Katz Health Tips, June 2016
1: A Safe Tan Is No Tan
Are you tempted to forego the sunscreen to get that sun-kissed glow of summer? It’s important to remember that “working on your tan” not only causes skin damage and premature aging, it dramatically increases your risk of skin cancer. Consider sunless tanning products, also called self-tanners, that can give your skin a tanned look without exposing it to dangerous ultraviolet (UV) rays. Sunless tanning products are available in lotions, creams and sprays. You will want to avoid applying sunless tanning products to the lips and the eye area, and avoid inhaling or breathing in spray tan products during a spray application. Also, keep in mind that most sunless tanning products do not protect your skin from UV rays, so if you spend time outdoors, sunscreen remains essential.
2: Enjoy Summer Fruit
It’s the peak season for fruit like berries, peaches, nectarines, watermelon and more. There are many delicious choices at your local farmer’s market or grocery store. While summer fruits are perfect for dessert, they can also be added to salads, salsas and even main dishes! Fresh fruit is a great way to add sweet flavor naturally to your meals while also adding a boost of vitamins, antioxidants and fiber to your diet. Here are more healthy eating tips.
3: Don’t Overdo It While on Vacation
A summer vacation is the perfect time to unwind, rejuvenate and celebrate. Yet, it can also be the time when your normally balanced diet goes awry. It’s understandable to splurge a little on vacation meals, but it can quickly add up to an abundance of calories and fat. The key is moderation. Sample a variety of foods, but don’t feast on them. And, make sure you find plenty of time for walking and other physical activities to help you offset any extra calories consumed. Take a bicycle ride after dinner, enjoy that hotel pool or enjoy a full day of exploring your vacation destination on foot.