How to Have a Healthy Summer

How to Have a Healthy SummerHot fun in the summertime! You’re raring to get outdoors and do all those awesome summery activities you’ve got planned, like tanning, swimming, and picnicking into the wee small hours. STOP! You need to know that all that summer fun you’ve been waiting for can come to a screeching halt if you don’t first arm yourself with safety tips for outdoor summer activities. Summer’s about sun, fun, and spending quality—and quantity—time with friends and family. But nothing will stop you in your tracks like a serious sun burn or a nasty case of swimmer’s ear. From how to prevent swimmer’s ear to how to keep sunburn at bay to tweaking your summer diet for optimum health, here are some tips that will help you make the most of the lazy days of summer.
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How to Reduce The Risk for Skin Cancer

Reduce The Risk for Skin CancerOnce the gloriously warm and sunny days of late Spring or Summer arrive, slowly we begin to show a little more skin to the rest of the world.  First, the tee-shirts and shorts get pulled out of the drawer, followed by sandals.  No one wants their skin to be the same color as Swiss cheese – we want to look healthy and vibrant.

Well, it’s wonderful to sport that sun-kissed glow, but here are a few facts that might make you re-think that coveted golden brown skin.  For example:

  • Did you know that skin cancer is the most common of all cancers and accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States?
  • More than 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed in this country each year.

Take heart though, because, unlike other forms of cancer, all skin cancers are highly treatable if found early.
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How to Protect Skin from Sun Damage

Protect Skin from Sun Damage
Protect Skin from Sun Damage

With summer fast approaching, there are so many feelings of excitement in the air as everyone prepares for vacations, trips to the beach, and spending quality time with friends and family.  Indeed, with sunnier days comes an increase in outdoor activities as people are more inclined to venture outside and enjoy the warmer weather ahead of them.  This also means there is an increase in exposure to direct sunlight and in turn, more exposure to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.  While natural sunlight is undoubtedly important for a healthy dose of Vitamin D, there are still risks involved with overexposure to the sun.  Beyond dry, peeling and even blistered skin due to sunburn, there is also the increased risk of developing skin cancer.  To avoid such health implications, protect your skin during the summer by following these simple daily health tips for a fun, yet safe summer season. Continue reading “How to Protect Skin from Sun Damage”