Beat the heat by drinking water, seasonal fruits: Doctors

Sakal Times
Sunday, 25 February 2018

Pune: With the day temperature in the city going as high as 34.5 degrees Celsius in February, doctors from the city said that drinking a lot of water and coconut water are the best ways to beat the heat.

Pune: With the day temperature in the city going as high as 34.5 degrees Celsius in February, doctors from the city said that drinking a lot of water and coconut water are the best ways to beat the heat.

Speaking to Sakal Times, Dr Somnath Salgar from BJ Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital said that those who go out in the sun should also have more of seasonal fruits as they are more water based. "Prevention is always better than cure and so some simple steps can help beat the heat. Protection from sunlight is also helpful by using a cap or scarf or sunlight glasses. Also, cotton clothes help in maintaining the body temperature. However, one must not hesitate to visit a physician if things go out of hand as in severe cases heat strokes can happen with the increasing heat," said Salgar.

While talking about drinking cold water, Dr Dinesh Lalwani said that cold water should not be consumed directly after being exposed to sunlight.

"After coming from direct sunlight, the body heat is very high. In such cases, it is always advisable to not consume cold water or even normal water directly. Firstly, let the body heat normalise and only then consume water. Do not have cold water directly. In case you feel dehydrated, drink ORS and refer to a physician," said Lalwani.

Warning against other drinks, Dr Ankur Deshpande, an Ayurvedic practitioner from the city, said that milkshakes and mastani are tempting, but they are not really healthy.

"As per Ayurveda, a combination of milk and any fruit is not recommended. They have opposite qualities so the combination of two different substances just for tastes buds is not at all healthy. So stay away from milkshakes, fruit salads or milk and fruit combination. Also, for those who have indoor work like in IT sector, should not consume too much water," advised Dr Ankur.

How to stay cool during summer?
*Wear cotton and light coloured clothes
*Wear a cap or scarf to avoid being directly under the sun during hot hours
*Drink more water if you spend more time outdoors
*Do not consume water directly after coming from the outdoors. Let the body cool before consumption of water.
*Hydrate yourself with coconut water and if needed, use ORS as well.
*If there is a lot of dehydration, consult a physician. 
 

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