With the unseasonably wet spring and the cooler than normal temperatures that we’ve had this year, entomologists have predicted a very ‘buggy’ summer. Fortunately, there are things that we can do to help prevent that annoying buzzing near our heads and the red itchy after-bites.
Dehydration is a serious problem, especially when talking about athletic performance. Your body needs water in order to operate on the most basic of levels. Without proper hydration your body can suffer mild to severe physiologic compromise. Weight loss of 1-2% of your total body weight can signify dehydration and will show signs of decreased performance. At a 3% loss you will start to experience heat cramps and a moderate to severe decrease in performance. Anything over a 5% loss puts you at risk for heat stroke. Dehydration actually occurs before the onset of thirst. Therefore, if you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated!
Not only is your skin your largest organ, but it is metabolically active, which means that it works hard to protect you from harmful external influences. Your skin contains many of the same enzymes present in your liver for chemical detoxification, and it houses immune cells that ward off pathogenic bacteria. Further, up to 65% of what you put on your skin may be absorbed into your bloodstream and lymph system. It’s important to choose your sunscreen carefully so that you can apply it liberally and often without concerns for your safety. Follow these quick tips to protect you and your family this summer: