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Watermelon and buttermilk can prevent dehydration by restoring the electrolyte balance in the body, says Dr. Shenoy.
Watermelon and buttermilk can prevent dehydration by restoring the electrolyte balance in the body, says Dr. Shenoy.

With heat boils triggered by dehydration being a common health problem during the intense summer in the city, a controlled diet can offset these problems, said city-based dietician Sanjana Shenoy, who runs the nutrihealth.in website.

While Mangalore does not have stark changes in climate to mark seasons, the rising mercury could see people sweating a lot without the proportional consumption of liquids. Tender coconut water, fresh lime juice, watermelon and buttermilk can prevent dehydration by restoring the electrolyte balance in the body, said Dr. Shenoy.

However, she cautioned against excessive consumption of packaged fruit juices. “The companies put a lot of sugars in it in various names which the layman will not recognise. Sugar will lead to more heat boils, and is worse for children. Eating natural fruits is recommended,” she said.

On the dietary changes needed, she said it would be “advisable” to cut down on non-vegetarian foods and fried foods as their consumption by people of certain types of physiques could lead to increased body heat. Similarly, alcohol, coffee, tea contribute to reducing the rehydration capacity of the body during summers, she said. Going back to our culinary roots may help beat the heat, she said. “It would also be beneficial if we follow what our forefathers have told us. That items like ragi, foods with arrowroot flowers as ingredients, which are steamed are cooling for the body during intense summers,” said Dr. Shenoy.


  • Alcohol, coffee, tea reduce the rehydration capacity of body during summers

  • Ragi, foods with arrowroot flowers, and steamed foods cool the body


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