Keep yourself hydrated to beat the heat

Keep yourself hydrated to beat the heat

Agency News

New Delhi, Jun 8: With temperatures soaring above 45 degrees Celsius and heatwave at its harshest best, hospitals are flooded with cases of heatstroke, heat cramps, dehydration being reported from several parts of the city across all age groups and the most vulnerable are kids and elderly.

Heat wave can cause adverse effects on human health, Dr Rajeev Gupta, Director, Internal Medicine, Fortis, Shalimar Bagh shared some quick tips to maintain an ideal body temperature and enjoy summers in a more memorable manner.

Staying outdoors for long should be avoided, any form of direct exposure to sunlight should be avoided, people should not step out in the sun, use umbrellas, caps and wet towels while stepping out to avoid tanning and sunburn, especially between 1200 hrs and 1500 hrs.

Avoid direct exposure to sunlight and to avoid its impact, sunscreen lotions should be applied.

''To minimise the effect of heatwave, food hygiene should be taken care off which include taking fluids such as lemon water. Food and water-borne diseases are very common in this period. Only bottled/filtered water should be consumed outside home. Children should be made aware of these very important points and encouraged to wash hands regularly,'' said Dr Gupta.

Also, we should keep our body hydrated and drink at least 8-10 glasses of water every day since it doesn't contain any sugar or unnecessary calories. A lemon and honey drink can also instantly replenish your body's lost fluids and work as an energizer.

He also highlighted that eating light and in small quantities will keep our bodies cool as these contain significant amount of water, also consuming the right proportion of salt helps maintain the blood pressure.
Avoid caffeine, alcohol or excessive tea as they tend to dehydrate, wear loose, full-sleeved, light-coloured cotton clothes and avoid vigorous physical activities in hot and humid weather.