Lifestyle Health and Wellbeing 06 Mar 2019 Guest column: Drink ...

Guest column: Drink liquids, use lotions to stave off the Sun

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Mar 6, 2019, 2:30 am IST
Updated Mar 6, 2019, 2:30 am IST
The rising heat is affecting our overall health and the transition to early summer this year is taking a toll on the health of Bengalureans.
The change in the climate is causing flu-like respiratory  and food-related infections too. The pattern of temperature seems to be impacting our health.
 The change in the climate is causing flu-like respiratory and food-related infections too. The pattern of temperature seems to be impacting our health.

The rising heat is affecting our overall health and the transition to early summer this year is taking a toll on the health of Bengalureans.  With the recent change in climate patterns, ensuring a proper diet, consuming the right amount of liquids and using adequate sun protection should be a priority. The change in the climate is causing flu-like respiratory  and food-related infections too. The pattern of temperature seems to be impacting our health.

A majority of these issues can be tackled by improving our body’s immunity through exercise and a healthy diet, and preventive measures.

 

Some of the preventive measures that one could take to protect oneself are:

Keeping hydrated
Drink adequate liquids including water, tender coconut, and fresh fruit juices. On an average one should drink at least 2 litres of water a day. It would be handy to carry a bottle of water when outdoors, especially in Bengaluru traffic. Sipping water and juices throughout the day can help us fight fatigue and body cramps in summer.

Having the right diet
Having fruits and vegetables both in the form of salads or fresh juices can be very beneficial. Fruits with more water content like watermelon, strawberries, peaches, and pineapple not only ensure adequate hydration, but also help in reducing body temperature and provide one of the simplest ways to reduce body heat.  Sipping fruit juices throughout the day and having salads intermittently can help both hydration, energy levels and prevent undesirable weight gain.

 

Wearing the right attire
Cotton and linen fabrics, which are light coloured, are more comfortable to wear in summer  as they reflect heat and prevent a rise in body temperature, especially during travel and working hours. Try and avoid dark coloured clothes, synthetic materials, and tight clothes as they hamper air circulation.

Keeping active
Exercising early morning and late evenings (at sunrise and sunset) helps boost our vitamin D levels, and reduces muscle stiffness and cramps. Prefer staying indoors or in the shade when outdoors  between 11 am and  4 pm.

 

Dr. Mahesh Kumar, Consultant, Internal Medicine, Narayana Health City

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Location: India, Karnataka, Bengaluru




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