Sunshine, sand, and sangria! That is how most of us envision summer in our minds. Of course, not everyone gets the hot and balmy days they want, and even if they do, there are still some health issues that can arise. Luckily, you can read all about these in my post below.
Obviously, one of the critical health issues to address over summer is protection from the sun. I know that during winter all you can do is dream about sitting outside and eating alfresco or chilling in a lawn chair in your garden, but ensuring that you have adequate protection from the sun's rays is crucial for your health.
In fact, it is now known that both UVA and UVB rays are harmful to our health and may increase the risk of skin cancer. What that means is that it's essential that you follow your country's advice on the maximum time to stay out in the sun. Also, you will need to apply sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection at an appropriate factor, a topic you can find out more about in the video below.
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Happily, there is a myriad of application options for suncream now, so ensuring that our skin is protected isn't hard. In fact, many people choose to use a once-a-day solution that is applied in the morning before you leave your home. It does take a good 40 minutes to set though, so it best to do it before breakfast and then hit the beach after.
Additionally, there are easy to use portable options like sun cream wipes which you can use for extra applications and top-ups if you have been in the water, or sweat off your original coat. This being well worth doing to protect not only the look of your skin over the long term but your overall health as well.
Despite all the media pressure to the contrary, the only things you need to do to get a beach body is to take your body to the beach! Although, for some of us, doing a little preparation can help boost our confidence while we are there and allows us to relax and have more fun.
Of course, I'm not suggesting doing a crash diet or anything so extreme, but taking better care of our digestive health by eating a probiotic can help to limit bloating. Something that can be a real pain in the gut when wearing a swimsuit!
Additionally, many men and women are likely to engage in some hair removal for the beach. Although, do remember that there is a movement towards presenting the body as naturally as possible, which can be very empowering for all genders.
One of the most favourite pastimes in the summer is sipping a cold drink while sitting in a beer garden, on the beach, or around the pool. Of course, many of these drinks will contain alcohol, and this can mean that your daily consumption can rise.
Obviously, this is something that you need to be aware of when it comes to your health, as too much alcohol can be dangerous. To that end, it's always wise to have an idea for delicious non-alcoholic cocktails and drinks up your sleeves as well as your traditional tipple of wine, beer, or a refreshing gin and tonic. Then you can still enjoy a refreshing drink when the sun shines while limiting your alcohol consumption and the danger it poses to your health.
Finally, when it comes to staying healthy in the summer, remember that not every day will be as sunny as you expect, especially if you live in place whet received the weather is changeable like the UK. What that means is it might be worth topping up your vitamin D levels just like you do during the winter season.
Of course, vitamin D is crucial to your health because it assists muscle, bone and teeth growth and health. Its also believed to have a role in mood regulation as well.
However, as your body cannot make it on its own. It needs sunlight to help it. That means if you're not getting enough sun, taking vitamin D supplement, especially during a rainy summer can undoubtedly help you feel great and keep your health in tip-top shape.
If your summer looks more like this, then it may be time to think about vitamin D supplements.
The change in weather in the summer means that we need to take care of health in different ways. This includes watching our alcohol consumption, taking care to protect our skin from burning and even getting our bodies ready for the beach in whatever way suits us best.
Also, if the weather isn't as great as we would like and we end up spending extended periods indoors, it can be necessary to boost our vitamin D consumption with a supplement during summer as well. Collaboration.