Weather in the city turning hot day by day. In these warmer, longer, lazier days of summer, living may not be easy, it is good time to increase your intake of fluid and take special precautions if spending long hours outside. Summer brings many health problems with it such as heartburn, excessive body heat, sweating, and skin problems like skin rashes, acne, excessive stomach acidity, peptic ulcers, rough hair, irritability and anger. Be aware of the signs that your body is giving out and protect your body.
- Keeping yourself well-hydrated throughout the day is important. Drinking the right kind of fluids is important. Water is the best option and carrying a bottle with you while travelling will prove beneficial. Drink enough water during daytime in summer, preferably a glass of water every hour (15 glasses/day). Don’t wait until you feel thirst; keep sipping on liquids in between. For those who do outdoor exercises, taking a water break every twenty minutes is essential.
- Dehydration usually happens during summers when the body has lost too much fluid and electrolytes. Keep your electrolyte levels in check, by consuming salads rich in fresh fruits, and vegetables, Coconut water and aam panna. Try adding some salt or chaat masala to fruits or cucumbers as a refreshing snack.
- Summer drinks: Try to include homemade summer drinks which will help you to keep cool in summers such as fruit juices made from watermelon, orange, pineapple, yogurt Lassi, buttermilk, herbal tea with mint, aam panna, chaach, thandai, nimbu paani
- Eat lots of fresh veggies and fruits: have a cup of fruits such as strawberries, watermelon, grapes every day. These fruits are perfect package of fiber, water and antioxidants. They’ll help you load up on antioxidants, which may help to reduce the risks of age-related illnesses.
- Get Outside to Exercise Pick one outdoor activity which ever you like the most like, taking a nature walk, playing games with your kids, cycling, or swimming to shed that cooped-up feeling of gym workouts and help to lower cholesterol level, blood pressure and make you feel energetic. And playing out with family is the great way to create bonding time.
- Avoid the heat: Stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm, the hottest part of the day if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.
- Keep rooms cool by using light-colored curtains and keep them closed.
- What you wear also plays an important role. Light clothing is important to help the skin breathe. Cotton or light fabrics like linens are a good option. Such materials let the body sweat, yet keep it cool and airy.