With summer around the corner, most of us are bound to experience the heat that accompanies with it. While you welcome the summer and its pleasant atmosphere, you need to take care of your health by beating the summer heat. And, if you are wondering how you can maintain good health in the summer, think no further! Just read this post to learn various ways to beat the summer heat and maintain a good health.
1. Stay Hydrated:
In the summer season, your body tends to get dehydrated quite easily. So, keep your body hydrated by drinking a plenty of plain water, water-flavored with lemon and cucumber slices, coconut water, green drinks, organic iced tea, herbal tea, and other healthy fluids. Eat fruits which are high in water content, such as watermelon, muskmelon, strawberries, apples, grapefruit, and others.
2. Avoid Eating Heavy Meals:
When you eat an excess of food or heavy meals, your body needs to work harder than usual to digest it all. As a result, this leads to the consumption of ample of your valuable energy and generation of the internal heat for the proper digestion. So, it is advisable to avoid eating heavy meals. Instead, eat fresh fruits, salads, and foods that do not require plenty of energy for digestion.
3. Eat Breakfast:
Most of the times, several individuals forget or skip eating breakfast in the morning before heading out to their work. As you skip providing proper nutrition to your body the first thing in the morning, your body is bound to wilt in the summer heat and sun. As a result, you may suffer from dehydration, exhaustion, or fainting hampering your good health. In order to avoid this, make sure you eat a healthy breakfast in the morning. Add foods high in proteins, such as eggs, along with whole grains and fruits to your regular breakfast in the summer.
4. Travel Light:
As a matter of fact, extremely high temperatures and strong sunlight are dangerous to your health. Traveling in the extreme heat can put your health at risk and make you suffer from heat-related ailments. Generally, health risks due to the summer heat are greatest for infants, aged travelers, kids, people with chronic illness, and physically impaired individuals. So, make sure you keep all these crucial things in mind and travel less in the summer, particularly between 11 am to 4 pm when the summer heat is at its peak.
5. Use Loose Cotton Cloths:
Make a habit of wearing wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing made from breathable fabric, such as cotton, during the summer so the sweat doesn’t stay on your skin’s surface and doesn’t mix with the dirt and bacteria on your skin to result in the development of blemishes or heat rashes.
6. Protect Yourself From UV rays:
Last, but not the least, you need to protect your skin as well as eyes from the harmful UV rays that come from the sun. The best ways to protect your skin and eyes from ultraviolet radiation are applying sunscreen lotion and wearing sunglasses before going out. You can also use an umbrella which can help shield your skin from ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Now that you know these six effective ways to protect yourself from the adverse effects of the summer heat and maintain a good health in the summer, make sure you follow of them while enjoying this season of the year.
-Written by Dr. Khushbunnisa, Associate doctor to Dr. Rajesh Shah