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Beat this summer heat in 4 simple ways

With temperature gradually rising, learn how to keep yourself cool and fit in this scorching heat



Every year we beat the record for the highest temperature in summers. Newspapers are flooded with articles on the same. This year is no different. The summer heat has not only restricted our day time outside activities, but is also causing many cases of heat stroke and dehydration.

Ms. Deepika Dua Arora, Dietician at Apeejay School International, Panchsheel Park, says keeping yourself hydrated is the most important thing during summers. The expert opines, “Go for healthy choices like falsa sharbat, lassi, chaas, lemonades and coconut water, among other options. Sugar cane juice is also great, it will keep you energised throughout the day.”

The dietician added, “Don’t keep long gaps between your meals. In fact, have nutritious meals with a good balance of carbohydrates and proteins. Having high water content vegetables like bottle gourd and ridge gourd is a wise choice. Similarly, it is good to eat seasonal fruits like watermelon and peaches.” Ms. Deepika further advises all children to have yogurt instead of ice-creams and popsicles, and choose home-made coolers like aam panna instead of aerated drinks.

While these tips are sure to keep us healthy and in a great mood throughout the summer. Here are 4 more cool ways to beat the summer heat:

Dress appropriately: Wear light, loose-fitting, and breathable clothing made from natural fabrics like cotton or linen. These materials allow air to circulate around your body and help to keep you cool. Avoid dark colors as they tend to absorb heat. 

Seek shade and use sunscreen: When you’re outside, try to stay in the shade as much as possible. Avoid direct exposure to the sun during the hottest hours of the day, typically from 11 to 4 pm. Additionally, apply sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. 

Eat light and refreshing foods: Opt for light and refreshing foods that help to cool your body. Include fruits and vegetables with high water content like watermelon, cucumber, oranges, and lettuce. Avoid heavy, spicy, and oily foods as they can increase your body temperature and make you feel more uncomfortable in the heat. 

Use cooling techniques: There are several cooling techniques you can try to beat the summer heat. Take frequent showers or baths to keep your body cool. Use a damp cloth on your neck and wrists, or place your feet in a basin of cool water. You can also use fans or air conditioners to circulate cool air in your living spaces.

Remember, it’s essential to listen to your body and take breaks when needed. If you start feeling excessively hot or experience symptoms of heatstroke such as dizziness, nausea, or rapid heartbeat, seek immediate medical attention. Stay safe and enjoy the summer while keeping cool!

Arijit Roy is a young correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. He has done his masters in English literature from Delhi University and has a book of poems published by Writers Workshop India. He can be reached at [email protected].