Thursday April 26, 2018

Heat and Dust in Summer and precautions

Coping up with summers is difficult. However, we can lessen its effect. Here is how.

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Dr. J.K. Bhutani

In India. the Heat and Dust of April-May, bring cheers for the farmers finalizing the wheat crops’ harvesting, thrashing and transporting.

For the urban citizens, the sizzling heat brings fatigue, dizziness, hypotension, heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

With the temperature peaking above 40 degrees Celcius and a ‘dry-air’ with minimal humidity of 10-20 percent, the coping systems of body are under strain. The two ways we cope with heat are by perspiring and breathing. Since the air is dry and humidity is at the minimal level, one finds the immense sweat as not being visible. The insensible loss of water from breathing also increases as the temperature hots up.

Generally by evenings, the shade and the comfort of the house is enough to recover the coping power of the body-system but the things may turn bad if the temperature does not drop at night.

The body becomes overwhelmed and one may have dizziness and headache because of the relentless heat.

Heat exhaustion and Heat-stroke are more severe, often the result of fatigue of the normative sweating process, thus leading to very high temperature and in extreme cases disturbed consciousness.

How to prevent heat exhaustion?

The common sense management is plenty-of-fluids with electrolytes (natural drinks like lime-water, coconut-water, butter-milk, aampanna or jal-jeera etc are better than aerated drinks like soda or beer). The alcoholic beverages and caffeinated tea-cola-drinks may rob the body off more fluids because of the diuretic action.

Loose, cotton clothing and well-ventilated workplace and home along with air-conditioning helps a lot in warding off the heat-wave fatigue and exhaustion.

The standard ceiling fan circulates the dry air and the convection currents of air may evaporate more of your bodily fluids by increasing the loss through perspiration (one does not feel the sweat as it is drying immediately). A wet-wipe of the floor may help to some extent.

Even a cooler shall work for 15-20 days till the time HUMIDITY in the ambient air is low (20-30 percent). Coolers are less useful as they become less effective when the humidity reaches 50 percent (as may happen with the first shower) and it is also a hazard for inviting ‘malarial-dengue-larvae’ and even electric shock hazards.

Air -Conditioning is the best to beat the heat and have a cool comfortable temperature (25 degree Celsius), as it generally keeps the humidity of ambient air, around 50-55 percent, it thus may draw more water from one’s body under such dry-spells. So watch out to use a portable humidifier or keep a bucket-full water in the room and drink plenty of water to prevent dry throat, nose, skin and eyes and upper respiratory problems.

The people at workplaces or places with heavy traffics in the house should have a change of the air many times in the day to have good oxygen levels and remove or lessen infectious particles not removed by the filters of air-conditioners.

Lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and freshly made day and night meals with the locally or a pooled kitchen-garden produce is a treat if one puts some effort.

You are lucky if you are protected by some huge rich foliage tree like ‘Jamun-Mango-Neem-Acacia’ tree surrounding the western wall and the roof of the bed-room.

Dr J.K. Bhutani MD is a protagonist of preventive and promotive health care based on austere biology and facilitating self-healing powers of human organism. He practices in Karnal, Haryana. Twitter: @drjkbhutani

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Myths Busted: Tips for healthy hair in summer

Always apply hair serum with finger tips and do not apply hair serum too close to the scalp to avoid oily look

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Tips to take care of your hair in summer! Pixabay

Summer can bring in several hair woes. From using right serum to brushing in a proper way, experts say there are easy ways to tame your mane.

Arpit Jain, founder and Managing Director of Auraine Botanicals, suggests tips to keep your hair healthy:

* Hair serum: Always apply hair serum with finger tips and do not apply hair serum too close to the scalp to avoid oily look as applying serum with finger tips will give better look to your hair.

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Summers can make hair frizzy and oily. Pixabay

* Hair wash: Wash your hair twice or thrice a week to retain essential oils. Ensure that you wash your hair with warm water (neither too hot and nor too cold) to avoid frizz and damaged hair.

* Brushing: Brush your hair in balancing manner so that too much of brushing does not distribute oil all over your hair.

* Dry shampoo: As summers have set in, dry shampoo is going to be your everyday saviour if you don’t have time to wash your hair regularly then dry shampoo will help in hair to not look greasy and matte.

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* Tie your hair: To avoid extra stress to your hair, tie your hair when you sleep and when you go out in the sun or dust. This prevents your hair from the further damage.

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Vibhoar, Director of NEU Salonz, busts some myths that can help you to get healthy hair this summer.

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Cutting hair at regular intervals is important. Pixabay

* Cutting your hair regularly makes it grow faster: It is a myth! Hair grows from the root, and the body cannot detect when it has been cut (shaving, plucking or tweezing is a different story). Cutting the hair removes split ends which help the hair stay more aligned and look healthier. Perceptually, if you get your hair cut regularly you will probably be more aware of how quickly it grows.

* Be rough: You really have to be rough to get the lather going. Remember, your hair is delicate when it is wet, so be gentle. Massaging your shampoo in with soft, circular movements will give you a few minutes of bliss.

* Dying your hair will cause damage: Bleaching hair can dry it out and damage it however there are plenty of nourishing treatments to help replenish hair. Invest in good quality, hydrating shampoos and conditioners and use a mask once a week to keep your hair in the best condition possible.

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Balancing between the delicate care that hair needs and sporting a trendy hairstyle can be challenging during summers. Pixabay

* Stress is making your hair fall out: It is definitely true that certain traumatic events have been linked to hair loss. Things, like suffering a major illness, gaining weight, career struggles or a death of loved one can trigger hair loss. However, the types of hair loss associated with high stress are typically telogen effluvium, a “resting phase” in which hair follicles stop growing, and alopecia areata, patchy hair loss. Both of which are temporary, reversible, and easily treated with topical or oral solutions to jumpstart the recovery process. IANS

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