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Summer has so many pleasures to enjoy. The sun, the long days, the fresh fruits and veggies. There are also a few pitfalls to watch out for. Here are a few tips to get the most from the season while keeping health and wellness in mind.
Use Sun Protection
Over exposure to the sun's rays can cause significant discomfort and long term skin damage. If you want to sit outside and enjoy the warm air, find some shade or use protective clothing and accessories like hats, sunglasses, long sleeves, and umbrellas. And, don't forget to apply sunscreen everyday. Reapply often - especially if you are participating in water activities. Keep lip balm handy as well. I love doTERRA's lip balm.
Be Mindful of Extreme Heat
I live in a very hot, dry climate and the heat can be overwhelming some days. We take the threat of heat related illnesses seriously around here. Keep your body temperature under control by drinking lots of water, exercising in the early morning or late evening hours, wearing light colored, loose fitting clothing, and making sure you can get out of the heat if needed. You can add a few drops of Peppermint to a spray bottle for a cooling sensation on your skin, but this will not lower your body temperature.
Guard Against Insect Bites & Poisonous Plants
For most of us, insect bites are just an irritant, but they can put a damper on time spent outdoors. Essential oils can play a role in keeping insects at bay. TerraShield Outdoor Blend helps ward off insects. It is a natural option that combines powerful essential oils selected for their repellent properties. Check out for Bug Off for more options and a Bite Relief Roller Bottle Blend. It is also important to know the poisonous plants in your area or wherever you may be vacationing. The American Association of Poison Control Centers provides a directory of local poison control centers.
While we can pretty much get any fruit or vegetable all year long due to a global supply chain, there is nothing like the taste of fresh. local produce. Take advantage of the summer bounty by eating more plant-based dishes. Strawberries, tomatoes, cherries, summer squashes, peas, watermelon, corn...somebody stop me! I could easily get lost daydreaming about all the amazing summer produce out there. For the best taste, I suggest harvesting from your own garden. But if that isn't an option, check out a local farmer's market. Whatever you are eating, remember to keep food safety in mind. If you are picnicking, camping, or even just having a BBQ in the backyard, make sure to you are up to speed on food safety guidelines.
There are so many ways to stay in shape during the summer. Take advantage of long days to ensure you get in your workouts. It is also a good time to mix up your routine a bit and incorporate less traditional exercise. Read Enjoy a No "Exercise" Summer for some ideas. Changing things up a bit can keep your routine from becoming stale and help you avoid burnout. Always keep heat management, sun protection, and adequate hydration in mind when exercising outdoors in the summer.
Review Water Safety Guidelines
Whether you are hitting the beach, the lake, or the pool, it is important to be aware of general safety guidelines as well as guidelines specific to your location such as weather and riptide warnings. Take a few minutes to review the Red Cross Swimming Safety Tips.
Now get out there and enjoy a healthy and safe summer! What's on your Summer Bucket List?
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