The human body can last weeks without food, but only days without water. The body is made up of 75 percent water. Summer is the most loved and hottest season! It is the perfect time for vacations, spending time with family and friends, sunbathing, and swimming. Having said that, dehydration, or the loss of body fluids, can happen on these very hot summer days. It becomes very significant to make sure that your body fluid level is fitly maintained.
Feeling thirsty means the body is already 15% dehydrated.
You can look after your body fluid levels to preserve and retain them by underneath useful recommendations of do’s and don’ts:
- Drink water whenever you go out; without fail. Water kept in an earthen pot is advisable. Better alternatives are to drink raw mango juice or lemonade.
- Most foods, even those that look hard and dry, contain water. The 20 percent of total body fluid requirements can be obtained from solid foods alone. So, green vegetables with a good amount of water content can be consumed like cabbage, spinach, watercress, etc. Sprouts are also very beneficial in the summer season.
- Wear breathable clothe materials like khadi, cotton, linen, etc. to avoid sweating which can result in heavy loss of body fluids and dehydration eventually. So, wear all natural fabrics. The natural fibers will allow skin breathe and wick out moisture.
- Increase fluid intake as much as possible. Prefer to juicy fruits like raw mango, ripe mango, lemon, watermelon, black plum, etc.
- Infused drinking water available at the market can help like HerbalH2O.
- Day sleep is permitted as there will be long days and shorter nights.
- A period remedy for keeping cool was to put a large cabbage leaf on the top of your head under your hat. The cabbage leaf contains moisture that helps keep your head cool.
- Another best alternative can be to put crushed onions in the handkerchief and then keep that handkerchief on the head. This will profoundly help to cure sunstroke.
- Do not go out in direct sun, unnecessarily.
- Do not eat leftover food.
- Do not drink chilled water when you go out.
- Do not consume pungent, salty, sour, spicy and oily food as it will produce too much of heat in the body.
- Do not consume caffeinated drinks (including aerated drinks) and alcohol during extreme heat
- Avoid extensive physical activity.
- When it is extremely hot and humid, restrict your activity as much as possible.
- Avoid cooking during peak heat hours. If it is necessary to cook, then, open doors & windows in order to ventilate the cooking area.
Maintaining body fluids also curbs acidity. Moreover, it also helps in better functioning of digestive system, which in turn strengthens the immune system and keeps the body healthy. And, as it is rightly said “health is wealth”; thus, being hydrated is very crucial in this hot summer season.
Surabhi Patel is the social work student of The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. She is inclined to bring social change. Surabhi believes persistently in changing the world through word power. She is creative, verbose, fun loving, trying to get what she want and caring soul trapped in the body.