Summer is about sun, friends, barbecues, and the outdoors. But how do you get the most out of your summer fun and still stay safe? These three tips are a great place to start.
Tip #1: Prevent Sun Damage
Sunblock is vital to summer safety. The Skin Cancer Foundation provides several statistics on the subject, but the most shocking perhaps is this: one out of every five Americans will get skin cancer at some point in their lives. Use sunscreen to reduce your exposure to the sun’s radiation and the cumulative damage it can cause. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, SPF 30 is plenty for everyday use, but there is no sunscreen that can effectively block 100% of the sun’s rays. Be sure to apply enough and reapply often or you won’t get the protection you need.
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Tip #2: Stay Hydrated
The best way to prevent dehydration is to drink plenty fluids. How much fluid do you need to drink? It varies for each person and depends on the environment you’re in. According to OurHealth medical director Dr. Brian Johnson, rather than relying on an intake goal, such as the traditional “drink eight 8-ounce glasses a day” advice, monitoring urine output can be a good indicator of your hydration status. “If you’re not urinating at least once every three to four hours, it’s a good sign you’re not drinking enough water,” Johnson says. He adds that along with regular output, clear or light-colored urine is a good indicator you’re staying well-hydrated.
Tip #3: Prevent Bug Bites
If you intend to spend time outdoors this summer gardening, hiking, or toasting marshmallows, you’ll want to protect yourself against insects. Use an Environmental Protection Agency-registered repellent on your body, and for maximum protection, use those that contain the ingredient DEET. This online tool created by the EPA is a great guide to finding the right repellent for you. Along with using repellant, you can protect yourself against bug bites with common-sense prevention methods like wearing light-colored clothing that covers exposed skin and avoiding the outdoors dusk hours.
Want more guidance on summer health and safety? Contact the OurHealth Member Relations Team at 866-434-3255 to schedule an appointment with a wellness coach.