Protect yourself this summer

Summer is officially here and in the coming months, it seems more people flock outdoors, whether it be sports, picnics or just walking around the block, we find ways to spend more time in the sun. Exercise is obviously something we want everyone to engage in to support a healthy lifestyle, however exercising outdoors can cause problems without the proper precautions. A recent study has shown that 75% of Americans suffer from chronic dehydration. This number is much more prevalent during the hotter months when perspiration, and therefore water loss, is increased. Another recent poll shows that 45-55% of Americans have reported at least one sunburn in the past 12 months, while 35% claim to rarely use sunscreen. Not only do sunburns put you at higher risk of skin cancer, they can also drastically increase your body temperature leading to exhaustion or heat stroke. When going outside in the heat, always remember to:

  • Block out direct sun or heat sources
  • Always use sunscreen
  • Wear lightweight clothes that cover susceptible areas (head, shoulders and back)
  • Drink plenty of cold water (increase the 8 glass recommendation by 25-50%)
  • Avoid alcoholic or caffeinated beverages that can speed water loss
  • Exercise in the mornings or evenings while it is still cool outside, avoid exercise during the hottest part of the day

It is very important to protect ourselves when participating in outdoor activities as dehydration and heat stroke can be fatal if not properly treated. The good news is that each of these can be prevented by some common measures. If sun exposure is inevitable or water is unavailable, certain supplements can help reduce the inflammatory response and help your body better use minerals and electrolytes to promote hydration.

by Sam Jones
Enzymes, Inc.

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