Summer is in full swing. With the higher temperatures and intense summer sun it's important to stay safe and healthy.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
As a cancer survivor, you may be at an increased risk for dehydration and sunburn as a result of treatment or medication side effects. It is important to consult with your provider regarding any specific sun-related effects of your therapy. Heat can also worsen cancer-related fatigue. Be sure to listen to your body and rest if you feel tired. If you have symptoms such as muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, fever, seizures or trouble breathing, seek medical care immediately.
Be sure to build in frequent water breaks, especially if you are outside being active. Taking a tepid shower also helps cool one down. Try to keep your meals fresh and light. Choose summer fruits and vegetables such as melons, peaches, strawberries, cucumbers and tomatoes. Enjoy popsicles, fruit sorbet or smoothies for extra cool treats. Visit this site for some Mayo Clinic healthy recipes.
There are health benefits to sun exposure – improved mood being one. With a little bit of planning and proper precautions, the outdoors can be enjoyed even on warm, sunny days.
How are you staying cool and enjoying summer?