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5 Foolproof Tips to a Fantastic Summer

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Summer is the season that so many of us look forward to. Warm nights, BBQs, happy kids, and sunshine. What’s not to love?

Unfortunately, there are a few things that can put a damper on summer fun. But as us health nuts know, the best way to keep the good times rolling is to be prepared!

Mosquito Bites:
If knowingly going into a mosquito zone, avoid bites first by being prepared with a safe repellent. To avoid chemical repellents like DEET, consider making your own and read here for tips, tricks and recipes.

If you do get bit, find relief with a baking soda paste, Tiger Balm, or another home remedy.

These are painful, harmful, and frankly, just not a good look.

First and most importantly, prevent them! Be smart and apply sunscreen before you’re sweaty or sandy, and reapply, reapply, reapply! Keep an extra hat by the door or in your car in case you find yourself exposed and unprepared.

Secondly, make sure to choose a safe, chemical-free sunscreen. Visit the Environmental Working Group site for this year’s sunscreen guide, or read up on safety here.

Hydration becomes so much more important when the summer heat begins to make your skin cry. Whether you need to lower your thermostat, are spending more time exercising, or are simply spending more time outdoors this summer, most of us are sweating more than usual.

Proper hydration is important for overall health and is needed by every cell and organ in your body to carry out necessary functions.

Remember that your body is two-thirds water. Spruce up your water with a cleansing lemon or other citrus, try first reaching for water when you feel hungry (as the sensations can be easily confused), and never leave home without your reusable water bottle!

Swimmer's Ear:

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Sunburns are the big one especially for us living in Henderson, Nevada(just next to Las Vegas). We get temps in the 110's easily in the summer. So we tend to be more active either early in day or leter after sun goes down.

Marielaina Perrone DDS
Henderson Dentist

October 16, 2012 - 9:17am
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