Keep Your Cool
Doctors tell you the best way to stay healthy this summer
Normally you should drink between 1.5 and 2.5 litres of water every day. However, in summer increase your fluid consumption in proportion to how much you sweat and your activity levels. If you exercise and sweat it out more, you need to drink one or two extra glasses of water to replenish the lost fluids. If you exercise longer or live in warmer climes, you need to drink at least three extra glasses. Mind the electrolyte balance because you lose salt with excessive sweating. So, in addition to H2O, sip on cooling drinks like coconut water, lemonade and buttermilk through the day.
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Avoid a Sunburn
When our skin is exposed to sunlight, with UVA (ultraviolet A) radiation, melanin, the protective pigment that gives our skin its colour, is activated, adding a darkish tone to our skin. The greater the exposure, the deeper the tan. Whether you tan or burn depends on your skin type (people with a darker skin tone tan easily while those with fairer complexion are likely to end up with a sunburn). You can prevent it by slathering sunscreen (at least SPF 15), wearing sunglasses and carrying an umbrella when outdoors. Applying a cold compress, calamine lotion, anti-allergics and topical steroids can help in case of a burn. See a dermatologist if you wish to lighten a tan with medicated creams.
Never Get Toe Jam
When bacteria feed on the sweat on our feet, it often leads to an unpleasant smell. Take a bath when you get home after being outdoors for long, cleaning your feet with a gentle soap and plain water. Wear open footwear or cotton socks. Make sure you change your socks daily. Keep your feet as dry as possible, especially between the toes. A good quality anti-fungal powder works best to ward off excess sweat and bad odour. Washing your feet with vinegar, green tea or aroma oils can also keep your feet clean and fresh.
Experts: DrSandeepBudhiraja, director, Max Institute of Internal Medicine, New Delhi; Mumbai-based dermatologists Dr Rekha Shethand Dr Apratim Goel.
ADAPTED FROM PREVENTION INDIA. Cpoyright 2011 LIVING MEDIA INDIA LIMITED.