Heat waves of over 40 degrees Celsius have hit many parts of India and health experts are warning that when body temperature rises above 40 degrees Celsius, a life-threatening condition known as heat stroke occurs , which is why we must look for specific fruits and vegetables to refresh us during these swampy days of summer and revive and rejuvenate our spirits. Health experts have revealed that infants and old people are more prone to the adverse effects of heat wave because in infants the central nervous system is not very well developed and in old people they have poor ability adaptation to temperature control and it becomes difficult for them to effectively maintain or regulate body temperature.
According to medical experts, if there is a sudden change in temperature, it could lead to heat stroke. Like if you are traveling in an AC bus or working in an office with high or very low temperatures and you suddenly go outside and are exposed to heat, in such cases it becomes very difficult for the body to regulate temperature and therefore it can lead to heatstroke.
In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Ayurvedic nutritionist and wellness expert Neha Premjee revealed, “According to Ayurveda, summer is the pitta season, which means it corresponds to the element of fire, you so must have refreshing foods to balance your body. Focus on foods like watermelon, celery, lettuce, cucumber, drink green juices, and foods like raw salads for lunch, which are especially soothing to the pitta dosha. Also make sure to stay hydrated and be sure to drink things like chaas and coconut water which also soothe the pitta dosha.
Certified nutritionist Garima Goyal advised, “First of all, being hydrated is very important. Due to work pressure and sedentary lifestyle, people often forget to drink water or enough water. At least 3-4 liters of water everyone should have in the summer. Second, eat foods that are good for your gut health in the summer. Curds, yogurt, salads, fruits like watermelon and muskmelon which contain more water should be eaten. A person should avoid eating spicy, fatty and fried meat. Electrolytes are very important for feeling energized. Lemon water, mint water and cucumber water can be consumed. All sorts of things, including more water, can be consumed to prevent heatstroke.
She listed 3 things to stay healthy and fit during India’s heatwave:
1. Coconut water – It is rich in various essential minerals and vitamins, thanks to its 94% water content. A glass of coconut water a day can keep you hydrated and fresh throughout the day.
2. Buttermilk – Buttermilk is a cooling agent packed with a variety of nutrients and is an age-old home remedy to protect you from the effects of heat.
3. Watermelon – Watermelon is an antioxidant-rich summer fruit with cooling characteristics that could help you feel better on the inside. Watermelon juice or slices, which are 92% water, help beat the heat and reduce bloating.