Cool Ideas to Beat the Summer Heat
It is that time
of the year again! The Sun is up, at its peak, wearing us down in
valleys of sweat. Humidity, pollution and the scorching heat tends to
be a dampener, making us feel exhausted, negatively affecting our
productivity at the workplace. Indian summers, especially, are
notorious for causing health problems and the resultant absenteeism
from work. It's time we become proactive and follow certain
measures to stay on top of the hot weather.
- Wear loose
fitting clothes made from breathable fabric, preferably cotton, as
they keep the body temperature normal. Apply sunscreen on face and
other exposed areas of the body, even if you are staying indoors.
Make sure that the sunscreen has at least 30 SPF (Sun Protection
your very own peppermint tea mist by brewing a pot of peppermint tea
and then refrigerating it. When it's cold, pour it into a spray
bottle and keep misting yourself with it at regular intervals for a
- Close the
windows of your home or office before 9 am and draw the curtains. By
doing this, you ensure that the heat does not get sucked in.
- In most
offices today there are air conditioners. Avoid suddenly going out
of the cool environment into the hot forty degrees outside. Shut off
the air conditioner for a while before stepping out, to bring
yourself to the room temperature. Sudden temperature changes are
detrimental for the body.
- Drink lots
of water and other healthy beverages like lemonade, coconut water,
Kokam juice, "aam panna" and buttermilk, to stay hydrated. Avoid
caffeinated drinks and alcohol as they tend to dehydrate the body.
- Eat salads
and fruits with high water content. Cucumbers, musk melons, water
melons pomegranate and other seasonal fruits are full of vitamins
and minerals, and will help in keeping body from falling prey to any
health related issues arising because of the heat.
smaller, frequent meals. Include foods rich in vitamin C in your
diet as they build immunity. Seasonal vegetables like gourds,
radish, lettuce, leafy greens and summer squash help in cooling the
- Stick to
light, vegetarian food. If you're a non-vegetarian, limit red meat
and instead go for fish.
eating oily and fermented foods. Preferably eat hygienic,
home-cooked meals and avoid eating from vendors which are generally
seen outside office spaces.
- Add spices
such as hot peppers, black pepper and fresh ginger to your meals
while cooking. These spices have an amazing effect, making the body
sweat initially and then cooling it down later.
going out in the sun in the peak hours between 10 am to 4 pm. If you
do venture out, carry an umbrella, wear a cap and a pair of
sunglasses. If travelling by car, park the vehicle in a shady area
so that it remains cool.
- If you
workout, do it in moderation, as in summers over exercising can
drain your entire energy.
- This is
the perfect time to go for traditional Ayurvedic treatments such as
the cooling mud packs, herbal spas, shirodhara, etc. These
therapeutic treatments remove the skin toxins and cool the body as
By being mindful of what you eat and wear as well as taking certain
precautions, you are all set to take on the sweltering Indian summer.
If you are not up for making any changes in your lifestyle, a simple
shower with cold water can do the trick too sometimes. Or take a
holiday to a nearby hill station to refresh yourself. But most
importantly, take shower every day, eat hygienic food, drink enough
water and stay away from the sun, to keep yourself up and about!