Summer is a time for being outdoors, enjoying the weather, and soaking up as much vitamin D as possible. But all that exposure to the heat and harsh sunlight requires taking different precautions than you would in any other season. If you’re not careful, you could end up increasing your risk of skin cancer, getting covered in mosquito bites, and suffering from dehydration.
Following basic summer health advice is a good first step — these tips might help keep you safe through the season. But there are some pieces of summer health advice that are totally misguided. Somewhere or another, a myth was conjured up about the health benefits of ocean water or cleansing your body of toxins. But following these pieces of advice might actually pose more of a health risk than benefit.
Don’t let that stop you from having a blast this summer, though. Take a day trip to the beach or pack a delicious picnic. Get outside and (so long as you apply sunscreen) sit for a while and enjoy the sun. You might even take a last-minute vacation or two. Just inform yourself first about what health advice not to follow this summer.