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Cooling it the right way

The summer months,with soaring temperatures,scorching heat and regular perspiration that might lead to dehydration,take a toll on everyone.

Written by Rohan Swamy |
April 22, 2009 1:05:55 am

Experts suggest some handy tips for a cool experience during the scorching summers

The summer months,with soaring temperatures,scorching heat and regular perspiration that might lead to dehydration,take a toll on everyone. While vacations and cool schedule prove to be the best remedy,they might not be possible all the time,given various reasons. For those who cannot go out to a cooler place city-based doctors and nutritionists suggest some helpful and easy to follow ways.

Dr Tushar Tonde,general physician,says,“Stepping out in the sun during the summers is a sure shot signal of causing irreparable damage to one’s skin if proper care is not taken. The basic precautions that need to be taken include using proper sunscreens and sun blocks,preferably the ones that have SPF 40 or higher. In addition to this to keep the skin cool one can consume coconut water,which helps to maintain the inner temperatures of the body and as a result prevents the skin from getting damaged. Some other obvious and basic protective measures include wearing full-sleeve clothes and keeping ones face well covered. The methods might appear to be really stupid but it does protect ones skin and helps in the long run.

Ajit Padalkar,paediatrician,says,“Children need special care during summers. Unlike the common belief that children should be wrapped every time,they should be kept in simple and loose cotton clothes. While choosing the nappies simple cotton nappies should be preferred to those available in the market. More fluid should be given and solid food with more water content should be given to them.”

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Rashmi Sharma,student,says,“Though summers are a bit of trouble some as it demands a lot of care,it also brings much scope for following fashion in a better way and also flaunting it. Apart from trying various cotton clothes that make me feel cool,I make sure that I change my sunglasses on different occasion. On a non-formal occasion like a party with friends at home,I prefer shorts and t-shirt. Even while going to college,a simple cotton salwar-kameez or a linen trouser and loose shirt is preferred.”

Aarti Pillai,clinical nutritionist and dietician,says,“The summer sun can play havoc on the health of those,whose jobs keep them on the run and also on that of people who work in offices. The best way to keep ones’ skin healthy and glowing is to eat right. Eating the correct way is important. Also in order to keep the skin hydrated at all times one should consume fluids regularly during the day. On an average close to two to three litres of water should be consumed. In addition to this,buttermilk and fruit juices should also be consumed. One should avoid eating heavy foods like oily and deep fried items,which increase the body heat,and one can develop rashes and boils all over the face and the skin. Another thing that can help people take care of their health is to exercise properly and also have cardio workouts or go swimming. These exercises not only burn the calories but also help the salts diffuse from the body in the form of sweat,which keeps the blood clean and the skin healthy.

Dr Smruti Jiandani,physiotherapist,says,“Summer season is a time wherein people need to take extra care of their skin. Some protective measures to keep the skin in healthy condition include eating right and drinking plenty of fluids. Cold soups and salads are also a good cooler and cleanse the skin. If a person is suffering from heat boils or sunburns then one should rub ice on the affected areas,whilst coming back from the sun one should wash his or her face with a good face wash which will not dry the moisture from the skin. For people with oily skins they should apply a mixture of lime and milk,which will help cleanse the skin. A good scrub can also thoroughly clean the pores of the skin and keep it moist and supple. In the event of a sunstroke the person should be immediately cooled using wet towels and napkins and blankets owing to which the body temperature comes down,he or she should then slowly be asked to take deep breaths and then should be taken immediately to a doctor.”

From drinking water to sweating it out,the various means of beating the heat also promise a good healthy life irrespective of the season.

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