As the temperature in India has slowly begun to soar, we all have start preparing ourselves for upcoming summer heat. We tend to try every trick in the book to keep ourselves cool, as the weather gets unbearable. If ignored, the heat has adverse effects on your body such as dehydration, heat stroke, rash on the skin and so on. Excessive heat also drains all your energy, leaving you tired and weak to do anything.
Hence it is very necessary to take precautionary steps to avoid/ overcome the effects of the intense summer heat. In order to help you guys beat the summer heat, TOTS has some easy tips to stay cool during summers:
Ensure to stay hydrated
Drinking lots of water is the key to fun and successful summer! Make sure you drink at least 2-3 liters of water daily. This will not only flush out the toxins from your system but also keep you cool and helps you retain the fluid in your body that was lost in the form of sweat. If you are bored of drinking just water, switch to lime water, green tea, coconut water, fresh fruit juices, and coolers etc. Also, you can try infused water by adding cucumber, mint, basil or any citrus fruits thus adding cool flavor to your water. If you are a coffeeholic, it is best to try and reduce the daily coffee intake as caffeine increases the heat in the body.
Increase seasonal fruit intake
Summers have some of the most delicious and nutritious fruits like mango, litchi, watermelon, muskmelon, pear and so on. Relish on these summer fruits throughout the day, as they are loaded with vitamins and minerals. Regular intake of fruits will help you retain energy during the hot days. Also, these fruits have high water content, thus keeps the body well hydrated.
Eat light meals
Avoid eating junk food/ processed or meals that are very oily, as it takes time to digest and thus making you feel uneasy and hot very easily. Also, do remember to not have too spicy or salty food to avoid dehydration and indigestion. Keep your meals lighter and make sure to include lots of green vegetables, sprouts, cucumber and bitter gourds. Also, add buttermilk/ yogurt to your diet as it cools your system instantly.
Always apply sunscreen
If you are staying indoors or going out, always remember to apply sunscreen. Invest in a sunscreen that is water based with good SPF (30 or more) and generously apply it all over before you step out. Applying sunscreens protects your skin from harsh rays of the sun and thus avoiding sunburn or any severe damage to your skin. However, it is best if you avoid stepping out when it is very sunny. Also, stalk up on good Aloe Vera gel to soothe the exposed skin.
Change your skincare and makeup routine
Use a good gel based moisturizer during the summer to keep your skin hydrated and fresh. Cleanse and exfoliate your face to remove impurities and sweat buildup. During summers, it is best to avoid applying excessive makeup, as heat and humidity will make your face greasy. Apply light makeup using products that are waterproof and gel based. Keep a face mist, wet tissues, blotting papers and deodorants in your vanity bag while traveling to instantly refresh your face whenever necessary.
Wear comfortable clothes
Choose cotton or linen fabrics over synthetic clothes to keep yourself comfortable and cool when you are out. Pick up some lighter shade clothes as part of your summer wardrobe.
Plan a getaway to a cooler destination
This tip is highly recommended by us sisters in particular. To get a break from the blistering summers, plan a holiday to a hill station or a place with a cooler climate. We sisters always plan a mid-summer holiday and just thinking about or planning the upcoming vacation lightens up our mood during the hot days.
Related post: Read about our favorite summer getaways in India
Keep up with your exercise routine
During summers one generally gets demotivated to workout or do any form strenuous activity. The ideal time to workout would be early morning or late evening to avoid unnecessary sweating and discomfort. However, we would also suggest not overexerting yourself and causing stress to your body. Sheetal Pranayam is a great exercise to cool your mind and body and also to relax.
Take frequent cold showers
Taking cold showers after a hot day or even to start your day during summers is an ideal way to cool your body and feel fresh instantly. Cold showers also soothe the heated skin and prevent heat rashes and boils.
Hope you guys found these tips useful and incorporate into your daily routine during summer. Do let us know how do you beat the summer heat and what other ways to stay healthy in the comment below!