Summer health care tips
March 2016

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The onset of summer brings with it childhood memories; memories of summer vacations, of frolicking in the sun, of the mango season, and so much more. But, summer time also spells heat fatigue, heat strokes, food poisoning, eye ailments, dehydration, and more. With temperatures soaring with each passing day, it is equally important to guard against summer related ailments. Staying health and fit during the season may not be the easiest of tasks, but it will certainly go a long way in ensuring a healthy lifestyle.

Here is what you can do to stay safe and healthy this summer:

 

  • Hydrate yourself: Drink plenty of water and fluids. It’s necessary to hydrate yourself at all times since excessive sweating and heat can cause immense dehydration
  • Eat a good breakfast: Be good to yourself at all times, and eat a wholesome nutritious breakfast. Skipping breakfast can affect bones, muscles, and the brain
  • Eye care: Eye irritability is a very common ailment due to excessive heat. Protect your eyes from the sun every time you step outside. Sunglasses that block out at least 99% of the UV rays are highly recommended as they prevent the risk of cataract and wrinkles under the eyes
  • Hand wash: This is a rule of the thumb that applies to almost all seasons – rain or shine. Every time we step outside, or any surface we touch may be prone to germs. And these germs then spread to our body each time we touch door knobs, counter tops, etc. A vigorous hand wash ensures a relatively germ-free and healthy lifestyle
  • Sunscreen: UV rays are extremely harmful for our skin, and these need to be blocked out. A good sunscreen lotion of SPF 15 or 30 is highly recommended to protect the skin and avoid skin burns and rashes
  • Cotton clothing: There could be no better clothing than cotton wear for the summers – light, and lets the skin breathe. Cotton clothing also prevents the spread of prickly heat and infection and is gentle on the skin
  • Eat fresh fruits and vegetables: Fresh fruit and vegetables can do wonders to the human body. High on water content, these fruits and vegetables are best eaten before a meal and improve the body’s immunity
  • Avoid spicy food: Spice and excessive oil in food can be disastrous during summers. Food cooked with excess spice and oil can cause immense heat in the body, which in turn can lead to acidity
  • Get a good night’s sleep: A sound sleep of 8 to 10 hours helps beat the day’s exhaustion and allows the body to recuperate. This goes a long way in enhancing quality of life

We hope you enjoy the impending summer season. Follow these simple tips and live a happy and healthy life.