Tips to take care of yourself during the summer
Summer brings with it a plethora of problems: skin, hair and health problems such as heat stroke or dehydration.
Summer also calls for a change in diet and other healthy living tips. Learn here the best health tips that you can put into practice for these summer months:
Heat stroke, a severe form of hyperthermia, occurs when the human body absorbs more heat than it can dissipate. This is a serious condition and requires immediate medical attention.
Remedy: It is important to lower your body temperature, so soak in ice if necessary or take a cold shower. You can avoid heat stroke by wearing light, loose-fitting clothing, drinking plenty of water, and not exercising during the summer or at times when the heat is at its peak.
Muscle aches or spasms usually occur in the abdomen, arms, or legs. Spasms usually occur in coordination with strenuous physical activity.
Home remedies: rest in a cool place. Drink fresh juice or electrolyte-enriched beverages. Don’t return to strenuous activity even after the cramps go away, as it can lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Symptoms of heat exhaustion
Severe sweating, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea, muscle cramps, and fainting.
Home Remedies: Rest. Take non-alcoholic refreshing drinks or a shower. Wear light clothing.
The most common symptoms are: dry mouth and eyes, dry skin, sweating almost stops completely, muscle cramps, nausea, heart palpitations and dizziness.
Prevention: Rehydration with water, clear broths and any other water replacement. Preferably containing electrolytes.
Home remedies: fluid replacement and control through diet and medication. Fever medicine may help.
Rosacea turns the skin red due to excessive exposure to sun and heat. The redness appears when the excess heat causes the blood vessels to dilate.
Remedy: Avoid direct sunlight. Always use a good sunscreen with SPF 30+.
Ultraviolet radiation burns the skin when you spend long hours in direct sunlight. The symptoms of sunburn are patches of darkened skin that peel off.
Remedy: It is recommended to stay indoors from 10am to 4pm, when sunlight is at its peak.
Sun tanning that darkens the skin tends to be taboo. Avoid repeating sunscreen every two to three hours. Therapies such as rehydration can help your skin look healthier.
Prickly heat” affects everyone; which is the result of sweat and humidity causing a bacterial infection on the skin.
– Take cool showers, wear loose clothing, use talcum powder after a bath, apply calamine lotion to rashes.
Apply medicated talcum powder.
Keep the area dry and clean.
Sweating and humidity can increase your chances of foot infection during the summer.
Remedy: There are several antibacterial powders available in medical stores. Ideally, exfoliate your feet and toes thoroughly to remove as much bacteria as possible. In case of a more serious condition, consult a dermatologist.
Dandruff is aggravated during the heat and sweat of summer. Dandruff causes hair loss and is an unhygienic skin condition. A popular remedy is to purchase a shampoo that is intended to treat this condition. In case it is not solved, the ideal is to consult a specialist.
One should eat cold foods like watermelon, yogurt and berries during this time.
Such foods are low in calories and also require very little energy for digestion. These foods usually taste best when refrigerated and are therefore traditionally eaten that way. Naturally, eating such low-calorie refrigerated foods feels good in the summer months.
All essential nutrients are required in the summer months, especially minerals that are lost in sweat. It is possible to replenish these micronutrients only if the diet includes various food groups such as fruits, vegetables, milk, cereals, meat and fats.
In the summer months, many people who want to lose weight switch to a fat-free diet. This is not a healthy trend. The essential fats the body needs are available only through diet. Therefore, it is wise to limit fat intake to only the essential requirements and avoid consuming an excess.
It is not advisable to drink liquids that are too cold. Foods that are consumed at very extreme temperatures, whether hot or cold, are not suitable for the body. The body has to work extra hard to bring the temperature closer to body temperature. Drinking warm or cold liquids (rather than hot and cold) is best for the body.
Maintain good levels of food hygiene. Many dangerous bacteria and viruses thrive in the summer months because the temperature is conducive to their growth. Harmful insects usually enter the body through food and water. That’s why maintaining food hygiene is crucial this season.