Quick Tips for Your Health
Even though summer is officially over, you still need to think about daily skin protection from the sun. Did you know that five or more severe sunburns before age 20 increases your lifelong risk of developing skin melanoma? Use sunblock year round, but especially during the months of May through October, when you typically wear less protective clothing and the sun is quite strong during daytime hours. Remember to apply lotion to your face and all exposed skin. Don’t forget that your scalp, ears and nose are particularly vulnerable, so consider wearing a hat when out for long periods in the sun. If you have had blistering or serious sunburns, get a yearly head to toe skin check with a board-certified dermatologist. Your hairstylist can also do a scalp check once a year.
It may be better to spread your protein intake between three meals daily, rather than eating large protein meals at dinnertime. Spreading your protein intake during a day’s worth of meals, may allow for better muscle repair and better utilization of the amino acids that protein provides.
You may think tomatoes when it comes to lycopene, but watermelon and apricots are lycopene-rich too. Squeezing lime over watermelon cubes is a refreshing dessert. If you cook tomatoes and add a bit of healthy olive oil, your body will more readily absorb the lycopene.
A new study now confirms the impact that stress can have on inflammatory skin conditions like acne, psoriasis and rosacea. Try meditation to reduce levels of stress.
Though losing weight may improve your health, it does not guarantee happiness. A new study of 1,979 overweight and obese adults in the UK showed that subjects who lost 5% or more of their initial body weight showed improved health markers BUT they were actually more likely to report feelings of depression, than those who stayed within 5% weight loss range. The theory is if you have huge expectations from the weight loss, you may find that many of your ongoing issues still remain even with significant weight loss.