Tips To Avoid Heatstroke This Summer
With summer at our doorstep, there are a host of diseases and other problems that manifest themselves thanks to the searing heat.If you are somebody who has a lot of outdoor work, you can be smart and avoid heat exhaustion. Heatstroke occurs when the body’s cooling mechanism is affected and the body is unable to release heat through sweating or other conventional methods. If not diagnosed (symptoms include headache, rapid breathing, dizziness, vomiting and the like) and treated in time, this can lead to severe dehydration and even hospitalization. So stay alert, and here’s what you can do to avoid a heart stroke and cure it, if despite your best intentions you find yourself suffering from one.
Infants and the elderly are especially at risk of heatstroke as they are more vulnerable and lack the ability to regulate their body temperature. Similarly, pregnant women and those who spend a lot of time doing tasks outdoors are at great risk and need to be monitored more efficiently. In summer, try not to exert yourself if you can avoid it, especially during the time when the sun is at its strongest. Keep yourself hydrated, stay in the shade or air conditioning when you can, and wear loose-fitting cotton clothes that breathe easy. You need to use a sunblock, wear a hat if going outdoors, and avoid food and beverages that could dehydrate you. If you find yourself feeling dehydrated it means that fluid levels in your body are very low and so you run the risk of getting a heatstroke.
Tips To Avoid The Heatstroke
Try and consume an adequate amount of water every hour so that you stay hydrated. Water is the best solution for heatstroke. So make sure you have a full bottle by your side at all times that you sip on intermittently through the day. Carry a bottle in the bag too for emergencies.
It may sound icky at first but the juice of an onion can work well to treat heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Apply some of the onion juice behind your ears and on your chest as this helps the body regulate temperature. Not a fan of applying onion juice? Roast and mix it with cumin and honey and eat a spoonful. It has the same desired effect.
Tamarind is rich in minerals and electrolytes. You can soak it in hot water and use the liquid it gives out to prepare a mixture with sugar. This again helps lower the body heat. Like tamarind, a raw mango drink which is infused with black salt and roasted cumin is also excellent as it draws the heat out of the body and nourishes it.
Buttermilk And Coconut Water
Both buttermilk and coconut water are highly beneficial in summer as they help replace lost electrolytes in the body and are low in calories.
Eat Water-Rich Foods
Many of the fruits and vegetables found in summer help in rehydration since they have a high water content. Fruits such as watermelon, melon, kiwi, grapes, and vegetables like cucumbers, bell peppers, broccoli, and lettuce are recommended as they contain minerals and vitamins that are essential during summer.
Avoid Caffeine And Alcohol
Both aerated drinks and alcohol are dehydrating, as is caffeine. So reduce your intake of these beverages through the months of summer.
Last but not the least, avoid direct sunlight if you can and carry an umbrella, hat, and sunshades with you. Shower often if you feel the heat, and carry some eau de cologne along as a gentle dab of it could help bring the body temperature down and keep you healthy and smelling nice through summer.