By Naini Setalvad
With the blistering summer upon us, safeguard against the very real possibility of a sunstroke by choosing from our repertoire of cooling foods, says Naini Setalvad
Sunstrokes in summer are caused by ‘hyperthermia’, a condition where the body takes in more heat than it gives off because of the soaring heat and humidity. Your body loses a lot of water due to sweating, creating dehydration and compromising the body’s capacity to balance the internal temperature.
Keeping our bodies internally cool, and well-hydrated is our best remedy to withstand the rigours of summer.
Sunstrokes can cause the following symptoms: Mental confusion; muscle cramps; headaches; drop in blood pressure; body becomes red or bluish; chills, trembling, fever; convulsions in young children; temporary vision impairment; unconsciousness and coma, dizziness, fainting and often nausea or vomiting. At this stage the victim will likely NOT be sweating. Victims may become hostile.
Here are the measures you can take to prevent this sinister malaise:
One glass water
1\4 raw mango, chopped
1 cup coriander and mint leaves, chopped
Rock salt to taste
1 tsp powdered cumin seeds
Jaggery powder one teaspoon
Blend all ingredients together with 1 glass of water. Strain. Serve chilled
Cut up some tomatoes, cucumbers and onions. Garnish using lemon juice, rock salt, mint leaves, and roasted cumin powder
This, I believe, is a universal salad and can be had in combination with nearly any cuisine
Eat according to the seasons, as nature has its reasons!
This is a healthy way to sail through summer.
About the author : Naini Setalvad is a nutritionist, specialising in lifestyle and immunity disorders. Her foundation, Health For You, throws light on healthy food habits.
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