Summer season in India starts around March and goes on until June. Summer is the most difficult season in India as the temperature touches 40 and even goes beyond that. This unbearable heat leads to a lot of summer illnesses like – heat strokes, sun headaches, epistaxis (nose bleeding), dehydration, mosquito-borne diseases etc. There really is no respite to it but all we can do is take preventive measures to keep ourselves fairly unaffected by the heat and its repercussions. Here are some ways to keep yourself healthy and going:
- Clothing –
Wear light coloured loose-fitting clothes, avoid deep coloured synthetic clothes. While going out wear sunglasses and always keep a tube of sunscreen handy.
- Eat light –
Include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet, consume food that is high in water content like cucumbers and watermelons. Eating plenty of green leafy vegetables, yellow and orange coloured fruits and vegetables, whole grains, pulses, and nuts and seeds such as almonds, pumpkin, and fenugreek keeps your body cool and ready to deal with the heat wave. Stay away from spicy food.
- Stay hydrated –
Drink plenty of water, drink water even before you feel thirsty. Drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day keeps the electrolytes balanced in your body. Buttermilk and tender coconut are also healthy options. Avoid colas and packaged juices that are high in sugar and calories.
- Working out –
Working out during summers is not easy but it keeps the stamina up. Do not work out in the scorching sun, work out early in the morning, late evening or indoors.
- Stay indoors –
Unless required, avoid stepping out between 10:30 am – 5:30 pm. Stay home or stay inside your office, stepping out frequently and the transition from an AC to a non-AC environment can be disadvantageous for your health.
Summer along with the longer days, beautiful blossoms and evening breeze does have its own set of drawbacks, as we cannot avoid that we need to be extra cautious about our health and make sure the heat doesn’t bog us down.The measures listed here are for prevention and a part of prevention is to get yourself insured if things don’t go your way. When we fall ill, it is our health insurance policy that shields us from the financial burden of hospital bills. To know more about insurance policies, visit our website.