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How to Survive the Kolkata Heat

The signs of a heating earth are all here. Where earlier the summers used to be warm and pleasant, it is now a scorching furnace. As the newspaper indicates, there is a possibility that 2014 is going to be the warmest year in India in the last 60 years, This increase in temperature has been noticed throughout the world. You can know the gravity of the situation when you see that even in rural areas people cannot make do without an electric fan. Global warming, considered a myth decades ago, is now staring in the face, with drastic seasonal changes. People are now facing the challenge of protecting themselves from this hot weather, which their artificially controlled environment is also not a guarantee against.

Imagine the situation of the common man, when in the height of summer, the AC or the fan breaks down. One option is to bear the heat and the other is to beat the heat. Bearing the hot weather, other than being very uncomfortable also carries a very high risk of suffering to a heat stroke.

This makes it all the more necessary that you adopt all the precautions against the heat. Heading off to cooler climes is a good option but for those who are unable to do so, there are simple measures that can help a great deal in beating the hot weather. To help you combat the heat of summer, go through the article given below for tips on coping in hot weather.

Tips To Survive Hot Weather

  • Foods generate metabolic heat when the body breaks it down. So, to beat the heat, avoid larger meals. Instead, have small meals more often. Also, avoid foods that are rich in protein.
  • Eat plenty of spicy food as these stimulate the heat receptors in the mouth and increase the sweating thus cooling the body down.
  • Another way is to keep your wrists under a cold tap of water every couple of hours. This will cool your blood as the main vein passes through the wrists.
  • Before going to bed take a bath in lukewarm water. A cold shower will only generate the heat afterwards to compensate for the heat loss.
  • During hot weather, cotton clothes are the best. Wear loose, lightweight and light colored cotton clothes. This is because synthetic fibers trap the heat while cotton cloths reflect the sun’s radiation. In addition, the cotton also helps in the evaporation of sweat that makes the body cooler.
  • To stop the heat from coming to your house, cover all the doors and windows with curtains.
  • Drink plenty of water and fruit juices throughout the day. Avoid caffeine-based drinks like coffee and also avoid colas as they increase the metabolic heat. Also, stay away from alcohol as it dehydrates the body.
  • Aloe Vera is an excellent moisturizer that you can use to lower the skin temperature.
  • Avoid strenuous activity as it increases the body temperature. During hot weather, it is best to exercise early in the morning or late in the evening.
  • Chrysanthemum is a cooling herb that is very effective in reducing the body heat. Drink chrysanthemum tea, three to four times a day to get relief from heat.
  • Apply cold mudpack to the stomach and the eyes twice a day. This will cool down your entire body.
  • Another good option is to go for aromatherapy. This uses essential oils that calm the body.
  • To treat sunburns, mix one tablespoon of aloe vera with three drops of lavender essential oil. Apply this mixture to the affected area.
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