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Beat the heat to stay fit

With the mercury levels peaking in summers, the body goes through a multitude of breakdowns. Right from water loss, skin irritation to chronic de-hydration, there is a lot that you need to take care of at this point. Here are a few quick tips on how to stay fit beating the heat waves.

health and fitness Updated: May 22, 2010 01:28 IST
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With the mercury levels peaking in summers, the body goes through a multitude of breakdowns. Right from water loss, skin irritation to chronic de-hydration, there is a lot that you need to take care of at this point. Here are a few quick tips on how to stay fit beating the heat waves.



Drink eight to 10 glasses of water every day. Don’t wait till you’re dying of thirst, because by then your body is already suffering from dehydration. And also plain water helps in boosting up energy levels and balances the loss of fluids while you sweat it out.



It’s best to start off the day with a plate of fresh fruit salad and a glass of honey-Lemon juice or coconut water. Always have the seasonal fruits such as apricots, berries watermelons, pears, peaches, plums, mangoes and papayas.



Too much of junk food is bad. Avoid sweets and fatty food as much as you can. It’s best to stick to whole grains, cereals and sprouts instead of deep fried noodles or samosas for snacks.



Those who can’t live a day without the masala chicken and mutton dishes, make sure that you limit your red meat diet and start


having fish.



Alcohol must certainly be avoided during the summers as it is a hot drink.



Sweating during the heat is quite natural. To cool it off, here’s a secret from the granny’s kitchen — while cooking any dish, add a little bit of hot spices such as black pepper and freshly chopped ginger to your meals.



To protect your skin, avoid going out in the sun. If you do, make sure that you wear loose cotton clothing. Always cover your head with a hat or a scarf while waking under the sun to avoid severe headache.