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Summer Health Issues

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Summertime fun can be accompanied by problem issues including: sunburn, eye strain, overheating, dehydration, allergies, poison ivy, bug bites, stings, pricks, scrapes, cuts, burns, animal bites and even broken bones.

The sunshine is extra hot right now, with more UV rays than normal. UV-C is now coming through, which is more damaging than A and B. Super foods rich in carotenes and other pigments are helpful for good eye health.

Dehydration is common problem anytime, but especially when out in the heat of the day and perspiring. Stop activities periodically to cool down and drink some pure water.

As pollens are released in late summer and fall, allergic reactions ramp up for many people. Some of this can be minimized with a house cleaning of the body to reduce yeast and fungal overgrowth. Most of us are allergic to poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. They contain an oil called urushiol. The itchy, somewhat painful rash that can develop by touching this toxic oil is not fun.

Biting and stinging insects can carry diseases and be life-threatening for some.

Have first aid available nearby for any of the summer problems, including natural antiseptics and dressings for cuts, scrapes and burns. Essential oils from herbs and flowers provide simple natural protections and remedies for some bothersome health issues. Good natural bug repellents include clove oil, cedarwood oil and citronella oil.

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