Summer is upon us, and with the rising temperatures, it's important to take care of your health and prevent heat stroke. The scorching heat of the sun can deplete your body of water and electrolytes, leading to increased thirst, dry mouth, dry skin, fatigue, and more. Here are some natural diet and home remedies that can prepare your body for the hot season and keep diseases at bay.
Symptoms of Heat Stroke:
Heat stroke can occur due to low fluids in the body, making it more vulnerable to the heat. To prevent this, drink plenty of water to replenish fluids lost in sweating. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks like coffee, as they can worsen the situation by affecting the body's ability to regulate temperatures. When stepping out, make sure you drink plenty of water or have a glass of oral rehydration solution like lemonade.
Here's how you can make your own rehydration solution:
Mix a teaspoon of sugar, two pinches of salt, and one pinch of baking soda or sodium bicarbonate. Take this with about 200 to 300 ml of water. You can also add juices or other drinks.
This solution helps in many ways. Firstly, the amount of water you drink should be retained in your body for you to feel hydrated, and salt helps in retention. Secondly, your body uses up energy in trying to maintain its normal temperature, and sugar boosts your energy. Lastly, baking soda or sodium bicarb promotes the functions of electrolytes and minerals in your body.
Different seasons require different diets to maintain the body. The easiest way to fight the summer heat is to consume lots of fresh vegetables and fruits. Eating small healthy meals at regular intervals with healthy servings of fruit and vegetable salads are the best method as they keep the body cool and also strengthen the vitamin content. Fruits and veggies are rich in fiber and help you stay full longer and also burn off calories. You can choose to make juices, smoothies or soups right at home. Watermelons, cucumbers, sweet limes, melons, and grapes are good fruits for summers.
It's important to cook food in the right way to bear the summer heat. The secret summer mantra lies in avoiding deep-fried foods. Steaming, sautéing, roasting, baking or grilling are summer-friendly ways of cooking. Use plenty of herbs - fresh and dried - to enhance the flavor of foods and keep up the happy moods.
Summer is a good time to enjoy some mouth-watering healthy drinks like buttermilk, lemon, mint and ginger teas, aam panna, and coconut water. These summer coolants not only keep you cool but also aid in digestion and help eliminate toxins.
Did you know your kitchen has a lot of remedies that can save you from popping pills? These remedies are desi, yet very effective during summers.
Onion juice is a super summer savior, suggested by many Ayurvedic practitioners. Applying onion juice behind the ears and on your chest can help bring down your body temperature. You can also roast some raw onions with cumin and honey and have them. Raw onions in salads or chutneys can also cool your system.
Tamarind juice is another drink that is rich in vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes. It's made by soaking some tamarind in boiling water. Strain it and drink it with a pinch of sugar. This tonic lowers the body temperature and acts as a mild laxative, helping in treating stomach disorders.
Coriander juice can be applied for soothing hot itchy skin. According to Ayurveda, the herb is an effective body coolant. The mixture of coriander and mint juice is an easy home remedy to bring down the body heat.
Herbalists also suggest one to use aloe vera gel to cure prickly heat.
Aloe vera is high in vitamins and minerals. It is known to be an adaptogen. It boosts the body's natural ability to adapt to the external changes and stimulates the defensive mechanisms of the body. Adaptogens are known to stabilise the various systems of the body.
Sandalwood powder paste, when applied to head and chest can help in lowering body temperatures.
Keep yourselves cool, hydrated and have a happy summer!