Summer is a great time to be outside and enjoy the weather. But exposure to sun and hot temperatures can really take a toll on your health.
Which is why I'll tell you how you can minimize the 6 most frequent summer health risks.
1. Skin Cancer
It is the most common form of cancer. Over one million people are diagnosed with this disease each year. If caught early, skin cancer is usually treated easily.
Skin cancer is more common in people who:
- Spend a lot of time in the sun or have been sunburned;
- Have fair skin, hair, and eyes;
- Have a family member who has had skin cancer;
- Are over the age of 50.
You can check yourself for skin cancer every few months, get a free skin cancer screening, wear lots of sunscreen and avoid the sun when possible.
2. Heat Stroke
Heat stroke is a serious medical condition that can be life-threatening.
When you're experiencing a heat stroke, the body's core temperature rises. Much like a fever, extremely high body temperatures can lead to permanent damage.
Signs of heat stroke include:
- Short, rapid breathing;
- No sweating;
- Fast pulse.
If someone has these signs, call 911 immediately.
3. Food Poisoning
The CDC estimates that 76 million people suffer from food poisoning each year. The number of victims increases during the summer because high temperatures spoil food.
Also, leaving food unsupervised on the counter or when you go on a picnic is a total no-no. Tiny bugs can infect it or lay eggs in it.
A little precaution can go a long way in preventing the harmful symptoms of food poisoning like:
4. Eye Damage
UV rays in sunlight can damage your eyes. If you are out in the sunlight in the summertime, be sure to wear sunglasses that filter out UV light.
Otherwise, your sunglasses are opening up your pupils by making things darker, which actually lets in more UV rays, not less.
Be sure your sunglasses filter out 100 percent of UV light and be sure to wear them, especially around water, which can reflect a tremendous amount of light to your eyes.
Dehydration can occur quickly in the summer heat. Be sure that you have water handy whenever you will be in the heat for a long time.
Don't forget about children too - they may not ask for water, but they definitely need it.
Be sure to take frequent water breaks during the kids' summer activities.
6. Bug Bites
Bug bites can be annoying and itchy. But, they can also be serious if they bring an infectious disease like West Nile or Lyme disease.
Prevent bug bites and infection this summer by using a good bug repellent and wearing long pants and sleeves.
Remember, prevention can keep your body safe from these summer health risks.
If you want to take extra precautions, I recommend taking a daily supplement based on krill oil, like AccuHeart, that doesn't only support your circulatory system, but also provides protection for your eyes.