Rising temps can trigger a handful of health hassles. SHAPE Magazine's Bahar Takhtehchian was here with some strategies to nip them in the bud.
A Throbbing Head
Your headache risk jumps 8% each time the temperature climbs nine degrees because it makes the blood vessels in your skull expand and press up against surrounding nerve endings.
- Drink a large glass of water and moving to cooler quarters may also prevent an oncoming headache. Sunlight also can bring on headaches so don't leave home without your aviators.
Heat is one of the top triggers for rosacea, a chronic condition that causes blood vessels to dilate, making you look ruddy.
- Anything that cools you down will help take the redness down, like moving to an air-conditioned room, splashing your face with cold water, using a fan, or chewing ice chips
- UV rays are another trip wire, so minimize sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when it's strongest; If you need to be outdoors during the day, be sure to slather on a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen
Don't be a walking advertisement for bug repellant. Here's what to do to keep bugs at bay this summer so that you can avoid itching, scarring, and the general discomfort that they cause.
- Use repellent like you would with sunscreen and applying a thin layer--a little goes along way, a thick glob isn't more efficient at stopping skeeters!
- Know when to reapply; there's no standard for bug spray re-application like there is with sunscreen. Avon's Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Picaridin ($14; avon.com) should protect you for several hours.
We tend to be more active in warmer weather, standing and walking outside more; as a result, gravity pulls blood and other bodily fluids downward, which causes them to pool in your ankles and feet. Whether it's from sunburn (shame on you) or just being outside in the heat, nobody wants swollen feet (especially if you're trying to slip on those new strappy sandals).
- Elevate your feet whenever possible and soak them in an Epsom salt bath (2 tablespoons of salt to a quart of warm water) for 10 minutes, three to five times a week. This solution acts as an anti-inflammatory astringent, bringing down the bloat.
- You can also use black tea bags (two per quart of warm water); the tannins they contain are an astringent
- Finally, cool your heels and toes by slathering a refreshing lotion, like AHAVA'S Dead Sea Water Mineral Foot Cream ($19; ahavaus.com)
Summer is the most common time to grill and BBQ and it's easy to get food poisoning from food that hasn't been cooked properly or refrigerated promptly.
- Make sure to grill each type of food at the right temperature for the right amount of time and store it properly afterwards with the right size Tupperware that is airtight
- Wash raw vegetables and fruits thoroughly before eating, especially those that will not be cooked.
- Use separate chopping boards for raw meat or poultry and vegetables
How To Prevent Summer-Related Health Issues
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