As the summer months roll on, it’s a great time to brush up on some healthy living advice. The summer season leads to more time spent outdoors and more energy being exerted from your body. Extra care must be made to battle the heat and stay fit and healthy during this season.
Here are a few simple ways to stay healthy this summer!
In hot weather, staying hydrated is vital to replenish the fluids that the body loses through sweating. Aim to drink more than the standard eight glasses a day. You can get creative by putting some frozen berries in your water or even some mint leaves and lime slices. Opt for high-water snacks such as watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes, and cucumbers.
Sunlight is an excellent source of vitamin D, and people need a small amount of sun exposure daily to stay healthy. Nevertheless, too much UV light from the sun can be hazardous, contributing to skin damage and cancer risk.
To protect the skin from UVA rays, you can use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks UVA and UVB rays. It would be best to have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 50. SPF indicates how long the sun will take to burn the skin. SPF 50 means that burning would take 50 minutes if a person applies the sunscreen correctly and that it only allows 2 percent of UVA and UVB rays to get through. People with a higher risk of skin cancer should use sunscreen with a higher SPF.
Make it a goal to learn about the food you eat this summer. Make smart food choices, understand appropriate portions, and create fun and healthy meals your entire family will enjoy. While it’s easy and convenient to eat at a diner or fast-food restaurant, most food they offer comes in larger portions than the recommended serving size and don’t support a healthy diet. Search the internet for beginner recipes and take it one dish at a time.