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The Importance of UV Protection

The Importance of UV Protection

We’re thrilled to enjoy a normal summer once again (minus the cicadas). It’s great to be able to exercise and have fun outside by ourselves, with our families, and even in groups. While it’s normal to want to enjoy ourselves again, it’s important to remember to care for our bodies in the intense summer sun.

UV Radiation

Sun damage to the body is caused by invisible ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV rays can reach you on cloudy and cool days, and they reflect off of surfaces including water, cement and sand. Sun exposure can cause sunburn, skin aging, eye damage and skin cancer, the most common of all cancers. While dermatologists recommend wearing sunscreen indoors and out year-round, we understand that not everyone will do that. You should at minimum apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before venturing outside to allow the sunscreen to bind to your skin. Reapply every two hours of exposure and immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.

Sunscreen Guidelines

The CDC does not recommend sunscreen for infants younger than six months old. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends keeping infants out of the sun during midday and using protective clothing if they have to be in the sun.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that everyone aged 7 months and older — regardless of their skin tone — wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

How To Choose A Sunscreen

Use a sunscreen that says broad-spectrum on its label. This ensures it will screen out both UVB and UVA rays.

If possible, avoid the sunscreen ingredient oxybenzone because of concerns about hormonal properties. Remember, though, that it’s important to take steps to prevent sunburn, so using any sunscreen is better than not using sunscreen at all.

For sensitive areas of the body, such as the nose, cheeks, tops of the ears, and shoulders, choose a sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. These products may stay visible on the skin even after you rub them in, and some come in fun colors that kids enjoy.

Wear Sunglasses

Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce the risk of cataracts. They also protect the tender skin around your eyes from sun exposure.

Sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays offer the best protection. Most sunglasses, regardless of cost, meet this standard. Wrap-around sunglasses work best because they block UV rays from sneaking in from the side.

We hope you remember to take care of your body inside and out while you’re exercising this summer. If you experience any pain from exercising, consider scheduling an appointment at Live Well Chiropractic Center. We help treat and prevent pain and injury through our focus on nutrition support and supplements, exercise and spinal health. Schedule your appointment today by calling 513-285-7482 or emailing info@livewellcc.com. Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for our latest updates and tips!

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Creative Ways To Stay Hydrated This Summer

Creative Ways To Stay Hydrated This Summer

Now that weather is nice out, odds are you’re spending a lot of time outdoors. Hooray for fresh air and natural Vitamin D! In addition to following the American Academy of Dermatology’s guidelines for applying sunscreen, it’s important to stay hydrated, especially when exercising in the heat.

How Much Water Should I Drink?

According to Harvard Medical School, an average adult needs at least six cups of water a day to avoid dehydration. It is recommended to drink half your body weight in ounces per day. Also, it is possible to take in too much water if you have certain health conditions, such as thyroid disease or kidney, liver, or heart problems; or if you’re taking medications that make you retain water, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), opiate pain medications and some antidepressants. For the exact amount of water you need, consult your physician.

Does Anything Other Than Water Count?

While some of us can drink nothing but plain water all day like a champ, not everyone feels the same way. It’s better to think of fluids as a traffic light. Considering your physician’s recommendations, think of non-carbonated spring or tap water as a green light so drink as much as you like. Unsweetened water that has been enhanced with electrolytes is the constant green arrow as far as hydration is concerned. Unsweetened herbal tea is also a green light as long as it is not caffeinated.

Speaking of caffeine, this is where the light changes colors to yellow. Use caution to proceed because caffeine can actually cause dehydration. Yes, that soda or regular iced tea is a fluid, but it’s not hydrating your body in a healthy way. And while an occasional glass of wine or bottle of beer is also a liquid, these drinks are red lights and can cause dehydration.

Pep Up Your Water And Stay Hydrated

A great way to add a little pep to your water is to add frozen organic berries or fruit slices. Even adding a slice of rind from a peeled orange, lemon or lime gives water a great flavor.

Eat Your Way To Hydration

Summer is the perfect season for watermelon, celery, grape tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers, all of which are high in water. Stone fruits are another good choice. These fruits get their name from the pit or “stone” in their center that is encased in a fleshy outer area. These foods are all healthy, and they can help keep you hydrated.

At Live Well Chiropractic Center, we want all of our patients to live happy, healthy lives. We understand that nutrition is a huge part of your overall health and wellbeing, and are proud to offer a variety of supplements and support products. Give us a call at 513-285-7482 to find out how we can help improve your nutrition and overall health! Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for our latest updates and tips!

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Watch Out For Sugar And Saturated Fats

Watch Out For Sugar And Saturated Fats

Food and nutrition play a crucial role in health promotion and chronic disease prevention. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans by the departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services, more than half of U.S. adults have one or more diet-related chronic disease, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease or certain cancers.

Everyone, regardless of health status, can benefit from lowering their sugar and saturated fat intake to follow healthier diet patterns. Here are a few of their recommendations:

Minimize Sugar

Sugary drinks are among the worst things you can put in your body. If you’re used to adding sugar to your coffee or tea, try reducing the amount you use before giving it up altogether. If you drink a lot of soda, transition to flavored sparkling water before transitioning to water with lemon or berries. Sugar can be a strong addiction, so if you try to cut it out too fast you could end up with side effects including increased cravings and mood issues.

The new guidelines recommend limiting added sugars to less than 10 percent of calories per day for ages 2 and older, and to avoid added sugars for infants and toddlers.

Limit Saturated Fats

Eating foods that contain saturated fats raises the level of cholesterol in your blood. High levels of LDL cholesterol in your blood increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. The new guidelines recommend limiting saturated fat to less than 10 percent of calories per day starting at age 2, and the American Heart Association recommends limiting these to no more than 6 percent.

Examples of foods with saturated fat are: fatty beef, lamb, pork, poultry with skin, beef fat (tallow), lard and cream, butter, cheese and other dairy products made from whole or reduced-fat (2 percent) milk.

In addition, many baked goods and fried foods can contain high levels of saturated fats. Some plant-based oils, such as palm oil, palm kernel oil and coconut oil, also contain primarily saturated fats, but do not contain cholesterol.

Dr. Kimberly Muhlenkamp-Wermert and the team at Live Well Chiropractic Center knows that nutrition is a huge part of your overall health and well-being. We are proud to offer a variety of supplements and support products, as well as a full suite of chiropractic care, orthotics and corrective exercise for your entire family. Give us a call at 513-285-7482 to find out how we can help improve your nutrition and overall health. Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for our latest updates and tips!

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