Summer has its consequences, and so, you need to be extra cautious to remain healthy.
The temperature is soaring high, and the scorching heat seems to stay here with us for some more time. There have been heat waves in several parts of India, and in such a situation, we all are at risk for various heat-related illnesses such as heat cramps, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and more.
So, as health experts suggest, you should be extra cautious and take precautions to stay healthy this season.
In this article, we will focus on the common mistakes that you should avoid doing on hot sunny days.
First, let’s understand heat stroke
Heat stroke is the most common illness in India during summer. It occurs when the body’s temperature rises rapidly (to 106°F or higher) within 10 minutes. It can lead to death if the person does not receive proper treatment immediately.
It brings several symptoms such as loss of consciousness, altered mental status, hot and dry skin, seizures, profuse sweating, and more.
Don’t let yourself get dehydrated
For obvious reasons, you need to drink lots of water (well, at least 4-5 ltrs) in summer. It helps your body stay hydrated, which further keeps all your bodily functions in sync.
Besides water, you can also drink other fluids like buttermilk, coconut water, juices, etc.
Don’t step out in the sun (unless it’s a necessity)
Of course, you cannot help but go out if it’s urgent. But if possible, avoid stepping out in the sun between 10 am and 4 pm. During this time, the heat remains at its peak, which could take a huge toll on your health. It makes you exposed to several issues as well.
Don’t eat heavy meals
No matter how big a foodie you are, be very selective on your dining table during the hot season. Avoid heavy meals (especially high-protein foods) as they increase your body’s metabolic heat production. Also, say a big no to oily and spicy foods as well.
Instead, go for light meals such as salads, fruits, etc.
Don’t exercise at the wrong time
Never (and read that again) workout during the hottest part of the day: 10 am to 4 pm. As experts suggest, the best time to hit the gym in summer is early in the morning or the evening.
Also, make sure to wear loose clothes, drink plenty of water, and go slow while working out.
Don’t leave kids or pets in cars
Studies have found that the temperatures inside a parked car on sunny days can rise rapidly (for instance: it can be 131°-172° F when outside temperatures are 80°-100° F).
Kids and pets are at much greater risk for heat-related illnesses. So, if there’s no air conditioner, make sure to not leave them in parked cars.