5 tips to enhance the summer experience

Most of us look forward to the summer season where endless sunny days are filled with BBQs parties and trips to the beach or riverside. This is the season where most of us take free time from work to spend time with family and loved ones. It surely is one of our favorite seasons of the year and to ensure this is a bright season with rewarding experiences, please take a look at our summer tips for your well-being.

Stay hydrated.

Rule number 1 in summertime is to drink enough fluids, especially water.  Be extra mindful during intense heat waves by drinking an extra glass or two of water a day.  You will be sweating a lot more during this season. Sweat is not just water exuding from your body; it also contains salts and other electrolytes. While in most cases a glass of water can rehydrate you quickly, during severe heat you may want to have an electrolyte drink that contains sodium and potassium. Pay attention to common signs of dehydration which include headache, dizziness, nausea and fatigue. Heat strokes are very dangerous and can be prevented by being well hydrated and avoiding periods of long exposure to the sun.

Here it comes again: Exercise.

We all know exercise is universally recommended by doctors and health advisors but we often find excuses to avoid a physically draining session. The problem, however, is that we sometimes choose the wrong form of exercise. The best thing is for you to find the sport or activity that you love and then it will come natural to you to do your workout. Try different things until something ‘clicks’. It could be swimming or hiking, racquetball or badminton, or how about dancing or martial arts, or even flying a kite in a park? The possibilities are endless for burning some extra calories while raising your heartbeat. When doing cardiovascular workout the important thing is to follow your heart’s desire!

Be adventurous and plan a trip.

Summer travel deals abound and you could get away from home on a super cheap flight. There are now abundant low-cost airlines that can fly you abroad for a couple hundred bucks. You can also look at last minute flights and take a spontaneous trip to an exotic destination such as Nicaragua or Jamaica. Selecting a midweek flight can also economize you a lot as most people prefer to fly on weekends. Since many other people are traveling during the summer period, you can easily find affordable apartments and houses to rent worldwide over the internet through popular sites such as airbnb.com and homeaway.com. Make sure you have your passport in order as early as possible this summer in case you do decide for a last minute escapade!

Cherish yet respect the sun.

We all depend on sunshine for the production of Vitamin D. This vitamin is important so we can absorb calcium and phosphorus from our diet. During the winter we are not getting enough sunlight to produce healthy amounts of Vitamin D; especially in northern regions. Vitamin D deficiency can affect the functioning of our muscles, bones and teeth, and can induce fatigue or depression. Experts recommend that you take between 10 and 20 minutes of sun exposure every day during the summer, depending on your skin type. But don’t overdo it! The sun emits ultraviolet light that can be damage your skin. For longer stretches of time under the summer sun, always apply sun lotion to your skin and face. Sun lotion with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher is recommended for adequate protection.

Alert: foodborne illnesss.    

1 in 6 persons get ill from food poisoning every year in the US. Summer heat allows food bacteria to flourish and it’s no surprise foodborne illness is more common during the summer with all the eating outdoors and BBQs.  Perishables are fresh foods that are likely to spoil or decay quickly if left without refrigeration. Fish, poultry and dairy products are classic foods that easily go bad at warm temperatures. So, with high temperatures in summer, avoid eating perishables that have been left out for two hours or more. If you are having guests over for a cookout, make sure the food is eaten shortly after being prepared or that it is kept cool until presented to your guests.