortable but also tend to raise our body temperature causing heat stroke.
One of the most common problems associated with this soaring summer condition is heat exhaustion. Heat stroke is a more serious condition and can severely affect vital body organs. When we feel sick and pale during peak summer season, we generally are suffering from heat exhaustion and not heat stroke. Heat stroke is an extreme condition and needs immediate medical attention. Prolonged exposure to hot temperatures causes human body to overheat raising its temperature above the normal mark. You can relate to these symptoms to the time you get angry, which gets heated up. Common symptoms associated with heat stroke are: –
- Rapid Breathing
- Spiked heart rate
- Nausea and Vomiting
The best way to prevent suffering from a heat stroke is prevention. Avoid excess exposure to the heat and try to stay in shade/covered during peak hours.
The following precautions will help you beat the heat wave: –
- Avoid/Limit caffeinated and alcoholic beverages. It’s easier said than done so focus on limiting the intake till we hit the monsoon season.
- Heat Strokes are often be a result of dehydration. Quench your thirst regularly to avoid dehydration. Rather than putting your hand on an easily available aerated beverage, try a local Indian delicacy like Chaach, Aam Panna, Roohafza, Fruit Juice and all.
- Garam Masala, Peri Peri, Schezwan, Chilli, pepper and too hot for this season. Top it up on your dish you might as well be raising the temperature a little more. Avoid heavy and heat indicung foods like Full eggs, prawns, Heavy Carbs and Red meat.
The food or drink we choose to eat around the day has significant effect on our health. Eating or Drinking from our ancestral tales has always been beneficial, as preservatives was not in the constituent list as compared. Which today contributes substantial to every food item sold on shelf. While our shelves evolve with flavored, packed and processed food; Grand Mother recipes still pack the best remedies.
Before you pop any pills, try these local native summer remedies.
It stinks-Agreed, but it beats the heat. Onion contains compounds which helps our body system to cool preventing it from heat strokes. Raw Onions along with your food is a very good way to include it in your diet.
Cool refreshing drink to take care of gastrointestinal system if you haven’t taken care of it. With incredible levels of Vitamin C, AAM PANNA is a great drink to beat the summer heat. While keeping your body cool.
Buttermilk or popularly known as chaach across North India is a good source of probiotics and helps in replenishing essential vitamins and minerals lost in sweating.
Extracting the juice of coriander or mint leaves and drinking it with a pinch of sugar is an easy home remedy to bring down the body heat. According to Ayurveda, these herbs have a cooling effect on the body. Due to its cooling properties, coriander water is also considered as a great remedy for reducing menopausal heat and flushes. In fact, coriander juice can also be applied for soothing hot itchy skin.
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