OMG, It’s Freaking Hot Out There! Time to Stay Cool this Summer with ‘Neer’ and ‘Beer’?

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OMG, It’s Freaking Hot Out There! Time to Stay Cool this Summer with ‘Neer’ and ‘Beer’?

Mangaluru: “Hot town, Summer in the city; Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty; Been down, isn’t it a pity; Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city; All around, people looking half-dead; Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head…”-those lyrics from the 1966 song “Summer in the City” by The Lovin’ Spoonful group is quite a perfect match to the scorching hot weather people are feeling in this coastal city. Summer is synonymous with cold “beer”, days by the pool, and frozen desserts and Ice Creams at Ideal Ice cream parlours, fruit juices, watermelons, and off-course, lots of cold “Neer”, that’s Tulu for “Water” . It’s all about beating the heat. However, foods that seem like chill choices may have the opposite effect also.

With the scorching heat pounding the city, people are just consuming anything that will keep them cool and also quench their thirst.  Water aka Neer has been the most wanted product to keep oneself from dehydration. Water is Life during Scorching Sunny Weather in the City-there is nothing else to beat the good benefits of water during hot weather. No doubt that water is one of the best and cheap sources to keep oneself cool and hydrated during scorching weather. Each summer, hundreds of people are hospitalized for dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and other potentially serious conditions.

“I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream-for Ideal Ice Cream”- that’s right, and which other World Famous Ice Cream like Ideal Ice Cream can satisfy your craving for Ice Creams, shakes, faloodas, juices etc -it’s time to head to Ideal Ice Cream outlets in town,- PABBAS (IDEAL) ICE CREAM PARLOUR-LALBAGH-Ph:8277073444; IDEAL CAFE, OPP SHARAVU TEMPLE, G T ROAD Ph: 8277071444; IDEAL PARLOUR, G H S ROAD Ph: 8277072444I and IDEAL’s Market Road/Hampankatta Ph: 08242440396, and enjoy the varieties of ice Creams and other items, to beat the heat.

And while the pandemic is still on, for those who hesitate to visit the Ideal’s Ice Cream shacks, you still can enjoy them by taking them home or ordering them through delivery firms like Zomato, Swiggy and others. Who can stay away from not having the “Gadbad ice-cream”, which is the most popular ice-cream in Mangaluru city. You can ask anybody about this flavour- and they will all give a thumbs Up! Since the beginning, innovation has been a mainstay of Ideal Ice Cream and the famous Ice Cream concoction ‘Gadbad’ bears testimony to this. Ask anyone what Ideal Ice Cream is most famous for and you will get the answer ‘Gadbad’. Apart from Gadbad, try the many other flavours, and be happy this summertime. What’s significant about Ideal Ice Cream is that it is 100% vegetarian. No egg is used. Just pure fresh milk, cream and a secret formula that remains within the family.

With no signs of cool weather, the bright sunny weather with rising temperatures days are here already, and citizens are feeling the heat of it. Although there are many ways/sources you can beat the heat and keep yourselves cool and comfortably happy, but water is one source which can beat the rest in providing comfort – that’s right, water is life! Be sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially if you’re going to be outside. When doing outdoor sports/activities, bring plenty of cold water and try to stay in the shade as much as possible. A spray bottle with cold water can help you avoid heat exhaustion too if you want.

Drink plenty of cool water. During summer, you sweat more, and you have to replenish the water in your body. So drink a nice cold glass of water, and keep a bottle with you always. A tip to stay cooler is to fill up a water bottle and put it in the freezer for 30 min to an hour, and freeze another to take outdoors and the “iced-water” will last much longer. Don’t risk dehydration. You can’t sweat if you’re dehydrated. Find a friend, and go for a swim, have a water fight, or just dump buckets of water on each other. If you don’t have access to a swimming pool, spending time at the beach will be an ideal thing.

Take cold showers. If you live in an area experiencing water shortages, skip this one. Otherwise, a quick three-minute cold shower is a fantastic way to cool down. The cooler you run your shower, the less heat and steam you’ll need to remove from your living space. Use the exhaust fan if it’s vented outdoors. Yet another way to have a pleasant and comfortable sleep is to spread a wet bath towel on your bed and sleep on it with a fan directly pointing at you. It feels so refreshing- I have tried it. You should too!

Other than Neer and Beer, there are other things people are consuming to keep themselves cool in order to beat the scorching hot weather, like drinking tender-coconut water, sugarcane juice, ice apple, watermelon juice, lime juice/lime soda, other fruit juices, cold milkshakes, ice-creams etc. The sunny skies are perfect for beach trips, picnics and other outdoor adventures, and you can’t wait! But before you go out and enjoy yourself, make sure you’re protected from the extreme heat that the summer season can bring. As temperatures rise in different locations, we become vulnerable to heat cramps, exhaustion, dehydration and heatstroke. Older adults (ages 50 to 70) and kids must be especially careful as they are more prone to these.

Does the scorching heat tempt you to guzzle down some cool sugarcane juice, watermelon juice stored in a glass container (with lots of sugar and other additives added into it), old-fashioned squeezed musumbi (sweet-lime) Orange or pineapple Juice, artificial flavoured Ice-Creams, Golas etc; etc; at a roadside corner? Hold yourself back. The mouth-watering drinks and foods sold in the open might land you in a hospital with dysentery. Or, worse still, typhoid. With the onset of summer, the number of juice centres and cut fruit vendors have mushroomed; most of them do not have licences. Experts warn that the seemingly innocuous food items sold at such outlets could prove harmful, as they are prepared in unhygienic conditions. The question is what the heck is our MCC Health department doing by letting all these roadside food/juice vendors who are serving their clients under harsh and non-hygienic conditions?

Cases of gastroenteritis, jaundice, typhoid, dysentery and other diseases that spread through consumption of contaminated water and food items are trickling in. They peak during the month of April, May and June as people continue to throw caution to the winds and drink contaminated water and spoiled food items. If you look around Mangaluru, you will notice there are a few strangers in town who have come down from out of town, mainly North India, and have all started up street juice vending shops selling freshly squeezed Musumbi, Orange or Pineapple juice, even Rajasthan Falooda/Milkshakes. Even though the freshly squeezed juice may taste awesome, the way the juice is made under non-hygienic conditions may ruin your health.

Even though you feel very thirsty, you should seriously think of your health and stay away from consuming water, sugarcane juice, and other openly prepared juices from roadside vendors which are the main culprits behind the spurt in cases of gastroenteritis, jaundice and other water and food-borne diseases during the summer. So your best bet is to drink packaged water, thereby avoiding any problems arising towards health. Hundreds of people around the world also die every year from heat-related conditions, which can be completely avoided if preventive measures are taken. To avoid these conditions, according to the website “Good News” here are 10 tips that can help you stay cool and comfortable even under the summer heat.

1. Spend time in cool and air-conditioned places

Air conditioning generates cool air around the house that serves as protection from the heat outside. Those who do not have air conditioners at home may choose to hang out in air-conditioned places like cafes and malls. For those who want to stay home, create a DIY air conditioner with a bowl of ice cubes and a fan. When the fan’s breeze blows across the cubes, it will melt and evaporate, causing the ice-cooled air to spread and help cool off an area.

2. Always stay hydrated

Staying hydrated is a must during this season. Make sure that you drink plenty of water; better if you take in more than the standard eight glasses a day to avoid rapid fluid loss. Other cold beverages and sports drinks rich in electrolytes can also help replace minerals and cool down the body temperature at any time.

3. Consume cold and frozen treats

Frozen treats like ice cream and Popsicle can bring delight during hot and humid days, so fill up your refrigerators with these refreshing goodies during summer. Here’s a simple and healthy Popsicle recipe you can try at home: Cut up fresh fruits (best are pineapple, oranges, strawberries and grapes). Squeeze pineapples and oranges to make the juice. Put the fruits into Popsicle moulds, leaving some space at the top to be filled with the juice. Add the liquids. Wrap each mould with plastic wrap and place it in the freezer until firm.

4. Enjoy an ice-cold water spa

Relaxing at an Ice-cold water spa helps spread refreshing feelings all over the body, starting from the feet. To do this at home, simply soak your feet in a half-filled pail with ice cubes and water. Our body radiates heat from the palms of our hands and feet, our ears and our face, so cooling down any of these parts will eventually cool the entire body.

5. Keep a cold water spray bottle

Another simple yet effective way to lower the body temperature is by spraying yourself with cold water from a spray bottle in the refrigerator. Spraying water over the body’s pulse points like the neck, wrist and temples of the head – where blood vessels are closer to the surface of our skin – can help the body cool down. Make sure to bring a hand towel to wipe off excess water.

6. Wear loose-fitting and light-coloured clothing

Tight and dark-coloured clothes tend to trap heat coming from the sun, keeping our body feeling warm. For protection when outside, it’s best to cover yourself up with loose-fitting and light-coloured clothing which reflects heat, helping the body maintain normal temperatures.

7. Make your refrigerator your friend

You can put household items inside the refrigerator to cool them off. Want to have a good night’s sleep during summertime? Chill your bed by placing folded sheets and pillow casings in plastic bags and letting them cool off in the fridge for a few hours. Pull them out just before going to bed for a cool and comfortable sleep.

8. Turn off appliances when unused

When appliances run on electricity, they create their own heat. So turn appliances off – laptops, lights, television – when not in use. By turning them off (and unplugging them), heat circulating within the area can be reduced.

9. Slow down

Strenuous activities should be reduced, if not eliminated, during hot days, especially during the sun’s peak hours (11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.). If these activities cannot be avoided, do them during the coolest time of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.

10. Take a cool shower every day

When all else fails, taking a cool shower once or twice every day never disappoints. Frequent showers help lower body temperature while also rinsing off body sweat, making you feel a lot more comfortable even during hot days.

In conclusion, the importance of water in our lives will always remain the same even after the summer is gone. Water is essential for our survival. It is important to remember that water is not a permanent resource available throughout the year. So make the best use of water during this hot weather- drink water, spend more time in a water-like swimming pool, water ponds/river, beaches etc, After all-Water Is Life!

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