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Saturday, May 3, 2014
Heat stroke- Health Book- Day 123
With scorching heat and rising temperature each year, the possibility of falling sick doubles up gradually. Children, old people and those who are not used to warm temperature are very prone to heat sickness including heat strokes.
Try remedies at home to beat the heat and keeping heat stroke at bay:
Drink plenty of water
Heatstroke happens when water of our body dries due to excess heat. This leads to failure of body's cooling mechanism. Human body cools off by sweating. When water dies and a person stops sweating, it may cause the person to collapse.
- Keep yourself hydrated. Drink water even if you are not thirsty. Many people don't realize that by the time they feel thirsty, their body has dehydrated already. Those working in air conditioned rooms, seldom drink water. Drink a minimum of 3 litres of water each day.
-Consume less of carbonated drinks and extremely cold water, as that may cause stomach cramps.
-Its advisable to consume fresh fruit juice instead of artificial flavoured drinks. People loose sodium, potassium and essential salts during summers. So lemonade or shikanji is most recommended to prevent heatstroke.
Prevent heat stroke with lemonade
-Remain indoors during afternoons and peak hours of the day. Chances of getting heat stroke are highest then.
-Protect your head from sunlight. Wrap a scarf, wear a cap or carry an umbrella.
-Summer heat causes fatigue and heat exhaustion. So rest well. Do not indulge in strenuous physical exercises.
-Avoid eating oily or deep fried stuff. Instead, consume fruits with high water content, like watermelons, coconut, musk melon etc.