Beat the heat this summer

Written by Ahana Bhattacharya
Written by Ahana Bhattacharya

Summer is here. No, we are not really in a great mood to announce it’s arrival, rather we are cursing it for arriving early this year and making our lives all the more difficult! It’s April and already feels like mid-May with the temperature soaring limitlessly. But we can’t really sit back at home and curse the weather outside. There are better ways to beat the heat. Here are a few tips to stay cool this summer!

Drink a lot of water

It’s very important to stay hydrated in summer. Drink a lot of water throughout the day to keep you going. No matter how much sugary, aerated drinks appeal you, try to avoid these for your own good and go for our very own ‘nimbu pani’ buttermilk or coconut water. At times, when you feel exhausted, add a tablespoon of sugar and a pinch of salt in a glass of water, stir it well and drink it to witness the magic yourself!benefits-of-drinking-water

Gorge on fruits

We can’t eat a lot of food in summer and there is no need to do that either. Gorge on fruits instead. Fruits are rich in fibre, anti-oxidant, low in calories and help our body cool down. They are also a healthy supplier of vitamins. Watermelons, grapes, bananas, cucumbers, muskmelons, guavas will make your day hearty and healthy. After all, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’!

Say ‘yes’ to salads and ‘no’ to spicy food

If you are not a great fan of salads, please try to incorporate them in your daily diet. Not just at home, order a plate of green salad whenever you are eating out. Salads, which are a rich source of fibre, help reduce our cholesterol levels and prevent constipation. It’s advisable to avoid foods, which are high in oil, spice and deep-fried. Such foods are difficult to digest in summer and contribute to the body heat. Green, leafy vegetables can be really beneficial for your health in this season.

Take more than a shower daily

Though many of us already do this, but for the uninitiated, taking a shower in the evening not just makes you feel fresh but also helps your body get rid of the heat and dust it accumulates throughout the day. Avoid washing your hair in the evening or night if you have a tendency to catch cold and cough. If you have long hair and desperately feel like washing it in evenings too, make it semi-dry using a hair dryer after the bath. Avoid using your dryer with its heat mode on.

Use sunscreen and shades while going out

Most of us leave for our workplace in a hurry and don’t get time to prepare adequately for stepping out in the sun. Relax, take a breath and take out a few minutes for your sunscreen lotion. It’s equally important to prevent your skin from tanning in summers, unless you don’t mind looking like deep-fried potatoes. Use an umbrella if possible and wear your shades before stepping out. These are weapons, which help you battle direct sunrays.sheed