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How to Beat the Heat ?BY: tanu kapoor | Category: Health | Submitted: 2012-06-02 21:21:20
HOW TO BEAT THE HEAT?
Summer is the most exotic weather all over the world .Summer is often associated with cool cotton clothes, ice-creams, watermelon, and even with loo, tanning, dehydration or heat strokes etc.
Summer doesn't only bring vacations but also the need to concentrate on one's health. If we consider India, India is a place where temperature normally touches 40-45 Celsius and during such weather some people flew off to hill stations. While some of them doesn't step out of their houses.
Here are some useful tips for everyone to cope up with the scorching and blazing heat of sun. Summer is a season where a person is quite prone to dehydration, other water-borne diseases, skin problems etc.
A. RIGHT DIET
It is very much important to drink eight to ten glasses of water a day, lots of low calorie drinks like coconut water, buttermilk and lemonade also can be used to keep oneself hydrated the whole day. The low calorie drinks are also high in salts which will not lead to weight gain as well. Hence it is advisable to keep a bottle aside whenever you step out.
Next one must ensure to eat at least three different fruits daily like watermelon, muskmelon, oranges, sweet lime, peaches, apples and cucumbers. So a citrus fruit is consequential for a person. Many diseases like headaches, stomach aches, and skin rashes occur in this weather due to dehydration or eating outside food.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and one must never skip it. For the summer one can have oats/muesli with cold milk and nut and a citrus fruit or even a fruit juice. Avoid fried food instead go for salads prepared from tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber and fruits etc. Hence, make sure to keep yourself well hydrated and try and avoid street food. Eat a lot of curd as it helps to cool and settle the stomach.
B. SKIN CARE
One generally falls in the trap of excessive heat stroke during the peak hours that is 12 to 4 pm. Therefore, one must avoid stepping out in this time span and if there is a necessity then the experts advise people to apply sunscreen at least half an hour before they step out and even keep applying it after every three hours.
Summer is a season to ditch synthetic, nylon and dark colored clothes instead opt for cool and comfortable cotton clothes as it allows less precipitation absorption and keeps the body cool. Sunglasses are not considered to be only style statements but they are effective in summers as well.
One must choose 100% UV rays protected sunglasses and one can even use hats and umbrellas to protect oneself from the sun and experts advise to use such things especially during the peak hours. Scarf can also be used to save oneself from pollution, dirt and dust. Nothing is soothing then taking a shower in summers. So it is beneficial to take frequent shower in order to keep the body cool, energetic and also bacteria free.
Expert's advice a good cleansing regime which will help in removing the sweat and oil deposits along with dirt and pollutants. Normal perspiration can be countered with taking cool bath twice a day and using antiperspirant and deodorants.
C. HAIR CARE
Overexposure to the sun can cause scalp irritation, fungal infection, discoloration of the hair. In addition, dirt, dust and sweat can aggravate dandruff. Use hydrated conditioner as the hair gets dry during summers.
Chlorine in swimming pools result in dryness of hair. So it is advisable to wet your hair with tap water and wear a swimming cap to reduce the absorption of chlorine. Protein is an important element for the maintenance of health especially hair. Source of good quality protein during this season are eggs, meat, fish, poultry, milk and milk products like cheese and paneer.
These are some tips which will help people to cope with the dreaded summer.
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