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Battling summers in India is quite a challenge. While your energy levels are easily sapped, you also run the risk of falling prey to a host of issues like heat stroke, sunburn, of course dehydration. You can resort to various ways to guard yourself from heat and keep it cool; the best possible way to beat the heat is from within.
Following tips can help women to have a good Summer, full of zeal and energy.
- Protect yourself from exposure to sun: The ultra-violet rays of Sun and the sunrays being stronger than rest of the year can cause damage to skin. Wear a hat or apply a good sun screen to skin while going outdoors.
- Exfoliate: Summer means an increase of dead skin-cells, so it is important to exfoliate your skin to keep it smooth and healthy. You don’t need to buy any expensive products to achieve that summer glow; make your own exfoliation lotion or scrub at home with natural ingredients.
- Wear natural fabric and light colours: Cotton absorbs the sweat from your body and allows it to evaporate into the air. It works like a towel, wicking the moisture away from your skin and discouraging the growth of bacteria and yeast. This keeps you cool and prevents infections. You should avoid synthetic fabrics as much as possible, because unlike cotton and other natural fabrics, most synthetic fabrics do not breathe. So, when you sweat, the sweat doesn’t dry off like it should.
Colours like white, yellow, beige and other light shades keep you cool, because they reflect most of the sun’s rays back into the atmosphere. Dark fabrics on the other hand tend to absorb these rays and trap their heat, making you feel even hotter.
- Do more of Yogasana & Pranayama exercises: Summer exercise doesn’t have to stop because of the rising temperatures. Instead of working out outside, change your exercise plan and take it indoors. While Yogasanas would give you required exercise for the body, pranayama techniques can actually help you cool down the body and feel relaxed in the sweltering heat.
- Get wet: Summer is the perfect time of year to get wet! Start by swimming for 10 minutes and increase the time over the following weeks by doing front crawl, breaststroke or backstroke to mix up your cardio workout. If swimming laps isn’t your thing, join a water aerobics class or create your own aerobic workout with jumping jacks and jogging in water.
- Stay cool and hydrated: We lose ample amount of water in body through perspiration. Drink water, at least two glasses upon getting up, and similar amounts if you are going out for activities and exercise. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking generous amount of water day round. Carry water with you in a hard plastic container.
- Have foods that keep body naturally cool and hydrated: The best possible way to beat the heat is from within. Include water-based and cooling ingredients in regular diet in order to keep the system calm and cool. Hydrating, seasonal ingredients like melons, gourds, cucumbers, citrus fruits are all excellent to keep you hydrated, help you feel light and fresh and at the same time supply essential micronutrients to the body. Curd is also an excellent option. Enjoy Nature’s bounty by consuming fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables which are at their organic best. Raw vital salads will nourish your body for summertime activities. Include some protein with one or two meals. There are a number of light, nourishing proteins that don’t require like nuts, seeds, sprouted beans, tofu etc.
- Nutritional supplements: Nutritional supplements can support you with a greater amount of physical energy, enhancing your summer activities. The B-complex vitamins are calming to the nervous system and helpful for cellular energy production, while vitamin C and the other antioxidants protect your body from stress, chemical pollutants, and the biochemical by-products of exercise.
- Beware of smoothies and milk shakes: Fruit smoothies, milk shakes are a great way to get your day going and keep refreshed throughout the summer, but watch out for smoothies made with frozen yoghurts or ice cream as they can be extremely calorific.
- Protect your hair: Our hair suffers a lot during the summer. Constant heat and sun damage take a toll on our hair and can leave it feeling limp and dull. Use a good conditioner after shampoo to retain moisture. If possible, minimize the use of hairdryers, straighteners and other heating products. Towel dry your hair instead of dryer. Wash your hair at regular intervals.
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