Summer is nearly here and that means an increase in activity...and also an increase in back injuries! Many of us are getting back outside: playing sports, gardening, and starting up an exercise plan. The stress and fatigue increased activity puts on your body can lead to issues and injuries. Chiropractic care can help you recover, and our health and wellness tips can help you have a healthier summer!
Tip #1: Get your daily dose of vitamin D. By spending 15-20 minutes in direct sunlight, you can increase your vitamin D levels. The right amount of vitamin D can boost your mood, decrease fatigue, help to regulate bone strength, prevent osteoporosis, and give you more energy!
Tip # 2: After you've spent your 15-20 minutes in the sun, apply sunscreen liberally on your entire body. Don't forget your lips, ears, and even the backs of your hands! Be sure to use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and apply every 80 minutes. We also suggest you read the label to make sure your sunscreen is free of harmful ingredients like OMC, PABA, and 4-MBC, benzophenone-3 and homosalate. These ingredients have actually been linked to an increased risk for skin cancer. Remember to apply sunscreen on both cloudy and sunny days!
Tip # 3: One thing we love about summer is farmer's markets! There are a number of fruits and vegetables that are locally available, so get out and take advantage of not only the health benefits, but also how delicious fresh fruits and veggies are! Or try growing your own organic herbs, berries, and vegetables.
Tip # 4: Staying hydrated is always important, but especially so in the summer heat. Take frequent breaks when working out. It is easier to suffer from dehydration in the hot summer months, particularly if you are playing sports or exercising outside. Drink water before you head outside to prevent dehydration. If you're already thirsty, you might already be dehydrated!
We can help you achieve your wellness goals, and it's important to make healthy choices in your everyday life. To learn more health and wellness tips, just ask during your next appointment!