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Summer Tips 2018

Summer is on its way- FINALLY!

And here are some great summer health tips…

  1. Avoid extreme heat

High temperatures can be extremely dangerous, especially for the very young and the elderly.Image result for summer buffalo

  • Stay out of the direct sun and seek shade when possible
  • Schedule outdoor summer activities in the early morning or late afternoon
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Wear light colored clothing
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes
  • Always wear sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher
  • Watch for any signs of heat stroke such as dizziness, confusion, lack of sweating/dry skin, or lack of coordination

 

  1. Swim safely

Pools and other natural bodies of water can be a great way to cool off.  Follow these tips to keep you and your family safe.

  • NEVER swim aloneImage result for swimming
  • NEVER leave your children alone, not even for one second
  • Do not jump in or dive into shallow pool water or bodies of water where you can not see the bottom
  • Avoid drinking alcohol when swimming
  • Stay away from pool drains, pipes, or other areas of entrapment

 

  1. Take a summer vacation

Vacations have multiple benefits for us.

  • Slow down your schedule that week and take time to ‘unwind’
  • Lower your stress level by leaving lots of open time to relax
  • Head to bed early and sleep in
  • Take a nap during the day
  • If traveling outside the US, make sure you contact our local travel clinic to assure you are properly immunized for the area you are traveling to

 

  1. Healthy Eating
  • Keep foods safe during cookouts and camping by watching the handling and storage recommendations, as Image result for summer berriesfood-borne illness increases with warm weather
  • Enjoy healthy berries that are abundant in the summer months. Berries are filled with anti-oxidants and are high in fiber.  They can reduce the risk of heart disease and keep our cholesterol lower.  They can also help prevent certain cancers.
  • Start using olive oil. 1 tablespoon a day helps to resist UV damage from the sun

 

  1. Find a new summer hobby

Get outside, breathe some fresh air, and reduce your stress level 😊Image result for play outside

  • Plant a small garden
  • Make up some flower boxes
  • Find an outdoor Pilates or yoga class
  • Swim for 30 min a day
  • Take up tennis or golf
  • Go on a hike or nature walk
  • Play outdoor games with your children, as it is also a great bonding time

 

  1. Stay protected from those insects

We have been hearing a lot about Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus.

  • Remember to avoid ticks and tick bites when in wooded areas. Wear protective clothing and do a thorough check of your skin and scalp when you come indoors.
  • Mosquitos love the summer months. Protect yourself by using a spray with DEET as the active ingredient.  Then always remember to wash off the DEET before going to bed.

Summer is a short season here in Buffalo.  Let’s all take some of these tips and put them to use so we all have a fun.

Rebecca Daniels, MD