Summer is upon us and it’s the one time of year when people are outside the most, interacting with others, so there is a potential for illness. But this can easily be prevented by keeping yourself healthy.
When seasons change, your body and mental outlook changes. Our bodies react to the changing seasons in a lot of ways. Your health is balanced by your energy. It helps you adapt to the changing temperatures, which can turn instantly, depending on what part of the country you are in.
Below are some things to think about to stay healthy while you enjoy the summer months.
The Fire Element
The seasons are said to be associated with one of the “Five Elements”, and the element associated with summer is “fire”. The Summer is generally hot, and, depending on where you live, it can be rather humid. The muggy feeling in the air during summer is caused by heat causing moisture to condense and sit in the air as it gets hotter. In summer, there is a good chance that humidity will build up on your body.
Summer Health Problems
The usual heat-related problems that come with summer are: rashes, headaches and irritation. Your blood pressure can rise from over-exposure to the heat and blister rashes, or boils, can show up on your skin. The heat tends to make people short-tempered because they find it difficult to get relief from the heat.
Summer Health Tips
To make sure your body is getting what it needs during the summer, it’s important to drink a lot of water and eat the right foods.
- Drink lots of water. Because it’s hot and you perspire more in the summer, you should drink at least 48 ounces of water in a 24 hour period. You can also drink juice or soda, but health professionals recommend water rather than sugar and caffeine. You perspire more during the summer due to the heat, so drinking more water than you normally would is advised. Pay attention to how you’re feeling, too, and make sure you give your body what it needs.
- Modify your salt intake. Too much or too little salt in your body can cause an imbalance in your blood pressure when you are overly hot. Your body will tell you you’re getting too much salt by your hands and feet swelling. The water in your body builds up most in those areas of your body.
- Eat cool foods. Cucumbers and watermelon are great to eat in the summer because of their cooling affect due to the water content. They help keep your body cooler, and because they are a type of diuretic, they help counteract your salt intake.
It’s okay to thoroughly enjoy your summer, and to ensure that you enjoy yourself all summer long and stay healthy, keep yourself aware of these steps to keep your family and yourself in top shape. To recap:
- Drink lots of water.
- Monitor your salt intake.
- Eat cool foods.
If you need help, make sure to get it.
If you are having any heat-related symptoms like heat rash, exhaustion or a severe headache, and they don’t clear up quickly, go to your doctor immediately. As with any illness, if it is not taken care of right away, you can experience more severe side effects very quickly without treatment.