Eat gazpacho throughout the day and rub onion juice on your skin: sun protection tricks Brits can grab from India and Spain to beat the heat
- Gazpacho, a cold vegetarian soup, is a Spanish dish known for its rehydrating properties.
- Onion juice on the skin is another trick that some Indians use to combat fever.
- The British suffered from 30-degree heat, but it will get even hotter
Want to beat the heat?
Learn from the Indians and smear yourself with onion juice or steal a Spanish trick to refresh yourself by eating gazpacho during the day.
That is, according to experts, Britain should seek inspiration abroad in the current heat.
The British have been exhausted this week in temperatures of 30++ (86F).
And the mercury will only rise this weekend, with 39C (100F) expected from Monday.
Gazpacho is a cold soup made from a mixture of raw vegetables, including tomatoes and cucumbers, a summer staple in Spain known for its refreshing properties.
Rubbing onion juice on the skin is an alternative fever-fighting method used in parts of India, but there is no scientific evidence that it works.
Europe has been hit even harder by the brutal heatwave, with temperatures reaching 46 degrees Celsius (115 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas. Forest fires engulfed the scorched landscapes of Portugal, Spain, FranceTurkey and Croatia.
One of the tips Spanish health authorities give to help people stay cool is to enjoy one of the area’s national dishes, gazpacho.
Gazpacho is a cold soup made from mixed raw vegetables. This is a common summer dish in Spain as it is refreshing and cool.
Jesús Aguirre, head of health in Andalusia, Spain’s southernmost region, said it has “everything” people need to prevent heat stroke.
The main ingredients of the soup are tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers.
In addition to rehydrating visitors due to its high water content, gazpacho is also high in vitamins and minerals.
The Met Office’s ‘amber’ extreme heat warning covers most of England and Wales on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Experts say the heat could be life threatening or potentially serious illness.
A low water level photographed today at Trapemuir Reservoir in the Pentland Hills Regional Park, south of Edinburgh.
NHS nurses banned from drinking WATER in hospital rooms due to heat
Nurses are prohibited from drinking water because top management mistakenly believes it poses a risk of infection.
It comes as the UK struggles with a week of high temperatures.
A survey of nurses found that nearly four out of ten senior managers were banned from drinking while working in places like wards.
The main reason why nurses are not allowed to drink or bottles are thrown away at their station is the age-old belief that doing so is against “infection control policy”.
But there are no such guidelines, NHS leaders confirmed today, despite the same problems coming up with every heat wave. There is no evidence that drinking water from bottles or cups poses a risk of infection.
Nurses have also been scolded for drinking in the wards because it looked unprofessional in the past.
Eating gazpacho is an annual health tip given by Andalusian health leaders during the summer.
Meanwhile, another fever-reducing vegetable hack that has emerged recently is rubbing onion juice into the skin.
The strange advice came from Professor Russell Foster, a sleep expert at the University of Oxford.
He said Time: “In rural India, the onion is cut in half and the juice is rubbed into the skin. This is something you could try.”
Some followers of Ayurveda, an alternative Indian medicine, believe that onion juice applied to the soles of the feet helps balance body temperature and protect the body from the effects of hot summers.
However, there is no scientific evidence that this works.
Another general nutritional tip to beat the heat is to eat spicy food.
Hot spices are a key ingredient in the cuisines of the hottest parts of the world, including South Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.
Despite seeming counterproductive, extra hot meals actually keep you cool.
Spicy food raises the core temperature of the body, as does the weather.
This makes you sweat, and once your body heat is used to evaporate moisture, you begin to cool down.
After almost a week of plus 30C temperatures, the British had a brief reprieve from today until Saturday when only highs of 27C (81F) to 29C (84F) were predicted.
However, the yellow heat warning will start on Sunday with a high of 31C (88F) before the heat wave hits the country on Monday and Tuesday when temperatures are forecast to reach 38C (100F) in London.