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Summer Health

Thursday, May 28, 2015

As summer approaches, most Americans will find themselves enjoying more outdoor recreational activities than in the previous, cold months. With increased heat and sun exposure, extra measures need to be taken to ensure that you and your family are at their safest. Having a fun and healthy summer is affordable and easily attainable by following a few basic tips.

Perhaps the most obvious and most important, is to stay hydrated. It is easy to forget to drink the recommended amount of water every day especially when participating in fun and games under the sun. Most doctors agree that you need about eight cups, which consist of eight ounces each, on any given day. However, it is important to keep in mind, especially when sweating a great deal, that this intake amount should be increased. There is not a thing as too much water. Be sure to take an ice chest or cooler full of water bottles to every outing. Also remember that alcohol can be especially dehydrating in the sun.

Another summer health necessity is to protect your eyes. A good pair of sunglasses or goggles will go a long ways to not only help with squinting but to increase your comfort and ability to see in bright conditions. When outdoors, wear sunglasses that block at least 99% of ultraviolet A and B rays. In the long run, protective eyewear will help prevent cataracts and wrinkles.

With skin cancer a very real reality, choosing the proper sunscreen may seem like a chore with so many options. The American Academy of Dermatology says not to worry so much about brand but rather focus on a few basic rules. Choose an option with a SPF of 30 or higher and make sure the label reads that it is broad spectrum. The latter means that it protects skin from both UVA and UVB rays, both of which can cause cancer. Also make sure your sunscreen is water resistant for up to 40 or 80 minutes. No sunscreen is waterproof and manufacturers are no longer allowed to advertise as such. Also, check the expiration date and restock your supply every year. Active ingredients can become ineffective when gone past their expiration date. Typically, one ounce of sunscreen is considered the amount needed to cover one person. Make sure you get a bottle large enough to accommodate all those in your group.

To make yourself feel better and give your immune system an extra boost, eat berries such as blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries. Berries are loaded with antioxidants and will help keep you feeling and operating at your best. Also be sure to still get plenty of sleep based on typical recommendations. It is easy to get run down even when having fun!

Summer is a great time to spend with family and friends. However, it can easily be ruined by ill health or accidents. By following a few basic tips, you can ensure that you get to take full advantage of your vacation and time in the sun. If you do find yourself unfortunately ill, make sure to have your FreeRxPlus card ready to save big on all your prescriptions. Print one instantly at freerxplus.com now!

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