SUMMER TIP #8 Sleep Like a Baby & Get a Good Night’s Rest
Resist the urge to stay up later during long summer days. Instead, pay attention to good sleep hygiene by keeping the same bedtime and wake-up schedule and not drinking alcohol within three hours of bedtime.
Adults: It’s also a good idea to avoid naps during the day unless you take them every day at the same time, for the same amount of time.


SUMMER TIP #7 Go Light
Summer’s a great time to skip drinks with hard alcohol and choose a light, chilled alcoholic beverage (unless you are pregnant or should not drink for health or other reasons).
A sangria (table wine diluted with juice), a cold beer, or a wine spritzer are all refreshing but light. In moderation — defined as one to two drinks daily — alcohol can protect against heart disease.
Details: https://www.kitchentreaty.com/individual-white-berry-lemon-sangrias-yes-sangria-in-a-jar/


SUMMER TIP #6 Take A Vacation!
Improve your heart health: take advantage of summer’s slower schedule by using your vacation time to unwind.
Vacations have multiple benefits: They can help lower your blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormones such as cortisol, which contributes to a widening waist and an increased risk of heart disease.
Before you leave, schedule your annual physical for after you return by calling 402 367-3193!


SUMMER TIP #5 Be Good to Your Eyes!
To protect your vision at work and at play, wear protective eyewear. When outdoors, wear sunglasses that block at least 99% of ultraviolet A and B rays. Sunglasses can help prevent cataracts, as well as wrinkles around the eyes.
Be Good to Your Eyes or doing tasks such as mowing the lawn, wear protective or sport-specific eyewear.
Then, schedule an appointment to come SEE us for your annual physical!


SUMMER TIP #4 Get Outside to Exercise
Pick one outdoor activity — going on a hike, taking a nature walk, playing games such as tag with your kids, cycling, roller blading, or swimming — to shed that cooped-up feeling of gym workouts.
And remember, the family that plays together not only gets fit together — it’s also a great way to create bonding time.
For more ideas: https://www.pta.org/home/family-resources/health/Obesity-Prevention/Encourage-Physical-Activity


SUMMER TIP #3 Floss Daily
You know you need to, now it’s time to start: floss every single day. Do it at the lake (in a secluded spot), while reading on your patio, or when watching TV — and the task will breeze by. Encourage the kids too!
Flossing reduces oral bacteria, which improves overall body health, and if oral bacteria is low, your body has more resources to fight bacteria elsewhere. Floss daily and you’re doing better than at least 85% of people.


Summer Tips:
#2 Get Dirty—and Reduce Less
To improve your stress level, plant a small garden, cultivate a flower box, or if space is really limited, plant a few flower pots — indoors or out.
For more tips, see https://www.webmd.com/women/features/8-summer-steps-for-healthy-living


#1 Give Your Diet a Berry Boost
If you do one thing this summer to improve your diet, have a cup of mixed fresh berries — blackberries, blueberries, or strawberries — every day. They’ll help you load up on antioxidants, which may help prevent damage to tissues and reduce the risks of age-related illnesses. Blueberries and blackberries are especially antioxidant-rich.
A big bonus: Berries are also tops in fiber, which helps keep cholesterol low and may even help prevent some cancers.
Keep watching for MORE super simple ways to boost your health this summer. Try one or try them all. They’re so easy you won’t even know they’re — shhhh — good for you.


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