Stay Hydrated This Summer
What is the first thing that comes to our mind when we think of summer?
It is drinking lots of cold liquids like water, soft fizzy drinks, wearing loose clothes and, of course, avoiding the hot sun which makes us feel humid and uncomfortable.
The global temperature every year has been increasing due to the harmful effects of global warming. In summers we tend to sweat more and get dehydrated, so we should be careful and be aware of heat exhaustion symptoms. These are:
- General fatigue
- Increase in the body temperature
- Muscle cramps
If one ignores these symptoms one may get a heat stroke or a sunstroke and will require medical treatment. We all know the common ways to keep ourselves hydrated, by drinking lots and lots of water, buttermilk, coconut water and other fluids. But here are some new and more effective ways to stay cool and hydrated this summer:
- Cotton or linen clothes should be worn; use light-colored bed linen for better airflow and a cool feeling while sleeping.
- Put your bed sheets in the freezer 10 minutes before you sleep after placing in a plastic bag. This won’t keep you cold all night but will provide a little relief from the heat and humidity.
- The Egyptian method of keeping cool was dampening a sheet or towel in cold water and using it as a blanket. But use a towel under the damp sheet to avoid soaking the mattress.
- Drink water but also eat a lot of fruits. They will also keep you hydrated.
- Spray water on your walls and keep the fan on; this will keep the room cool and make you feel fresh.
- Another option is to make your own AC by filling a bowl with icy or very cold water and placing it at an angle in front of a table fan. The air from the cold water makes the room cold.
It is not only liquids that keep us hydrated; several foods can also help:
- Cucumber – this vegetable has the highest amount of water content. You can eat it in salads, smoothies or just as a snack.
- Tomatoes – this fruit contains 94% of water and vitamin C, which keeps us hydrated.
- Cauliflower and spinach are rich in antioxidants and have a lot of minerals which keep us hydrated and healthy.
- Watermelon, grapes and grapefruit also help in adding moisture to our bodies.