As a reminder to those of you whose Christmas lights are still up, summer is less than a month away. It’s hard to believe that another year is almost halfway through, when it seems like a few strains of Auld Lang Syne are still stuck in our heads. What that means, to point out the obvious, is that we’re aging. And for those of us encroaching upon the halfway point of more than just the year, summer is not always the healthiest time for us.
The Huffington Post, provided some reasons to greet the Summer Solstice more warily than we’ve had to in the past, now that a fair amount of our years are behind us. Let’s summarize, shall we? We shall.
Here Comes the Sun
We’re not in the Swinging ‘60s or ‘70s anymore. Sun-worshippers can no longer pretend they don’t know the kind of perils they face from exposing their unprotected skin to that bright yellow orb hanging over the horizon. To do so not only invites skin cancer and Melanoma onto (and into) your body, but wrinkles and those lovely sunspots, too.
The Vitamin D argument is pretty weak now as well, as it can easily be derived from many foods and supplements. So do yourself a favor. If you must hang out in the sun this summer, regularly introduce all of your exposed skin to a shot glass full of sunscreen first. And please don’t neglect those ears and feet of yours, either. If you leave skin cancer even a sliver of an opening anywhere, it’ll find it.
Few things define summer better than, to borrow an autumn word, the cornucopia of fantastic foods we consume during it. BBQ’s, farm stand-fresh fruits and veggies, beverages, (both soft and not so soft) sweets and snacks are just a fraction of the foods that pin tablecloths down to the nation’s picnic tables in summer. And trust us; you’re not sweating it all off.
The increased intake of calories, sugar, and the only rock humans eat, salt, make for a lot of fare that does not fare well for those who’ve long-ago waved their twenties goodbye. Some matches are made in Heaven, but middle-age and excess poundage is a match that can quickly serve to get you there.
Summer Vacation or Stay-cation
Maybe you’re an ex-SNL host planning on packing Beverly D’Angelo and the kids into the station wagon for a cross-country trip. Or maybe you’re just planning to hang out in a back yard lounge chair as your lawn sprinkler intermittently rains down upon you. Either way, there’s a fair chance you’ll be taking some time off this summer. When you do, keep in mind that it’s easy to lose track of how poor a time your diet, and skin, will be having on it if you don’t pay attention.
Look, we totally understand that vacations are tailor-made for overindulgence. But just remember, the more you take care of yourself during them, the less work you’ll have to do on yourself after them.
Enjoy a happy, healthy and fun summer everyone!
*Source article credit: Huffingtonpost.com
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