7 ways to cool down this summer

India is facing harsher summers this year with intense humidity, soaring temperatures and gnarly heat waves. Is it getting too hot to handle? Our cool tips will help you breeze through the hot Indian summers.


 Juice It Up!

Staying hydrated is the primary mantra to beat the heat. Drinking at least 8-12 glasses (approx. 2 liters) of liquids daily helps to keep your body cool and flush out toxins from your system. If plain water is boring to glug, try fruit-infused water by adding a slice of lemon or crushing some raspberries in a mason jar or going for combinations like melon & mint to enhance the flavor and aroma of the water. You can also add flavors (mint, fresh fruit, cucumber etc.) to your ice-cube tray and then use these cubes to up your water glass’s style quotient. Skip the masala chai, black coffee and sip on herbal teas like lemongrass, chamomile or basil tea.
 


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Fruitilicious

Fresh fruit juices and smoothies are a quick way to get a vitamin boost this summer. Ditch the ice cream and bite into mangoes, pineapples, bananas, watermelons, grapes, cherries, plums and peaches to cool down your body naturally. If you are out and about, then good old Nariyal Pani (Tender Coconut Water), an elixir from tropical India can be your go to beverage of choice instead of an aerated or sports drink.


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Be Cool as A Cucumber

Green leafy vegetables and squashes have the highest percentages of water. Eat smaller meals and snack on salads, soups and dips. Iceberg lettuce, zucchini, cucumbers, radishes and tomatoes can help you stay adequately hydrated during summers. Chilled cucumber slices can also be placed on closed eye or rubbed on sunburnt skin for instant relief. Aloe Vera is a super plant that can be slathered on sunburnt skin for soothing and healing.


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Light, Loose and Covered-Up

In India, it’s best to dress up in long, loose, light-colored natural fabrics such as cotton and linen, simply because they reflect sunlight, protect your skin from direct exposure to sunrays and keep you cool by evaporation of absorbed perspiration in natural fibers. Make your summers shiny and bright by choosing a cool hat, protective sunglasses, quirky umbrellas and tons of sunscreen!



Source: Summer Essentials|©Jill Wellington/Pixabay
 

Open Door Policy

Letting fresh air is important for air circulation. Early morning and late evening are good times to let cool summer breeze freshen up your home. Although, closing your curtains during daytime to stop sunlight from heating up your room is wise.


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Take A Dip Or Go Dancing

Come summers and give your rigorous workout regime a break. Opt for light exercise such as yoga, walking and coolest of all, swimming! Nowadays, newer forms of aqua exercises keep you cool and fit with a splash.


 Source: Dip, Splash & Relax|©Tommy Wong/Flickr


Learn A New Skill

Summers are a great time to learn a new skill, opt for activities that keep you indoors during the hottest part of the day. Get your hands dirty with hobby classes in ceramics & pottery, painting, raw vegan cooking or simply go dancing and learn some new styles and moves to keep yourself in tune! And, if you think that hobby classes are passé’, then ease back and make time for some play! After all summers are synonymous with bright sunshine, vacation travel, tasty beverages and beach fun.


Source: Pottery Workshop|©Shane Albuquerque/ Pexels


Do Nothing

Summers on your mind? Do nothing. Stay Still. Visualize snow. You will cool down in no time.


Source: Do Nothing|©Karolina Grabowska/Pixabay


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