Stay cool and don’t get burned: tips for heat & sun safety
Health studies tell us that we need more vitamin D. Yet, we know theat there are harmful side effects of overexposure to UVA & UVB rays. These include: skin and eye cancer, accelerated aging of the skin including thin skin, fine lines, wrinkles, and liver spots, skin rashes from medication interactions with UV rays, aggravation of autoimmune diseases, and cataracts. In addition, time in the sun can result in dehydration and heat exhaustion. Here’s how to ensure you don’t have to sit out and miss any of the fun:
- Dress the part – Wear loose, light, cool clothing that allows your skin to breathe. Don’t forget to break out that fancy wide brimmed hat to protect your ears, neck and shoulders.
- Prevent burns – Apply sunscreen regularly and often, following the manufacturer’s directions.
- Stay Hydrated – Being properly hydrated helps your body maintain a stable temperature, and prevents headaches and fatigue. Remember, alcohol and caffeine will dehydrate you, so follow one of those drinks with an equal amount of water.
- Eat Seasonally – Part of staying cool is eating cool. A diet primarily composed of fresh fruits and vegetables ensures you get your vitamins and helps keep your energy up.
- Stay cool and seek shelter – Close windows, blinds and curtains to keep the heat out, and your energy costs low. Stay out of the sun during the hottest hours of the day. This will prevent burns, exhaustion and other unpleasant things.
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