Stay Safe and Keep Hydrated this Summer


Stella Gandhi, MD

As summer approaches, it’s essential to prioritize two key aspects of summer safety: staying hydrated and protecting your skin from harmful ultraviolet exposure from the sun. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of hydration, the benefits of sunscreen, and provide practical tips to help you stay safe and enjoy the summer!

Keep your water bottle close at hand

Proper hydration is crucial for maintaining optimal bodily functions and overall health. During the summer months, our bodies lose more water due to increased sweating, leading to a higher risk of dehydration. Here’s how you can stay well hydrated:

  1. Drink Plenty of Water: Aim to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. If you’re physically active or spend significant time outdoors, increase your intake accordingly.
  2. Monitor Urine Color: Pay attention to the color of your urine. Clear or light yellow urine indicates proper hydration, while dark yellow or amber-colored urine may indicate dehydration. If your urine is darker, increase your water intake.
  3. Set Reminders: It’s easy to forget to drink water throughout the day. Consider setting reminders or using smartphone apps to help you stay on track with your hydration goals.

Use sunblock even when you think you don’t need to

Excessive sun exposure can lead to sunburn, premature aging, and an increased risk of skin cancer. Applying sunblock should be an integral part of your daily routine during the summer. Here are some important tips for using sunblock effectively:

  1. Choose the Right Sunblock: Select a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Look for products that are water-resistant and suitable for your skin type.
  2. Apply Generously and Frequently: Apply sunblock generously to all exposed skin areas, including the face, ears, neck, arms, and legs. Don’t forget commonly overlooked areas like the back of the neck and tops of the feet. Reapply every two hours, or more frequently if you’re sweating heavily or swimming.
  3. Seek Shade: Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, especially during peak hours (10 am to 4 pm). Seek shade under an umbrella, tree, or wear protective clothing such as hats, sunglasses, and lightweight, long-sleeved shirts.

By incorporating these practices into your daily routine, you can reduce the risk of dehydration, sunburn, premature aging, and skin cancer. It’s important to remember that prevention is key, and taking proactive steps to stay hydrated and protect your skin will contribute to your overall well-being.

Stay vigilant, educate yourself and loved ones about these preventive measures, and have a safe and enjoyable summer season! If you need anything, we’ll be here for medical advice on the go that fits your active summer lifestyle!

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