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Archive for May 2018

6 Reasons to Always Stay Hydrated This Summer

The summer is an exciting time to enjoy the outdoors with friends, family, and do lots of fun stuff! But one thing that’s important is to stay hydrated. Doctors have advised many times that we drink at least eight glasses of water per day, however, depending on your body type, weight, and the amount of exercise you do in a given day, the amount could actually be higher.

Regardless, it’s a smart idea to have water handy with you at all times and to drink plenty of it. Below are but a few perks to it.

Physical Performance

Our body is amazing and can do incredible things when we train ourselves and push ourselves. Part of that success actually stems from us drinking water. Water is the essence of life after all and our body needs it in order to operate properly, even when working out. Consider water our fuel. When we are running low we will feel weaker and won’t be able to work as hard.

Lose Weight

You’ve heard of the term water weight, right? It’s essentially weight that lingers in our systems and can actually be flushed out when we drink water. This is why in weight loss programs they recommend you drink a lot of water, often times more than the eight glasses of water per day. Furthermore, water can fill us up as well making us eat less food too.

Mood-Boosting

Water can also affect our mood, as well as some studies, have shown. For a lot of us as we get older, we drink less water which can lead to dehydration. Even a mild dehydration can affect our mood drastically. By drinking water, research has shown that it can make a massive impact on helping with sleep disorders as well as alleviating depression which hampers our moods.

Brainpower Boost

Much like our body, our brain is primarily water as well. As mentioned above, our body needs water desperately in order to function. When you satisfy those needs you can expect your body to work better but also your brain as well.

Prevent Headaches

Headaches are often cues from your body telling you that something is wrong. In many cases, headaches are caused by feelings of dizziness, dehydration or you haven’t gone to the bathroom recently. The dehydration is likely one of the more common ones around the summer and spring seasons so make sure you drink up.

Disease prevention

Surprisingly, drinking water can prevent a lot of serious diseases. A lot of common diseases in the spring and summer stem from overexposure to heat which raises our body temperature. Since water can be cooler (and even drinking warm water causes us to sweat which is a natural cooling system for our body), it can moderate our temperature to stay at a reasonable level.

By drinking water, we can prevent ourselves from getting things like heatstroke, dehydration, and more. Heatstroke is especially dangerous as it can cause you to faint and be in a coma or worse, death. Drinking some glasses of water can help prevent that which gives you all the more reason to drink water.

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Top Summer Health Risks to Watch Out For

With summer just around the corner, many people are looking forward to it for obvious reasons. But as much as summer is exciting, there comes a lot of risks to our health that we need to be cautious of. Below is a list of the most common health risks you need to look out for, and what you can do about it.

Skin Cancer

With warmer temperatures means the sun is out longer, but also higher exposure to UV lights from the sun. If you are an outdoor person, you need to wear proper protection or else you could develop skin cancer. If you’re an individual with fair skin, have hazel or blue eyes or have blonde or red hair, you are particularly vulnerable to UV light exposure and could develop skin cancer. You can prevent this by using sunscreen, or by avoiding the long exposure to the sun during peak hours (9 am to 3 pm).

Sunburn

Sunburn is another common health risk. We may not think much of it as the vast majority of the US population experience this every summer, however, there’s a lot that goes on with it. Sunburn, in the end, damages our skin but can also damage our DNA which can lead to developing skin cancers. You can prevent all this by wearing sun protective clothing, avoiding the sun at peak hours, or by wearing sunscreen.

Heat Stroke

Heatstroke is another big one and can even cause death. One of the most dangerous health risks on our list, heatstroke is caused when you are exposed to the suns rays for long periods of time while also dehydrated. You can prevent this by ensuring you are drinking plenty of water, especially if you plan to work out outside.

Dehydration

Dehydration stems from you losing more fluid than what you are putting in. Since your body needs water in order to function, if it doesn’t get that, you will start to feel dehydrated. Dehydration isn’t always identified by that. For adults a sign of dehydration is urinating less frequently, your urine being dark-colored, feeling dizzy, tired, or confused. The only way you can treat dehydration is to drink water.

Bug Bites

Bug bites can seem rather harmless, but it depends on the area in which you live. Bugs can carry all sorts of viruses that we’re not aware of so it’s wise to take some level of caution depending on the area. For most of us, bugs are quite harmless aside from the bites on our skin. In order for those areas to heal fast is to avoid the irritated skin area. You can do this by applying some anti-itching cream. Furthermore, you could prevent bug bites by applying bug spray on you.

Sports Injury

Injuries in sports is not an uncommon thing and during the summer there’s a lot of activities that we can do outside. The best way you can prevent injury is by wearing protective gear when the situation calls for it. Furthermore, since we can’t predict what kind of injuries you may have, make sure that you have a first aid kit handy or at the very least some band-aids to help with scrapes and cuts. For more serious injuries make sure you call 911 immediately.

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