The heat of the summer seeps into our system, saps away our strength and leaves us dehydrated. Ancient Indian scriptures advice an Ayurvedic regimen for all, which helps to avoid dehydration and to maintain vitality.What to avoid during summer months:Strenuous exercisesGoing out in afternoons when the heat is at its peakPungent, sour and salty foodsFoods that produce heat within the body Alcohol. Wine may be taken, well diluted, if necessary Wine if taken in summer months can cause weight loss, flabbiness of the body, acidity, fainting and may occasionally lead to, delirium and delusion in some people.Recommended activities during the summer months:Use perfumes with sandal fragrance regularly.Wear thin and light clothes.Have an afternoon nap. Go for a soothing walk, in the evening, near the beach or river.Take bath(s) with cold water. Stay indoors as far as possibleLight a fragrant incense inside the houseDuring the nights spend time on the terraceSpend time with friends or relatives singing, chatting and playing. Food Recommended Make sure to consume foods that cool the body and are sweet. These include Rice, buffalo's milk and gheeDrinks Recommended Fruit juices and tender coconut water are highly recommended.Besides these, Ayurveda recommends a few fragrant drinks to be taken more often to cool and revitalize the body during the summer months. Ideally, these drinks must be stored in a new mud pot and consumed cold.