Living Healthy in the Summer Sun

Summer presents many types of opportunities, ranging from outdoor trips to potential vacation destinations. It also provides an opportunity to pick up some healthy habits, such as the ones shown below:

Get a Boost From Berries: Everyone loves snacks; unfortunately, the snacks that many people prefer to munch on are often full of salt, sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. A good alternative is to have a daily cup of berries; a mixture of blackberries, blueberries and strawberries offers a bevy of antioxidants, which can protect against tissue damage. As an added bonus, berries are also rich in fiber.

Grow A Green Thumb: One way to manage stress is to start up a small garden. If you don’t have the time for a garden, you could cultivate a flower box or some potted plants.

Floss Every Day: Adults are supposed to floss each and every day. The key words in that sentence being “supposed to.” Recent data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that less than a third of adults floss on a daily basis.

While flossing isn’t the most exciting activity in the world, it’s still very important. When you floss, you remove potentially harmful oral bacteria in your mouth. This allows your immune system to fight bacteria in other parts of your body

Pick Up Some Sunglasses: Sunglasses don’t just look cool; they also provide a lot of protection for your eyes. In fact, you can buy sunglasses that block over 99 percent of the sun’s powerful ultraviolet A and B rays.

Enjoy the Great Outdoors: Aside from maybe spring, there is no better time to enjoy the outdoor weather. Some outdoor activities you might consider picking up include walking, hiking and swimming.

Get Some More Sleep: Many people consistently fail to get enough sleep. Consequently, they might have the urge to take naps during the day. While understandable, this would be a mistake. Instead, try to stick to a sleeping schedule, one that allows you to get at least seven hours of sleep per night.

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