I grew up in a beautiful hill town of Darjeeling, in the eastern part of India, up in the hills. Summers were welcomed, as they were a relief. A break from the usual cold and rain, the summers were an escape form the mundane cold and foggy weather, when flowers bloomed and hills were lush with green ferns growing on the awkward hill slope. I loved summers.

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After having moved to the south of the Indian sub-continent, the summers became a dreaded affair. They were not the calm and serene season I once loved. They were harsh, hot and dry. In the last 4 years of my stay here in Bangalore, the summers have taught me a bit of a few things that made my summer more bearable.

Here are a few tips and tricks to stay healthy:

Maintain a stable temperature

The one thing you need to do is to keep yourself hydrated. There is nothing worse than a bad case of dehydration. Even if you are not thirsty much, dehydration can creep into your system without you even noticing the visible changes in you.

Your body tries to keep a status quo of temperature at 37 degrees Celsius, by loosing sweat in the summers. But in order to do so, it looses out a massive portion of your water intake. The moment you are low on water your body is not able to keep that state of comfort. This leads to further complications.

Heat related illness can be as little as a heat rash or cramps through to a fatal heat stroke. As the effects of heat stress build up its important to recognize the signs of heat.

Here are a few of the symptoms of heat stroke:

  • Headache.
  • Dizziness.
  • Irritability.
  • Thirst.
  • Heavy sweating.
  • Nausea.

“The skin can be cold and clammy. Loss of salt from sweating can produce cramping. Anyone showing these symptoms should be taken to a cool place, rested and given cold drinks (no alcohol).” Says Dr. Liz Hanna, fellow of the National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health at the Australian. (Source: http://www.abc.net.au)

What is a heat stroke?

When the body temperature rises above 40.5 degree Celsius, the internal organs start to shut down. This can lead to a organ damage, in severe cases the nervous system can get affected, resulting in delirium, coma and seizures.

A record number of deaths due to heat strokes  in 2010 were recorded in Gujarat (India), alone were the numbers escalated to 4,462.
Heatstroke is preventable. Take these steps to protect yourself from heatstroke:

Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing

Wear feel good clothing, wear lightweight and loose fitting clothes as they let you ventilate easily.

Avoid Sunburn

Sunburns affect you skin epidermaly and hence compromise your body’s ability to cool itself. A SPF 15 or higher is advisable (yes, my fellow men, whip out a bottle of SPF and lotion on). Try applying and re-applying it every two hours.

Drink plenty of fluids

As pointed out earlier, hydrate and keep yourself cooler. A few drinks (non-alcoholic) don’t taste bad as well.

Medication alert, be aware of what you take

Some medicines can compromise your body natural ability to loose heat, consult a medicine professional if you notice any adverse effect on your body.

Never leave anyone in a parked car

Now something for the children, this is a major cause of fatality caused by heat stroke in children. The temperature of a parked car can be as 6.7 degrees Celsius higher in a matter of 10 minutes, when parked in the sun. Leaving your kids in the car might lead to a heat stroke.

Neither is it safe for you to step into a car parked in the sun and drive away. Be sure to let it cool down before you drive away.

Take it easy, in the afternoons especially

Indian summers are infamous for reaching a peak during the afternoons. Try and keep indoors and not do all the physical activities in the peak temperature times. Try exercising and physical labor in the mornings or in the evenings.

Get acclimated

Limit exercising until you are used to taking the heat. This usually takes about 3-4 weeks before you can get accustomed to the heat. Ease yourself into the routines and keep to it.

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