Ahoy Lok Sabha election candidates: Tips to hold a healthy campaign this summer

LDF candidate for Lok Sabha polls from Vadakara constituency KK Shailaja greeted by supporters. Photo: Manorama

The summer heatwave hardly bothers our Lok Sabha Election candidates when they are amid their voters during the campaign phase. However, doctors say they shouldn't still ignore the soaring temperatures and should take precautions to keep themselves hydrated and healthy. Dr. B Padmakumar, Head of the Department of Medicine, Medical College, Alappuzha shares a few tips for the candidates to stay hydrated and healthy during the election.

1) It is better to avoid campaigning from 11 am to 3 pm. You could begin at 7 am stop at 11 am and then restart the campaigning at 3 pm.
2) Avoid rallies in open vehicles or public meetings when the sun is harsh.
3) Do not skip breakfast. Keep it simple by avoiding food items made with all-purpose flour and oily dishes. You could have rice in limited quantity for lunch. Try eating dinner early.

4) Make sure to drink at least 12 glasses of boiled and cooled water daily. Drink two glasses of water as soon as you wake up in the morning. Boiled water, salted lemonade or salted rice water could be had during the day. Strictly avoid bottled or aerated drinks.

5) It is better to avoid snacking on fried food or oily food. Instead, eat lots of fruits including bananas, oranges and apples.
6) Stay away from risky situations that may lead to accidents.
7) Personal hygiene is really important. Hands and legs should be washed many times during the day. Make it a habit to bathe in the morning as well as in the evening.
8) Always wear loose cotton clothes. Avoid linen and polyester outfits. 

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