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Summer Health Tips
- Wear a QUALITY Sunscreen: Buyer Beware–Not all sunscreens are created equal! Be sure to do your research and check with your physician if you need a recommendation.
- Get moving: Let’s be honest, you already know that exercise is good for you. Not only does exercise combat weight gain, but it fights fatigue, improves your mood, promotes better sleep and decreases your risk for developing serious chronic diseases. Take advantage of the longer days and get moving! You have nothing (but weight) to lose!
- Stay hydrated: Wondering how much water to drink? A good rule of thumb is to drink one third your body weight in ounces. For example, a 150 lb person should aim for at least 50 ounces daily. Make sure to add an extra 8 ounces for every 15 minutes of strenuous physical activity or caffeinated beverage (like coffee!) since caffeine tends to be a diuretic.
- Bug off: If you are traveling to an area with a lot of bugs, you’ll probably want to invest in a quality insect repellent. Avoid repellents that contain more than 30 % DEET, and use repellent on the outside of clothing and on areas of exposed skin. Interested in using a more natural approach? Avoid dressing in brightly colored or floral prints, and don’t use scented products like perfume. Both “Repel Lemon Eucalyptus” and “Bite Blocker” are DEET-free insect repellents that contain natural ingredients. Independent research has demonstrated benefit from both products. As always, avoid contact with open skin, cuts, and the eyes and mouth.
- To protect against Ticks, wear long sleeved shirts and pants. Make sure to tuck clothing into pants and pant cuffs into socks. Make sure to inspect all children, pets, and loved ones for ticks daily.