Summer is upon us, and many of us even started preparing for it. The days are longer, and the air feels much warmer, which can be dangerous. A jump in temperature can affect the brain and other vital organs. Some health conditions, like obesity, dehydration, fever, obesity, age and sunburn, can make these days more difficult. Don’t fret! There are various ways to stay cool and enjoy the summer.

  • Stay hydrated

Our body is able to regulate its temperature through sweating until it is exposed to more heat than normal. On one hand, sweating keeps us cool, but on the other hand, it makes us lose needed salt and minerals. 

Getting plenty of water, juices and sports drinks will help you maintain the fluid level in the body. Refrain from caffeinated beverages and alcohol as they can dehydrate your body.

  • Wear light clothing

Wear comfortable, loose, light-coloured and lightweight clothing and whenever you go outside keep an umbrella or at least a cap with you. Clothes made up of cotton, linen, sheer, and khadi are considered the best to beat the summer heat.

  • Pace yourself

Working on hot days is difficult and irritating. So, start slowly and pick up the pace gradually. Take small, frequent breaks. If an activity in the heat makes your heart pound and leaves you gasping for air, stop the activity and get into a cool and shady area. 

  • Use a damp rag

In summer, experiencing sweat over the face and neck is quite common, which can irritate you. So, keep a rag with you, and whenever you experience such a condition, damp the rag in cool water and wipe your face and neck with it. 

  • Wear Sunscreen

The scorching heat waves can leave your skin tanned. Sunburn makes the skin flakey and pale and affects its natural glow. Wearing sunscreen is the best and easiest way to protect your skin from the heat. Always use sunscreen with a sunscreen protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. 

  • Stay cool indoors

Avoid going outside in heat if not necessary. Keep your indoors cool. A cool shower or bath is also a good option. Also, check the weather status whenever you plan for outside activities. 

  • Eat smaller meals

When you eat large meals, your digestive system works more, which increases the body’s core temperature. So, eat small meals loaded with essential nutrients. Include watermelon, cucumber, curd, coconut water, mint, onion, green leafy vegetables, melon and lime water in your routine.

  • Take care of children and older adults

As children and older adults are more likely to be affected by heat waves, take extra precautions. If they experience symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat strokes, consult your doctor. 

Also, Read: Common Causes of Itchy Skin & Its treatment

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