Here’s how you can combat the sweltering October heat

Dr Paritosh Baghel, a Consultant Physician, S L Raheja Hospital, shares how the common man can tackle this scorching October heat

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Mumbaikars are currently experiencing the wrath of ‘October heat’ as rising temperatures have turned the city into a furnace. According to weather forecast agencies, the temperature is expected to remain high during the week.

With the rising temperatures and poor air quality, there is an increased risk of infections, reducing stamina, dehydration, and bevy of other issues. Here are a few tips to keep in mind beat the heat effectively.

Hydrate: The importance of drinking water, in a day, cannot be stressed upon enough, and more so during the heat; adequate hydration is crucial. Invest in an insulated water bottle that keeps water cold throughout the day. You can try infusing your water with fresh fruits which will encourage you to drink more water. Try using mint, citrus, and ripe fruits that are in season.

Recognise your body’s cooling points: Take a couple of washcloths and soak them in water, squeeze out the excess water, tightly roll them and place them in the freezer.

Let the towels freeze till they are solid. You can also add essential oils to the water mix for a more relaxing experience. Apply these towels on the cooling spots – wrists, back of the neck, feet, and temples.

Keep sweat at bay: For many of us, sweat-inducing humidity is the worst part of October Heat. Even if you don’t sweat excessively, you have to keep sweat under control with a few tricks, like applying antiperspirant at night, so it works more effectively. Use of antiperspirants should be with caution, especially amongst the elderly.

Swim your way to being cool: When the temperature is too hot and humid, you can take a dip at a public pool, there’s nothing better than a cold swim and shower. Twice a day is advisable, if not, once during the day is a must.

Eat cool, stay cool: Consume food which can calm your internal systems; home-made frozen fruit juices are the best. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, and foods which are bitter or astringent.

Fruits like watermelons and sweet limes are perfect for this scorching weather, whereas Apples are excellent for winters.

Breathing exercises and meditation: Practice Pranayama or breathing exercises, these will not only bring down your body temperature but will help alleviate Anxiety and mood swings. Meditate to cool your mind and do breathing exercises to aid relaxation.

Dress light and breezy: Wear light materials like cotton and linen; these should be loose fitting, allowing your skin to breath. If preferable, wear light pastel shades like yellows and whites, so that heat is deflected, unlike dark colours.

Sun protection: It is of utmost importance to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Make sure you invest in a sunscreen that is at least 50SPF.

It should be applied 1.5 to 2-hours before stepping out and should be re-applied every 2-hours after that. Carry an umbrella or a cap while stepping outdoors, to block direct sun rays. Avoid venturing outdoors between 12pm to 4 pm.