Effective Remedies That Cure Heat Stroke
This summer has been quite taxing so far! Many people have lost their lives due to heat stroke. It is terribly hot and people are finding ways to protect themselves from the fire breathing dragon up there in the sky.
Those of you who stay outdoors for a long time have the chances of getting a heat stroke. When your body is overloaded with heat it is called heat exhaustion but a heat stoke is something more serious and it is caused when you are exposed to high temperatures for too long. The body gets overheated and the temperature gets increased. When the body temperature rises more than 40 degrees Celsius (37 degrees is the normal body temperature), your vital organs can get damaged.
A heat stroke can occur when the levels of fluid in the body are low or when an individual is severely dehydrated. The risk increases when you don’t consume sufficient amount of water to compensate for the fluid during sweating. To be able to respond to the heat the body needs to be hydrated.
Preventing a heat stroke
In summers it is essential to maintain the right fluid levels and electrolyte balance in the body. So, drink lots of water or have a glass of lemon juice before you step out of home. You can also make an oral rehydrating solution and drink that if you plan to stay outdoors for long. Mix a teaspoon of sugar, 2 pinches of salt and one pinch of baking soda and have this with 200-300 ml of water. You can add the same to juices too!
Symptoms of a heat stroke
If you feel that someone is suffering from a heat stroke, search for the below symptoms:
- Throbbing headache
- Rapid breathing
- Nausea and vomiting
- Increased heart beat
- Flushed skin or redness
- Excessive sweating and dizziness
Remedies to beat the heat
When you feel that a person has been affected by a heat stroke try the following remedies:
Always recommended by Ayurveda as the first thing to reach out for, it is the best remedy for heat stroke. To bring down the temperature of the body, just apply it behind the ears and on the chest. You can either have the juice of onion or simply roast onions with cumin and honey and consume it. Consuming raw onions in salads and chutneys can help in cooling your system.
Tamarind is known to be rich in minerals, vitamins and electrolytes. Just soak tamarind in hot boiling water and strain it. Add a pinch of sugar and drink it. This helps in lowering the temperature of your body. The juice of tamarind is also a mild laxative and treats stomach disorders.
This is a saviour! It is a refreshing drink and is also a health tonic. It is made with raw mango an spices that cool down the body. Drink it at least 2 to 3 times a day. The cooling spices like cumin, fennel, pepper and kala namak in aam panna provide electrolytes as well as energy.
Plums are very hydrating and are a great source of antioxidants. The antioxidants have an anti-inflammatory effect that helps in soothing the inflammation inside that is caused due to the heat stroke. Soak plums in water till they get soft, mash them in the water and strain the juice. This drink is a great remedy for heat stroke. It calms down the body.
Buttermilk is a probiotic drink and helps in providing the body with essential nutrients that are lost due to excessive sweating.
Nature’s own cool drink! Coconut water rehydrates the body by balancing the electrolytes in the body naturally. It cools down the body. It has a lot of other health benefits to offer too.
Coriander and mint juice
Drinking the juice of coriander and mint leaves with a pinch of sugar is great home remedy to reduce body heat. According to Ayurveda it provides a cooling effect.
Tulsi seeds and fennel seeds
Mixing tulsi seeds in rose water is known to cool down the body instantly. Even fennel seeds are a cooling spice. Soak a handful in water at night and the next day just strain it and drink the water in the morning. This help in keeping your body cool.
Add a few drops of apple cider vinegar either in your fruit juice or in a glass of plain cool water and honey. This will help in replenishing the lost minerals and electrolytes.
Aloe vera juice
Aloe vera juice is known to be cooling in nature. It boosts the ability of the body to adapt the external changes and it stimulates the body’s defensive mechanism. It cures prickly heat.
Sandalwood paste has cooling properties and should be applied to the chest and forehead to bring down the body temperature. Even sandalwood oil can be massaged on the forehead.
Do visit the doctor if you don’t get relief!
Hope you found this post useful!
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