Beating the Summer Heat

The summer is here again with added vigour, thanks to the aggravating global warming. These are the days when your skin seems to be sucking the heat deeper into your body rather than helping you cool down. An occasional afternoon downpour brings more grief than relief for it just splatters on humidity that is thick enough to slice with a knife. n-heatstroke-z-20150805

A rash kind of heat wave seems to be consuming India and is probably indicative of an approaching hot summer. It is time to think of beating the summer heat with the right kind of food and physical exercise. Of course certain foods help towards reversing some of the harmful effects of summer radiation.

On sultry, humid days, muscles compete with the skin for blood circulation. When it’s hot outside, more blood flows near the skin to help dissipate body heat and cool the body down thereby keeping your body’s temperature from rising to dangerous levels. But that can mean less blood reaches muscles, hence the lethargy.

At the same time, as when your body becomes hotter, muscle enzymes speed up and burn glycogen more rapidly, depleting stores of the sugar that your muscles use for fuel. Hence it’s imperative to drink plenty of fluids that would help hydrate your muscles and skin adequately in order to maintain internal cooling down.

It is not that good to apply wet rags over your forehead to prevent the summer heat radiating into the brain. Neither is it a good idea to wet your head down entirely, especially for kids who have just finished playing a sport. You have to make the heat move outwards. Too much water on the skin’s surface inhibits sweat evaporation that helps cool the body down.

Sometimes summer also brings a lot of dryness over your skin. This can be reflected from your head to toe. Thus, regular exfoliating will be an important consideration. You can make homemade scrubs at home by combining sugar and olive oil. Apply it over your face, hand, legs as well as entire body and get a wonderful deal in the scorching sunrays.

Many people suffer from nose bleeding during summers. This is a result of extreme heat. Most of the patients have history of epistaxis during summers. To avoid putting any kind of pressure on the nose  it is advisable to cover face when outdoors; it prevents direct contact with high temperatures outdoors.

(Read full article in the April 2016 issue of Safety Messenger Magazine)

Author: SubEditor

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