What are the best summer holiday health tips and tricks to be followed?
Roll out the grill, dust off your swim suit, get ready to kick back, and have loads of fun; summer is almost here! Before you take that plunge into the ocean or soak up some much-needed sunshine, there are some simples rules you can follow to ensure you enjoy a safe, healthy and energizing summer holiday.
Be Sun Smart! (Protect your skin, eyes, and hair)
After a long, cold winter, the feel of the sun on your skin can be quite enticing. Take care of over-exposure to excess sunlight. Sunburn, fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin are all caused by overexposure to the sun.
Use appropriate sunscreen to protect exposed areas. Keep the skin moisturized naturally by applying olive or coconut oil that help seal in moisture and prevent dryness.
It is suggested that you wear sunglasses that block at least 99% of the sun’s UV rays. This also helps prevent fine lines and wrinkles from forming around the eyes.
Protect your hair by wearing a cap when swimming or wash with anti-chlorine shampoos and conditioners. Limit the use of hair dryers and curling irons. It’s best to towel dry your hair to help keep in the moisture.
It’s always wise to stay hydrated and avoid heat or sun stroke. Continue to drink lots of water, especially during the hot summer months. Whether you are exercising or relaxing by the pool, keep your water on hand. Coconut water and high water content fruits like watermelon, cantaloupe, guava, and grapefruit also keep you cool and are great for your skin.
Although you may want to just laze around because you are on holiday, maintaining a fitness routine is important to keep you moving and active, and energize the mind. Activities such as bicycling, swimming, paddle boarding, tennis, snorkeling, rock climbing, horseback riding, can all keep you fit and active.
Take care of Hot Flashes
For menopausal women, hot flashes and its symptoms (excess sweating, warm skin, night sweats, etc.) can rob you of summer fun. Since women experience intense heat during menopause, here are some practical ways to minimize its effects, especially during the warmer summer climate:
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Light, loose preferably cotton fabrics will help keep you cool.
- Exercise: Walking, dancing, swimming, and bicycling are great choices. Deep breathing will also help keep you relaxed.
- Eat well and supplement to help balance your hormonal levels. Good choices are vitamin E, Vitamin B complex and with the advice of your physician, some herbs like black cohosh, evening primrose, verbena and Don Quai might be helpful.
Maintain your heathy Habits
Eat well, continue to get adequate rest. A good rule is to go to bed and wake up at the same time as you normally would when not on holiday.
Cucumber is one of the best foods to keep you hydrated, especially during the summer.
Here are a few healthy recipes:
- 1 quart filtered water
- ½ fresh lemon, sliced
- 10-12 fresh mint leaves
- In a large jar: Add water, sliced lemons, cucumber and mint leaves.
- Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
Cold Cucumber Summer Soup
- 2 chopped cucumbers
- ½ cup, plain Greek yogurt
- 3 Tbsps. Fresh lemon juice
- 1/3 cup dill
- ¼ cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
- 2 Tbsp. Tarragon leaves
- ½ red onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 pinch fresh ground white pepper (optional)
- Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and process until smooth. Refrigerate at least eight hours or overnight.
Keeping your joints supple can also add to a great holiday experience.
Switch off and Tune In
If you lead a hectic lifestyle, the summer holidays may be the perfect time to turn off your phone and recharge your batteries. Find ways to de-stress, reconnect with family, learn a new skill, catch up on reading and take a fresh look at your life.
Play it Safe
It’s always wise to have a first aid kit or products to use in the event of insect bites and stings, or cuts and bruises.
Enjoy your summer holidays. Eat well, rest, drink lots of water, stay safe and have lots of fun.
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