How to protect your body from the summer heat?
We all love summers for the bright sunny days, chilled drinks, ice creams, the opportunity it gives to flaunt our favourite fashion and much more. But, the blissful weather soon turns into a bane with the mercury rising as high as fifty degrees in some cities. Soon the worshippers of the summer season desperately start looking for its early departure. The lovely summer days start becoming the most torturous ones with excessive heat strokes and uncontrollable heat. Though you can avoid stepping out in the sun, you can’t stop your daily routine due to the heat. Hence, shielding yourself from the harmful effects of summer heat is the key.
If you are unsure of how to properly take care of your body in summer. Then, here are 8 quick tips to keep your body protected against the scorching heat.
- Hydration is the key
Excess heat can deprive your body of water and essential minerals, this is called dehydration. It is important to hydrate your body, especially in summers. Make sure you drink eight to ten glasses of water daily to ensure better functioning of the body. Drink enough water without waiting for feeling thirsty. In summers you are already dehydrated before actually feeling thirsty.
- Fresh juice over carbonated beverages
Summers make you feel thirsty quite often, which calls for cool drinks like cola. These carbonated drinks provide the desired cooling effect but prove to be hazardous in the long run. They lower magnesium and calcium levels in your body, as well as lead to obesity and damage to tooth enamel. You can instead, opt for healthier alternatives like fresh fruit juices, lemonades, fruit shakes to re-energize your body.
- Go natural with fruits, vegetables, and drinks
Go for seasonal fruits like watermelon, cucumber, musk melon, etc. which are hydrating as well as have a cooling effect on the body. You can choose natural drinks such as coconut water and lassi or detox drinks to get refreshed. These natural beverages hydrate you and offer you nutrition in a healthier way! Pick fresh vegetables and avoid the ones preserved with chemicals. Eating seasonal veggies is the best options, as there are no preservatives that can ruin your health. But make sure to wash veggies and fruits properly to discard the pesticides or other residues deposit. Dipping them in salt water while cleaning is a great option.
- Exercise well and sweat more
Summers are just the perfect time to shed those extra kilos as you simply sweat more and the desired results seem to get accomplished sooner. The more you sweat, the more your body gets cool. Yes, you heard that right! Sweating makes you cool down by making your skin feel cooler when wet and by evaporating away the heat with the sweat. Keep in mind to avoid the peak hours of the day when the environment is too hot. Exercise during the morning or evenings as sweating during the hotter part of the day will have an adverse effect on your body due to massive dehydration and exhaustion. You need to compensate the electrolyte loss post workout with natural proteins like buttermilk.
- Stay under the shade
UV rays that come with the sunlight can be harmful to your skin. They might cause certain types of skin cancer, apart from sunburn and tanning. The best way to protect your skin is to apply plenty of effective sunscreen thirty minutes before you step out in the sun. But the mere application of a good sunscreen won’t accomplish the task. Be sure to wear a hat or a stole to protect your neck and face and a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes against the sunlight. Wear long sleeves when you are out in the sun or gloves to protect your skin.
- Cool Shower
Go for a cool shower at the end of your tiring day to balance out all the heat and get refreshed instantly. A cool shower after lots of sweating helps in keeping the skin unclogged as it opens the pores and lowers the chance of acne breakouts. Never, take a shower right after sweating, wait for the sweat to dry out first and your body temperature get normal to avoid falling sick.
- Avoid Direct Sun
Try to avoid going under direct sunlight as the heat stroke may severely affect your skin and body. Between 10 am to 4 pm you shouldn’t step out in the sun to restrict sun exposure as the UV rays are emitted at their peak. Use umbrellas for better protection, if it’s unavoidable to go out in the sun.
- Take care of your hair
Who doesn’t hate a bad hair day? Excessive sweating calls for a hair wash almost every other day. And if you are regularly working out, then it becomes a mandate to get your hair messy and sweaty. Sweat makes your hair sticky, smelly and unpleasant calling for a daily hair wash to avoid the microbial growth and dust. Hair Its hygiene and quality can be maintained with frequent washes. You should avoid using chemical based shampoos and heavy conditioners on your hair in summers.
Now that we have given you these magic tips to stay happy and healthy in summer, you have no reason to fall sick or look less glamorous in the sun. It is paramount to stay protected against the sun, as falling sick is not something you can afford in the scorching heat. When a healthy person feels so miserable, in spite of having air conditioners all around, think of the misery someone unwell undergoes. So, to make your summers happy, healthy and enjoyable, our quick tips will help you flaunt your sunny foot forward! For healthier and glamourous summer-friendly tips like these keep looking forward to this space. Happy Summers!