A summer vacation calls for a lot of fun activities such as biking, swimming, road trips, beaches and many more. However, it also calls for an extra care for your body. Our bodies are made of 55 – 60% of water.
The water regulates the body temperature, facilitates bowel movements, and keeps the circulation healthy. Water is consumed in large amount in these processes.
How much water?
Our body loses around 2-3 litres of water every day and it’s our job to replenish it.
So what do you have in your mind?
Do you wish to replenish it in an entirely boring way?
By drinking lots of water?
Or you want to make this activity fun?
Here are some awesome things you can have to keep your body hydrated.
A watermelon is 92% water. Along with it each yummy bite consist vitamin A, B6, C, and antioxidants, all of which are necessary for a healthy body in the summers. It has also a rich content of lycopene, a and amino acids and potassium.
Cucumber has a tiny lead over the watermelon. Cucumber is 95% water. It’s also loaded with anti-inflammatory flavonol, antioxidants, and fibres. These nutrients keep the mind steady and body fit and healthy.
Curd is a natural coolant hence it’s one of the tastiest ways of beating the heat. Along with cooling the body, it also reduces the body cholesterol level. The zinc, Vitamin E and phosphorus content works wonders for skin.
4. Coconut Water
The coconut water is 94% water. It’s also packed with vitamin, minerals, and other nutrients necessary for a healthy body in summers. Along with coconut water you can also yourself with buttermilk, sattu ka pani ,subja in water.
5. Green Leafy Vegetables
It’s part of our daily conversation and a remedy to almost everything. Green leafy vegetable is high on water and fibre content. It also consists of vitamin K and antioxidants.
Though you may shy away from it because of the smell, onions can work wonders for your body in summers. It consists of quercetin which protects you from sun-stroke. The vitamin C content is good for skin and improves immunity. It also regulates your blood sugar.
Shield yourself from the Heat Stroke
Heat stroke is one of the most common cases in summer. It is the result of your body’s inability to maintain its temperature. The condition can be life threatening in cases where the body temperature goes beyond a certain limit.
You can avoid it from happening with these simple remedies.
1. Wash Away the Heat
Take shower twice a day. Avoid head bath at night time as it can give you headache.
2. Keep Your Shields Up
Use umbrellas, sunscreens, and glares to protect the skin from heat. Use SPF 35- 50 twenty minutes before you go out in the sun for best results.
3. Remember the Golden Rule
After coming back from swimming don’t eat anything immediately! Try to drink hot water with jaggery or honey then eat something so that your body temperature is maintained.
4. Make-up Will Make Will Let You Down
Use little to no make-up so that your skin doesn’t get clogged and develop pimples!
5. Your Skin Needs Water Too
Apply aloe vera pulp and ice cubes on face daily at bedtime to retain the skin moisture and reduce tanning.
6. Not too Hot and Not too Cold
Don’t sit under the fan, cooler or AC directly. You should be particularly careful about the kids who suffer from cold and cough frequently. Use cotton ear plugs to maintain the body temperature internally when near an AC / cooler.
7. Wear Light, Feel Light
Avoid dark colours and opt for the pastel colours. Wear breathable cotton / linen so that your body can breathe which. This will help you avoid heat rashes.
8. The Shinier the Hotter
Avoid excessive oiling of hair. If you have an oily scalp, try to wash your hair frequently. Keep the scalp clean to avoid dandruff and itchy scalp.
9. Say No to Packaged Food
Avoid hot food kept in plastics and aluminium foils as it might harm your stomach and create acidity and low immunity.
With these sought after remedies we are confident that you will beat the heat and not the fun, this summer. Happy Vacation!
Word of Caution – Usage of home remedies is not generalised! Please consult a doctor or nutritionist for consuming any of the above.