Stay Cool This Summer!

So Ramadan has started and it looks like it’s going to be a tough one. I’m not trying to scare anyone- I just want to make sure everyone realizes how important it is to take care of yourself! Even if you’re not fasting, you can still fall prey to discomforts like dehydration and low blood pressure- heat injury is the broad category! It’s really important to alter your diet and lifestyle according to the season. I know everyone loves drinking their tea and coffee hot, but it’s time to cut down on warm drinks and focus on staying cool.

Here are five ways you can stay cool and make sure the heat doesn’t make short work of you!

Drink lots of fluid with salts. Drinking just water is not enough! You lose a lot of fluid and salts when you sweat and you need to make sure your intake of salt and water is adequate! Have some lemonade, make yourself some lassi, just keep drinking whenever you can!

Wear light, cool clothing. I made the terrible mistake of wearing a cloth that wasn’t suited for warm weather. It made me feel really weird- I had no idea that I was feeling hot but that’s what happened! And after that, you can imagine how horrible I felt- with nausea, vomitting and generalized weakness and lethargy. So to spare yourself the horror of a perfect summer day (or perhaps, even the whole week) wasted, dress right for summer.

Take cold showers. It’s just literally the best immediate remedy for a hot summer day. A nice shower leaves you feeling fresh and cool for the rest of the day. It’s a great way to get the dirt and grime off as well as cool your body down from the outside.

Increase intake of cold milk products like yogurt and lassi.

Stay in cool/air conditioned environments. Don’t go out in the heat unless you absolutely have to! If you do have to go out, remember to stay in the shade. Wearing your sunglasses wouldn’t hurt. When you come back, take measures to cool yourself down, whether it’s an icy cold lemonade or a shower and relax in a room with air conditioning or a fan.

Take care of yourselves. If you take precautionary measure to stay safe, you definitely won’t be falling prey to heat injury. But wait- what is heat injury you ask?

Heat injury is a lesser degree of a phenomenon known as heat stroke. Heard of it? Heat stroke is basically what happens when your body is unable to cope with high temperatures, resulting in a fever (increased internal temperature of your body) and unconsciousness. It can happen due to external influences (hot weather) combined with behavior (exercising/clothing). Anything obstructing your body’s mechanisms for heat loss can cause heat injury.

It’s extremely important to stop a heat injury from becoming a heat stroke, or a heat stroke from staying a heat stroke. High temperatures in the body can lead to proteins and cells denaturing, which in the bigger picture, can lead to organ failure. While trying it’s best to keep cool, your body can increase it’s heart rate and cause more blood to flow to your skin so that the heat can be transmitted to the environment. With the heart working so hard and most of the blood going to the skin, your heart can become weak. These are just two ways that heat stroke can cause death if left untreated!

Here’s are some nice informational graphics:

Stay safe this summer and don’t do anything stupid 🙂 Have a nice day!

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