Summertime is here; when the temperature rises and we long for lazy days spent lounging on the beach. Here are some tips for staying safe and healthy while you enjoy the season!
Limit Your Sun Exposure
It can be hard to resist the relaxing pleasure of lying out in the sun, but too much time spent outside can cause serious sunburns. Make sure not to doze off by the pool, and limit direct exposure to less than fifteen minutes. During outdoor activities, make sure to wear a high quality sunscreen, and learn to love wide brimmed hats, long flowing sleeves, and other clothes that provide protection.
Spending time outdoors when the heat is high can leave you feeling dehydrated, sick, and put you at risk for heat stroke. Keep a water bottle with you when you go out, and remember to sip from it often. Although strenuous activities put you most at risk, even casual strolls can leave you needing water. You can also make keeping hydrated fun, by making creative fruit infusions that add natural flavor and color to your water.
Keep Bugs Away
Humans aren't the only ones that love to come out in the summer – pesky bugs, like mosquitoes and ticks, do too. These pests can cause irritation when they bite, and can even cause more serious illnesses, so keeping them at bay is a top priority. Wear long sleeves and pants when hiking or camping, and use mosquito repellent or netting to keep a barrier between you and the bugs.
Keep an Eye on Air Quality
The summer sun can cause air quality to worsen by heating up chemical compounds lingering in the air and combining them with nitrogen oxide to create unhealthy levels of smog. Check local air quality forecasts when planning outdoor activities, and when you are cooling off inside, keep your indoor air clear by running an air purifier that uses a Charcoal Based Activated Carbon filter to adsorb harmful chemicals.