Winter’s are on its way out. The onset of summer brings about mixed reactions from people. Some of us love summers, but some just can’t stand the heat.
Love it or hate it, but you’ve gotta accept that summer is the dominant season in our country. The most common thing we do in summers that that we crib about the garmi (heat).
But there are way too many things that make us look forward to the season.
The fruits, the various desi beverages and the mandatory summer vacations are all the reasons why the Indian summer is a much-awaited season.
Does nostalgia fill your hearts when you think of the good old orange bar that was the staple dessert after dinners. And those bottles of ‘Banta’- the popular drink across North India- a lemon based soda with the marble in neck of the bottle. Or those endless glasses of Lassi (Buttermilk), Rooh Afza (a rose based Sherbet), Shikanji (homemade Lemonade) which could bring you cool cool happiness?
While we love wearing cool breathable clothes, enjoying the seasonal summer fruits, late night movies, beach vacays, ice creams, cool beers and air conditioned rooms; summers can really make you cranky when the Sun God bears down on us relentlessly.
Known for its high temperatures and excessive humidity, summers are the best time to go in for a change in routine, a revamped diet, and a new exercise regimen that suits the weather.
Here’s what you can do to keep yourself prepared to bear the heat.
*Hydrate: The benefits of hydration are plentiful. Drinking the recommended eight to ten glasses of water a day can help prevent illness, keep your bones and muscles healthy, help you maintain your weight, improve brain function and best of all, fuel your activities throughout the day!
* Eat light and healthy: Your body will require a constant supply of water and fluids to sustain through the rough weather. Heavy meals with large amounts of carbohydrates and fats give rise to a lot of heat in the body. A natural way of staying hydrated is ample intake of fruits and vegetables that have high water content — oranges, watermelon, tomatoes, etc. This helps balance your core body temperature and keeps diseases at bay. It also helps hydrate the skin and keep it supple.
* Gear up for summer: Wearing light and breathable fabrics is an effective way to beat the heat. Natural fabrics such as cotton, silk, and linen are much better than synthetic fabrics. Remember to put comfort before fashion.
* Transform Activities into Exercise: Warm summer weather means that you can spend a lot of time outdoors being active. As sunlight is one of the best sources of Vitamin D, use this opportunity to exercise or eat outdoors in the morning. 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.
*Stay Shady: We all love being outdoors in the sun but it is important to stay in the shade during the hours of noon to early evening as the sun is hottest at this time and excessive exposure causes the body to burn out, when the UV exposure is at its peak. If you are going to be outside, be sure to apply plenty of sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure. It is also a good idea to wear a hat and sunglasses whenever possible.
*Stay Cool: When it’s unbearable hot, do whatever you can to stay cool! Go swimming and try to stay indoors in an air-conditioned place.
* Most people suffer from ailments such as common cold, sore throats, and viral infections in summer because of the heat and dust. While a preventive care approach is imperative, being prepared to face an unexpected disease is equally important.
Unbearable, yes , but also lovely , provided you are sensitive to the needs of your own self in this season.
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