How to Stay Healthy & Safe During Summer Months

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happy family eating together outsideWhen summer comes around, outdoor activities become a lot more common. And along with the fun in the sun come summer-related illnesses.

Fortunately, you can both have your fun and avoid problems from the sun. All it takes are some easy, common-sense habits that can help keep you and your family healthy and ready for another fun summer day.

Stay Out of the Sun

Getting out into the sun is fun and sunshine’s vitamin D is good for your health, but be careful not to overdo it. Sun and heat stroke can be deadly, so it’s wise to frequently pause in the shade when hiking and stay covered. Plan your outdoor activities during the time of the day when the sun is not at its strongest, such as the early morning.

Staying cool and hydrated is the most important part of avoiding a summer illness and having to wonder where your nearest family doctor is.

Be Water-Conscious

Drinking enough water is particularly important during the summer, when sweat and heat drain moisture from your body. The amount of water you should drink depends on the size of your body and how active you are. Around three liters per day is a good amount for most adults to aim for.

If your summer plans involve swimming, surfing or boating, it’s also important to practice water safety. Even if you’re a strong swimmer, be careful of river currents and wear a life jacket.

Wash Your Hands

Regularly washing your hands is a great way to prevent the spread of disease no matter the season. Whether you’re on a road trip or visiting an amusement park, your chances of being exposed to harmful germs goes up when using shared facilities. Make sure to wash your hands before eating and after using the restroom every time.