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Healthy Guide to Summer Living

For many people, summer is their favorite season—and for good reason, too. The weather is nice, people take time off to travel and visit friends and family, and many fresh foods are in season. The summer is also a great time to consider your health! MSCI offers individuals health services ranging from yearly physicals to specialized services, some of which you can even schedule yourself.

With summertime here, consider taking part in some healthy activities. Slight changes to your routine can make a big difference in your life. Here are some habits to consider adopting or changing this summer to make it your healthiest summer yet.

Floss More Often

  • Flossing seems like something that only affects your teeth, but in actuality, your oral health goes far beyond your mouth. Healthy teeth can reduce the chance of gum disease, which has also been linked to heart disease. Bacteria that forms on your teeth can enter your bloodstream and cause complications elsewhere, so keep your teeth healthy by brushing and flossing every day. And flossing is important! If you don’t floss your teeth, you’re not cleaning 40% of your mouth!

Go Outside to Exercise

  • With the weather outside nice, going outside to exercise becomes an appealing option. Of course, you don’t have to go outside strictly to exercise. You can get some healthy activity by moving and working under the sun. Consider planting a garden, going for a swim, riding a bike, or walking outdoors. Any of these activities can provide some cardio and light strength training, so head outdoors and enjoy the sunshine!

Take Breaks

  • While working out is important, you can also use the summer to gain some mental health. The summer is the perfect time to take a trip and visit friends and family or go somewhere new. Take a vacation and de-stress. Stress has been linked to a number of health problems, and reducing your stress and anxiety levels can improve your overall well-being.

Sleep Better

  • Finally, try to get the proper amount of sleep during the summer. Good sleep habits can help keep your body running properly. Keeping the same bedtime and wake-up schedule will help your body recover after your day ends.

Make this summer your healthiest summer yet! Tell us what you do to improve your health during the summer. Note: these tips do not constitute medical advice and should not be implemented in lieu of seeing a doctor. If you have serious medical needs, contact your doctor; in events of an emergency, call 911.

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Heat Safety Awareness Day

In Texas, almost seemingly at the drop of a hat or a change in the wind, the temperatures can climb up into the 100s and can cause serious health problems for people who have to stay outside too long. Every Texan knows that it can be cool and comfortable one day and be a scorcher the next. As the weather shifts to summer conditions, Texans need to pay particular attention to children and pets and how long they stay in the sun for extended periods of time; on the hottest days, even a few minutes of carelessness can cause serious problems. We’ve put together a few tips outlined by the National Weather Service to help get you and your family through the summer months safely.

Beware the Car

The car can be an extremely dangerous place for children and pets alike. Even during relatively cool weather, a car can heat up tremendously and quickly, reaching much higher temperatures inside than outside. Never, under any circumstances, leave your child in a parked car during the summer. A child stuck in a parked car can develop hyperthermia (not to be confused with hypothermia), a condition when your body absorbs more heat than it can naturally handle. Even on days where it doesn’t seem that hot, a car can magnify the outside temperature, even if the windows are slightly opened.

Keep an Eye on the UV Index

The UV index is the anticipated amount of damaging UV radiation that will occur when the sun is at the highest point in the sky, usually around noon. Paying attention to the UV index can be a great way to determine whether sunscreen lotion is necessary. In most cases, applying some sunscreen is a good idea, especially during the Texas summers.

Drink Plenty of Water

The final component of maintaining good health is proper hydration. Particularly during the summer months, drinking enough water is paramount to staying healthy. Especially since little kids frequently love to play outside, parents and caregivers should enforce water breaks. You should also prioritize giving them water instead of sugary drinks.

Be on the lookout for danger signs. Flushed cheeks, heavy sweating, dizziness, vomiting, or cramps are just a few signs of heat exhaustion. If you see any of these happening, get your child out of the sun immediately into some place cold. You should also apply cold cloths to their forehead or to as much of their body as possible.

The summertime is a great time for outdoor fun, but it can also be dangerous. Follow these guidelines, be on the lookout for the signs, and keep your child safe even in the heat!