It’s hard to believe we’re almost halfway through 2021. After such a long winter, we thought the warmth and summer may never arrive.
But, somehow here we are on the verge of Memorial Day this month and warm summer months to follow. As the temperatures are getting higher, and we try to stay on top of all of our activities this summer, we wanted to give you a few tips to remember when things get busy.
Hydration is essential for your body to function at its best, which is why it is so important to drink water every day. That is no secret and something that everyone should do daily, especially during the hot summer months that we experience here in Texas when it’s vitally important that we stay hydrated and replenish fluids lost through perspiration and normal physical activity. Needless to say, every part of your body needs water to function properly, and to feel better overall.
An important key to maintaining your health and immune system is getting a sufficient amount of Vitamin-D. Though your body can absorb this nutrient naturally from the sun, it’s not always desirable during the hot temperatures of summer. Finding a supplement that provides a sufficient daily dose will help your body maintain it’s healthy defense system. Vitamin-D is involved in calcium absorption, immune function, and protecting bone, muscle, and heart health.
Spending time out in the sun can be damaging to your skin. Make sure you practice sun safety if you’re outside for long periods of time. Staying safe in the sun means:
- Apply sunscreen to protect your skin from the harmful UV sun rays. If you’re going to be in the direct sun for longer than 10 minutes, it’s important to protect yourself. Using a water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF coverage of at least 30 will help protect you from harmful UV rays. Make sure to wear appropriate sunscreen to maximize your sun protection.
- Find the shade as much as possible. The sun is great for Vitamin D, but you also don’t want to overdo it. If you do spend a lot of time outside, make sure you find a balance between the direct sun and shade when possible.
- Wear sunglasses. The sun at its brightness can cause harm to your eyes. Take extra precaution to protect your eyes from the reflections of the sun off the surface of water.
- Wear a hat. Your scalp & face is the first thing that will show sun damage from sun exposure. So, whether it’s a wide brimmed hat, or just a ballcap, try to protect your head when out in direct sunlight, especially when at the pool, cutting grass, or at a ball game without shade.