Simple ways to beat the heat
Is the hot weather making you feel a tad under the weather? Here’s how to banish the summer heat with a few simple steps.india Updated: Jun 06, 2011 01:59 IST
Is the hot weather making you feel a tad under the weather? Here’s how to banish the summer heat with a few simple steps.
To begin with, opt for green living. Right architectural design and home decor go a long way in keeping the heat away, thus decreasing your dependence on air conditioners.
“Strategies include architectural and landscaping tricks such as green roofing, green terraces, and planting more trees in the surrounding area of the house,” says Anumita Roychowdhury, head of the green buildings team at the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).
“Simple steps such as installing white window shades, drapes, or blinds to reflect the heat away is a part of keeping cool and saving energy,” she adds.
Watch what you eat
Simple dietary changes can help in keeping the heat away, experts say. “Prefer eating small meals. Eat plenty of juicy fruits. Also include leafy salads in your diet,” says S.P.S. Bakshi, chief managing director of Baksons Homeopathy.
Keep your head covered
For those who have to be out during the day, covering the head is the first precaution against heat. “Cover your head with a cotton dupatta, scarf, or large handkerchiefs to prevent exposing your head to sun,” says Romel Tickoo, senior physician at Max Hospital. Also, choose cotton over any dress material. “Motorcyclists must cover their head with a wet towel and then put on the helmet to keep the head cool,” adds Tickoo.
Drink plenty of fluids
Excessive sweating during summer depletes mineral levels in the body which results in heat exhaustion, that is why it’s important to consume liquids. “Increase the intake of water, also include lemons, amla, water melons in the diet,” says Suranjit Chatterjee, senior consultant, internal medicine, at the Apollo Hospital.