Your health is important to us. Did you know your health is effected by living in the beautiful sunshine state of Florida?
We are all effected by the hotter weather and full time sunshine. For example, we have more need to hydrate and use sunscreen than most people who live in other states.
A new report shows that when you drink water, your brain works better according to Experience Life magazine. Research has shown that when someone is dehydrated, their brain tissue shrinks, making it harder to think.
To test water’s brain-boosting power, a new study asked 34 thirsty men and women to perform a series of mental tasks, measuring their reaction time, memory, and learning capabilities. Half were given water; the other half weren’t.
The subjects who guzzled about 2 cups of water before completing the tasks increased their reaction time by 14 percent.
In addition, the water drinkers felt happier, less confused, and more relaxed.
Men’s Fitness magazine gives healthy hydration habits:
1. Eight glasses of water per day is a good start, but you might need more.
2. A typical gym session doesn’t require extra hydration, but if you go past 60 minutes, replace salts and electrolytes.
3. Hydration needs are the same in winter, though sweating is less noticeable.
4. For most of us, there’s no need for vitamin and mineral infused water.
5. You can’t “make up/catch up” by chugging a liter. So you don’t fall behind, keep a full bottle in view on your desk.
6. Coffee, tea and other caffeinated pick-me-ups provide hydrating qualities similar to water. They do count.
Sunscreen is very important in Florida. Women’s Health magazine gave some information about sunscreen that you may not be aware of.
1. Wearing a hat does not eliminate the need for sunscreen on your face.
2. You really do need to reapply every two hours. Perspiration dilutes sunscreen and causes it to evaporate.
3. Tanning damages and ages the skin-even if it’s just a little base tan.
4. More skin pigment equals more natural protection, but people with dark skin are still at risk for skin cancer.
5. Sunscreen is the best anti-aging serum.
6. Sunscreen has an expiration date of about a year, and should be thrown away at season-end.
Even if you’re a master at sunscreening, you’re probably still missing a spot. Few people realize it’s critical to safeguard their eyes. Aside from the risk of ocular cancer, 24 million people will end up with conditions like cataracts, which can be fueled by the UV damage you’re getting now. To protect your eyes, wear sunglasses rain or shine. Pick pairs with UV400 or 100% UV blocking on the label. Lens color and darkness are purely style choices. Also, add a hat with a 3-inch brim to help. One final thing, check your medicines. Some can make your eyes very sensitive to sun, prompting them to burn in less time.
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