The beginning of March marks the beginning of summer. All of us have beautiful memories of summer. Our school holidays, fresh mangoes, chilling ice-golas, fruit juices, holidays, travelling and more. Summers always take a special place in our hearts.
On the other hand, summer also means extreme heat. The soaring temperatures can often make you feel dehydrated and drowsy. So it becomes essential to take good care of our health.
Here are 6 health tips to enjoy this summer to the fullest
- Fluids do the magic
Consuming multiple fluids and keeping yourself hydrated can do the magic in summer. Tender coconut water is the best coolant for the soaring summer heat. It is naturally rich in potassium and is low in calories. The next in line is fresh buttermilk. Buttermilk maintains adequate fluid levels in the body and keeps your body cool. It is also known to improve your immunity and gut health. The next drink is green tea. Green tea is known to be rich in vitamin C and it will help in reducing your body temperature in the summer. These are natural supplements to maintain balance in your body. A wonderful replacement for sodas and other cola drinks, which are usually high in calories and sugar. All of the above drinks are easily available. You can also refrigerate the drinks if you prefer them that way.
- Don’t miss out on mangoes
Rich mangoes make your summers extremely special. It is always suggested to have the fruit of the season from time to time, for it is best suited for your body. Mango is full of proteins, carbohydrates and fiber, which is sure to boost your immunity and make you feel energized throughout the day. Nutrients such as Vitamin A and Vitamin C are naturally beneficial for your body. The presence of magnesium and potassium facilitates good functioning of the heart. Another benefit of consuming mangoes is that it is low in calories. A fresh slice of frozen mango on a hot summer afternoon gives you the ideal summer vibe.
- Avoid going out during high temperatures
Typically from late morning to early evening, say from about 12 pm to 4 pm, the temperatures are high. Try finishing outdoor activities during the early hours of the day or in the evening. A very common yet harmful issue that many people face is sunstroke during peak summer. This happens when your body is overheated due to constant exposure to the sun. The sensitive generation, that is young kids and senior citizens are more prone to it. Hence, refraining from going out during these peak hours can keep you safe from the harsh UV radiations of the sun.
- Keep a tab on alcohol and caffeine intake
Alcohol and caffeine-based drinks leave you dehydrated very often. Summer is already known to make you feel dehydrated. Both of these together can make you feel extremely dehydrated, which is not good for your body. In case you consume alcohol or caffeine ensure that you consume a good amount of water to keep your body hydrated.
The heat of the summer can impact your skin too. Buy a good sunscreen that suits your skin type and that can protect your skin from damage. In case you are outdoors throughout the day, then ensure you apply it to your skin multiple times. You also sweat continuously in summers, this can cause your skin to develop rashes or irritation. To prevent all of this, constantly keep washing your face and choose light-coloured cotton outfits.
- Avoid Outside Food
If the food is not stored properly or if it is even mildly rotten due to the heat, it will give birth to several foodborne diseases. Food poisoning and diarrhoea are two common illnesses that are caused by the consumption of contaminated foods. Many times we might not even figure out that the food prepared is contaminated. So, it is advisable to have freshly prepared food, made at home. Healthier and lighter meals keep your digestive system cool and happy.
Summer can be enjoyable if you make the right health choices. Hydrating yourself, eating the right food, reducing caffeine intake and taking adequate care are all important steps to keep healthy without falling prey to the heat.