Posts Tagged 'summer'

A-choose you destiny, not allergies

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With the plants budding, the season transitioning – all are fun and games until your allergies act up. It takes away the excitement of being outside and enjoying what the warm weather has to offer. Here are a few ways to help combat allergies and have it not rule your life this summer!

Shut ‘em out!

With the pollen count being so high this time of year, it is best to keep the windows shut – even if it is nice outside. If you find the beauty of the outdoors that tempting, opt for HEPA filter on your air-conditioning system and a flat or panel filter on your furnace if you want to get a feel for the breeze –  without the repercussions.

Scrub up!

Being exposed to the outside  – even for a little – is enough to bring tiny particles that the outdoors has to offer back inside with you. From your clothes, shoes, hair, and skin – make sure to immediately take a shower and and wash away any allergens to prevent any further irritation. 

Mask it up!

Desperate times call for desperate measures. For occasions where avoiding allergens are near to impossible, such as partaking in yard work and vacuuming, a respirator mask might just be your saving grace. Although it isn’t the most stylish, accessory one can rock this summer, it’ll for sure combat those pesky particles from triggering your allergies. It let’s you go about your dreaded chores without any external factors making it worse.

Go au naturale

Keeping your home is clean is the best way to combat indoor allergens. Opting for products that will both clean your house without suffering the consequences of  irritating your nasal passages and aggravating your symptoms is the best way to go about giving your home the spring cleaning it needs just in time for the summer season. Go for natural cleaners such as vinegar or baking soda to get the job done!

Healthy eating

Everything comes back to how you are fueling yourself internally. It all starts from gaining these habits as early as possible. Studies show that children who consume a lot of vegetables, fruits, and nuts had fewer allergy symptoms. Researchers are trying to investigate the link as to why that is the case, but there is no surprise that having the foundation of a healthy diet will be the catalyst to overall wellness.

Don’t let allergens choose your destiny. Take control and enjoy what the upcoming summer season has to offer!

 

Diana Banzon

 

Skin Cancer Awareness Month | May 2019

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May is the month of Skin Cancer Awareness Month. With the weather getting warmer and the days getting longer, people are more reluctant to going outside and having more exposure to the sun than ever. But with the wrong type of protection, your risks of getting skin cancer immediately increases. Educate yourself as to the dangers of skin cancer and learn as to why awareness is so important!

What is skin cancer?

It takes place when there is abnormal growth of skin cells and usually develops due to overexposure from the sun. Mutations occur in the DNA of the skin cells making it grow out of control, which eventually causes it to form into cancer cells. Skin cancer can be broken up into 3 major types which include:

  • basal cell carcinoma
  • squamous cell carcinoma
  • melanoma

Here are tips to decrease your chances of getting skin cancer:

  • Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
  • Don’t get sunburned.
  • Avoid tanning, and never use UV tanning beds.
  • Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or excessive sweating.
  • Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
  • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
  • See a dermatologist at least once a year for a professional skin exam.

Prevention is key. If there are ways to avoid getting skin cancer, why not take proactive steps now? Give your largest organ some extra love this summer and and protect it!

 

Have a happy and safe summer break,

Diana Banzon

 

Picnic Pick Me Up!

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The weather is finally at a point where it is bearable enough to eat outside! So why not take advantage of it by rewarding yourself with a little picnic? There are many ways to go about making the most out of something as simple as eating outside that are beneficial to your health. Here are reasons as to why you should whip out the good ole picnic blanket and basket and take it out for spin this National Picnic Day!

Breath of fresh air

Taking in all that fresh air the outdoors has to offer can be just the mood booster you need to take on the day! Staying crammed all winter long often gets depressing and old. The new change in atmosphere can leave you feeling rejuvenated and can effectively help clear the lungs of those who are suffering with respiratory disorders.

Here comes the sun

There is no better feeling in the world then the sun shining on your skin after a brutal winter that left us all deprived from the warmth. The sun emits vitamin D which helps fight off heart disease, dementia, prostate cancer, and so much more! It also has the power to build stronger bones. It is advised to get at least 10-15 minutes of sunlight daily and to always use sun protection if you decide to stay out longer. There is no need to be afraid of the sun – moderation is key!

Staying active

Picnics are not just for eating. It gives you an opportunity to really take advantage of all the space the outdoor provides that it can be just the playground you need to partake in physical activities. If you decide to get your competitive spirits on, you won’t even feel like you are working out because you are too busy having fun with the company you are with!

Healthy eating habits

Now this one is solely up to the person who is responsible for packing the food in a picnic. But typically, picnics consist of eating fruits, vegetables, and grains. Eating light and fresh will make you feel a lot better if you do choose to partake in physical activities or fuel yourself up with the nutrients after breaking a sweat.

 

Treat yourself to a little picnic for a little pick me up today! 

Diana Banzon

 

Save Your Summer!

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With summer coming to a close, we need to take advantage of everything the season has to offer! When it gets too hot, we take the season for granted wishing for the fall and winter to come faster. Until then, let’s make use of the limited time left in the summer and focus on ourselves and all things health and wellness the last of the season can provide us! 

The Sun

Obviously the sun is present year round, but who wants to be outside during the brink of winter? It is recommended to get at least 10-15 minutes of sun a day. The benefits of Vitamin D serves as a significant contribution for overall health; protects against inflammation, lowers high blood pressure, helps muscles, improves brain function and may even protect against cancer. Everything Is better in moderation, so be sure to still stay on top of protecting yourself with SPF and avoid overexposure because that can lead to some negatives effects. Get the last of your vitamin D before it gets too cold to do so!

The Produce

Thanks to transportation, we have the ability to gather produce from all over the world year round. But nothing can beat a stroll at your local farmer’s market knowing that everything was locally grown and purchasing from them will do nothing but support your fellow farmers who work hard to produce their craft! Getting the best quality at the best price for produce is going to be difficult when it starts to cool down. Refresh yourself with all the fresh fruits and veggies the season has to offer before they are gone or hard to find!

Vegetables in Season Now:

  • Radishes
  • Arugula
  • Cucumber
  • Beets
  • Bell Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini
  • Garlic
  • Corn
  • Rhubarb

Fruits in Season Now:

  • Apricots
  • Plums
  • Cherries
  • Blackberries
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Tomatoes
  • Passion Fruit
  • Melon
  • Lemon
  • Limes

The Warmth of the Weather

Although the heat can get the best of us, just sweat it all out! Yes, it may feel gross, but that might change your mind once you are aware of the benefits and how it can help cool you down. It can help prevent you from getting sick due to all the toxins the sweat releases from your body. Sweat is notoriously known to contribute to acne, but believe it or not,  it can help help eliminate blackheads and blemishes because it helps your pores open up and release the build up inside. It also eases pain. Whether it be from a workout or waking up to back pain from sleep, it is the ultimate motivation to get up and go and what better place to do it then outside in the warmth!

The Activities

Getting outside and taking in that fresh air is what the warm weather is all about! Whether it be a dip in a local pool, beach, or lake, or resorting to a bike ride to go to your designated location instead of driving, or something as simple as a jog, is all the motivation to get yourself out and moving!

 

Enjoy all the benefits the summer has to offer before it’s too late and get ready to welcome fall with open arms!

Diana Banzon

 

Eye Health to avoid the Sun’s Stealth

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The sun and its heat have its way of being more prevalent during the summer season. Despite the common misconnection, the sun and its rays take no vacation and have its effects on us year-round, even when the clouds are blocking the direct sunlight itself. Many associate its harmful rays to only damaging the largest organ of our body, our skin, when in reality, its effects go much beyond that.

As a Sunglass Hut associate, I heavily advocate the benefits of investing in quality eyewear to protect the most delicate region of our bodies, our eyes! We tend to disregard the importance of the ability to see and the area that surrounds our source of vision. Here are a couple effects the sun has on eyes along with the area surrounding it, giving us more of reason to protect this area!

Eye diseases are a serious matter. Too much exposure from the UV light emitted by the sun has the potential to cause cataracts, growths on the eye, and forms of cancer. Although these conditions take a while to develop, preventative measures such as unitizing broad brimmed headwear and sunglasses make a world of a difference no matter how old you are.

With the area around the eyes being the most thin and delicate, it also happens to be the most prone to show the first signs of aging. Sun exposure decreases the collagen found in skin that essentially provides its moisture and elasticity. In result is causes eye wrinkles known as “crow’s feet”, eye puffiness, and undereye bags. To help combat this issue, utilizing facial moisturizer that contains SPF helps to counteract this damage.  To really target the situation, utilizing richer eye creams will hydrate the area affected and is also recommended to be applied nightly for those who are 30 and older. Preventative measures are always the best way to help decrease the issue in the first place by avoiding physical trauma such as rubbing the eye or having a heavy hand when applying or removing makeup.

Despite all these scary claims of the damage sun can do, the exposure can actually be beneficial to the eyes when done in moderation or when it doesn’t have direct in contact with its UV rays. Seeing natural sunlight can promote better function in the brain. This brings me back to the point where we shouldn’t be afraid of the sun, just be aware of our limitations when exposed to it.

 

Diana Banzon

 

 

Sun Fun

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With warmer weather gracing Marquette’s campus recently, it is temping to want to bathe in the sun all day. From being trapped in Wisconsin’s winter tundra for so long, who could blame you? Sometimes being more aware of the sun’s capabilities is the best way to get the most out of every summer, while staying safe. Here are some facts to keep in mind when you are enjoying your time in the sun!

The most notorious negative that is always linked to sun exposure is skin cancer. On the contrary though, the sun and its rays can reduce the chances of other cancers such as pancreatic and breast, in specific. For both pancreatic and breast cancer, those who live in places with more cloud cover are more susceptible to it due to the lack of vitamin d.

Have you been feeling your mood change lately in accordance to the nicer weather and the sunny skies? That is no coincidence! Sunlight itself releases serotonin chemicals that reduces your stress and altering your mood for the better.

Your body makes vitamin D when you are exposed to the sun. Despite the benefits it offers to having healthy bones and brain, it is important to remember that there are safer ways to obtain it through your diets or supplements. It doesn’t take much to get the recommended amount of vitamin D through sun exposure, so don’t risk it if you know that you are tempted to overdo it. Vitamin D has the potential to protect the heart. Research shows that those who have been diagnosed with skin cancer are surprisingly less likely to have a heart attack. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to cardiovascular disease, so having a proficient amount of it in your system can only help benefit the heart.

When you think of lung health, you typically don’t associate its connection with the sun. But sunshine surprisingly has the potential to make the air we breathe dirtier. The UV rays trigger the release of chemicals that form smog that ultimately contributes to air pollution.

The sun has the potential to provide both good and bad results when it comes to our health. So I encourage you to go outside and catch some rays, but to also remember that everything is best in moderation.

Diana Banzon

Beat the summer blues

Although it is summer and there have been plenty of warm and sunshine filled days, this year has been particularly stormy. And there are thunderstorms in the forecast for most of the rest of this week. So if storms give you the blues, then make sure you get outside today while it’s nice and hot to take in some vitamin D (and don’t forget to wear sunscreen).  

Personally, I really enjoy thunderstorms, but when it’s rainy every day or wakes me up in the middle of the night, it gets a little sickening. It’s summer, It’s supposed to be nice enough to enjoy a day at the beach or biking the trails. But this year has left us all wanting to close our blinds and stay in bed all day. Who wants to walk around campus in the rain? And although you may be tempted to stay in the darkness in the comfort of your bed, lift your mood by doing the exact opposite. Get up and move around the house, turn on lights to help you forget about the looming dark clouds in the sky above. I personally say get outside and enjoy it, rain or shine, but I realize this option may not be everyone’s cup of tea.

If you do decide to stay indoors because of rain, do something good for yourself at home. It’s the best excuse there is to clean your house from top to bottom, cook a delicious and healthy meal, do some yoga and meditation, read a new and exciting book, or spend some quality time with your pets and family. There are an endless amount of healthy and positive activities to fill your day so that you don’t have to give in to the gloomy weather.

No matter what the weather is, use it to your advantage. Use the nice, warm days to be active outdoors, and use the stormy days as personal days to work on improving yourself or your surroundings. Never let a day go to waste, find something meaningful to do everyday. Finding a purpose in your everyday life will help beat the summer storm blues.

Alicia Diedrich


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