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06-25-2010, 10:57 PM
Stay cool in hot times


It’s official. Experts say, the temperatures recorded last weekend have been the highest in five years. The mercury may show no sign of dipping, but you can arm yourself with some of these very useful tips and tricks to brave the heat :

Fitness: A hot workout

• Avoid dark colours while working out as they absorb heat. Wear apparel that’s breathable. Give track pants a miss, wear shorts instead. Stop tying your sweat shirts around your hip, you are just trapping heat.

• While gymming, your feet sweat, so avoid wearing synthetic socks. Powder the feet with a prickly heat powder and ensure you dry your shoes after exercise.

• Have a glass of water before you start as it takes time for fluids to get absorbed into the system. Ideally, you need 100 ml of water every 20 minutes of exercise.

• 21-220 celcius is the best temperature at which you should exercise.

• Best time to get your body moving is before 8 am or just after sunset. Never exercise mid-morning when you experience the maximum effect of the sun’s UV rays.

• If you are working out outdoors, try and pace the intensity. E.g. If 20 minutes of cardio burns 400 calories, space it out to over 30 or more minutes and do not do it intensely.

• Avoid steam and sauna as your normal body temperature is 370 degree C and a sauna will work adversely.

Health: Grasp ailments

• Headaches and migraines get precipitated by heat. Avoid walking in the sun or wear a hat. Avoid fermented foods and citrus fruits.

• Those who do not sweat a lot are prone to heat-related exhaustion — manifested in fatigue, light-headedness, etc.At an extreme level, it leads to a heat stroke or you may be paralysed or unconscious.

• Skin allergies like psoriasis too get aggravated because of dehydration.

• The body is composed of 60-65 per cent water, distributed 2/3rd in the cells and 1/3rd outside them. When the body is dehydrated, the organs complain through aches and pains. At its worst, dehydration can lead to renal failure and unconsciousness.

• Excess sun causes nose bleeds because of excess pressure of heat on the nostrils. Boils and sun burn are also common. The best way to counter them is drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol and smoking. Have instant energy boosters such as honey, electrolytes or glucose.

• Maintain immunity with fruits such as papaya and pineapple.

Diet: Eat cool

• Take electrol twice a day. Mix it with coconut water, khus sharbat or lemonade. This will replenish minerals lost due to excessive sweating.

• Have more succulent veggies that rehydrate — bottle gourd, turai, pumpkin, lotus stem and the like.

• Avoid heavy, deep fried stuff. They contain transfatty acids that aggravate acidity.

• Adopt different cooking techniques — steaming, grilling, baking and roasting. These don’t need too much spices.

• Use spices in moderation. If possible avoid jaiphal, cinnamon, cloves as they generate heat.

• Avoid coffee as cocoa activates sweat glands further leading to dehydration.

• Have poha, porridge, fruits or idli for breakfast instead of dosas and parathas. Khichdi with multi-grain dal, chaas and green chutney is a good option for lunch and dinner.

Clothing: Drape right

• The obvious choice of fabric for summer has to be natural ones such as cotton, linen and its derivatives such as mul, voile, or bamboo fabric.

• These fabrics are woven in patterns that allow air flow. They absorb perspiration rather than cause it. Fine yarns, such as mul, dyed using natural dyes are even better for the skin.

• For the evening, wear mixed fabrics — 60 per cent cotton and 40 per cent silk — for comfort and sheen.

• Open designs allow air circulation.

Beauty: Keep it fresh

• Kokum sharbat is the best way to beat prickly heat from the inside.

• To remove a tan, powder masoor daal and soak it in milk for an hour or half. Massage it over your body and let dry. Rub it off in circular motions. This bleaches and exfoliates your skin. Rice powder does the same — wash and dry rice, then powder it. Soak in water for half an hour and rub over yourself. Let it dry and then rub off.

• To get rid of a lice infestation, powder naphthalene balls and mix with coconut or any hair oil till it dissolves completely. Divide hair into sections and apply this tip to root. Tie up your hair and cover with a white cloth for three to four hours. Some irritation is expected. Be careful not to touch your hair and then touch your mouth or eyes. Shampoo it off.

• Put papaya pieces through a mixer and massage the pulp into your hair, section wise. Rinse after two hours to get shiny, smooth hair.

• After eating a mango, massage your face with the seed for 10 minutes. The pulp will tighten, clean and moisturise your skin. Wash after 15-20 minutes.

• To control over active sebaceous glands, steam your face and gently remove blackheads using a steel remover. Apply a mask of Multani mitti plus besan and turmeric, mixed with honey and rose-water. Let it dry and wash off.

07-25-2010, 08:54 AM
21-22 C temperature is baffling to read ? Needs clarification - even 27 C - by AC is quite cool ?

07-25-2010, 02:31 PM
I had met a professional expert from Denmark - Denmark is famous for beer - but the temperatures are sub-zero - I asked him how the took beer - we take chilled beer - he
replied at room temperature -

07-25-2010, 02:34 PM
I was told that -
Matha thanda, pait naram tain pair garam theek rahndan - par ajkal subkujh badal gaya lagda hai

07-29-2010, 06:09 PM
Sain har chee badal gai hai zamane de nal nal generation vi pehle da ulat hai hun....

07-30-2010, 11:43 AM
Degrian sain - salam

I agree with you - har cheeze badal gayi hai - par abba tain abba hi raasi ya abba da matlab vi badal gyey - please do not quote Shakespeare who said - child is
the father of man.

07-30-2010, 11:49 AM
Salam -
Three doctors - surgeons - were discussing surgical operations - one said heart transplant was difficult, while the second one said kidney operation was more
difficult - the third from a highly regulated country opined - tonsils operation is most difficult - he said in their place, as nobody was allowed to open his mouth, it
required entry from the other end.

07-30-2010, 11:56 AM
Chandan - Muft ka chandan, ghis mere nandan -

There is a saying - darde-sar ke liye chandan ka lagaana hai mufeed - lekin uska ghisna bhi darde-sar se kam nahin.

07-30-2010, 04:04 PM
Wa Alaikum Salam Janab bdgogia!
Thats true father is father N child is child...Even child is wiser but can`t reach to father`s level...
About Doctors this profession is quite tough as you have to care abt you patients you must be punctual and treat them carefully...

07-30-2010, 06:45 PM
me aman hi mam

07-30-2010, 06:49 PM
khuda nazre bad say bachaye in haseeno ko

07-31-2010, 06:16 AM
Salam -

It is heartening to learn that Dgk has made lot of progress in all fields - but wikipedia still says the state of public health system in dgk is not satisfactory - in our era -
there used to be 2 doctors, and good number of Hakims - whose speciality of diagnosis was by examining pulse (nabz) only - out of these two doctors, one was
my Phoopha (a second generation doctor) but my cousin did not complete his medical studies despite enrolling in pre-medical - but all that is past history

07-31-2010, 06:25 AM
Salam - sain
I am surprised to find the tag of tough profession on doctors - in our times - it used to be called noble profession - the use of differing adjectives could be due to
our having gone to different schools, and belonging to different eras - the other noble professions included Teachers and Advocates - hope you agree with me ?
These days the most highly rated professions are Film stars and sportsmen ?

07-31-2010, 08:55 AM
Sain - salam
Sadey waqtein vich cha da rivaaz bilkul na honda hai - leaving aside elite - seeing somebody taking tea in dgk it was asked whether he was ok - chai was served to
ailing person - it was not made with water and milk - but it was boiled in milk only - khushki karendi hai - raat koun neendr nain aandii - people used to add butter
in tea - now we seem to have become tea-addicts - my neighbor who is scientist says tea has anti-toxin qualities - coffee was unheard of in dgk - my first cup of coffee in Delhi was at the age of l8 - it tasted horrible - Now we extol the virtues of tea and coffee - however, at cold places like Bannu and Quetta, tea was popular even during that era - my late Nana used to work in some vilaiti company called Spencers - at Delhi also, tea used to be taken only during winter season - lassi use to replace it during hot
months - these days nobody takes lassi and tea is taken on all the 365 days !

08-02-2010, 05:28 AM
Sharing some experience about staying cool -

While it is normal to consume cold beverages, one wise counsel was to the
contrary - to take hot tea - when you are feeling hot you tend to perspire -
taking hot tea raises your body temperature and the sweat disappears thereby
to create a feeling of comfort.

08-05-2010, 04:40 PM
i like the idea, but implementation doesn't seem to be in near future.

08-06-2010, 02:19 PM
Try another method - when you are profusely perspiring in humid weather, use hot towel - dab your face with towel dipped in hot/warm water -your sweat will disappear.