Summer is here and it’s time for cookouts, going to the lake and getting lots of sun and Vitamin D.
Being outside in the summer is great when you take the steps to keep you and your family safe.
Here are some simple tips to keep you safe during the summer months.
Drink Plenty of Water
A common rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces each day. So if you weigh 150 lbs, try to drink around 75 oz. of water each day (especially if you’re out in the hot sun).
Your body also loses important minerals when you sweat. Electrolyte drinks can help restore these important minerals, but watch out for too much sugar in these drinks. Too much sugar can actually dehydrate you.
Instead, try coconut water, cucumber juice, or create your own rehydration solution with 6 tsp of sugar and 1/2 tsp of salt per liter of water (add a little lemon to make it taste good).
Wear Loose Clothing
Forget the fashion rules, follow the heat rules. Wear lightweight, light-colored, breathable clothing because dark colors and dense threads tend to absorb heat. Also, hats can help keep your body cool by keeping your face and neck cool.
Avoid Sun During Peak Hours
Between the hours of 1 pm and 3 pm, the sun’s rays are the strongest. Avoid the sun whenever possible during these times and instead, plan your outings for the morning or evening hours. Even when it is cloudy outdoors, UV rays can still damage your skin without the proper protection, and if you are in water or near sand, the risk is even greater. Which brings us to the next item.
Using a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater is generally recommended to prevent Skin Cancer and avoid sunburn. This is important for all skin types. Darker skin tones, though they often take longer to burn, are also susceptible to UV damage and Skin Cancer. An SPF of 30, for example, allows you to stay in the sun approximately 30 times longer without burning. Be sure to reapply sunscreen liberally after exposure to water or extreme perspiration. If you feel you are starting to burn despite using sunscreen, put on a shirt or get out of the sun altogether.
Remember, hot weather is nothing to ignore. Heat can affect everyone. Play it safe, stay cool, avoid over-exertion, and stay healthy.
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