Summer is the season of fun and joy, especially for those lucky ones who get to go on a vacation. It also the season when most people's plans change, especially in regards to their health because warm days and sun are pleasant but can trigger some problems that may have been sleeping during the colder days.
Here are some tips to keep in mind during long, warm summer days.
Smoking is bad for the health and all the medical professionals will agree on this. Over 300,000 people die in the U.S. from smoking-related diseases. Smoking increases the recovery time after pulmonary infections, lowers the immune system and damages skin and hair.
Second-hand smoking is harmful too, so non-smokers should try to stay away from it as much as possible.
Aloe vera is a plant widely known for its many medical benefits. It boosts the immune system, fights aging, improves digestion, fights acne and helps with many skin conditions. It also provides energy and stamina needed for the everyday activities, especially in the summer when we often feel exhausted because of the heat.
Aloe vera is best if used in its natural form, because the other products may contain only the small percent of the plant, unless they are 100 precent aloe vera tablets, available in drugstores and pharmacies.
Enjoy the sun
Sun is important for human health because the ultraviolet rays trigger the synthesis of vitamin D in the skin. Apart from supplements, there is no other way to assure the proper intake of this important vitamin, which is why it is necessary to spend some time in the sun.
However, this does not mean that one should lay around the beach all day, because it is a well know fact that sun can damage the skin, cause burns and premature aging and there is also the risk of skin cancer. It is recommended to enjoy the sun in the morning and in the evening, and to avoid exposure between noon and 4 pm. During hot summer days when the sun is high and the ultraviolet radiation is stronger, it is necessary to wear a good sunscreen and a pair of sunglasses.
Sleep and rest
Because our body repairs itself while we sleep, a good night sleep is vital for our health. It is very important to have a good night’s sleep, even in summer when the nights are short and warm. Ideally, the sleep should last between six and eight hours, and sleeping for 12 hours or more will not do any good and may cause disruptions in daily routine.
Most people prepare for the summer by exercising during the winter and especially in the spring, but it does not mean that the exercise should be stopped in the summer. It just needs to be adjusted a little, meaning that it is not advised to exercise during the hottest parts of the day and it is important to restore all the fluids lost through sweating. Healthy diet
The diet should be adjusted to the season, meaning that in the summer it should consist of more fresh fruits and vegetables and less fats and sugars. Salads make a perfect lunch and chilled fruit as a snack will provide both the much needed refreshment and the important nutrients. It is recommended to drink more water during hot days since the body is likely to lose more fluids.