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Beat the Heat: Summer Health and Wellness Tips

Summer is an optimal time to prioritize health and wellness and enjoy the beautiful weather. The weather can pose health challenges like heatstroke, dehydration, and sunburn when we are outside.

Increasing your hydration is critical. We lose fluids when it’s hot. Hydration is about the water you drink and the water you eat. Get into the habit of carrying a water bottle. Add water-rich foods like cucumbers, watermelon, and oranges for hydration and essential nutrients.

Recognize the symptoms of dehydration, like dry mouth, dizziness, and dark-colored urine. These may indicate that your body needs more fluids. Increase your fluid intake and find a cool place to relax.

Stay active and adapt your outdoor activities to the weather conditions to avoid heat-related challenges such as cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke.

Heat and Hydration: African Americans must be mindful of the heat and humidity, which can increase the risk of heat-related illnesses. Gradually adapt to outdoor exercise by starting with shorter, less intense workouts.

Exercise Smart: Staying active is essential, but adjusting your exercise routine is crucial to avoid heat-related illnesses for outdoor activities. Early morning or evening workouts when it’s cooler are great options. Strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day can be dangerous.

Indoor Alternatives: Consider indoor activities like swimming, gym workouts, or yoga. These are excellent exercises that keep you inside to avoid warmer temperatures.

Protect Your Skin: According to “Healthy Aging and Longevity,” African Americans can get sun damage and skin cancer. Sunscreen with an SPF 30, protective clothing, and shade will prevent sunburn and long-term skin damage.
A balanced diet helps your energy levels and overall health in warmer weather. It provides the necessary nutrients to keep your body functioning optimally, particularly when you’re more active.

Seasonal Produce:  Summer is the perfect time to enjoy fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Your local farmers market has delicious seasonal produce selections, including berries, tomatoes, zucchini, and leafy greens.
Light Recipes: Refreshing meals such as salads, smoothies, and grilled fish are easy and healthy. Avoid heavy, greasy foods that can be harder to digest in the heat.

Mental Wellness: Summer can be a great time to focus on mental health by spending time outdoors and doing activities you enjoy. The natural environment and physical activity have proven benefits for mental health.

Relaxation: Balance active days with relaxation. Whether reading a book under a tree, meditating in a park, or enjoying a quiet evening walk, downtime is essential for mental well-being.

By following these simple precautions, you can fully embrace the joys of summer while ensuring your health and safety. Remember to stay hydrated, protect your skin, eat well, exercise smartly, and prioritize your mental wellness. With these measures in place, you can confidently have an enjoyable summer.
Keep cool and stay safe to make the most of your summer.

By Melesha Bailey,
UniteNews Contributing Writer

 

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