Summer is a fun time in most countries across the world. It is the time of school holidays and family vacations. Family members get to spend a lot of time with their children. Moreover, it is also a time of family outings and it certainly is a lot of fun traveling with your family. While Summer is a great time for family vacation, it is also a time when the human body is prone to various health hazards. However, fret not. There are certain health tips that you can follow to protect yourself from the scorching summer heat.
Here is the list of top 10 summer health tips to help you enjoy the warm weather without compromising your health.
1. Keep yourself hydrated
Let me just start off with the most obvious of health tips to be followed during summer. Summer heat, especially in tropical countries, can be excruciating. If you are venturing out of your home, you risk getting dehydrated too soon. So, it is essential to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day.
Try your best to avoid colas and soft drinks during this time as they mostly come with added chemical flavors and sugars. Consume natural foods like watermelon, muskmelon, papaya, tender coconut, etc. as much as you can. Also, don’t forget to drink water throughout the day.
2. Change your diet plan
Summer is the time of the year where you can get large quantities of fresh fruits and vegetables for a cheap price. There are seasonal fruits available in every country. Make sure that you consume adequate fruits and veggies during this season. In addition to the hydration factor, this change in your regular diet plan can help you combat seasonal disorders by boosting your immune system.
Citrus fruits rich in Vitamin A and C can reduce the impact of sun exposure and minimize the chances of sunburn. Mango is one of the major seasonal fruits you can get if you are living in India. Try to include mangoes in your diet at least once per day during this season.
3. Minimize your exposure to sun or use sunscreen
One of the health tips you must follow during summer is to minimize your exposure to the sun. This is not to say that you must avoid the sun altogether. Exposure to the sun is necessary in order to get Vitamin D in a natural way. However, do not overexpose yourself to the point of excessive dehydration or sunburn.
You don’t have to sacrifice your fun time out just for the sake of avoiding exposure. There are good quality sunscreens available on the market to help you out. Just apply a bit of sunscreen on your face and other exposed areas before you venture out. Also, wear light clothes and use a hat before hitting your favorite beaches.
4. Never miss your workout
With the scorching summer heat, workout sessions can be excruciating during summer. Also, I’ve never been a fan of air-conditioned gyms that will dehydrate you even further. However, you must stick to your specific workout regime in order to stay healthy during summer.
If heat is a major issue, you can take up swimming for a workout. Half an hour of swimming is estimated to burn 400 calories, which is pretty good for an intense workout. Also, you can go for a long walk or run during the evenings or early mornings. A regular workout can protect your immune system and keep you fit. With that being said, do not indulge in practices like midday workouts during the summer season.
5. Protect your face
Your face is the most exposed part of your body, and it is likely to get affected by seasonal summer heat. Sunscreen can protect you to an extent. However, you cannot avoid certain harmful effects on your skin even with sunscreen. You can rejuvenate your face wrinkles and improve skin health with some natural face packs.
Aloe vera is a great substance when it comes to protecting your skin. You can either use natural aloe vera straight from the plant or an aloe vera gel. Also, you can prepare a simple face pack with some seasonal fruits and vegetables. You can do this 2 to 3 times a week to ensure a healthy skin.
6. Do not load up on junk food
This is one of the great health tips to be followed no matter what the season is. However, this is especially crucial during summer. In addition to making you put on weight, junk food also causes problems in your digestive system. This is the last thing you will wish to have during summer.
Always opt for home-cooked healthy food over fast food or junk food. As noted earlier, use a lot of natural fruits and vegetables in your diet. When it comes to consuming fruits, it is better to eat them raw rather than juicing.
7. Eat a lot of antioxidants
Antioxidants are substances that prevent cell damage in our body. Summer is the time of the year when you need a lot of antioxidants in your diet. Make sure that you eat the right food to get enough amounts of antioxidants. Eating dark chocolates for antioxidants has been disputed by many. There are other foods that you can consume for this purpose.
Watermelon is rich in antioxidants. Other foods like walnuts, raisins, broccoli, etc. also have a rich amount of antioxidants. Rather than drinking too much coffee or tea, you can take cocoa drinks that are rich in flavonoids, a crucial substance that has a lot of antioxidants.
8. Shower everyday
Never skip your daily shower during summer. In addition to being a hygienic practice, showering has its own benefits in terms of contributing to a person’s health. Also, showering depends mainly on your level of activity. If you had excessive physical activity and perspiration, it is better to even shower twice in a day.
The cooling effect you get during a shower is essential during summer. Most importantly, it will protect your skin by removing the dirt sediments. Excessive heat during the summer season could result in a sweat, uncomfortable feeling. You can avoid this by showering every day.
Summer is a great time to relax and spend time with your family. However, it is also the time you must be extra careful and protect yourself from the scorching heat. If you follow the health tips listed above, you can enjoy summer without worrying too much about your health concerns.
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