What comes in our mind when we think of summer in Raichur? It is evergreen hot place without winter season. I am saying without winter because winter is also as warm as summer in most highland and handsome number of highland students are here to sip the nectar of Navodaya Groups of Institutions. Incessant sweating, sleeping in the lecture theatre, fainting, bunking classes, wishing to wear micrometer thin clothes, longing to drive into swimming pool, taking frequent bathes and wishing to be inside refrigerator zooms across our mind. Hope I didn’t overdose my sentences with excessive hyperbole?
Scorching radiations of Raichur sun penetrate our cranium stimulating headache and nausea, tan our skin with burning sensations and chase us indoor, where fan rotates 24 hours. Peeping through the window and wishing for it to shower lightly to quench the thirst of dusty environment is our unanswered wishes. Most of us wish to go to mountainous lands for summer exile and recreation, yet if you follow few tips it helps you remain as cool as a cucumber in Raichur.
Dress in light, loose and cotton clothing: Cotton clothes are pretty cool than synthetics, despite some high-tech special design for cooling purposes. Putting on wide-brimmed hats provide cool shade and keep sun out of your eyes. Loose clothes allow air to circulate making you feel cool. Lesser the number of clothes, better it is but it should not violate the norms of the society.
3 Drink plenty amount of water: hydrate yourself enormously before heats dehydrate you to emergency casualty. Besides water, drinking fluids helps avoid dehydration. Lemonade (Nimbu-pani) exhilarates you because it is excellent refreshment ever popular in India. If not the lemonade, another best is tender coconut water. Coconut water is richly contained with proteins, sugars, fibers, minerals and vitamins. Drink water from earthen pot that brings cooling effect in your body.
4 Nutritious food: Eat light, nutritious and non-oily salads, vegetables and fresh fruits like water melon, which contain 92% water and 14% vitamins. This compensates the water you lost through sweating. Avoid cut fruits from vendor because it may be infected by flies and dust. Spicy food also help here because capsaicin in pepper makes you perspire and when sweat evaporates it makes you feel cool. Try it out and experience the magic.
5 In Room: If you still feel warm indoor too, open the window and hang a water drenched sheet there. From there you will get cool air as evaporation takes place, cool air blows in from the open window. However closing window when it is too hot outside avoid the heat being sucked in. Fill spray bottle with water and keep it in refrigerator and spray at regular interval on your body, evaporation of water cools the flowing blood of your veins.
Ailments related to summer heats are dehydrations and heatstroke, heat exhaustion, skin diseases, heat cramp and water borne disease like diarrhea. If you are dehydrated you would feel thirsty, light-headedness, dry skin, fatigue, less-frequent urination, dizziness, muscle cramping and dry mouth. It is best prevented by drinking plenty of water and fluids.
Heat stroke can happen in summer. It is serious and may prove fatal. It has the symptoms like headache, high body temperature, dizziness, dry, flushed and hot skin without sweat, fatigue or sluggishness, confusion or disorientation, increased heartbeat, hallucinations and seizure. If your friends fall victim to heatstroke, move the person indoor, remove his clothes, apply ice packs in his groin and armpit, sprinkle cool water and fan to stimulate sweating and call for medical help immediately.
Another common ailment during heat season is diarrhea. It occurs due to food poisoning and contaminated water. Summer is highly humid making it favorable for bacteria to contaminate foods and water.
On humid summer days, muscles compete with the skin for blood circulation. During hot days, more blood flows near the skin to dissipate body heat and cool the body. It helps keep body's temperature from rising to dangerous levels. Therefore lesser blood reaches muscles making you lethargy. That’s why we doze off in the classroom despite profoundly rich lecture from professors and lectures. On rising temperature of body, muscles enzymes accelerate to burn down glycogen depleting sugars in muscle which is the fuel for the muscles. For maintenance of internal cooling, drinking enough water to keep muscles and skin hydrated is very essential.
I wrote this article surfing some of the websites and summarized the points to this article. These methods prove pretty helpful and applicably effective. Give a try and feel the difference. We can surely beat the heat of Raichur. There is no point wishing the fairy tales to happen upon us and we can make it happen with our own little efforts. Let us do it and have a happy summer season in Raichur. It will chill you all.