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Heat Exhaustion

Exposure to summer heat, or strenuous activities in hot, humid weather may lead to loss of a lot of fluid from the body. This reduces the body’s ability to cool itself, causing heat-related disorders and heat exhaustion is one of them. Heat exhaustion, if not taken care of, can lead to heat stroke. The various symptoms of heat exhaustion include muscle cramps, weakness, nausea, light-headedness and headaches.

There are several remedies right in our home to counter heat exhaustion. Here are a few of them:
Home remedies

  • If you have been in a place with high temperatures for too long and feel exhausted due to the heat, take refuge in a well-shaded and cool place.
  • Take a shower to lower your body temperature; it is a great way to counter heat exhaustion. However, do not stay in the shower for too long;  a few minutes under the shower can help. You can take a shower bath twice or thrice during the day.
  • If you have to stay outdoors during summers for a long time, take aam ka panna after you are done with your work or in between breaks; this helps the body to cool down and avoid heat exhaustion. Pressure cook some raw mangoes in water for about 10 minutes. Mash the pulp of these mangoes and add some sugar and rock salt. Blend well and store the concentrated mixture. To a glass of water add some ice and a spoonful or two of this concentrate to prepare a drink whenever required.
  • Another way to stay hydrated and ward off the effects of heat exhaustion is to drink butter milk or fresh coriander juice. Both these drinks help in releasing the heat trapped in your body.
  • Onions are great for heat removal from the body. Make sure you include some raw onions in your salads.
  • Take adequate rest. If you feel exhausted or experience any of the symptoms of heat exhaustion, do not do any strenuous physical activity for the rest of the day. Stay in a cool place and catch up on some sleep and give rest to your mind and body.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages, as they may interfere with your body’s ability to maintain its temperature.
  • Sweating helps to lower the body temperature, however, drinks containing caffeine cause water loss in the form of urination, and thus there is no water left in the body for sweating. Hence, it is advisable to avoid drinks like tea and coffee.
  • Soak a cloth in water, fold it and place it on the back of the neck and on the wrists. This will remove heat from the body, and lessen the temperature.
  • Whenever you are going out in the heat, use an umbrella, wear light coloured clothes made from cool, light-weight fabrics like cotton through which your skin can breathe.
  • Soak a bed sheet in water and hang it in front of the pedestal fan like a curtain, the air that will pass through the bedsheets will be cooler, and may provide some relief.

If your heart beats 70 times per minute then by the time you are 70 years old, your heart beat count would be two and a half billion. It will pump around 48 million gallons of blood... phew! No wonder it is the most efficient organ in the body.