Summer is upon us and everyone here at Family Practice Center couldn’t be more excited about it. The warmer summer months can often be a time for rest and lots of fun in the sun, however, it’s important to take note of the effect that the summer season can have on your health and wellbeing. In order to help our readers stay feeling their best, our healthcare providers wanted to present some essential summertime health tips.
Hydration Is Everything
Keeping your body hydrated is always essential, but never more so than during the days spent in the hot summer sun. We recommend sticking to the 8×8 rule (drinking eight 8-ounce glasses, or half a gallon of water) every day. If you are not a water drinker, there are plenty of creative ways to add flavor to make it more appealing. Additionally, many fruits such as oranges and melons are another way to help stay hydrated. Doing so can help fight off short-term symptoms of dehydration like headaches, muscle cramping, and lightheadedness, as well as more serious long-term effects including kidney damage.
Protect Yourself From the Sun
The sun is very powerful during the summer and it’s imperative to take a proactive approach to protecting yourself from its UV rays. Too much UV exposure can be hazardous to your skin, leading to sunburns, skin damage, or even skin cancer over time. Applying sunscreen daily (minimum 30 SPF) and protecting yourself with hats and other clothing is highly recommended. Additionally, you should also wear sunglasses while outdoors during the summer to protect your vision and the skin around your eyes.
Be Aware of Insects
According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), insect stings and bites are responsible for over 500,000 emergency room visits each year in the US. It only stands to reason that a large percentage of these cases come during the summer due to additional time being spent outdoors. We recommend using an insect repellent that contains DEET, a substance that effectively hides human scents from biting insects. Additionally, keeping doors and windows closed, throwing out garbage in a timely manner, and wearing closed-toe shoes can also be helpful in preventing bug bites.
Hopefully following these steps can help our readers take care of themselves this summer and enjoy the season in the best health possible. For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our healthcare providers, please contact Family Practice Center today. You can follow us on Facebook for additional health tips, news, and much more.