8 Ways You Can Keep Safe from Summer Illnesses
As the mercury rises, heat-related illnesses become recurrent every year. And if not taken enough precautions, one can easily fall prey to these lurking summer diseases.
Moreover, unlike yesteryears, today, summers in India are no longer bearable! Due to the change in climatic conditions, the temperature is constantly rising year after year, bringing in various summer ailments. Some of the most common illnesses are allergies, dehydration, heat exhaustion, stomach infections, cold and flu and nosebleed. Serious health issues such as heat stroke are common too.
In this blog, we share a few health tips for summer that may help keep these illnesses in check. Make your summer safer and enjoyable with these safety tips for the summer heat.
- Stay active: Staying active is one of the most important things to do during summer. It tops our list of health tips for the summer heat. It is a fact that regular exercise and maintaining an active lifestyle can keep many illnesses like heart problems in check. Staying active not only boosts physical immunity but also improve one’s mental health, and sleep quality. So, this summer, don’t be a couch potato and join one of the many online yoga or workout classes available. Get yourself a partner if you like – workouts are always fun and motivating when you do it in a group.
- Stay hydrated: The human body is 60 per cent water, and during summer, we tend to lose a lot of body fluid in the form of sweat that tends to make us dehydrated. Thus, it is essential to nourish the body by keeping it hydrated. Though a pint of chilled beer sounds tempting on a summer afternoon, it is better to stay away from alcohol or caffeine as much as possible since they tend to dehydrate the body faster than you know. Instead, consume water-rich fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, grapefruit, peach, coconut water, cucumber, lettuce or tomatoes. You can also opt for fruit-infused water that you can easily prepare at home. There are plenty of super easy and refreshing flavoured water recipes online that you can look up.
- Protect your skin: Though an excellent source of vitamin D, the sun can be damaging to your skin too. Allergies and sunburns are common among people, especially if you expose yourself to the harsh summer sun. It is important to know the right time to step out to reduce exposure to harmful UV rays. Avoid the sun as much as possible between midday till about 3 pm. Protect your skin by applying sun protection cream with a higher SPF to control skin damage, sun allergies and burns. Make sure to cover the part where the skin is easily exposed, such as the face and arms.
- Stay cool: Carry an umbrella or wear sunglasses and hats to keep yourself cool when stepping out during the day. Choose lightweight and breathable fabrics such as cotton and linen over synthetic ones such as polyester or nylon. Avoid exposing yourself to direct and harsh sunlight as much as possible. Stay indoors!
- Know what you are eating: Food poisoning or stomach infections are common illnesses during summer. The hot weather acts as a suitable environment for bacteria to thrive. Therefore, it is essential to be mindful of what you are consuming! Avoid leaving food unrefrigerated overnight. And if you have those few slices of pizza or that half-eaten bowl of pasta, make sure you store them in the fridge. It is also advisable to avoid oily-greasy food as much as possible.
- Maintain personal hygiene: One of the most common illnesses across age-groups is cold and fever during summer. Enterovirus is responsible for triggering flu-like symptoms such as running nose, sore throat, and fever during summer. To avoid germs and bacteria from entering your system, maintain personal hygiene. Wash your hands frequently before eating or touching your face and after you have visited a public place.
Summer diseases are common, but you can prevent yourself and your loved ones from getting sick during summer by being mindful and following some of these summer health tips.
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