Simple Ways To Beat The Summer Heat

on May 23, 2017 / by

The scorching summer heat is at its peak, and the effect it has on our bodies and our moods requires remedial measures. The temperature keeps rising, and our skin is sucking the heat deeper into our bodies rather than helping us cool down. The worst is the occasional downpour that only brings temporary relief and then layers the atmosphere with even more humidity. All of this coupled with the pollution from the metro area, and going outside becomes nothing short of a living hell.

The brutal month of May, followed by scorching June and burning July, will consume us with the heat's ill effects. Don't let the temperature get you down, though. Use these simple tips to cool down like a pro.

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Stay Hydrated
Summers tend to reduce your body fluids quickly. Drink water or juices at regular intervals, even if you do not feel thirsty, as thirst is a sign of dehydration. Plain water should be your best friend during these months, and stored in an Insulated Water Bottle, as it will help you replenish your bodily fluids instantly. Clock out alerts for drinking water in case you are the forgetful type, and ensure that you drink at least eight to 10 glasses of water every day. Keep an Insulated Flask handy at all times.

Eat Small Meals
Not only should you eat light, small, and frequent meals, but also you should add summer colours to your meals. Every meal you consume should have a rainbow of colours that are essentials for the needs of the human body. Include fruits at breakfast to help your skin cool naturally. Leafy vegetables and staple salad items are great, as they contain a significant amount of water, which also cools the body internally.

Protect the Skin 
The best and easiest way to protect your skin from the heat is to wear loose clothing made from natural fabrics that facilitate sweating. If you are going out and about, ensure that you use a sunscreen to protect the skin against the harmful rays of the sun. Also, make use of sunglasses, hats, and light gloves to keep the sun away.

Shower Away
A simple way to cool the body is to shower as soon as you return home. The main idea here is to cool the body, so it is advisable to keep the water either cold or mildly warm, taking care to avoid showers with really warm or hot water. Take up a water-based activity like swimming or surfing to include a bit of exercise while beating the summer heat.

Stay Indoors
Restrict going outdoors, and only do so during the cooler times of the day. Step out only for your essential chores, either in the early morning or late evening, while spending the afternoon indoors. When indoors, try simple ways to keep the air naturally cool and use energy-efficient cooling gadgets that are well maintained and serviced regularly.

So how do you manage to keep cool and composed every summer? Share your favourite trick with me in the comments below.

Until next time,
~ Heena

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