The human body reacts to external and internal changes. Body temperature rises when the external temperature increases but also when the internal temperature increases.
Experts consider the normal body temperature to be around 98.6ºF (37ºC), but it can vary by up to 0.9ºF (0.5ºC) depending on the time of day. Average body temperature also differs slightly from person to person.
After an intense physical activity or on a hot day, it is common to have a higher-than-normal body temperature. However, a body temperature of above 100.4ºF (38ºC) could indicate fever.
Hot outside temperatures, intense physical activity, illnesses that cause fever, and certain medications can all cause a high body temperature.
It is possible to reduce body heat in two different ways: externally or internally.
Jumping into a cool pool is an example of external cooling, while drinking cold water helps reduce body temperature internally.
The human body is always regulating its temperature, and it can lower it in four different ways:
- vaporization, which it achieves by sweating
- radiation, which means releasing heat into the surrounding air
- convection, which occurs when cooler air surrounds the body
- conduction, which is the transferral of body heat into adjacent cold water or ice
Its vitally important to have a knowledge on how to reduce body heat
My Medical Mantra spoke a few health experts to know about simple and effective ways to cure the body.
Dr Smita Kamble, a general physician from Nashik, informed, “If the body heat is increasing, drinking water is one solution. You can use an earthen pot to fill water as it keeps the water cool. You should eat fruits rich in water. Fruits like watermelon, musk melons, pomegranate, oranges, and sweet lime are beneficial. Add tomatoes and cucumbers to your salads.”
Applying cold water or ice to strategic points on the body where the veins are close to the surface — such as the wrists, neck, chest, and temples — can quickly lower the temperature of the blood running through these veins. This allows the body to feel cooler.
While Dr Shubam Ingle from Nagpur’s Medical College stated, “Excess of body heat can lead to mouth ulcers. It can also cause irritation, excessive sweating, sudden changes in mood, overeating or weight loss. These are the problems which can arise due to body heat.”
Eating very hot and spicy food is a contributing factor that gives rise to heat. So people who insist on consuming oily and fried food must be careful. In the field of Ayurveda, they often distinguish between foods that are hot in nature and those that have a cooling effect.
Diets that are rich in proteins, especially for people who are fitness enthusiasts, must be controlled. Protein-rich foods are a storehouse of heat causing agents. Meat, eggs and cinnamon powder are all prime sources that can cause potential damage, leading to rise in body heat
Dr Samir Deshmukh, a Mumbai-based general physician stated, “Daily exercise can help you in burning fat. This helps ease the work load on the heart. This leads to lesser stress on the body, when this happens the body heat automatically reduces. That is why it is important to exercise. One should also reduce the consumption of spicy food. It is essential to stay hydrated.”