With the mercury soaring, India has seen one of the worst summers in decades. Temperatures have been hovering in the mid forty degrees in most parts of the country. It is a season of heat-waves, sun-strokes, dehydration and fatigue. Summers usually finds people scrambling for the shadows, struggling to find ways to beat the heat.
The summer also brings with it its own bag of woes. If you are exposed to the direct sunlight during the peak hours of noon, for a long duration of time it can result in severe dehydration of heat stroke. Many people also complain of pain in the chest, shortness of breath, among other symptoms. Heat often results in a lack of appetite and forces one to hydrate more often. Failing to do so can result in severe problems. The loss of water and salts through sweating needs to be constantly replenished in order to stay healthy.
Here are some ways that you can beat the heat in a healthy fashion:
Drink more fluids:
Incorporating more water intake during the summer months is a given. It would also be advisable to drink more juices and electrolytes. Perspiration is the human body’s way of cooling itself in extremely hot conditions. The coolant used in this process is water. To make sure that your body’s cooling system is functioning in ship-shape it is essentially to keep yourself well-hydrated. Make it a point to drink water at regular intervals, you can even replace it with iced tea or other electrolyte rich drinks.
Identify your body’s cooling points :
Every individual has a few points on their body which can help cool the body down. Be it the feet or the back of the neck, applying ice or cool water on the area can help bring your body temperature down. Make sure that you wash your face or at least sprinkle some water on your neck and face when you come back from outside. Your pulse points are effective cooling points, places like your wrist, neck, or even forehead can help you cool down more effectively.
Dress appropriately :
Fashion takes a back seat to comfort, especially during the summer. Make sure that you are not garbed in clothes that are too dark as the will absorb the heat and increase your body temperature. Simple pastels, whites and greys or even blues are great for this season as they reflect the heat and keep you cool. Loose clothes, and an attire that is not too clingy and allows your skin some space to breathe.
Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables :
Fresh fruits and vegetables in the form of salads and snacks are great for summer.Not only do they provide you healthy sugars, fibers, vitamins and minerals, they are also a great source of hydration. Fresh fruits and salads provide you with necessary nutrition without loading you up and causing you discomfort in the heat.
Avoid overexposure to sunlight :
Try and stay indoors during the peak heat hours. If you need to step out ensure that you have a hat handy along with sunscreen. A pack of wet-wipes feels like a god send when you want to wipe your face with something cool and moist. Make sure that you are not standing in the sun for too long, find shade whenever you can.
Avoid frequent trips from the air-conditioning to the sun and back, it can be an invitation to a summer cold.