The Indian summer can be terrible. It can literally suck all the life out of you. High temperatures, dusty and dry winds or sometimes the exact opposite, oppressive humidity can make even the most energetic person feel lethargic and considering, it’s hot for at least half the year in most of the country, it is important to know how to beat the Indian heat.

Drink Right: Apart from drinking lots of water throughout the day, it is also important to replenish your body with vitamins and minerals that you might lose because of perspiration. An Indian favourite – nimbu paani or lemonade is a great way to feel refreshed. Other than this, dab paani or tender coconut water, is also great as it contains fibres and proteins as well.

Eat Right: Fruits and vegetables that are high in water content are great. For example, a fruit like watermelon contains 92% water and 14% vitamin C. Other citrus fruits like oranges and limes are also great in this season.

Drink from Earthen Pots: Traditionally, Indians stored their water in earthenware pots. If you’re living in India, consider getting one for your kitchen. You will find that the water stays cool enough to quench your thirst in the heat but not too cold to force you to limit your intake.

Avoid Street Food: The temperatures during the summer months in India are such that they promote the growth of disease spreading organisms like bacteria, virus and fungi. Avoid eating at suspect establishments, especially those selling oily preparations or cut fruits on the streets.

Avoid Moisturizers: Summers in India tend to make the driest of skins oily. In order to avoid breakouts and rashes as well to ensure that your make up remains intact, avoid using moisturizers. Instead, dust on loose powder to seal the oil in your skin.

Park in the Shade: In peak summers, it is commonplace in India to step into steaming cars with boiling seats and scathing steering wheels. To minimize the quantum of heat trapped into your parked cars, spend that extra minute to find yourself a shaded spot to park in.

Close your windows on time: High Temperatures in India can soar up to 50 degrees Celsius in some parts of the country. To keep your house cool, close your windows before it gets too hot outside to avoid having all the cool air sucked out. In fact, it’s wise to start shutting your windows when it crosses 25 degrees Celsius.

Eat Spicy Food: One of the reasons for Indian food being as spicy as it is, is the fact that the capsaicin in the hot peppers induce perspiration which eventually makes one feel cool. So try a hot meal on a hot day.

Desperate Measures: If the heat is unbearable and you do not have access to air conditioning, hang wet sheets by the windows in your house. The water will evaporate soon resulting in cool air blowing your way from the open windows.

Spray Bottles: Keep spray bottles of water in your refrigerated which you can reach out to when you can’t handle it anymore. Spray yourself as generously as you can. The evaporation of the water will cause the blood flowing in your veins to cool down.

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