We’re partway through summer, and it’s time to check in on your goals and make sure you’re keeping your health as a top priority for the remainder of the hot months. We’ve compiled these top tips to help you make sure that this summer is a as safe and enjoyable as possible.
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Protect Your Skin
Skin is the largest organ on our bodies and our first line of defense against disease and injury. It’s extremely important that we treat it right!
If you are planning on being outside for an extended period of time, then be sure to put sunscreen on any exposed skin. Depending on the heat and intensity of the sun, sunburns can start to form in as little as 30 minutes. Aside from being very painful, sunburns can cause serious harm to your body. Every time your body gets a sunburn, your risk of cancer or skin melanoma increases. While one sunburn won’t make a big difference, over time, more burns will increase the risks of cancer. When the skin absorbs UV radiation from the sun, it damages the genetic material. In the short-term, this manifests as a sunburn, but can lead to cancer and melanomas over the years, especially if the same patches of skin are constantly exposed.
Everyone has a different risk level for sunburn, so just make sure to take necessary precautions to protect your skin this summer. Besides wearing sunscreen, seek out shade when it is available and wear protective layers of clothing. Be sure to also wear sunglasses, as even your eyes can get sunburned if there is too much UV exposure!
Be sure to keep up your water intake throughout the summer days. It is recommended that you drink at least 60-70 ounces of water each day. This equals out about eight cups a day, for 8 ounces each serving. If you plan to spend some extra time outside, you may want to increase the amount of water you drink so that you can avoid dehydration and heat exhaustion.
Decrease Local Allergens
The summer months can be brutal on hay fever and seasonal allergies. With an excess of pollen floating through the air, it can seem overwhelming to venture outside because of itchy eyes and constant sneezing attacks. Try and cut down the amount of allergens you track into your home by making sure to clean and vacuum your house or apartment regularly. After spending significant time outside, be sure to wash your clothes and take a shower. You can also stock up on antihistamines or nasal sprays as recommended by your doctor to try and combat the extra irritants in the air. It will be helpful to make sure you are wearing bug spray when you spend time outdoors to help avoid mosquitoes or other bugs that emerge in the hot months. Not only do bug bites itch like crazy, but some insects can carry diseases.