“Wherever you go and whatever you do this summer, take care, stay healthy and enjoy your time.”
Now that we are officially in summer with rising temperatures and vacations to come, we need to remember that summer is not just a relief from cold and chilly days that we can enjoy limitless but it can also bring along various health problems like dehydration, upset stomach, worse quality sleep, infections, sunburn, heat stroke, etc. But if you make sure you are taking care of your health accordingly, you can enjoy everything summer can offer without any difficulties. To make it easier for you, we have collected some tips to help you have the best and healthiest summer you have ever had.
- Active Lifestyle
Would you like to try a new sport, pick a new hobby or simply dedicate more time to the activities that you already practice? Warm summer weather provides you an opportunity to spend much more time outdoors to do just that and get into a more active lifestyle. It will, of course, bring you the health benefits as well: regular exercise has been shown to improve heart health, reduce pain and help with mental health in general. You can get creative and turn everyday activities into exercise by using the stairs instead of the elevator, walking instead of driving or taking the longer route to your destination.
However busy your schedule is, getting away from work and everyday routines is the perfect way to re-energize and re-fuel. If you can’t go to a vacation, make sure you take a long weekend at the beach or in the mountains or just turn off your phone and take some ‘me’ time with your favorite beverage and activity to recuperate and relax.
With more hours of daylight sleep problems may occur in the summer months. “Increased daylight delays melatonin secretion that normally rises at dusk to trigger bedtime sleepiness,” says Charles Anderson, MD. “This can result in slowing your kids’ sleep-wake clock and therefore delaying bedtimes. This, of course, is not only true for children but the whole family. To prevent sleep problems, you should stick to the same bedtime schedule every day, keep the temperature low and the room dark and plan your more energizing and social activities for the daytime, rather than for the night.
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We all know how important hydration is. Drinking the recommended 8 to 10 glasses of water a day can help you feel more energized, prevent illnesses, keep your bones and muscles healthy, help you maintain your weight and also improve brain function. This season, make water intake a vital part of your daily routine—you won’t regret it.
Summer makes fresh produce easily available. Consuming seasonal foods have their own beauty as well as health benefits. Always pick freshly harvested foods at your local farmers’ market or grocery store to get the best benefits they have to offer. Make sure that you add some fresh produce to your plate every meal. Since it takes longer for the stomach to digest and the hot weather suppresses the need to load up on too many foods, choose lighter meals instead of heavy ones, especially at night.
- Heat & Sunshine
Yes, we love sunshine but with moderation. When it’s possible, limit your time in the direct sunshine between 10am and 4pm, when UV exposure is at its peak. Also, don’t do anything in the hot sun for longer than 15 or 20 minutes because the body can lose a significant amount of water content from sweating which can set you up for heat stroke. If you are going to be outside, be sure you use sun protection to avoid sun damage and skin cancer in the future. Don’t forget your hat and sunglasses at home either.
Would you like to cool down a little bit? Of course, you can go swimming at a swimming pool or even the sea, just make sure you have the right hygiene to avoid illnesses—according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) outbreaks of “crypto,” a swimming-related diarrheal illness, are on the rise—and have a post-swim shower to wash down all the ocean bacteria (including potential pathogens) that can completely change the microbiome of your skin.
Even if you want to take the best pictures of your vacations and your most delicious summer meals, make sure you spend some quality time offline and disconnected from the virtual space. Enjoy your life without technology and engage in real conversations and activities that encourage socialization with other people.
Wherever you go and whatever you do this summer, take care, stay healthy and enjoy your time.