How to survive a heat wave

We are currently experiencing a heat wave throughout Australia and in some country areas the temperature is as high as 47 degrees. Being hydrated and staying cool is a priority. Try to avoid soft drinks and beer, as these won’t hydrate your body. Coffee will also dehydrate you. 

When we sweat we lose our electrolytes such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium. These are vital for life, and cardiac arrests are common in individuals who overindulge on soft drinks.

The best electrolyte is coconut water or you may choose to obtain an electrolyte in powder or liquid from a health food store. Just make sure that you get good quality with no added sugar. In extremely hot temperatures electrolytes need to be replenished throughout the whole day. In hot weather, daily water requirements for an adult must increase from 2 litres per day to at least  3 litres.  A popular way to cool down is ice cream, however, there is a much healthier alternative such as frozen yoghurt, mango lassi, cold natural fruit drinks, cold herbal tea, kombucha, frozen fruits, elderflower cordial or just water.

Mango lassi Indian drink
Rock melon cold drink

You can be very creative with cold drinks and frozen fruits and deserts for children and adults. Don’t forget about your domestic animals and wildlife and leave a freshwater bowl outside.

Live blood before and after drinking coffee

To give you an idea of how significant is the body’s hydration, particularly in extremely high temperatures let’s talk about one of the most dehydrating drinks such as coffeee. Have you ever wondered what is happening in your body after a cup of coffee. Instantly a complexity of biochemical reactions is happening in your liver, blood, in hormones and has the dehydrating effect.  As you may see these live blood images were taken only 5 minutes apart. The body is dehydrating very fast. You may see the red blood cells (RBC) reasonably separated in the first slide, while on the second slide you may see the red blood cell aggregations caused by the loss of a negative potential (charge) so the RBC are clumping resulting in inflammation  and increase of the body acidity.  Thus there is impairment of distribution of oxygen to the RBC’s and subsequently depletion of an energy, so if  an individual reaches for a  second cup of coffee and the cycle repeats.


Live blood before drinking coffee or soft drinks


Life blood  5 minutes after drinking coffee.

Some cooling  down ideas

You can be very creative with cold drinks and frozen fruits and deserts for children and adults. Don’t forget about your domestic animals and wildlife and leave a freshwater bowl outside.

Fruity popsicle sticks
Homemade blueberry yogurt with sunflower and pumpkin seeds and oat flakes in a glass cup.
Strawberry iced drink

If you would like to know more how natural medicine can help you, please contact Danuta Hulajko  on 02 9541 2428

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Danuta Hulajko is a holistic practitioner, international speaker, the founder  and the practitioner at the DH Natural Medicine Clinic and  www.healingremedies.com.au , Sydney. She specialises in anti-aging, autoimmunity, thyroid conditions, digestive disorders and heavy metals chelation. For more information please go to our website. You can follow Danuta Hulajko work, events, seminars, expos, latest health research, her health tips and advice on Facebook  and LinkedIn

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