June's Wellness Topic: Skin and Summer Health
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Arlene Dalcin, RD
Skin and Summer Health

Summertime Health
by Arlene Dalcin

Summertime... and the living is easy! How true it is... The warmer days are here, we have many hours of daylight to be outdoors and there is an abundance of fresh, ripe and affordable produce. Read on for some tips to make the most of this wonderful season of the year.

  1. As the summer solstice nears and the Sun is more direct, sunburns are common. So, when you head outdoors this summer, be more mindful. Avoid the Sun's rays from 10 am-2 pm when they are most intense. And don't forget to protect your skin, even on cloudy days. This is especially important when you are near water and sand because of their reflective nature.
  2. The American Cancer Society has an easy to remember campaign: Slip, slop, slap and wrap:
    • Slip on a shirt.
    • Slop on sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.
    • Slap on a hat, and
    • Wrap on sunglasses.
  3. Exercising when it's hot and humid can be tricky. Be sure to hydrate with plenty of water and keep cool by wearing light-colored fabrics that wick away moisture.
  4. Why not rededicate yourself to follow a more plant-rich diet? Do you know where to find the closest farmers' market? This is a great resource for delicious, ripe fruits and vegetables. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is another way to get produce in season at a reasonable price. Check out: http://www.localharvest.org/csa
  5. Consider planting your own garden. Even if you are short on space, you can always grow tomatoes and fresh herbs in porch planters. With fresh veggies and herbs at your fingertips, you will be more inspired to fix delicious, nutrient-rich meals.

How will you manage your health this season? Hopefully, with care and consideration for your body, your most sacred vessel.

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