Health and Nutrition Tips for June
June 1, 2012
June reminds me of happier times. It’s when the days start to get longer and those couple extra hours of sunlight meant playing outside past dinner time. It also meant warmer weather coming and the end of the regular school year where summer is right around the corner.
Antioxidants Help Deal With Warmer Weather
To enjoy summer, you’ll need to prepare for the longer days and warmer temperature weather. Plenty of fruits ripen in June that you’re sure to enjoy from strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, and other berries that come into season. All these are low sugar fruits that have high antioxidants and a good resource for the following vitamins beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, selenium, vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin E.
Antioxidants will help protect the cells inside your body against the damaging effects of free radicals, and are formed as a result of various metabolic processes. You can learn more about antioxidants and what they are used for.
Being Careful From Overexposure of Too Much Sun
Don’t forget sunscreen for you and your kids. They will undoubtably spend lots of time playing outdoors into the evening. It’s always a good idea to make sure you’re using sunscreen or sunblock that have only natural ingredients. Because the days are longer with much more sunlight, you need to protect yourself from overexposure of UV ultraviolet rays.
Too much sun exposure can be harmful to your body. The impact is that you run the risk of developing skin cancer or faster aging. In order to protect yourself, you need to select the right type of sunscreen to block the harmful overexposure of UV rays. Depending on how long you plan on staying outdoors under the sun, you can select different grades of SPF sunblock. You can learn more about recommended sunscreen brands. The Environmental Working Group publishes a list of the best sunscreens every year; you can find it on their website at: http://www.ewg.org/2012sunscreen/