Summers in India bring with them lots of juicy mangoes, ice creams of a variety of flavours, new summer fashion trends, getaways to cooler places because of the…yes, you guessed it, THE HEAT. This time of the year, temperatures soar and with every passing year, it seems to become hotter.
It becomes all the more important to take care of ourselves and our loved ones, and protect ourselves against the damaging effects of the heat and dust storms. With our top tips, you’ll find yourself adjusting comfortably to the weather and perhaps, you’ll also feel like following some of our suggestions long after summer ends. We present the best tips to beat the heat and stay healthy and cool:
1. STAY HYDRATED
Drink lots of water. When your body sweats excessively, you lose vital electrolytes from your body and it is necessary to replenish them by drinking enough water. It is advised that men should drink at least 13 glasses of water everyday and women, 9. Think of your body as having an internal air conditioner. When the temperature outside begins to increase, you need to give more water as fuel to your internal AC so that it can maintain its ideal temperature (which is 37°C, by the way). If you decide to follow only one tip to beat the heat, let THIS one be it!
2. ADD LOTS OF SEASONAL VEGGIES AND FRUITS
Include fresh and seasonal green vegetables in your diets such as summer squash, gourds, and lettuce. Stay away from fermented and spicy food. Rising temperatures may also affect our digestive system, so eat light and smaller portions. Also try and eat seasonal fruits such as mangoes, watermelons, lychees and honeydew melons (Kharbooj in Hindi) among others. You can easily make yummy milkshakes and juices with these fruits at home too. Buttermilk (Chhaas and lassi) and aam panna are traditionally known to help you beat the heat and are good for your digestive system too.
3. BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU STEP OUT
Make sure that you avoid exposure to direct sunlight. Avoid stepping out between 10 am and 3 pm which is when the sun’s rays are at their harshest. Remind yourself to chill at home during these hours.
3. SHOWER AND STAY CLEAN
When you feel the need to cool off, a cold shower is your best option. It is the easiest way to cool your body. Showering often is also a good way to protect yourself against infections that can be caused by sweat. If you sweat a lot, it is also a good idea to wash your hair and scalp everyday. Use a natural or ayurvedic shampoo and conditioner which will gently and thoroughly clean your scalp and not cause any damage to daily use either.
5. DRESS SMART
Chuck your fancy polyester top and your nylon pants during the summers and pick cotton. Choose loose cotton clothes that absorb sweat easily and allow your skin to breathe as well. Avoid silk and synthetic fabrics.
6. KEEP YOUR HOME COOL
To stop your rooms from getting heated up, keep your windows closed during the day and open them only at night after the sun sets. You can also hang a damp towel in front of the window to cool the air flowing into your room and open windows on opposite walls to ensure cross ventilation.
7. SLEEP IN A COOL ROOM