3 Tips to beat the heat!

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Forty, forty-five, and still rising! The mercury is soaring as UAE plunges into yet another blazing summer season.

With the rising temperatures come a host of health complaints – sunburn, headaches and rashes among others. But summer doesn’t have to mean red, itchy spots and volatile tempers. Here are some easy-to-follow tips that will make sure you beat the heat while looking good and feeling better.

1. Drink plenty of fluids

Excessive sweating during summer can deplete salt and mineral levels in the body at a rapid rate and cause dehydration. So it is extremely important to keep consuming water and other liquids.

?Excessive sweating causes the loss of essential salts such as potassium and sodium. These minerals are required in the proper functioning of the kidney, and even in the blood flow,? said Suranjit Chatterjee, senior consultant, internal medicine, at the Apollo Hospital.

?Symptoms of heat exhaustion are high body temperature, dry mouth, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, weak and rapid pulse, clammy and pale skin,? he said.

?You should include lemons, amla, water melons in your diet. Drink a glass of lemonade at the end of the day if it is not available during the day,? he said. ?Water intake should be over 8-10 glasses a day?.

2. Dress right

An easy way to beat the heat is to?dress cool. Drape your body in cool cottons, preferably in light colours. Avoid wearing synthetic or?any kind of?heavy fabric. ?Cotton is the suggested fabric as it helps in absorbing sweat and maintaining constant oxygen supply to the skin.

Also, remember to keep it loose. Avoid tight-fitting clothes; they will be uncomfortable on hot, sweaty days and will aggravate any skin problems you might have. Bulky or heavy accessories should be also avoided.

3. Watch what you eat

Some simple dietary changes can also help in keeping the heat away, experts say. Eat light. Avoid heavy, oily food. A diet rich in fruit and liquids will go a long way in keeping your body cool.

Prefer eating small meals. Juicy fruits should be taken constantly. It is also advised to include leafy salads such as cucumber and lettuce in your diet as it contains a lot of water.

Green tea or a spoon of onion juice can be powerful anti-oxidants for the skin.

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