Summer time is here, and like any good pacific north westerner, we have to get outside and enjoy as much of that beautiful sunshine as we can before it’s gone. Here are a few thoughts to remember when spending more time out doors.

Make sure that you protect and take care of your skin every day. That includes moisturizing daily as well as applying sun screen when you are going to be out in the sun for a while. I do recommend spending at least 10 minutes out doors without sun screen on though so you can absorb that great vitamin D. But after about 10-15 minutes, make sure you put on sunscreen so you don’t burn.

This also hold true for your eyes. When it’s very sunny outside, make sure you have sunglasses to protect your eyes from any potential damage that the sun’s UV rays may cause.

Staying hydrated is an absolute must. Most of us don’t get nearly enough water on a daily basis. The old adage of 8 cups a day of water is still a pretty good rule to follow for the most part. However, if you are outside all day or running around/playing sports/exercising, you will most likely require more water than just the standard 8 cups. Drinking up to a gallon of water can be good if you are out side sweating a lot or playing sports in the summer heat. Just remember, when you feel thirsty or your tongue feels dry, it means your body is already in a state of dehydration which can be dangerous.

And since you typically be more active in the summer, if you do get injured, or tweak a muscle from all the fun you are having, remember that acupuncture can be a helpful tool in speeding up your recovery post injury. The goal is always to get you back to 100% as fast as possible, and acupuncture is a great way to help promote blood flow, decrease inflammation, and diminish pain so that you can begin moving more freely and start rehabbing the injury quicker.

If you have any questions, now is a great time to reach out and call me or email me with anything you might want to know. Feel free to email me at [email protected] or call me at (360) 892-4355. Or if you are ready to schedule an appointment, we can get you scheduled in at your earliest convenience.

Have a great and healthy summer,

Michael