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Is it just me…or is this year flying by? By the end of this month, half of the year will be gone. June also brings the beginning of summer with all its delights, wonders and adventures.
For the best season, full of beauty, experiences and fun, check out these summer health tips.
Summer Health Tips
Many people claim summer as their favorite season. School is out. Vacations and road trips get under way. Long warm days make lakes and swimming pools inviting. And adventures of all kinds beckon.
It’s the perfect season for family gatherings, cook outs and celebrations. And there is something so magical about summer evenings. Fireflies, shooting stars, cozy fires crackling in fire pits all contribute to the wonder.
Keep yourself and family members healthy, to make this most of the season, with these simple tips.
The number one challenge with summer is staying hydrated. Most people simply do not drink enough water, causing chronic dehydration. During the warmer months, we are at greater risk of dehydration due to working and playing outdoors and excessive sweating.
The following signs of dehydration are symptoms that indicate the body is not receiving enough water and/or is already chronically dehydrated.
Signs of Dehydration
- dark urine
- lightheadedness and dizziness
- dry mouth
- muscle cramps
- rapid heartbeat
- extreme thirst
- less frequent urination
- no tears
- unsatisfied hunger
- low blood pressure
- skin disorders
- brain fog
- kidney stones
There is varying information about how much water we need. However, a good guide is 72 ounces for adult women and 104 ounces for adult men. This is a general guideline. Exercising, working outdoors or warm temperatures may up the requirement for liquids.
To stay hydrated during the summer months, try these tips
- carry water at all times, in a metal or glass container, and refill throughout the day
- drink at least one glass of water with every meal
- increase water amount when exercising or outdoors in hot weather
- juice fruits and veggies
- start the day with a lemon or lime water, followed by a glass of freshly prepared celery juice for amazing health benefits (Want to know even more about this miraculous drink? Visit www.celeryjuice.com and pick up Anthony’s book about celery juice HERE.)
- include two or more cups of herbal teas during the day
- keep a pitcher of infused water in the fridge, adding herbs, veggies or fruit for flavor
- eat your water, with high water content foods such as watermelon, berries, pineapple, cucumbers and tomatoes.
Read my full article about foods that help hydrate HERE.
During the summer, enjoy the bounty that gardens produce. Visit a farmer’s market if you don’t grow your own veggies and begin your grocery shopping in the fresh fruits and veggies section.
This is the time for simple, easily prepped meals that include raw or lightly cooked veggies and lots of fresh fruit.
Include berries, melons, tomatoes, peppers, okra, fresh herbs, squash and green beans. Try new to you vegetables or fruits too, to broaden your tastes.
Check out this recent POST for eight mouth watering salads that are definitely full of the goodness of summer.
Get Outdoors During Morning and Evening
Playing, working or exercising outdoors during the summer? Get outside in the mornings or evenings, when temperatures are lower and the sun is less intense.
If you must be out during the afternoon, seek out the shade as much as possible. And remember to carry water with you!
Protect Your Skin and Eyes
No matter what time of day you are outdoors, protect your skin and eyes.
Use at least a SPF 15 or higher sunscreen, applying 30 minutes before going out. Reapply after swimming or excessive sweating. Check out my blogging friend’s post, for the best vegan sunscreens!
Wear a wide brimmed hat to protect the face and sunglasses to shield eyes.
Don’t Get Bugged
I have to admit that what I dislike about summer are pesky insects. As soon as the sun starts to set, mosquitos swarm around me in the garden. And veer off the path while hiking and I’m likely to encounter ticks or worse, chiggers.
Is this true for you?
Avoid insect repellents laden with harsh chemicals. Try using a natural repellent containing lemon or eucalyptus. I’ve had good luck with this DIY Mosquito Repellent. And also with soaking a cotton ball in Witch Hazel and rubbing it over exposed skin.
Around the yard, make sure water doesn’t collect in containers after a rain. That becomes a breeding ground for mosquitos. Keep the grass cut and garden or lawn debris cleared away.
After a hike or walk, check yourself and family members for ticks. Spray shoes, socks and ends of jeans or pants to help prevent chiggers from crawling up legs. Take a shower as soon as you return home and toss clothes…socks and underwear included…in the wash.
Plan an Active Vacation
While on vacation, plan activities such as hiking, walking, swimming, kayaking or canoeing. If you are doing a staycation at home, include gardening, lawncare, evening walks or outside games such as volleyball or badminton.
When visiting cities, explore on foot or via bicycling. Walking tours are a great way to get to know a city. I love walking around a new town, watching people and stopping in interesting shops.
Excessive drinking is never good. Combine it with summertime and the results can be disastrous. Alcohol intensifies dehydration. Additionally, too much alcohol impairs judgment, coordination and balance, which can lead to accidents and injuries.
And did you know that 70% of adult and adolescent drownings involve alcohol?
Drink responsibly. Don’t operate a vehicle, including ATV, boats and motorcycles, while drinking. And stay out of the water!
Learn How to Swim
And speaking of playing in the water, make sure family members, especially children, know how to swim.
Many cities offer swimming lessons at community pools or local YMCAs. Swimming pools, lakes and even the ocean are enticing to children and adults. Make sure everyone knows how to swim and is familiar with basic water safety if your vacation includes water activities. It’s good for at least one adult to know CPR as well.
A drowning can happen in as little as two inches of water. Never, ever leave children unattended near water, even the bathtub.
On boats, make sure everyone wears a properly fitting life vest.
Whether toasting marshmallows over a campfire, sitting around a fire pit or celebrating 4th of July with fireworks, practice fire safety.
When around a campfire or fire pit, always have water on hand to prevent fire from escaping its boundaries. Never leave a fire unattended. And properly extinguish the fire before leaving the area.
On camping trips carry a first aid kit that includes bandages and ointments in case of a minor burn.
Don’t allow children to handle fireworks without close supervision. Hundreds of people end up in the emergency room around the 4th of July, with injuries related to fireworks. Keep a bucket of water nearby and toss spent fireworks in, to make sure they are fully extinguished. Sparklers can reach a temperature of 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. Drop them into the bucket too. Stepping on a burned out sparkler on the ground can cause injury. And never try to relight a firework that didn’t completely ignite. Toss it.
Wear Lightweight Clothing
And finally, during the summer months, wear lightweight, light colored, loose fitting clothing. Those garments keep you cooler by helping sweat to evaporate more quickly.
I LOVE the clothes from Toad&Co. They are perfect for summer. And not only do they offer stylish clothes, Toad&Co is a sustainable, eco-friendly company. I feel good wearing their clothes, and good about their garments.
Have a Healthy Summer
Do you love summertime?
As you enjoy the season, may you do so in optimal health and wellness! And may your adventures be many and your joys as abundant as the summer flowers that stretch toward the sun.
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