Summer is a time where we tend to be outside more than normal, and where the elements can be especially brutal. Today we go over a few products that are a must to keep on hand when you or your family members are enjoying life outdoors with what's left of this summer.
Things to Look Out For In Summertime
We know that summer is hot, very sunny, and often humid. We also know that it’s a time when many kids in some parts of the country are still out of school, and families are most likely to spend time outdoors on a late-summer vacation or at home. So what can you keep with you to help protect you and your kids from being negatively affected by the elements this summer?
First, let’s look at the things that you most need in order to guard you and/or your children from the outdoors. Sunburn is an obvious one; sunscreen is highly recommended in order to avoid sunburn. Other common summertime nuisances and dangers can include insect bites, dehydration, and heatstroke. These can affect you or your children, so it’s worth making the effort to be prepared.
Products to Prepare For Summer
The following products can each help you avoid the elemental nuisances and dangers that tend to arise in the summertime. Keeping them close by can make a difference between being comfortable or experiencing eventual agony. Talk to your doctor before using any oral supplement for the first time.
Hydrocortisone is probably the most common skin ointment used to treat itching. It can be of help to relieve itching from bug bites (namely, mosquitoes). Hydrocortisone is essential especially if you’re spending ample time in wooded areas.
Aloe vera can help with the healing process of sunburn. It can help brief physical relief from sunburn, and assist in preventing peeling of the skin as well. An aloe vera spray that is 99% or more aloe vera is ideal, since it requires hand-to-skin contact.
Calcium is a critical electrolyte that the body loses during sweating from exertion or being in the heat. It’s important to get enough calcium in order to stay hydrated and balance the presence of H2O throughout the body.
Magnesium is an electrolyte that helps your body thermo-regulate. Studies have shown that repeated heat exposure can lead to magnesium deficiency. Supplementing with it can help you avoid heatstroke by aiding your body’s ability to cool itself.
Potassium is another critical electrolyte that you need. An electrolyte imbalance must be avoided if you or your family member are exerting themselves outside this summer. If one occurs, then fainting, weakness, muscle aches, and a host of other negative symptoms can occur.
Folic acid can be especially helpful for older adults who spend a lot of time outdoors in summer to avoid heat stroke. The bodies of older adults produce less nitric oxide when in the heat than younger adults, and this can negatively affect blood flow. Studies have shown that supplementing with folic acid can help remedy this.
Summer is an inherently risky time to be outdoors a lot. But, it shouldn’t be dangerous. Being prepared for the heat, sunburn, and potent bug bites can make a significant difference in the comfort and safety of you and your children during the remaining summer-like weather, which often stretches well into September depending on where you live.