Fight heat with cucumber, citrus fruits

Summer's set in early and the scorching heat is unavoidable. Yes, it's the hottest time of the year. But it's also the season to have the king of fruits - mango.

So go ahead, indulge and relish the fruit as much as you want. The temperature could be soaring, but this is the only time you can vacation with your family, so staying outdoors is inevitable. Here are ways to enjoy the summer.

-Heat-related ailments are common around this time - sunstroke, dehydration, skin diseases. If you know how to tackle these, the battle is half won.

-Most importantly, keep yourself hydrated through the day by consuming a lot of fluids. Gulp down as many gallons of water as you can and avoid aerated drinks

-Barley water is a coolant and so is tender coconut water. Drink these at least twice a week.

-If heat stroke hits you, then make sure you apply an ice pack as a first-aid but consult a doctor immediately because it could turn fatal depending on its intensity.

-Fruit juices too are a good option. Eating fruit as a whole is even better. You could perhaps try citrus fruits like orange, lemon and sweet lime. Water melons too are abundantly available in the market.

-Avoid eating spicy food and reduce your salt intake. Consume a lot of vegetables that is high in water content - cucumber, bottle gourd, celery, tomatoes.

-Never step out in the sun between 10 am and 3pm. If you must, then apply sunscreen on your face and body. Also, use an umbrella to protect yourself from the harsh UV rays of the sun.

-Wear light-coloured clothes.

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