Stay Healthy This Summer

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Summer means a time of kayaking, sand, barbeques, pool parties, and the occasional getaway. Many of these plans are also an open invitation for you to get sick, especially if you are traveling or lounging outside. Here are a few tips for you to have a healthy and safer summer.

Apply Your Daily SPF
No one likes a sunburn and no one likes funky tan lines. Applying sunscreen is important. Not only does sunscreen help prevent skin cancer, but it has also been proven to help slow down your skin’s aging process. Severe sun burns can also lead to extreme dehydration, if you are not careful, which could require a stay in the hospital.

Embrace “Healthier” Barbeques
Families and friends love to have a good barbeque during the summer, but instead of the traditional staples, broaden your palette a little. Instead of the traditional burgers and brats, opt for grilled chicken or try some fresh fish on the grill. These portions of tasty protein are much healthier than hamburgers or hot dogs, and they leave you feeling fuller longer.

Water is your best bet for a summer beverage. Sure, you can still enjoy the occasional cocktail, you just need to drink more water if you are going to be outdoors for more than a few hours. For every hour that you are in the sun, you should drink at least 1-2 glasses, or at least 1-2 bottles. This prevents dehydration and will replenish your energy levels while you take in the rays.

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