Six Tips for Summer Health and Wellness

Summer is the season of pool days, neighborhood barbecues, and beach vacations. Unfortunately, it’s also the season of mosquito bites, sunburns, and heat exhaustion. 

With these six tips for summer health and wellness, you can make the most of all things fun in the sun!

1. Always wear sunscreen.

Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least 30 SPF at least 30 minutes before you head outside to all uncovered areas. To increase your sun protection, wear protective clothing (like a rash guard) and a wide-brimmed hat. You can also stay in shady areas when possible. Beyond the general discomfort of a sunburn, sun damage can lead to premature aging and skin cancer, so it’s critical to prevent it as best you can!

2. Stay hydrated.

Did you know that dehydration is the primary cause of summertime illness? With the beating sun and high temperatures, it often happens faster than you expect. Bring a water bottle with you wherever you go. If drinking water doesn’t come naturally to you, try adding cucumbers, limes, or oranges for a small hint of flavor. We can’t stress the importance of this tip enough: Drink plenty of water!

3. Adopt new exercise habits.

Now is the time to enjoy the sunny skies and warm weather! If you’re an early riser, consider adding a 30-minute walk to your morning routine (before the temperatures really heat up). If you have access to a pool, make an effort to swim laps a few days a week. Meet up with friends for a hike or even play a game of wiffle ball with your kids! Set a goal to get at least 150 minutes of moderate activity each week.

4. Eat fresh produce.

In-season fruits and vegetables cost less and taste better — and summer is one of the best times of year to enjoy them both! Better yet, many options — like watermelon and cucumber — have a high water content, helping you stay hydrated throughout the hot days. Check out your local farmer’s markets for fresh corn, peaches, bell peppers, blueberries, and more.

5. Pay attention to your body temperature.

Many people don’t realize that heat-related illnesses can be deadly. As the temperatures rise, stay cool by wearing light clothing and drinking enough water. Make an effort to exercise early or late in the day to avoid peak heat. It’s also important to know the warning signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion, which include:

  • cool, moist skin with goosebumps despite the heat
  • faintness or dizziness
  • nausea
  • headache
  • heavy sweating
  • fatigue
  • weak and rapid pulse or low blood pressure when standing
  • muscle cramps

6. Finally, treat summer allergies.

Common allergens during the summer months are grass, tree pollen, ragweed, stinging insects, and ragweed. Continue taking your allergy medication to minimize your symptoms. After all, it’s no fun to struggle with sneezing or sniffling during the summer months! 

 

Contact Dr. Asha Tota-Maharaj, MD at Platinum Primary Care with all your healthcare needs. Come visit us at 2071 Dundee Drive in Winter Park.