Staying Healthy in Summer July 1st, 2014
Getting a little sunshine is perfectly healthy; in fact our bodies rely on it to produce vitamin D. But too much UV can be damaging to the skin. So what are we supposed to do? I believe in moderation when it comes to sun exposure. If you are outside for 30 minutes during non peak hours (before 10 am and after 4pm) you will get enough sun to meet your daily Vitamin D requirements. If you are planning on spending some time in the sun during peak hours, it’s time to wear sun protection or seek shade. I prefer sunscreens that are made with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, these are much safer options for your skin. Check out ewg.org for more sunscreen recommendations.
Water, water, water! In the summer months, make sure to always have water on hand. Now’s the time to make sure you are getting your 8 glasses of water a day to stay adequately hydrated. Make your water more interesting by flavouring with frozen fruit cubes (my favorite is watermelon).
Mosquito bites can be a nuisance this time of year. Most repellents contain the chemical DEET, while effective at repelling bugs; there’s concerns about long term safety, particularly when used on children. Alternatives to chemical repellents include essential oils derived from plants that can be applied to the skin. Essential oils work well to repel bugs and can also be used as an antiseptic to treat any bites or skin irritations. Homeopathic remedies also work well to treat insect bites. I’ve had great success with homeopathic ledum, which can help take the sting out of bites.
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Have a great summer!