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Nautapa or the nine-day period of intense heat in the Indian subcontinent, can be quite challenging to endure. As the temperatures can soar to their highest levels of the year, often exceeding 40°C (104°F), to stay safe and healthy, it is essential to be mindful of certain activities and habits. Check out the full article to avoid doing a few things during the extreme heat season in order to stay cool and calm.

Nautapa Survival Guide

Here are seven things to avoid during the nine-day period of extreme heat to stay healthy.

1. Avoid Staying Outdoors During Peak Hours

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Peak Heat Times: The hottest part of the day is usually between 11 AM and 4 PM. One must minimize outdoor activities during these hours to avoid heatstroke and dehydration.

Shade and Shelter: If you must be outside, seek shade and take frequent breaks in cool or air-conditioned environments.

2. Avoid Heavy and Spicy Foods

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Digestive Strain: Heavy, oily, and spicy foods can increase your body temperature and strain your digestive system. 

Opt for Light Meals: Choose light, easily digestible foods like salads, fruits, and yogurt to keep your body cool and hydrated.

3. Avoid Dehydration

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Skipping Water: Not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration, especially in extreme heat.

Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Include hydrating foods like watermelon and cucumber in your diet, and consider electrolyte-rich drinks if you’re sweating a lot.

4. Avoid Excessive Physical Activity

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Strenuous Exercise: Engaging in high-intensity workouts during peak heat can lead to overheating and exhaustion.

Moderate Exercise: Exercise during cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or late evening, and opt for lighter activities like walking or yoga.

5. Avoid Alcohol and Caffeinated Beverages

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Dehydration Risk: Both alcohol and caffeine can dehydrate your body by increasing urine output.

Healthy Alternatives: Drink water, herbal teas, or natural fruit juices instead to stay hydrated and refreshed.

6. Avoid Wearing Tight and Dark Clothing

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Heat Absorption: Tight and dark-colored clothing absorbs more heat, making you feel hotter and more uncomfortable.

Choose Light Clothing: Wear loose-fitting, light-colored, and breathable fabrics like cotton and linen to stay cool.

7. Avoid Neglecting Sun Protection

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UV Exposure: Prolonged exposure to the sun without protection can cause sunburn and increase the risk of skin cancer.

Protective Measures: Always apply sunscreen with a high SPF, wear hats and sunglasses, and use umbrellas or parasols when outdoors.

Additional Tips:

  • Cool Showers: Taking cool showers or baths can help lower your body temperature.
  • Home Cooling: Use fans, air coolers, or air conditioning to maintain a comfortable indoor environment.
  • Monitor Vulnerable Individuals: Pay extra attention to the elderly, children, and pets, as they are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses.

By avoiding these activities and habits, you can better manage the intense heat during Nautapa and stay safe and healthy.







By Ocean Rana

Research Scholar/ Content Writer; Assistant Professor at SAGE University, Indore

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