Summers are almost here. Days of sweating, humidity and uncomfortable weather have already arrived. It has been seen that summers bring with it various kinds of health issues, including skin itching and infections, perspiration and bad odor related to the same, loss of appetite, lethargy, dehydration, etc. Doctors recommend taking proper care of health during this time as there are chances of falling sick quite often. And the main reason that contributes to ill health during the summers is none other than dehydration.
Sweating takes away fluids from the body along with important minerals and causes dehydration. Keeping the body hydrated in the right manner is therefore very important.
But with the coming of summers, your work cannot stop. It is important that you remain healthy and refreshed even in this season. Mentioned below are some highly effective tips which you keep you fresh and full of energy even in the scorching summer months:
Take Foods That Have Cooling Effects
During summers many of us lack appetite and suffer from feelings like anorexia and nausea. Bring a change in the diet and see the magic that takes place. Include lots of fresh salads in the diet and make sure that they have abundant cucumbers and tomatoes in them.
Both these fruits are high on juice content and keep the body cool. Sprinkle pepper and salt and enjoy the salad. Other fruits which have high water content include mangoes, litchis and melons and are readily available during summers.
Avoid junk and spicy food as much as possible. Use spices like anise, mint, cardamom and fennel as they have cooling effects and help in digesting food as the internal system is cooled down.
Try stocking up vegetables like radish, spinach, onion, garlic and asparagus as they have cooling effects on the body. Instead of milk, include yogurt in the diet as it aids in food digestion.
Keep The Body Hydrated
Summers are times when the body can become dehydrated. The heat and sweat take away water and minerals from the body leaving one tired and worn out. Therefore, it is recommended to drink plenty of water and other kinds of fluids for retaining the hydration levels in the body.
Sometimes drinking plain water might not compensate for the mineral loss in the body. Add glucose or salt and sugar to water and drink the same. This will take care of the electrolytic balance in the body.
Along with water, you can try drinking coconut water as it is a storehouse of essential and important minerals. Raw mango juice with salt and sugar helps in keeping the body cool and keeps body temperature under control.
Indulge In Fat-free Ice Creams and Smoothies
With summers coming, you just cannot restrain the temptation of gorging on ice creams. Well, it is true that ice-creams are yummy and extremely tasty, but they will add up to your calories too. So if you are on a diet for weight loss, indulge in a fat free ice-cream if you are craving for some ice-cream.
The dessert might not taste as good as normal ice-cream; but at least you can have something cool and refreshing in the summer months.
Instead of an ice-cream, try making a healthy smoothie at home, which will not only have excellent health benefits, but also be refreshing and cool at the same time.
Use low fat yogurt, juice, fruit and ice for making the smoothie. You can use any fruit that you have in the refrigerator. Put all the ingredients in the blender and give a nice blend. Enjoy the cool smoothie – a perfect summer drink.
Take Cool Showers Minimum Twice a Day
You will never go wrong with this tactic for remaining healthy and refreshed during the summer months. Taking minimum two cool showers during the day will help in keeping body temperatures, low during the summer months.
Not only this, taking a shower will wash away the sweat and stickiness from the skin surface, giving an overall fresh feeling. With the stickiness gone, you will feel more comfortable in the summers.
Wear Light-Colored, Loose-Fitting Clothes
It is recommended to wear light-colored clothes in the summer months as they tend to radiate away the heat. Dark-colored clothes have a tendency of trapping more heat and thus one feels hot on wearing such dark colored dresses.
While stepping out during the summers, it is recommended to cover yourself up well in loose-fitting garments. Since the sun is scorching, there are high chances of skin damage by the UVA and UVB rays of the sun if the skin is exposed.
Wearing cotton clothes is best in the summer months as they tend to soak in the sweat and keeps one comfortable. The normal temperature of the body is retained with this step.
Herbal Bathing Helps
If your target is to remain fresh for long time during the summer months, try taking herbal baths. Try herbs like neem leaves, rose petals and mint leaves in the bath water and see the results. Along with having cooling properties, these ingredients help in eradicating various skin problems that take place in the summer months.
Bathing with mint leaves extract water helps in controlling sweating as mint is an excellent astringent. On the other hand, neem has excellent antiseptic and antibacterial properties and bacterial growth from sweating can be restricted with this natural remedy.
Rose bath is also preferred by many women for the sweet fragrance which is associated with the same. Soak rose petals in bathing water overnight and bath with the water next day morning. Rose oil helps in imparting natural glow to the skin and helps in skin exfoliation at the same time.
Refrain From Strenuous Activities Outdoors
With the sun beating down on you, doing some strenuous physical activity outdoors can become detrimental. Sunstrokes are common during the summers and can be life-taking. Along with causing sunstrokes, excessive exposure to the sun rays during the summers can cause skin damage from the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun.
Do not go out in the sun until and unless it is absolutely necessary. And if you have to venture out, take proper precautions for the same.Use umbrella, sunglass or sunhats for extra protection along with smothering skin with an effective sunscreen lotion. Keep a bottle of water ready always when you go out so that you can keep yourself hydrated all the time.
Do Not Miss Out on The Exercise Regimen
Most people pack up their exercise and running shoes during the summer months as exercising leads to excessive sweating during these times. But remember that with the coming of summers, there is no need to stop exercising as this will hamper your fitness and health.
You might stop working out or exercising outdoors. Make a change in the exercise plan and schedule. The best thing is to shift the exercise regimen indoors. Join a gym or a fitness class and carry on with the exercise regimen there. Slow jogging or brisk walking during early morning or during evening time is also a great idea.
The weather during these times is cooler and you can work out easily. Along with the body, the mind is also refreshed with these exercises. Body temperature is maintained greatly with these exercises.
Don’t Forget Skin Exfoliation by Any Means
Skin exfoliation is kind of mandatory in the summer times. Dead skin accumulation on the skin surface tends to increase drastically in the summer months. To get rid of these dead skin cells and give the skin a bright and shiny appearance, it is important to exfoliate the skin on a regular basis.
Interestingly, you don’t need to purchase expensive items for exfoliating your skin in the summers. There are many home remedies available, which can help in excellent skin exfoliation.
Take a handful of oatmeal, some milk and yogurt and make a paste from the same. Apply the mixture on the face and on skin. Let it remain there for some time and then wash it off with cool water. Apart from this, you can also use a loofah for a light scrub.
Don’t Forget The Sunscreen Lotion or Cream
During the summers, the sun seems to beat down on you directly with optimum force and intensity. For best skin protection, it is recommended to apply a good sunscreen lotion or cream with minimum SPF 30. Higher SPF levels are useful if you need to remain exposed to the sun for long.
Applying sunscreen lotion or cream helps in protecting skin from harmful effects of UVA and UVB. If you have sensitive skin, check the best SPF suitable for you. Also look for a mineral based sunscreen. Also try staying indoors during the peak heat time from 11am to 4pm.
Heat-related conditions can get really serious if they are not treated at the right time and in the right manner. Following the above mentioned tips will help in enjoying summers by remaining healthy and refreshed.