10 Tips to Stay Healthy During Summer
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10 Tips to Stay Healthy During Summer
Posted On : 19 February 2021, 5 Months Ago. Health-wellness
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How to stay healthy and protect yourself from the scorching heat in summers is a common concern that comes up at this time of the year.

The rIsing temperature during the summer months is not only physically draining and unpleasant, but it also makes us susceptible to ailments ranging from skin itch, rashes, fever, dehydration and food poisoning. Ample precautions need to be taken at this time to beat the heat and stay fit and healthy. Prevention is a lot better than any cure and just following simple tips goes a long way to ensure healthy living.

 

Here are 10 tips to stay healthy in summer. Keep them in mind for carefree season:

 

1. Watch your Meal

 

Food gets stale real fast during summers, so it's essential to ensure that it is freshly-cooked and properly stocked. In order to avoid the risk of food contamination, it's crucial to store and refrigerate it properly. Rather than eating huge portions at one sitting, it is advisable to eat small parts at frequent intervals. Food with high fats and carbohydrates has high calorie count that generates heat in the body. It puts stress on the gut and takes long to digest. Eating fibrous vegetables and fruits with high water content, like tomatoes, water melons, oranges is the best way to maintain health along with savouring their delightful taste.

 

2. Stay Hydrated

 

Due to constant sweating and perspiration during summers, dehydration is a common occurrence.  To compensate for it and keep the body nourished, it is essential to drink plenty of water throughout the day, along with fresh fruit juices, lemonade, butter milk. Consumption of alcoholic beverages, fizzy drinks and coffee should be minimized as they have a tendency to dehydrate the body, which not only causes headache, nausea, fever, but also disrupts normal bodily functions and weakens body's immunity. Water is an elixir during the summers that should be consumed in generous amounts. It is recommended that between 2-3 litres of waters should be consumed daily while the summer is at its peak. This is one of the most underrated summer health tips.

 

3. Watch your Steps

 

It's best to avoid venturing outdoors during the hottest part of the day - between afternoon and evenings. Exposure to scalding sun rays and heat waves can cause a lot of problems and should be best avoided. Either step outside before afternoon or after the sunset, or if it's really important then ensure to get back as soon as the work gets over. It's best to allocate the wee hours of the morning for any exercise or act of physical exertion. Indoor alternatives should be explored and prioritized over outdoor ones during the day time.

 

4. Maintain Good Hygiene

 

Body odour and fungal infections are common during summers. There is also the enhanced risk of catching bacterial impurities. Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the fact that maintaining personal hygiene is paramount no matter what. Basic healthy tips for summer like regular showering and wearing clean clothes not only gives the feel of freshness but is also a safeguard against bacteria, dust and other harmful particles. Whether you are just about to start the day or have returned from the workplace after a hectic routine, a quick shower is cooling and refreshing.

 

5. Cultivate an Active Lifestyle

 

It's an old adage that a healthy mind resides in a healthy body. Being active and warding off lethargy not only keeps the body alert but also has a positive impact on the mind. Kickstarting the day with brisk running or simple exercises at home, has enormous long-term benefits. It's not necessary to hit the gym or lift weights, simple free-hand exercises can be done at home as per convenience.

 

6. Take Care of your Eyes

 

Sunlight has UV (ultra-violet) rays that are harmful to the eyesight. It's important to avoid exposure to direct sunlight and wear sunglasses when going out in the sun. Eye gear that offers protection against 99% UV rays should be preferred.

 

7. Choose the Right Attire

 

Clothing is among the most important things to watch out for during the summers. It is well known that black colour has a tendency to absorb heat, and white to reflect it, that's why lighter colour fabrics are preferred over brighter ones during summers. Tight-fitting garments should be replaced by lose, comfortable and stretchable ones as they help air pass through. Natural materials like cotton are any day better than synthetic fabrics.

 

8. Ensure Skincare

 

Excessive makeups and fancy skin lotions can actually harm the skin, as they clog the sweat pores and hinder the skin's ability to breathe. While going out in sunlight, skin should be covered and a sunscreen of minimum SPF 30 should be applied on the skin. Donning a cap or carrying a foldable umbrella are also good ways to protect the skin from exposure to harmful UV rays. Natural skin revitalizers like Aloe Vera and turmeric can be used for a healthy, glowing skin.

 

9. Fortify Diet with Supplements

 

Often daily-diet doesn’t supply the body with all the minerals, vitamins and micronutrients that get burned out quickly during summers. Consuming simple supplements keep the body vigorous, improves immunity, helps bust stress and helps in creating anti-oxidants. Citrus fruits that are rich in Vitamin C should be widely consumed during summers. B-complex vitamin supplements also boost health.

 

10. Guard Against Injuries and Consult Doctor

 

Intense physical activity, bristling with energy, increases the probability of injuries as well. Be it the gym, club swimming pool, or the playground, injuries can take place anywhere. In order to prevent them, it's important to wear appropriate sports gear and keep a first-aid kid with painkillers, ointments, antiseptics, bandages handy. Sun-heat can aggravate the wound further, so in case of a severe injury or if the pain doesn’t subside even after spraying painkiller, then seek medical help without any delay.

 

Conclusion:

 

While we enjoy the warmth of the summer, it is important to not neglect our health. Hence, one must keep the aforementioned points in mind. Following these simple steps won’t interfere at all with your hectic routine and will help you stay healthy and cool in the summer season.

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