Summer has arrived! Temperature is rising and summer living is not that easy. Everyone will be looking for that lazier days of summer and tend to adopt a “school’s out!” attitude in summer. Summer can also bring various health problems like dehydration, stomach upset, heat stroke, bacterial infections, and etc.., if proper care is not taken. Hence one has to make sure that they are eating the right kind of food and are exercising in the right way to maintain health and fitness. Replenish and restore your skin, physical health, and fitness with the below amazing tips. Healthpress.co gathered this tips by consulting health experts in various fields such as diet, fitness, vision, stress and etc.., Below are some x tips that you must note it down for sure for a healthy summer living.
1. Stay Hydrated
Summer heat and sweat can leave your body dehydrated. Gulp down at least 8-10 glasses of water every day. This rehydrates your skin and enables your body to function better. If you are bored with drinking water, always opt for fresh fruit juices and natural drinks like lemon juice, tender coconut water and etc..,. You can also add some fruits like strawberry or lemon into the water to enhance the flavour of water.
Note: Never drink extremely chilled water as soon as you come from the hot sun. It can wreak havoc on your health.
2. Start Eating Your SPF – I Mean It!
Intake of Vitamin C, E Vitamin A rich foods can shield you from the sunburn. A salad with vitamin-rich fruits and veggies like berries, citrus, tomato, mango, papaya, and nuts form an ideal SPF meal.
Check out this article to know more health benefits of Papaya.
Pack your ice-box with healthy snacks, juices, water, sandwiches, yogurt, vegetable sticks with hummus, and plenty of fruits when you want to go out in the hot sun. Eat more cooling and hydrating foods like watermelon, coconut water, cucumber, mint, fennel seeds, sesame, and etc..,
3. Eat Small Meals
Have light, small, frequent meals. Eating heavy gives rise to a lot of heat in and also causes digestion problems. Consume summer greens and leafy lettuce to chill your body. Eating whole foods balances your body temperature and keeps diseases at bay.
Note: Avoid fried fatty foods to ease your stomach’s workload.
4. Take A Shower
A cool shower after the sun exposure keeps your skin moist, unblocked and free from acne breakouts.
5. Apply Sunscreen When You Go Out
Apply mineral-based sunscreen lotion of at least 30 SPF to shield your skin from the harmful UV rays. Try choosing a water-based or gel based sunscreen as a heavy sunscreen lotion leaves your skin heavy and oily. Whenever possible try to cover your face either with a dupatta or with a cap when you go outdoors.
Exfoliate your skin a bit often to keep it smooth and silky. Make your own exfoliation lotion using oatmeal, milk, and yogurt.
To make your own exfoliating scrub, you need ¼ cup of sugar, ½ cup finely ground coffee beans, 20 drops of any essential oil (Eucalyptus oil), 2 tablespoons of sesame oil, a tablespoon of salt and extra virgin olive oil. Mix all these ingredients and scrub your skin for at least 10 to 15 seconds. Rinse it off with lukewarm water and apply a moisturizer of your choice.
7. Pamper Your Eyes
Summer can be harsh on your fragile skin around your eyes. Apply sunscreen lotion around your eyes as well. Wear sunglasses as it can block at least 99% of UVA and UVB rays thus preventing tan and wrinkles around your eyes.
Keep two slices of cucumber on your eyes. Else dip two cotton pads into the blended mixture of cucumber and mint leaves and keep them on your eyes. Believe me, they really sooth and pamper your eyes.
Wear breathable lightweight, light-colored fabrics such as cotton to beat the heat.
9. Olive Oil
Olive oil which is a healthy fat resists the skin from the UV damage. Use olive oil in your daily dishes to get all those essential fatty acids.
10. Sleep well
Get adequate sleep and maintain a perfect body clock by keeping the same bedtime and wake up time. Adequate sleep promotes you to have a healthy mind and a healthy body which in turn promotes a quality life.
Tip For Insomnia: According to Ayurveda, the intake of natural herbs like Tagara promotes restful sleep in case you are having any sleep issues. This herb, in fact, calms the mind due to its sleep-enhancing and sedative properties.
11. Treat Sunburn
The lactic acid in lassi is amazingly soothing to your sun-scorched skin. Apply it and leave it as a mask for 30 minutes and then wash it off with water. You can even use aloevera gel to treat your sunburns.
12. New Hobby
Summer is the perfect time to start a new hobby. Gardening is a perfect way to burn your calories and enjoy the outdoors. Putting your hands in the soil can help you relive mental and physical stress. If gardening is not your thing, you can opt for swimming and etc..,
1. Before going to bed, sleep with a clean face.
2. Sunrays between 11.00 a.m to 3.00 p.m are harmful and strongest, so try to avoid spending more time in the sun between that period. In case you want to go out take necessary precautions like wearing a cap (or scarf) and applying a sunscreen lotion.
3. Make sure that your food is hygiene as consuming unhygienic food leads to bacterial infections.
4. Drink chilled alcoholic beverages in moderation.
5. Never neglect your legs and your hands as that skin are more prone to sun exposure. Always exfoliate, scrub and moisturize them.
6. Pamper your crowning glory! I mean pamper your hair by washing it once every two days.
7. Ensure to have a protein-rich breakfast that is stuffed with eggs, fruits and whole grains that can actually kick-start your metabolism.
8. Don’t stop to exercise in the summer because of the rising temperatures. Wake up and exercise before the sun wakes up to have a cool work out !!
Use these tips to have a cool summer. Take care of yourself with these no-sweat ways to cool off. Stay safe and healthy all season long. Happy Summer!