|Summer officially arrives this month and so do lots of opportunities to enjoy the season and the great outdoors. Following are a few tips for staying safe and healthy while diving into summer fun.
It’s a good practice to wear sunscreen every day in the summer. Choose a broad spectrum brand to protect against both UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) rays.
Respect the Water
Whether a pool, a lake – or a hot tub, don’t go in the water alone and always keep a very close watch on children. Kids can start swimming lessons at a very early age — and it’s important to always be mindful of water safety rules.
Beware of Bug Bites
Ticks, mosquitoes, fleas, bees… there are plenty of pesky bugs in the air. Wear bug repellent and when possible, cover your skin when out in nature. If you do get bitten and develop fever, rash or other concerning symptoms, see your healthcare provider immediately.
If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Drink a large glass of water first thing each morning and carry a water bottle with you. Limit caffeine and remember good hydration is not just important for athletes. We all need to stay hydrated for our bodies to function properly.
Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke are serious conditions. If you experience dizziness, confusion, nausea, red skin or lack of sweating despite the heat — you should get into the shade, apply ice and seek medical help immediately.
Shop the local farmer’s markets and look for fruits, vegetable and proteins as staples of your summertime cuisine. Healthy eating habits will give you more energy during this active time of year.
Have a happy and healthy summer!