Stay cool in summer with simple measures, such as carrying your drinking water everywhere and ditching synthetic garments. 

#1 Drink electrolyte rich- drinks

Staying hydrated is crucial to wellness during summer. So drink enough water, and go for drinks like lemonade, which has salt and sugar. While the sugar will give you energy, the salt will help the body retain water so you don’t get dehydrated.

Yet another rehydrating drink to opt for, is coconut water. And do cut back on caffeinated drinks like coffee, tea, and cokes, since these are diuretics that trigger water loss.

#2 Carry a bottle of drinking water

Never drink water from an unknown source, since this can cause many diseases like typhoid and jaundice. Instead, keep a thermos with ice-cold water in your car, or your handbag.

If you want to add some zing to it, throw in some fresh mint leaves, lemon, and/ or cucumber. Before you head to the gym, remember to drink a litre of water one hour in advance too.

#3 Dress weather-appropriately and opt for 100% cotton

Ditch synthetic materials, so that your skin can breathe. Wear a wide-brim hat to keep the sun out of your face, and plan your day in advance. The Golden Rule in summer, is to avoid going out from 12 noon until about 4 pm, when the sun is overhead.

#4 Eat spicy foods

It may seem counter-intuitive to eat spicy foods when it’s hot outside, but there is a scientific reason behind why nations in the tropical regions tend to have spicier cuisines.

Capsaicin, the active component in chillis, induces thermogenesis, and makes the body sweat. And sweating helps the body cool down faster.

#5 Reach for light and easily digestible foods

Some people find it difficult to digest heavy foods during the summer months. If you are committed to non-vegetarian food, do opt for grilled and baked preparations in place of deep fried and curried dishes.

Also, make sure you have a bowl of salad with every meal, and plenty of fresh, juicy fruit.

#6 Reduce the light

If you’re spending a lot of time in artificially-lit rooms during the day, make sure you swap your incandescent light bulbs for energy-efficient light bulbs. These produce 70% less heat than incandescent light bulbs. Otherwise, just darken the room by pulling the blinds down or drawing the curtains.

#7 Minimise Your Activity

The heat is sapping, that’s for sure. So don’t be surprised if you achieve less during the worst part of summer, than you do in cooler weather.

For best results, follow your energy highs and lows, and get your most important tasks done in the beginning of the day. Afternoons may require a short siesta, so plan your day accordingly.

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