Well, we are in the thick of it: summer and all of its fresh produce, festivals, travel, mosquitoes, sweat and sunburn. Yes, with the good comes the not so good, but there are ways to enhance and protect yourself and your loved ones no matter what the conundrum.
Tip #1: Chill your workout OUT. Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine found that if you chill your hands during a workout, it will cool you down. Individuals who held onto hand-cooling devices worked out longer and stuck to their workout routines better. Apparently cooling your palms helps circulate the blood and pulls heat from the body. Grab a very cold bottle of water and GO!
Tip #2: Yes, you CAN get tan through that car window. I often wondered why the left side of my face had more freckles than the right. Skin is susceptible to the sun’s rays through glass. That’s because normal glass does not filter out UVA rays. Put on sunscreen when you’re driving or just sitting on the lovely sun porch. The sun will get you!
Tip #3: Mosquitoes. Beside the Zika virus, those nasty little critters bring lovely welts and intense itching. A little trick I read about: run a spoon under hot tap water and apply it to the bite. The heat from the metal relieves that itch in 5-10 minutes. Or use a capsaicin cream which elicits an analgesic effect. Ah, relief!
Tip #4: A little prescription for that summer sweat. Because we tend to be more active in the summer, our bodies tend to sweat…a lot. And that can bring on a case of the smelliest. A little habit to try starts at bedtime when you can put on deodorant and go to sleep. We typically put it on in the morning after we shower. By applying it at night, the deodorant acts as a better shield, having time to block the sweat glands overnight and giving you extra coverage for up to 24 hours.
Tip #5: A Taste of Honey. Yes, we use it to flavor our tea, but did you know that honey has healing powers. Researchers at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, discovered that when honey is applied to an open wound, it reduces the healing time significantly because it has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Honey also reduces scarring. Yes, it is sticky, but spread a little on the affected area and cover with a Band-Aid. Honey. Who knew?
Tip #6: Speaking of tea, tea bags can be used to stop your tennis shoes from smelling up the closet. They absorb the moisture from your shoes and stop the smell. Start by first wiping the inside of each shoe with a cotton ball soaked with rubbing alcohol to kill the bacteria, then place a dry, unused tea bag in each shoe and let them sit overnight.
Tips #7: I wanted to end this piece on a sweet note: marshmallows. Who does not love s’mores? Well, if you happen to get a miserable summer cold and sore throat, guess what? Marshmallows are your friend. The gelatin in these little bites of deliciousness coat the throat and relieve irritation and pain associated with the soreness. Marshmallows: they are not just for hot cocoa anymore.