Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Summers have been burning us this year, with Monsoons nowhere in sight. Are our bodies ready for the onslaught of this high temperature? We have Kavita Devgan to guide us.

These are hot and thirsty days, so the solution lies in keeping our water meter full. At rest, our body loses around 100 ml water per hour, and when activity level goes up – like during exercise, running around doing chores etc – the loss increases manifold. And if we don’t replace the lost water quickly enough we can become dehydrated, and begin feeling tired, listless, deflated and disoriented. The brain is about 85 percent water, so lack of it actually affects it really quickly. Fatigue happens because muscles need a proper electrolyte-water balance in the body, so even mild dehydration makes us feel drained of energy. And those summer headache and migraines that you so detest… dehydration is a major cause for that too. Migraines usually occur because of excessively dilated blood vessels due to stress, heat and dietary allergies. Dehydration can worsen each of these factors. Plus you need to sip up to avoid the sad, dehydrated looking summer skin too. A dehydrated body robs the skin of water, leaving it dry and papery. Water hydrates us from the inside out, creating a fresh, healthy look. It also maintains our body temperature by letting us perspire in the heat. So the easiest, most natural way to a radiant skin is – water!

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To avoid this situation follow these steps:

  • Wake up to water – literally. Before you eat or drink anything else in the morning, have a glass of water.
  • Take water breaks throughout the day; carry your little bottle of water with you everywhere you go.
  • Definitely drink a glass of water before stepping out, every time.
  • Make sure you have a glass of water with all meals.
  • Try wearing a digital watch (or put an alarm on your phone) that beeps at the beginning of each hour. Use that as a reminder to pour yourself a glass of water. Vow to drink that water before the next beep.
  • Have an extra glass of water for every salty snack (chips etc) that you eat. Eating salty foods means you need to drink more water, since you will need it to eliminate the excess salt from the body.
  • If you just don’t like the taste of water, try adding a wedge of lemon or orange peel.
  • Eat water-rich fruits like the melons which are 90 percent water by weight.
  • If you just don’t like the taste of water, try adding a wedge of lemon or orange peel, but drink it please.
  • Make a plain glass of water more refreshing by adding frozen fruit such as orange, lemon, kiwi, peach, apricot and plum instead of ice cubes. The frozen fruit looks colourful floating about in the clear water and also chills your drink with a hint of fruity flavour.
  • Drink up plenty of non-caffeinated fluids, such as tender coconut water, fresh lime water, lassi, buttermilk, milkshakes, and homemade jal jeera and aam panna.
  • Completely skip dehydrating drinks like coffee, tea, carbonated soda with caffeine, beer, wine and other alcoholic drinks as they increase urinary water loss, dehydrate your body and can make you feel worse.

July-2016