When summertime rolls around, it’s easy to kick back and overlook the potential dangers that come with warm weather. Often in a rush to enjoy the outdoors, people become careless and ignore risks such as the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation on the body. Most accidents occur in the summer so be on the lookout for these summertime pitfalls. Make the most of your summer by protecting not only your health, but also your family and friends.
Here are 5 summertime health hacks that will have you loving summer till the end.
1. Sun exposure
Nobody likes a sunburn. However, sunburn isn’t the only concern as accelerated aging and skin cancer are on the rise. The vulnerabilities of exposure to ultraviolet rays offers doesn’t mean the sun should be avoided completely. Tips such as wearing a hat, shirt, and finding shade can prevent the buildup of sun exposure through the summer days. Make sure to have sunscreen on deck and reapply frequently to prevent nasty burns. If you do happen to get a sunburn, grate a cucumber. The pulp will help hydrate and sooth hot sunburned skin.
UV Protection goes beyond the skin. Eye cancer is also on the rise no longer making sunglasses a fashion statement, but a necessity. Like the skin, the eyes can “sunburnt,” a condition called photo keratitis. UV-block contact lenses are a good complement to sunglasses as well as prescription swimming goggles. It’s also important to avoid wearing contact lenses in water and goggles to prevent bacteria from entering the eye. Of course some UV light is acceptable, however direct exposure for long durations can leave the eye susceptible to damage.
3. Beat the Heat
Overheating and dehydration are common symptoms from extreme heat. Heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are all possibilities when overexerting oneself outdoors in hot weather. Replenishing lost liquids is critical to prevent dehydration, fainting, nausea, and headaches. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty and use the color of your urine to determine your hydration level (the clearer, the better). Caffeine and alcohol may seem refreshing but are actually very dehydrating on the body. If you are drinking, make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
4. Avoid Food Poisoning
Barbeques are the stem of most summertime food poisoning. Vomiting and diarrhea are common symptoms so make sure to take the proper health precautions when cooking and preparing food. Hands and surfaces should be washed often to prevent bacteria from growing in food preparations. Food that has not been stored properly in hot weather is susceptible to bacterial contamination. Cold foods should remain cold while hot foods remain hot to prevent spoilage. If food has been sitting outside for more than an hour, it should be avoided and discarded.
5. Deter Bugs
When you’re covered in pesky mosquito bites at the end of summer, it’s hard to resist the urge to scratch your skin. Bug bites can cause irritation and swelling all summer long. Insects thrive in warm water making mosquitos, bees, and wasps potential threats by the pool. Poisonous bugs such as black widow spiders can be even harder to spot. Make sure to spray bug repellant especially on late summer nights. Burning cintronella candles or dropping essential oils in water can also help to repel mosquitos. Aloe Vera also helps with sunburn and bug bites so make sure to have some handy in the fridge.
Don’t miss a day of summer by waking up with pink eye or sunburn. Make the most of your summer experience by implementing these 5 easy summertime health hacks.
Author Bio: Christin Lee is a yoga instructor, entrepreneur, and lifestyle blogger living in NYC. She currently writes for InsiderEnvy with an emphasis and focus on fitness, health, and universal human rights.