Kauvery Hospital | Patient Newsletters | Beat the Summer Heat Through Diet

Summer is upon us and the searing heat and humidity do not just cause physical discomfort but can also lead to dehydration and heat strokes. When the temperature is high, the body perspires more and this loss of fluid, if not compensated by proper nutrition in the form of electrolytes etc., can have fatal consequences.
Those who suffer from diabetes are at greater risk during summer and need to pay special care to their nutrition and hydration. Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can increase the risk diabetes patient face.

Common Symptoms Of Dehydration:

  • Excessive perspiration
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Damp clammy skin
  • Headaches
  • Increased heart rate
  • Nausea
  • Hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia

Prevention Of Dehydration:

  • Drink plenty of water - 3 to 4 litres a day
  • Consume sugar free fluids such as light lemonade and vegetable juices with the minimum of salt
  • Eat lots of low sugar content fruits
  • Do not skip meals
  • Smaller meals at shorter intervals are best
  • Eat lots of cold salads to maintain vitamin and mineral levels
  • Eat low glycemic index foods and rich greens that contain lots of fibre

With proper nutrition and hydration, the summer season is one that can be enjoyed.

Article by Ms. Radhika
Dietitian, Kauvery Hospital

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