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How to keep heat at bay

Summers have arrived and the sun seems to be depriving us of the moisture beneath our skin. During this period, we might commonly experience our body temperatures rise and suffer acidity, bloating and lethargy.

health and fitness Updated: Apr 19, 2010 00:54 IST
Dr Anjali Mukerjee

Summers have arrived and the sun seems to be depriving us of the moisture beneath our skin. During this period, we might commonly experience our body temperatures rise and suffer acidity, bloating and lethargy.

If the water intake is inadequate, body temperature can soar and even lead to a heat stroke. It’ll thus be wise to eat foods that keep body cool.

Reduce body heat
Foods that help you bring down the heat include:
Sabza: Seeds of sabza are a natural cooling agent. Soak them in water for half-an-hour and then add them to cold milk with rose syrup.

Onions: Raw onions are great to cool the system. Have them as part of a vegetable salad or chutney.

Mango: Raw mangoes are ideal to prevent sunstrokes and diarrhoea. They are a source of Vitamin C and prevent the loss of excessive salts, andiron, from the body.

Spices: Spices such as poppy seeds, cardamom, sandalwood, fennel (saunf) and saffron are cooling agents.

Raisins: Soaked black raisins are beneficial when had with an equal mix of cold milk and water.

Gulkand: This cooling preserve made from rose petals and sugar, fights fatigue, lethargy, muscular aches and heat-related conditions.

Fuel up with fluids: Drink more than 8-10 glasses of water everyday. You can even have coconut water, fresh fruit juices and buttermilk.

Fruits and vegetables: Most fruits and vegetables including cucumber, water melon, jackfruit, grapes and pineapple help hydrate. Drink two tsp of amla juice with half a glass of pomegranate juice.Try to follow a vegetarian diet. Eating too many mangoes increases body heat. Eat not more than one a day.
Avoid using garam masala, methi seeds, mustard seeds, red chillies in your daily cooking as these aggravate heat symptoms.

Steer clear of these...
Cut down on caffeinated beverages. Caffeine and alcohol make you urinate more, thereby dehydrating your body and increasing your susceptibility to heat strokes.
Avoid sour, spicy and oily foods. Cut down on spices, cheese, fermented foods, vinegar and excess oil.
Avoid mutton, chicken and fish gravy that appears greasy. Papaya, too, is known to heat up the body.

Dr Anjali Mukerjee is a nutritionist and founder of Health Total, a nutrition counselling centre