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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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3 Simple Home Remedies for Spring Allergies

Spring is coming around the corner in all its glory and beauty. With Spring arrival comes the seasonal changes, and to people who are sensitive to the season shift, spring allergies are on a high priority list to watch out for. The good news is that you don’t have to put up with your symptoms helplessly. There are some simple remedies that can offer immediate or temporary reliefs.

Nasal Lavage

Nasal Lavage is one of the best ways to deal with allergies symptoms that have to do with your nasal cavity. All you have to do is to create a saline solution by mixing 1 teaspoon of salt, a half teaspoon of baking soda and 16 ounces of warm water. Then, put the mixture into a nasal aspirator and spray the solution into one of your nostrils. The saline solution will flow through the nasal cavity and exit the other nostril. By doing this, you will reduce/eliminate the mucus and open your sinus passages.

Honey

Honey is famous for its power against bacterias and allergy pollens. It is widely studied, and scientists have come to realize that the bee pollen in raw honey boosts our immune system and fight off the allergies. If you are experiencing bad allergies reactions, three teaspoons of raw honey a day will help alleviate the symptoms.

Stinging Nettle

While stinging nettle possesses stinging hairs, it is proven from clinical studies that it could be very effective in alleviating sneezing and itching symptoms. This is thanks to its ability to relieve the level of histamine in your system. Stinging Nettle can be used in various forms including tea, soup, pills or infusion. Two cups of stinging nettle a day can certainly boost your immunity during seasonal change months.

 

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Summer Health Tips

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With the arrival of summer, the kids are out of school and the weather is finally getting warmer, which means you’ll find yourself planning day trips with the family.  The start of the new season also brings along health conditions that have been stored away all winter, so here are a few health tips to help you enjoy a fun and healthy summer!

Turn activities into exercise: Warmer weather calls for being spending more time outdoors, being active.  Regular exercise has been shown to improve overall health, lower stress, and reduce chronic joint pain.  Simple activities like a day trip to the zoo, visiting an amusement park, or long bike rides ad hikes can go a long way!

Stay hydrated: During the hotter days, it’s imperative to drink more water to reduce your chances of dehydration.  Dehydration can lead to a number of life-threatening conditions and injuries, making it essential to always have water on hand during the hot summer days.

Stay in the shade: While you may want to enjoy a nice get-away to the beach, limit your exposure to direct sunlight when the UV-rays are most powerful, and if you plan on being outdoors during peak times, be sure to regularly apply sunscreen, and wear UV-protective gear such as sunglasses, a brim hat, and long-sleeves and pants to limit exposure.

Prevent mosquito bites: Mosquitoes are most active during night, dawn, and dusk, so if you plan on being outdoors during those times of the day, be sure to apply insect repellent and wear protective clothing.

See your doctor: If you’ve been suffering through nagging pains all winter and spring, stop waiting and visit your physician.  You’ll want to feel your best during the summer months, so take the time to visit your physician so an injury doesn’t sideline you this summer.

 

For more summer health tips, be sure to visit Centennial Medical, or call us at 410-730-3399.

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