Posted on June 22, 2020
Summer can be a fun time of year with all of the outdoor activities, but the sun and heat can be dangerous, so make sure you protect yourself! It is essential for our bodies to absorb 10-15 minutes of sunlight daily because it provides us with all the vitamin D we need for the day. Conversely, the danger lies with longer exposure times and not being properly protected. Avoid the negative effects of the sun with these tips:
- Wear sunglasses that block the UV light. Extended exposure to the sun’s UV rays has been linked to eye damage.
- Use sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher, and remember to reapply as needed.
- Try to find those shaded areas during midday hours; this is when the sun is at its strongest.
- Wear clothing that protects exposed skin, and keep in mind that lighter colors help in reflecting heat.
- Stay hydrated and drink before you’re thirsty. Carry a reusable water bottle around with you so that you can refill throughout the day. Also, consider a low sugar electrolyte drink if you’re highly active.
- Eat more fruits and veggies. They consist mostly of water, which makes them a great way to stay hydrated. Plus, they are a delicious snack and will help keep your energy levels up throughout the day.
- Watch your urine stream. It may seem gross, but checking your urine is probably the best way to determine whether you’re dehydrated. If it looks like watered down, colored lemonade, you’re probably in the clear. But if it’s a deep yellow or light orange, you’re probably not drinking enough fluid.