Welcome summer. Its vacation time!! Kids are out trying new summer camps, learning a sport, swimming or going crazy playing for hour at end. Lots of travel, lots of sun and unpredictable schedules cause typical summer vacation issues of dehydration, sunburn and stomach upsets!
Here are five tips each on these important aspects of summer holidays to keep our kids healthy and happy and SAFE!
5 drinks to stay hydrated
It’s very necessary to stay hydrated during the summers and the best option is to carry a bottle of water with you everywhere. Here are 5 more yummy and fit beverage options to stay refreshed, hydrated and rejuvenated
• Nariyal Pani: During rigorous exercise or extended periods of physical activity, the human body loses mineral-rich fluids. However, coconut water serves as an excellent replacement medium with 294 mg of potassium and 5 mg of natural sugar per glass, unlike your favorite sports drink!
• Chaas and lassi : Salt, water, curd, and spices – all mixed to make a delicious drink. Packed with electrolytes and lots of water, chaas/lassi are among the best things you can give your body to fight dehydration.
• Aam Panna: Green mango panna or aam panna is a great remedy for heat stroke and dehydration. It is packed with vitamins too.
• Watermelon Juice: Watermelon Juice is a refreshing drink that tastes like the best of summer. Drink it just as a slushy or add in a delicious mix of cucumbers, lemon, fennel or mint!
• Green lemonade: Add lots of crushed mint to some lemon juice to enjoy a green lemonade!
5 simple ways to treat sunburn
If you did all that and yet got a sunburn, here are 5 quick remedies
• Aloe vera: Rub aloe vera gel onto the affected area and leave it on the skin, letting it be naturally absorbed—repeat the process every day for better results.
• Cucumber and lemon juice: Crush one cucumber into a paste, add two tablespoons of lemon juice, and apply onto the skin with cotton. Leave this mixture on for 15 minutes and wash.
• Watermelon Rind : Rub the fleshy part of the watermelon rind to your skin–this calms your skin and helps tone down blisters or redness caused by sunburns.
• Sandalwood and Turmeric: Mix an equal amount of sandalwood and turmeric with rose water and apply this cooling paste to the sunburn.
• Coconut oil: Apply this oil to the sunburn every day—it will help soothe the skin surface and prevent redness and rashes.
5 steps to less stomach troubles in summer
• Eat less, but don’t skip a meal
• Eat lighter and include salads and fruits
• Enhance your digestive power by preparing food with fennel, coriander, fenugreek, rosemary, basil, cardamom, parsley, and cilantro. Use fresh ginger, cumin, and black pepper in smaller amounts in summer.
• Make sure your diet has sufficient salt, as you can lose a lot of the body salts through sweating in the summer heat.
• Add probiotic foods such as yoghurt, fermented milk, paneer, buttermilk, dhokla and idli
5 Important Safety Tips
• Don’t forget the basics: Keep hand sanitize, wash hands often, apply mosquito patches, wear a cap and apply sunscreen
• Stop /get away and yell for help if someone does something that makes him or her feel bad or uncomfortable.
• Don’t go to anyone’s home for a snack /drink without prior permission.
• Don’t announce /post on social media if you are going to be alone or unattended
• Stay in groups. There is safety in numbers
Stay safe! Stay healthy!!! #sahi khilao future banao