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Summer is one of the seasons of a year which is the warmest. It falls between the seasons of spring and autumn. In the Northern Hemisphere, summer commences in the month of June and ends in September. In case of the Southern Hemisphere, summer starts in the month of December and gets over in March. Summer is generally known to be the season which has the hottest and longest days in a year.
For student, summer is their favourite time, they do not have classes and could enjoy the vacations, camps, or various activities.
Summer season begins, it’s time to get ready for the scorching sun and heat, the strength of the body will be lost during this period. People feel tired and exhausted during the season due to extensive heat rays of the sun, the watery portion (or Kapha) of the body of people, animals, plants, foods and the entire environment will become dry and the vata will become more in the body and the atmosphere.
We should take some precaution in this season.
- Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day and it is a key ingredient in keeping the body cool. Water is the best drink as it doesn't contain any sugars that can add up to unnecessary calories.
- Drink lemon juice, coconut water and thin buttermilk, to replenish the fluids that are lost in sweat.
- If walk a lot or if you are involve in other sports activities use suitable shoes and cotton socks.
- The sun can have a lot of harmful effects on the skin. Because the sun is often at its hottest in summer, it is best to apply sunscreen and sunblock lotions, especially if you are planning to stay under the sun for long.
- Alcohol is a hot drink and must not be used druing this season, either avoid it or drink it with plenty of water.
- You should wear free size and light color clothes to help you stay cooler and always use sunglasses to protect your eyes from sun rays.
- Consuming leafy lettuce and summer greens, corn on cob and cucumbers, in salads are delicious ways to stay cool. These foods contain a significant amount of water and can actually thin the blood, which has a cooling effect. Onions too are great in the summer, because of their ability to beat the heat and provide relief from summer ailments.
- Restrict outdoor activities to the cooler parts of the day - early mornings before 10.30am or late evenings after 5.30pm.
- Eat light, nutritious and non-fatty meals.
- Reduce intake of heaty vegetables and fruits, like spinach, radish, hot peppers, garlic, beetroot, pineapple, grapefruit and ripe mangoes.
- Avoid sugary foods, especially honey and molasses, and stick to natural sugars available from fruits and veggies. Drink lemon juice, coconut water and thin buttermilk, to replenish the fluids that are lost in sweat.
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