The beginning of a new season can be tricky. It calls for a change in routine, a revamped diet, and of course, a new exercise regimen that suits the weather. As winter starts to give way to the spring, people struggle to keep pace with the seasonal transition and the potential health risks posed by the change. Yet, the onset of warm weather can make your body more vulnerable to different types of diseases and certain health guidelines must be followed to ensure a healthy summer.
Fortunately, there are many things you can start doing now to prevent or reduce your risk of falling ill, not just during summers but throughout the year. And healthy eating is one important factor that contributes to a person’s good health and well-being.
Eat healthy and light
Eat light, small, frequent meals. Heavy meals with large amounts of carbohydrates and fats give rise to a lot of heat in the body. Focus on fresh fruits and vegetables that have high water content – such as oranges, watermelon, tomatoes, etc. Consume leafy lettuce and summer greens to stay cool. Your body will require a constant supply of water and fluids to sustain through the rough weather. Eating whole foods helps balance your core body temperature and keeps diseases at bay. It also helps hydrate the skin and keep it supple. Avoid or cut back on fried, fatty foods to ease your stomach’s workload.
Drink plenty of water
Heat and sweat in the summer months can leave your body dehydrated, causing unwanted health outcomes such as fever and chills. In fact, a lack of water is also harmful to your body and can make you crave food even when you’re not actually hungry. Keep yourself well hydrated by drinking at least eight to nine glasses of water per day. If you get bored with plain water, try adding some fruits like lemon, strawberry to your water to improve the taste.
Gear up for summer
Always apply a good sunscreen lotion, especially when stepping out of your house, that can effectively protect your skin from the harmful UV rays. Perhaps, the Indian summer is known for its high temperatures and humidity, which can make you feel uncomfortable and stuffy. So, wearing light and breathable fabrics is an ideal way to beat the heat. Opt for natural fabrics such as cotton, silk, and linen, they are much better than synthetic fabrics.
Embrace the radiance of the Sun
It’s undeniable that post the shivers and heavy woollens of winter, the sun will invite you to bask in its warm glow. As sunlight is one of the best sources of Vitamin D, use this opportunity to exercise or eat outdoors in the morning. However, it is advisable to soak in the sun rays early in the morning, as this can be a great way of starting your day on a fresh and rejuvenating note. Wear clothes that enable your skin to be exposed to the sun.
Get adequate sleep each night
As the temperature rises in summer, sleep patterns can still take a hit in the hot, humid weather although air conditioners have reduced the discomfort significantly. According to Ayurveda texts and modern research, intake of natural herbs like Tagara can promote restful sleep. Tagara can calm the mind due to its sedative and sleep-enhancing properties.
Be prepared for summer infections
The summer season can also bring a number of ailments such as common cold, sore throats, and viral infections, largely because of the heat and dust. While a preventive care approach is imperative, being prepared to face an unexpected disease is equally important. It is advisable to keep a cold balm as part of your first aid kit, as it eases the symptoms of common cold and is easy to carry around. Experts recommend using one that contains ingredients like camphor oil, mint extracts, nutmeg oil, and turpentine oil. These ingredients help provide quick, symptomatic relief from common cold.
Stay indoorsWhile following the above mentioned tips, it is also important to restrict outdoor activities to the cooler parts of the day – early mornings before 10:30 am or late evenings after 5:30 pm.
Following these simple, quintessential health tips will help you sail through the long and warm summer in a healthy manner.
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