12 Tricks To Survive A Super-Hot Summer

Sheena Joseph | Apr 26 2020
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City folks would know that 30ºC doesn’t feel like 30ºC anymore. On some days, even 9 AM feels like 12 in the noon. It is not hard to imagine that the concrete jungle absorbs more heat than plants. Not to mention the disruption of airflow and traffic. So basically, with no wind and plants, we are left with an air filled with greenhouses gases and are technically baking ourselves.

There is no way of sugar-coating this fact. The fact of a super hot summer is upon us. And are you already thinking, what is the worst that can happen because of summer heat? The reality is that the hot weather and high humidity can cause exhaustion, dehydration, headaches, dizziness and even cramps?

Every season has it's good and bad. So no need to overly worry about the heat waves that are on the anvil. With a few lifestyle changes, you can not only survive the summer but enjoy it. Here are 12 tricks that can help you be your best version this summer.

1. Stay Hydrated

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This is an age-old mantra of summer survival. On a normal day, one should be drinking at least 2.5 litres of water during this season. But, if you are sweating more or feeling tired or spending more time in the sun or doing more physical tasks than usual, drink as much as water you want without second thoughts. The trick here is to never leave home without a water bottle and keep listening to your body. The goal is to keep dehydration at bay to drive away tiredness, headaches and dizziness.

2. Drinks Don’t Mean Just Water

If drinking water all the time sounds boring to you, we have got you covered. Coconut water, peppermint tea, and green tea are excellent summer drinks. While peppermint tea is known for its cooling properties, coconut water is alkaline in nature that indeed is well needed for an upset-free stomach. Alkalinity neutralises the acid levels in your stomach and soothes the inner lining of the stomach.

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Green tea is loaded with antioxidants, and the very same property qualifies it as a summer drink despite being a warm drink. The antioxidants can protect you from the UV rays of the sun. Just be careful not to consume more than three cups a day. Carrying a green tea or peppermint sachet in your bag and sipping on these during lunch break or a tea break will be a clever way to get through the day.

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3. Probiotic Goodness

There is a reason for yoghurt being a staple food in all Indian kitchens. Be it lassi, buttermilk or sambharam, the good old yoghurt can provide instant relief from summer heat. It wouldn’t be so bad to make it a regular drink on the table.

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Our gut has trillions of bacteria in it. Most of them are out great friends for maintaining a healthy gut. Probiotics help in cultivating healthy gut microbes. Yogurt is a probiotic that nurtures the good bacteria in the stomach that aids in digestion. It goes without saying that smooth digestion makes one’s life soothing and comfortable.

4. Stock The Fridge

Since you cannot survive on fluids alone, you need to stock up the fridge with fruits that are good to eat during summer. Watermelon is a perfect choice for a second breakfast, and it isn’t recommended for the latter half of the day as it is rich in fibre. Similarly, a cucumber salad along with the lunch is a great idea to replenish your body with water content.

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Citrus fruits are a must have during this season. While grapes are rich in Vitamin C, oranges are rich in potassium. During summer it is common to have the potassium levels going low, as it is lost through our sweat leading to cramps. Making citrus fruits part of the diet should do the trick. Pomegranate juice also can help you to get through summer as they balance body heat.

5. You Are What You Eat

Skipping the wrong food is as important as eating the right ones. Some food does the bad deed of increasing your body heat, and they are some of the most regularly consumed foods in the world. List of foods to avoid in summer begins with an obvious one – junk foods. They are hard to digest and contains trans-fat that is bad for your body. Similarly, Skipping red meats including beef, pork, and mutton also is a good idea as high saturated fat is no good news in the summer.

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Sugar has the potency to increase body temperature. If you have a sweet tongue and find it hard to survive without it, be sure to skip artificial sweeteners including bottled beverages and iced tea. The bottled drink might have its fizz but beware of the hidden issues.

Skipping alcohol or at least limiting its consumption during the summer season is also a good idea.

6. Sleep Like A Baby

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Not getting enough sleep is the worst that can happen not only in summer but any season. Lack of sleep can cause physical as well as mental fatigue leading to cognitive malfunctions, increase anxiety and cause high blood pressure. A cup of chamomile tea will not only get you better sleep but enhance the immune system and curb inflammation in the body.

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7. Be Down To Earth

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Time for a physics lesson. As the air gets hotter, it expands and becomes less dense, which causes it to rise up. Hence you might want to throw the mattress on to the floor and sleep for the cool feel. The lesson learned is that the floor will not get hotter at night. In fact, it gets cooler.

8. Time To Love Cotton

Wearing breathable fabrics is probably one of the biggest decisions to make during summer. All natural fibers are good including linen. However, considering the availability and quality, cotton is a great choice for the breathable material that will absorb moisture from the body. It also traps more air between the skin and the clothing which adds to the comfort.

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Pick those light and soft cotton cloths that are available for formal, casual and home wear. Try switching the bed sheets and pillow covers to cotton ones. Taking a shower before bedtime and wearing cotton clothes will ensure that your body is cool and stays cool.

9. Damp is good

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When the summer heat hits the peak, and the cool body and cotton clothes are not cutting it, then is the time to make use of water. A big towel is going to be your best friend here. Soak the towel in water and hang it before the window. This will allow the air to cool down before entering the room. Keeping a bucket full of water near the bed also is a good idea. Cold feet is good for sleep. If you wake up at night, dip your feet in the water and go right back to sleep. These tips are good to keep you cool while harming no environment.

10. Lights Out

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Electricity creates more heat than we imagine. Since we cannot turn the fan off, start with unnecessary lights. Turn off all the lights that you absolutely do not need. If you are feeling comfortable with this step, move on to gadgets. Unplug those you don’t need. Saving energy is not only reducing your carbon footprint but also could be a life saviour this summer.

11. Take Care Of Your Pulse Points

When you get home from scorching heat and is experiencing rapid pulse, shallow breathing, elevated or lowered blood pressure, be aware that it might be a near heat stroke or you are simply exhausted. Whatever that is, worry not. There is a quick remedy that can help you. Cooling down the pulse points in your body with an ice pack will lower the body temperature. The pulse points in the human body are inner wrists, inside the bend of elbows, temple, around the neck, inner thighs, back of the knees, ankles, and tops of the feet.

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What is very important is that do not forget to fill the ice tray before leaving home, you never know when you would need them during summer.  

12. The Art Of Controlling The Wind

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Do not fret. That is not as technically complex as it sounds. If you are comfortable with leaving the windows open, this will be easy for you. Place the fans in the opposite direction of the window. This will push the hot air out and make the summer nights much more bearable for you. This is called a cross-breeze. However, if you are not comfortable with leaving the windows open, you can try this with your ceiling fan. For that try adjusting the blades of the ceiling fan in the counterclockwise direction. This will push down the airflow underneath the fan and create a wind-chill effect, rather than simply recirculating the hot air around.