At the Katz Institute for Women's Health, we see women’s health differently. And we’re a champion for women's health and wellness. As your trusted partner, we’re here to help you take charge of your own health and wellness. Check back each month for tips and insights from our experts so you’ll be in the know.
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At the Katz Institute for Women's Health, we see women’s health differently. We’re a champion for women's health and wellness and we want to make sure you have the knowledge you need to stay safe this summer.
Don’t forget the sunscreen
While sunscreen should be worn every day, it’s particularly important in the late spring and summer when skin requires extra protection from the sun’s harmful radiation. Applying sunscreen can help reduce your risk for skin cancer, premature aging and sunburns. The American Cancer Society recommends a sunscreen with broad-spectrum UV coverage with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.
Choose the right summer footwear
With the season of sunshine fast approaching, it’s important to step out safely by choosing the right footwear. Flip-flops are undeniably convenient for the beach. Yet, they are not the best choice for everyday wear. With thin soles and no support, they can cause foot pain, tendonitis and even sprained ankles if you trip. The key to healthy feet this summer is to let your feet breathe while providing them with ample support. Athletic sandals, canvas sneakers and loafers offer a cool summer look while providing the support needed to prevent injuries.
Sleep in a cooler room
During the summer, sleep can be hindered by a bedroom that is too warm. The ideal temperature should be between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Sleep Foundation. By setting your thermostat to a cooler setting at night, you gain the best chance for getting enough rest to have a productive day.
Choose foods that hydrate
While drinking water throughout the day is the best way to stay hydrated, you can also hydrate your body by eating certain foods that happen to be widely available during the summer months. These include cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, radishes, lettuce, berries and watermelon. By adding a salad to your summer meal or swapping out dessert for a slice of melon, you can help replenish the extra water your body needs to function optimally during the warm summer months.
Protect yourself from ticks
Preventing tick bites is your best defense against developing Lyme disease. When going for a hike or walk in a wooded area, avoid high-grass areas and walk in the center of the trail. Use insect repellant, either applied directly to your skin (with at least 20 percent DEET) or with pretreated clothing. When you return indoors, a full body check can help you spot ticks early and prevent bites. Use a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body. Don’t forget to examine your hair, scalp, in and around your ears, under your arms, and behind your knees.