With temperatures reaching the apex of the thermometer this summer, there is a high risk of developing diseases, health problems, and seasonal infections as immunity deteriorates during these summer months. In this case, it is critical to note what we should avoid doing in order to stay healthy.

Dr Dixa Bhavsar, an Ayurveda specialist, outlines in detail what Ayurveda recommends avoiding during the summer to avoid sunstroke and other summer disorders such as diarrhoea, and hypotension (low blood pressure), dehydration, acidity, headaches, burning sensations, and so on in an Instagram post.

Making use of copper utensils

Drinking water preserved in a copper vessel, which is normally regarded efficacious in nature, should be avoided during the summer, according to the expert. The reason for this is that it is getting hot. “People with acidity, inflammation, migraine, or heart issues should avoid it in particular.” “Instead, choose water stored in earthen and silver vessels,” she adds.

Curd consumption

In contrast to popular belief, the expert stated that curd is inherently heating. Our digestion is weaker in the summer, and curd is difficult to digest, so she recommends buttermilk and lassi instead.

Excessive exercise

To stay fit on a daily basis, exercise is unquestionably essential. However, the expert stated that excessive exercise drains energy, and since energy levels are low due to high temperatures, it should be prohibited.

“Excessive exertion can lead to dehydration, fatigue, and hypotension,” she wrote. So it’s best to avoid strenuous exercise and instead focus on relaxing yoga and pranayamas.”

Daytime exposure to the sun

Sunlight is beneficial on a daily basis because it helps us produce vitamin D, and happy hormones, improves our mood and sleep and governs our circadian rhythm, among other things. According to the expert, however, exposing yourself to the sun in the afternoon can result in “sunstroke, dry skin, burning sensation on the skin, headache, dehydration, diarrhoea, and other symptoms.”

Caffeine and carbonated drinks

“Caffeine causes more heat in the body, which leads to more inflammation,” the expert wrote. During the summer, it is instead recommended to drink herbal cooling teas. Carbonated beverages worsen dehydration and make you thirstier. They also contain sugar, which contributes to weight gain (more calories) and lethargy.

Natural coolants like bael sharbat, fennel sharbat, vetiver water, and coriander water are healthier alternatives that keep us cool.