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Every year, hundreds of people across the country are affected by sunstroke caused by abnormal rise in temperature. If you don’t take precaution in advance, it can be a serious threat to your life. Summers are just around the corner and, during this time, you’re at a higher risk of getting sunstroke. Soon enough we’re going to hear about people being affected by heat stroke. To keep ourselves protected, it is important to know what sunstroke is and what we can do to prevent it.
Exposure to direct sun can lead to heat exhaustion. This is a temporary and less serious condition. However, when the body’s temperature rises above 37 C and reaches 40 C, it can affect the functioning of many vital organs and cause the following
Increased heart rate
Red or flushed skin
Nausea and vomiting
Dizziness and fainting
Deficiency of body fluids
Sun or heatstroke causes severe dehydration and, in such a condition, it is very important to maintain fluid levels in the body. If you’re required to stay in the sun for very long hours, be sure to drink plenty of liquids to prevent dehydration.
According to Ayurveda, sunstroke can be attributed to aggravation of pitta dosha. Many of the symptoms of sunstroke are similar to that which manifest when there is an imbalance of pitta in the body. In Ayurveda, there are a numbers of herbs that help balance heat or pitta related problems.
Wear full sleeves clothes to protect the body from direct sun exposure
Switch to loose-fitting dresses instead of tight ones, and especially wear cotton fabric
Carry an umbrella when going out
Have light meals before leaving home
Hydrate your body regularly
Drink naturally cooling substances like thandai, coconut water, fruit juices etc.
If possible, avoid going out during the hottest hours of the day
In case of dehydration, drink lots of water mixed with sugar and salt
Regular use of onion prevents sunstroke. If someone is suffering from heatstroke, applying onion juice on the entire body is recommended
Make a drink of fresh coriander and mint leaves mixed with mishri (rock sugar candy)
Another drink that’s great for summers is a preparation made from unripe mango pulp mixed with roasted cumin seeds, mint, fennel, black salt, sugar or jaggery
Drinking fresh butter milk is beneficial
Apply sandalwood paste to lower the effect of heat on the body
Have plenty of fruits and vegetables containing water, like cucumber, watermelon, muskmelon, lemon drink, and sugarcane juice So, beat the heat this summer with these tips and stay cool, happy, and healthy.
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