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Summer Is Here
We are almost two weeks into the official start of summer 2013 and healthcare practitioners and patients should all be making plans for enjoying a healthy summer.
Like all things, the summer brings with it benefits and risks that everyone should be aware of in order to get the most out of life between now and the fall.
The Livin’ Is Easy
Summertime brings with it some natural opportunities to increase your health in fun and tasty ways.
- The weather is nice (unless you live in a hot, Southern state) making it a good time to enjoy the great outdoors. Swimming, hiking, fishing, and biking are great ways to get some exercise without feeling like you are exercising.
- MANY great fruits and vegetables are available in the summer and can provide you with a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, cantaloupe, cherries, corn, cucumbers, green beans, peas, peaches and watermelon – just to name a few. Go to your local farmer’s market and get some fresh foods that are as good for you as they are yummy!
- Summer Vacation IS a necessary healthy habit. Taking time off from the hustle and bustle can do wonders for your health. Not only does the relaxation help lower your blood pressure, and reduce your heart rate, but it also can provide you time to keep your relationships healthy by connecting with your family, friends, and your SELF.
While you are out enjoying yourself this summer, do not forget to also protect yourself. The heat, additional sun rays, and too much summer fun can all have an effect on your health, so make sure you have some “sun sense” as you play.
- Sunglasses. You MUST protect your eyes from the extra UV light coming through in the summer. Look for glasses that block UVA and UVB rays, and make sure you wear them anytime you are outdoors in the summer – even if it’s overcast.
- Protect your skin – it’s the only one you have. Sunblock should also be designated for broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, and get something that is “water-resistant” or “very water-resistant” if you are hanging out at the pool or the ocean, or sweating a lot.
- Watch out for heat illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Nausea, fatigue, headaches, excessive thirst, and drenching sweat accompanied by cold, clammy skin can indicate heat exhaustion. Heat stroke can have similar symptoms, but with hot, flushed, dry skin, confusion, and even convulsions. Call your doctor’s office or your triage nurse if you experience any of these symptoms.
What healthy plans do you have for this summer?
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