Eat light, stay hydrated to keep heat at bay
With temperature rising above 40°C, the long, warm and lazy days make one feel unfit and tired throughout the day. Both children and adults feel less energetic.
During this time, basic hygiene is the key to stay healthy, fit and stay away from any sickness. Taking shower twice a day will keep you fresh and cool both physically and mentally.
Avoiding public pools is a good option as they are breeding grounds for germs which could lead to health problems. Applying a good proportion of sunscreen will keep away skin burns or any type of skin tanning; covering your face with a cloth when exposed to heat too will help you stay away from the hot air during summer.
Keeping your homes cooler and protective by using thin blackout curtains or white window shades rather than heavy fabric will also help you withstand the heat.
Dr Abu Sayed Mohammed Emanul, a cardiologist at The Royal Hospital said, “Drinking at least 2-3 litres water per day will help you keep hydrated; consuming fresh fruit juices in large quantities will help you avoid any health issues.
“Outdoor activities should be restricted as far as possible.”
He added, “A moderate and balanced intake of food spread over the day with fruit and vegetables will help you reduce weight, control hypertension and diabetes. It also helps in detoxing your body. Cutting down on spicy gravy food will keep control on your cholesterol levels and improve your wellbeing."
Dr Sudhakar P from Apollo Hospital Muscat said, “Working outside in the heat during the peak hours of the day should be avoided. Drinking room temperature water rather than cold water will help you fight cold and flu. Wearing loose clothes preferably cotton ones will absorb sweat and keep you cool.”
He also said, “Including fruits and vegetables rich in water and minerals like melon, cucumber will help you keep hydrated.”
Children and infants often love this time of the year as the schools have closed down and now they spend more time outdoor which exposes them to heat and warm air. As a result they catch flu and this increases tension among parents.
“Children should take protein rich food like cereals, milkshakes, buttermilk, bean and legumes (such as lentils and chickpeas), consume fluid which is not rich in carbohydrate like sweet potatoes, green leafy vegetables and fruits like spinach, lettuce, apples, peaches, etc which helps them stay fit and healthy,” said Dr Hiren Rao, paediatrician at Apollo Hospital Muscat.
He added, “Eating oily food rich in carbohydrates makes one lazy, gloomy and thirsty. Fast foods which are fried and rich in fat should be avoided as they produce heat and cause abdominal bloating. Kids often complain of abdominal pain; this happens due to overeating which could lead to obesity.”
Avoid cold drinks and tetra packed juices as they could be harmful for your body. Such drinks should be strictly avoided.