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    Summer Health Tips

    To handle this heat onslaught and ensure your body is as cool as it can possibly be, we suggest a few measures that are easy to follow:

    1. Eat light, small, frequent meals.

    Start the morning with a sweet, juicy fruit at breakfast. Ripe summer fruits - peaches, plums, melons and pears, are exactly what your skin craves for in the hot season. Citrus fruits are also very cooling. Eat whole or extract their juice, store in the refrigerator and sip often throughout the day.

    2. Include salads in your diet.

    Consuming leafy lettuce and summer greens, corn on cob and cucumbers, in salads are delicious ways to stay cool. These foods contain a significant amount of water and can actually thin the blood, which has a cooling effect. Onions too are great in the summer, because of their ability to beat the heat and provide relief from summer ailments. So, throw in some washed onion slices onto a sandwich, or in your salad.

    3. If you get burnt (sun stroke or heat stroke), seek relief
    by sipping on green tea or take a spoon of onion juice. They are potent antioxidants that can neutralize cellular damage caused by the sun's rays.

    4. To cool the body through sweating,
    add small amounts of hot spices to food while cooking. Hot peppers, fresh ginger, and black pepper are all great spices to make it really hot for you and then to cool you down.

    5. Hydrate your body.

    Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day. Water is the best drink as it doesn't contain any sugars that can add up to unnecessary calories. For a change, a lemon and honey drink can also instantly replenish your body's lost fluids and work as an energizer. Drink fluids even if you are not yet thirsty. Once you have the feeling of being thirsty means you are already dehydrated.

    6. Wear loose, full-sleeved cotton clothes
    to protect the body from the sun and to aid evaporation of sweat. Use a hat to protect your head from the sun you go out

    7. Stay indoors.
    Restrict outdoor activities to the cooler parts of the day - early mornings before 10.30am or late evenings after 5.30 pm

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    Re: Summer Health Tips

    Some More Tips,

    If you're a non-vegetarian

    You should limit red meat and instead go for fish and oysters.

    Avoid extreme cold foods and drinks

    Most of us normally pick these and they are actually known to interfere with digestion and sweating, thereby interfering with the body's natural cooling mechanisms. So, however tempting it may be to sit on your porch licking an ice cream cone or sipping a cool glass of tea, try a wedge of watermelon instead.

    As the mercury rises, the last thing on one's mind is food - but if you eat smart, small & light meals and accompany it with plenty of fluids you will be a cool winner.

    So go ahead and take these obvious precautions! But remember the best place to start the cooling process is in your body's core.


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    Re: Summer Health Tips

    Sun Care

    Use sunscreen or sun block everyday, especially during the summer months when the sun’s rays are most intense.

    Use sun protection with an SPF rating of 15 or higher.

    Anyone with an extended period of sun exposure should apply and reapply sun block throughout the day to avoid sun rash, sun burns, or possible skin cancer

    Wear appropriate clothing for outdoor activities during the summer season to stay cool and dry, and prevent possible heat exhaustion

    Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated when exposed to the sun’s intense heat
    Moisturize skin with vitamin E and aloe to replenish the lost fluids after sun exposure.


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    Re: Summer Health Tips

    Seasonal Allergies

    When mowing the lawn or being around freshly cut grass, wear a mask or a handkerchief

    Take a shower, wash your hair, and change your clothes to remove pollen that may have collected in your clothes and hair.

    Keep windows closed to prevent pollens from drifting into your home

    Keep your car windows closed when traveling

    Machine dry bedding and clothing. Pollen may collect in laundry if it is hung outside to dry

    If you are highly prone to seasonal allergies, many anti-histamine medications can help block the effects of indoor and outdoor allergens.



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    Re: Summer Health Tips

    Bites and Stings

    Do not provoke insects, if possible; and use protectants and repellants in swamps (mosquitoes), dense woods, fields, and brush (ticks, chiggers)

    Avoid perfumes and floral-patterned or dark clothing

    Use appropriate insect repellants and protective clothing, paying special attention to cuff areas at ankles, wrists, and neck

    Use caution when eating outdoors, especially with sweetened beverages or in areas around garbage cans, which often attract bees

    For those who have a serious allergy to insect bites or stings, carry an emergency epinephrine kit (which requires a prescription). Friends and family should be taught how to use it if you have a reaction. Wear a medical ID bracelet

    Wash the site thoroughly with soap and water

    Place ice (wrapped in a washcloth) on the site of the sting for 10 minutes and then off for 10 minutes. Repeat this process

    If necessary, take an antihistamine or apply creams that reduce itching Over the next several days, watch for signs of infection (such as increasing redness,swelling, or pain)



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    Re: Summer Health Tips

    Food Safety

    Cook meat, poultry and seafood thoroughly

    Use a meat thermometer to be sure grilled meats are sufficiently cooked

    Wash hands, utensils, and cutting boards before they touch another food to prevent cross-contamination of foods

    Wash hands, utensils, and cutting boards after they have been in contact with raw meat

    Refrigerate any leftover foods shortly after serving

    Wash produce thoroughly to remove visible dirt, and discard the outermost leaves of a head of lettuce or cabbage

    Keep perishable food like luncheon meats, cooked meats, chicken, and potato or pasta salads in an insulated cooler packed with ice once you finish eating so they do not spoil or become unsafe to eat.


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    Re: Summer Health Tips

    Lots of great tips here.. I also have a hard time with skin care in the summer. But recently I have started paying more attention to staying hydrated and protecting my skin by using a good body lotion like parachute advansed body lotion. apply it regularly and carry it with you to work if you feel the need to re-apply if you are going out in the sun.

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    Re: Summer Health Tips

    Quote Originally Posted by Reshmi V View Post
    Lots of great tips here.. I also have a hard time with skin care in the summer. But recently I have started paying more attention to staying hydrated and protecting my skin by using a good body lotion like parachute advansed body lotion. apply it regularly and carry it with you to work if you feel the need to re-apply if you are going out in the sun.
    Thanks Reshmi for your Tips


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    Re: Summer Health Tips

    Drinking enough of water e.g. 8 to 10 glasses a day is necessary especially in summers.It keeps our body hydrated.Wearing good quality sunglasses is the next important thing if we go out in heat.Eating plenty of salads is the requirement of our diet.And finally using a good quality lotion.

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    Re: Summer Health Tips

    In the summer you have to do an indoor exercise. Do not use skintight cloth while you doing the exercise. It is great for you. Eat more fruits and vegetable which is good for the health.

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