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How to prevent heatstroke

6 May, 2009, Fitness,Health - No Comment

hstPast few years have seen a tremendous rise in the temperatures.  The heat in summer has shown a constant rise and summers have become unbearable. 

One cannot neglect the risk of heatstroke in such circumstances.  Whether you are at home or outside, there are certain precautions you can take, so that you do not become a victim of heatstroke.

As much as possible, avoid exposing yourself to harsh sunlight.  If you have to go to work, move early from the house so that you reach the workplace by the time the sun is at its peak.  Do not venture out in the afternoon, as the heat gets really strong and harsh.  Use a cap or umbrella to avoid direct exposure from sunrays.  Wear cooling glasses to protect your eyes.

Wear light and loose fitting clothes.  Do not wear tights, jeans, jackets etc as they can cause discomfort and may restrict free movement.  The idea is to allow passage of air so that the body temperature can be controlled.

Do not walk for long distances in the heat.  Use a safe and protected mode of transport like bus, train or cab.  Try to walk through areas shaded by trees, so that there is no direct contact with sunrays.

Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water, or fresh fruit juice.  Using coconut juice or energy drinks can also be a good option.  Drinking Glucon-d or Electral solution can also be helpful, as it contains salt, electrolytes and sugar to keep the body energetic and active.  Avoid drinking tea, coffee, or carbonated fizzy drinks.

Avoid eating oily, deep fried or spicy food.  Eat more of raw vegetables like tomato or cucumber, and juicy fruits like watermelon, oranges or pineapple.

Do not indulge in very heavy exercises or strenuous manual work.  You can follow light indoor exercises or go out late in evening for a walk or stroll, so that you do not feel the heat.  Be relaxed and composed.  Sit in shady and breezy place, so that you do not feel the heat and humidity.

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