Monday, April 7, 2014

5 Ways to Beat the Heat

This is a guest post by Airene Guha, an ICSE candidate who has a flair of writing on health & lifestyle 

Summer is a season which many of us are scared of because of the extreme heat and sweating. Many people, due to direct sunlight and excessive heat feel sick and suffer from dehydration and other problems like sun-strokes, sunburns, rashes, etc. These kinds of problems are very common       nowadays. But staying locked in home leaving all work is obviously not the solution to get rid of these problems. Here are some measures that we can take to beat the extreme heat:

1.    Staying cool and hydrated: 

Drink plenty of water, at least 4-5 litres a day. Wear light coloured clothes especially white ones. White colour does not absorb sun rays and this helps you to keep yourself cool.

   2.    Protecting yourself from overexposure: 

            While enjoying the sun and outdoors (when going to work, school, colleges, etc) protect    yourself    from overexposure by wearing a hat and dark-shades. Carry an umbrella. Apply natural and chemical- free sunscreens. Aloe Vera gel is very useful in case if you get sunburn. The cooling gel will soothe any sunburn.

    3.    Consuming foods that are cool and light:

 Eat plenty of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, home-made juices, raw salads, yoghurts. Fish and eggs in small quantities can also be taken. These diets will nourish your body. Stay away from spicy/junk foods.

        4.    Exercise/Activities/Yoga:

  Take up activities like swimming, hiking, biking or tennis. Reconnecting with these activities will keep you fresh and your mind aligned. A light yoga can also help you. Meditation also helps you to focus on your work

            5.    Using cooling and fresh toiletries: 

  Using cool and fresh talcum powder, colognes, and aromatic bath oils during bathing, keeps your body cool and fresh.

These are some of the easiest ways to keep ourselves healthy and cool during this summer.

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