How to Enjoy a Healthy Summer
Whether your summer style is to lounge by the pool and stay in the air conditioning or to take advantage of warm temperatures and sunny skies with cookouts, hikes and camping trips, healthy habits are the key to getting the most of your summer.
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It is not your imagination – this summer has been hot. Record-breaking temperatures make it necessary to pay attention to signs that your body is becoming dehydrated. When it is especially hot, try to limit your activity to the mornings and evenings when it is cooler and the sun is lower in the sky. Stick to shady paths for walks and runs, and do not wait until you feel thirsty to reach for your water. Also, be mindful of your clothing. Lightweight, loose and light-colored clothing lets your sweat evaporate and cool your body.
Summer is the best time to find fresh produce, so take advantage of the season by enjoying refreshing salads, berries, watermelon and anything else you can find at your local farmer’s market or roadside stand.
If you are using the grill to cook meats, it is a good time for a refresher course on food safety. Handling raw meats can result in spreading bacteria, so make sure that you wash your hands thoroughly and properly disinfect surfaces, cutting boards and utensils to avoid cross-contamination. Also, remember that foods left out spoil more quickly, so avoid food poisoning by ensuring that foods are kept at their proper temperatures.
Keep Your Skin Safe
Unless your tan came from a bottle, there is no such thing as a healthy tan. As you are enjoying the outdoors, do not forget to protect your skin. The majority of skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays and tanning beds.
While you should be wearing sunscreen every day throughout the year, it is especially important to remember this skincare staple in the summer, when the sun’s rays are more intense. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF value of at least 15. Ideally, you should reapply sunscreen every two hours. This is especially important if you are swimming or sweating.
Sunscreen is an effective measure against damage from the sun, but by itself, it may not be enough to protect your skin. Along with sunscreen, opt for lightweight long-sleeved shirts and pants, a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses when you will be outside for an extended period of time.
Protecting Your Health with Nevada Insurance Enrollment
Preventative measures such as applying sunscreen and enjoying a varied diet filled with fresh, whole foods are just one aspect of enjoying lifelong health. Regular visits with your primary care doctor can help you proactively address skin issues and give you pointers on optimizing your diet and lifestyle. At Nevada Insurance Enrollment, our health insurance agents can help you assess your healthcare needs and budget to find the health insurance plan the works for you.
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