The most common buzz around nowadays is that “It is 36 and feels like 50”
An intense heat wave which is sweeping across the country has not only forced people to run for cover and for sun protection, but it has also given life to diseases such as diarrhoea, gastroenteritis, typhoid, heat stroke and viral fever.
But lets just welcome summer nicely, its balmy summer evenings ,bright sunshine and its high time to say hello to bright colorful dresses and not to forget ice cream and cold drinks. But is that bottle of soda good for you?
Well! Lets find out.
Considering the suffering here we are with some easy do and don’t’s for a happier and healthier summer.
- Choosy foodie– There is a high risk of getting the risk of food poisoning and other food-borne diseases. So, one should avoid eating junk instead make sure you eat home cooked food. Why would someone rely on street food and make themselves sick when there is an option of eating fresh and healthy?
- Stay hydrated– Its time to say hello to salads and bid adieu to outside foods. Try consuming fruits and vegetables which boast of high water content. This way one’s water intake will also increase. One can also drink that glass of fresh fruit juice to keep yourself hydrated.
Not to forget drink lots and lots of water. Keeping yourself hydrated is the first rule of good healthy for summer. Wherever you go, make sure you carry a bottle of water with you to stay healthy and free from diseases.
- Take a Shower Twice a Day– After a long day of work, and that endless journey in that overcrowded metro or bus, the only thing that can make you feel refreshed is a shower. Staying clean will not only keep you fresh but it will also keep you away from diseases.
- Save your skin- Save yourself from that ugly tan, make sure you wear sunscreen whenever you are heading out. Also, ensure that you do apply sunscreen on all the exposed areas of your body and not just your face and try covering most parts of your body. You don’t want your body to have zebra print.
- Clothing – Wear loose, full-sleeved, light-colored cotton clothes. These protect the body from the sun and aid in evaporation of sweat. Wearing a hat or sun glasses is also helpful. Say no to black and try wearing lighter shades during summer. Also,its time for a strict NO NO to leather, satin and other fabrics that cause discomfort. Wearing cotton clothes makes you stay comfortable and at ease.
- Avoid vigorous physical activities- If you feel weak or dizzy after exposure to the sun, immediately take water or nimbu paani with salt and take shelter to a shaded cool place. Lie with your legs elevated for about half an hour to allow your body to recover and prevent fainting attacks.
Some very important DON’T’s
- Alcohol Does not Hydrate You- When we said you must hydrate yourself, we didn’t ask you to increase your alcohol intake. A cool cocktail on a hot summer day does sound like a way to keep yourself hydrated. But, you may want to keep a check on how many cosmopolitans and margaritas you are gulping. Alcohol dehydrates you, so you should better limit your alcohol intake.
- Avoid Going Outside during Noon– As long as it isn’t too important for you to step outside the house during noon, avoid it. If you stay in the sun for too long, you may end up getting sick. Even if you have to go outside, carry an umbrella with you to protect yourself from the sun.
- Say no to Fast Food and Sugary Sodas- When outside in the intense heat, instead of grabbing that bottle of Coke or any other cold drinks, go for water I am preferable you take it sealed and hygienic. Sugary sodas only increase your craving to drink more. On the other hand, water satisfies your thirst. Also, avoid eating junk food as much as possible, opt for healthy fruits and salads instead.
Here’s how to cope with the rising temperature
“The sudden rise in temperature from normal to extremely hot can make a person sick due to exposure to bacteria,” says Dr Ajay Aggarwal, director, department of internal medicine, Fortis Hospital, Noida. “ Additionally, it can weaken the immune system and make one more prone to germs. It is very common to see sudden changes in weather leading to fatigue, stress, skin irritation, loss of appetite and cough.”
- Take Vitamin C: It can prevent you from contracting weather-related illnesses.
Foods containing vitamin c are bell peppers,guava,citrus fruits,kiwi,broccoli,leafy greens,gooseberry(amla),tomatoes etc.
- Maintain good hygiene: Keep your surroundings clean, avoid smoking and eating very spicy food.
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