Home Remedies To Reduce Excessive Body Heat

By Patricia | November 10, 2009

The normal body temperature of humans is approximately 98.6 degrees, with slight variations that are acceptable. This measurement of internal temperature is maintained irrespective of external weather conditions and is necessary for the normal functioning of the body. In case, a person’s internal temperature falls too low or rises too high (which may be due to a number of reasons), it can lead to damage of the internal organs resulting in poor health. The problem of excessive body heat affects both men and women. It can result in higher body temperatures during the day and during sleep and can cause a number of unpleasant and worrying symptoms. Read on to find out ways to avoid extreme body heat…

Symptoms:

  • Stomach ulcers
  • Burning sensation in the eyes
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Weakness and lethargy
  • Heat cramps
  • Heat Stroke
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Skin rashes and boils
  • Acidity and heartburn
  • Headaches
  • Rapid heartbeat

Causes:

  • Hot or humid climate that does not allow for the proper regulation of internal body temperature through sweating
  • Wearing tight or synthetic clothing may trap moisture and lead to ineffective loss of heat
  • Illnesses such as fever or infections
  • An increased activity of the thyroid that raises the metabolic activity in the body and causes excess heat to be produced
  • Strenuous exercise or physical activity
  • Medical conditions such as seizures and muscular agitation
  • Certain drugs or stimulants such as amphetamines and cocaine
  • Neurological disorders can lead to excessive body heat even when sleeping
  • Others factors that may result in effective loss of heat include conditions such as psoriasis, systemic sclerosis, cystic fibrosis, and eczema as these diseases can affect the normal process of sweating
  • Excessive exposure to the sun and sunburn can also cause excessive body heat

How to Remove Heat from the Body

  • Avoid hot and spicy foods
  • Avoid oily and fried foods
  • Stay away from caffeine and alcohol
  • Follow a low sodium diet
  • Swap sesame, almond, and corn oil for coconut and olive oils
  • Remove nuts from your diet as they are highly acidic and may result in the production of more body heat
  • Try and follow a vegetarian diet or cut down on your consumption of red meats
  • Certain yoga poses can help lower body heat as well. Work with a trained yoga instructor to learn the best asanas for your particular situation.

Home Remedies:

  • Drink a glass of fresh pomegranate juice mixed with a few drops of almond oil
    and drink it every morning.
  • Soak your feet in a basin of cold water to help reduce excessive body heat
  • Eat a small handful of poppy seeds before you sleep to ensure a good night’s rest and the proper regulation of body temperature. However, be warned that poppy seeds are considered opiates and should not be consumed in large quantities or given to children.
  • A simple home remedy to reduce body heat is to eat a spoonful of fenugreek seeds daily
  • Add a spoonful of honey to a glass of cold milk and drink this daily for fast results.
  • Apply a paste of sandalwood and water to the forehead, back and chest to bring down body temperature and cool the skin. You could also add a few drops of rosewater to the paste for a greater cooling effect.
  • Drink a glass of milk with two teaspoons of clarified butter added to it. However, if you have high cholesterol, you must avoid this remedy.
  • Vegetables rich in vitamin C and other citrus fruits are good foods to reduce body heat as vitamin C naturally reduces the heat of the body.

Foods that Reduce Heat in the Body

One of the easiest ways to stay hydrated and control your body heat is by eating the right kinds of foods. Some foods that help cool down your body include:

  • Cardamom - According to the ancient practice of Ayurveda, cardamom is an excellent way to reduce body heat naturally. You can add cardamom to your tea or add it as a flavoring for both sweet and savory dishes.
  • Peaches - Excessive body heat affects the skin and often results in rashes and skin irritation. Peaches are great sources of vitamins A and B2 along with potassium that are essential for good skin health. Dried peaches also help regulate the balance of heat in the body.
  • Apricot - Drink a glass of apricot juice mixed with honey to cool down your body and quench your thirst.
  • Buttermilk - During the summer months, drink buttermilk to supply your body with necessary probiotics, minerals and vitamins that may be depleted due to excessive perspiration.
  • Watermelon - Watermelon has 95 percent water content that helps reduce body heat in no time.
  • Coconut water - Rehydrate your body with a glass of coconut water as it helps naturally balance out electrolytes and regulate body temperature.
  • Other foods that can help reduce body heat include cucumbers, sugarcane juice, bananas, citrus fruit juices, barley, and herbal teas such as mint and fennel teas.

Please check with your doctor at the earliest if the body temperature does not return to normal.

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