Summer means fun and frolic but people sometimes forget that the scorching summer sun is not as kind on their health and skin. The intense summer heat not only affects our body, but the skin too. These problems are further compounded by dehydration, leading to electrolyte imbalance due to excessive sweating.

In such a scenario, no family would like to have holidays blighted by summer scorchers such as sunburn, heat stroke, dehydration or fungal infections that make you sick while the sun shines. It’s always good to be aware of the DO’s and DON’T’s to sidestep all these problems. With that, here are some tips to have a happy and healthy summer:

  1. Stay cool and hydrated. Drink water, at least two to four cups upon rising, and similar amounts if you are going out for activities and exercise. Carry water with you in a glass jar or tumbler. Most people need two to three quarts of liquid per day, and more in hot weather or with sweating and exercise. This is to avoid heatstroke.
  2. Protect your skin to avoid sunburn. While enjoying the sun and outdoors, protect yourself from overexposure to sunlight by wearing a hat and using natural sunscreens without excessive chemicals.
  3. Practice proper food safety. Frequent hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of disease. Keep raw foods and utensils separate from each other. Cook foods to temperature. Promptly refrigerate leftovers to prevent the growth of bacteria.
  4. Maintain good hygiene. Take a bath daily and use clean water in bathing before and after going to the swimming pools and beaches to avoid skin disease and infection. Wash your hands with water and soap after using the toilet and before and after giving food to the child.
  5. Avoid eating fried foods. Eating excessive fat or fried food leads to lethargy, as it slows down the digestive process. It also affects the skin, making it look unhealthy.
  6. Avoid cigarettes and alcohol. Smoking and drinking, including consumption of carbonated or fizzy drinks dry your skin.
  7. Reduce tea and coffee intake. Drink water and fresh fruit juices. Eat fruits that have high water content such as watermelon, melon, oranges, turnips, and cucumber. Too much tea and coffee can cause increased urination. This leads to dehydration and dryness of skin.

Summer is also a time for vacation and travel. But always remember to follow the “10 Kumainments” and “#TUBIG PA MORE” as a guide towards healthy summer living. Stay hydrated and keep yourself healthy and safe. Let us all have an enjoyable, disease-free, and injury-free summer. -BMCC

Sources: Department of Health, NNC-ROI Fb Page