Monday, June 30, 2014

Be Safe in the Sun

Written by: Renee Gosselin, MS MBA RD
Nutrition Instructor

Most of us are enjoying this hot summer weather; however, we do have to be careful while outside for many reasons! Dehydration and the sun itself can cause many problems that need to be kept in mine. 

Dehydration can occur very quickly. Make sure to stay hydrated before you even go outside to start your summer day adventures. Drink plenty of water and fluids throughout the day. Some signs of dehydration can include thirst, weakness, confusion and fainting.

There are even very cute backpacks that you can buy now that hold water to help hydrate you throughout the day. Make sure to eat foods that are filled with water content: cantaloupe, grapefruit, strawberries and of course watermelon – that one even says it in its name! Coconut water could also be consumed for additional hydration. 

Sun screen is very important in the sun as well for overall health. The sun can cause major damage immediately causing burns and longterm possibly causing skin cancer in many individuals. SPF is the barrier measure of the ability to protect the skin from ultraviolet radiation rays from the sun. There are many things to keep in mind with sunscreen: how much to apply, what SPF to choose, and re-application is necessary many times. 

Overall, we all want to enjoy the time that we can outside especially in cities that have long winters. Just make sure to protect yourself while doing so and hindering dehydration and skin burning.


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