With rising temperatures and increasing cases of dehydration, sunstroke, and sunstroke-related deaths, city-based doctors have advised citizens to be prepared to beat the scorching heat.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) recorded 38.08 °C as the maximum temperature on Sunday. On Saturday, the city endured a maximum temperature of 40.8°C.
According to IMD officials, heatwave conditions arise when the maximum temperature of a station reaches at least 40°C or more for the plains; 37°C or more for coastal stations and at least 30°C or more for hilly regions. A heat wave condition is declared if at least two stations meet this criterion in a meteorological sub-division for at least two consecutive days.
Pune365 spoke to some city-based doctors to gauge their views on beating the heat.
Dr Prasanna Banerjee, general practitioner, says, “So far I haven’t received any case of sunstrokes, but there is a rise in case of people suffering from fever, throat aches, headaches and so on.
“The temperature is high and it is expected to rise further. Therefore citizens must take extra precautionary measures for the next two months till the city witnesses its first rain.”
Dr Banerjee further suggested that the heat is maximum from 11am to 4pm and people should avoid going out during this period, and instead either prepone or postpone their work. Keep your body cool and hydrated all day long, Avoid water from the refrigerator.
“You can depend on neera, lemon water, glucose powder water, fresh juices and buttermilk. Ensure you don’t skip your meals. Fresh vegetables, curd, buttermilk and fruits should be a must in your diet. Avoid caffeinated or carbonated beverages, alcoholic beverages, and those high in sugar.
“Importantly whenever your out, cover yourself with scarf, umbrella, sun coats, cotton jackets. If you’re riding a two-wheeler, helmet and glares are must,” he added.
Sneha Jog, a city-based dietician, says, “It is okay if your food intake is less in summer but ensure that you have enough amount of fluids daily. Water is the best way to quench your thirst. However, apart from that include fresh fruit juices, buttermilk, lassi, coconut water, watermelons, cucumbers. Make them an essential part of your diet in summers.
“Avoid aerated drinks, hot and oily food and ensure you exercise early morning. Include veggies but exclude heaty vegetables like spinach, radish, hot peppers, onions, garlic, beetroot, pineapple, grapefruit and ripe mangoes – if you cannot resist mangoes, soak them overnight in water and fish in your diet. Keep chicken and eggs at bay.
Relying more on fresh fruits, water and veggies is the ideal way to keep yourself away from sunstrokes, Jog added.
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