Living Well In The Summer Months
As the seasons change, so do our needs for staying healthy. Summer is a fantastic time, full of sunshine, activities and quality time with family and friends. But, just like every other season, Summer has its dangers. From heat stroke to sunburn and hay fever, you need to be cautious about what you subject your body to. Here are some tips for staying healthy during the Summer time.
Stay Cool and Hydrated
It may seem like common sense, but barely half of us drink enough water during the heat. It’s easy to get distracted and forget to hydrate. Whether you’re busy at work or enjoying a sunbathe on the beach, drinking water is never really a top priority.
Water will give your skin the moisture it needs to deal with the heat. It’s also good for avoiding headaches and dispelling bacteria from the body. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water a day, starting first thing in the morning.
We’re now more aware than ever of the type of damage the sun can do to our skin. It’s important to protect yourself from severe sun exposure, even if you’re desperate to get a decent tan. Stay out of the sun when it’s at its hottest. You’ll still be able to enjoy it later in the day.
Protect your skin by using a strong sun cream and don’t forget about wearing a hat so your scalp isn’t always taking the brunt of the heat. You should also protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses. Squinting in the sun can damage your vision.
It’s important to get regular exercise all year round. Exercise is important for your health, and maintaining a consistent routine will keep your heart strong and your blood flowing properly. Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of the great outdoors.
Go for a bike ride, take your dog for a walk, use the outdoor pool. Just remember to not over do it if the temperatures are high. If you return from your exercise and feel unwell, looking at a list of diseases may help you to pinpoint your symptoms. If you’re unsure, visit your doctor immediately.
If there’s one thing that Summer does well, it’s fruit. Getting this healthy and natural dose of sugar into your body on a daily basis will help you fight off any illnesses that are going around. A good amount of vitamin C in your system will keep you strong and help to boost your immune response.
When you do your weekly grocery shop, be sure to pick up the seasonal fruits and vegetables available. A fruit salad is a great garden snack and you can even put fruit in your cocktails when you feel like having a well-deserved drink at the end of the day.
Take Time Off
Working too hard can cause stress and stress leads to all kinds of different problems. Summer is the perfect time for relaxing and taking the breaks that you need to stay healthy. Booking a family holiday is the ideal way to get away from all of your responsibilities and just enjoy life.
It’s something to look forward to and work towards, and it often does your mind and body the world of good. You’ll come back feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world again.
Fight Against Pollen
Spring and Summer can be a nightmare if you react badly to high pollen counts. Hay Fever can be difficult to deal with when you want to make the most of the Summer days. You can be prepared by monitoring the pollen counts at your local weather website and packing a kit in case of emergencies.
Include bottled water, Hay Fever tablets, eye drops and a nasal spray if you feel you need it. If you’re having a severe reaction, it’s best to get to the nearest hospital as quickly as possible.
Summer isn’t really the time to be drinking hot teas, but if you find you’re missing it there are plenty of alternatives. For instance, you can easily turn herbal teas into ice teas. It works well on teas with Summer berries in them, but it works just as well for popular favorites, like Green Tea and Chamomile. If tea isn’t your thing, why not consider making your own sorbet from fresh fruits?
As long as you take the right precautions, living well and staying healthy in the Summer isn’t difficult. In fact, it’s usually when most people feel at their best, so make the most of it!