For the rest of the country, spring has arrived. In Florida, spring was two weeks at the end of March, and now summer is here. It’s hot already and only going to get more so.

I like the heat. I have lived here in Florida since 1973, so I am used to it, but even I can get overheated when the temps go up into the high 90’s.

People think that because it’s so humid in Florida, they don’t have to worry much about staying hydrated, but they are mistaken. It’s just as important to stay hydrated here and for several reasons. One, the heat takes fluids out of you. You will perspire more in our hot summers. Two, you will most probably spend more time indoors and air conditioning literally pulls moisture out of the air.

If it’s pulling moisture out of the air, think about what it is doing to your skin. Don’t forget about your children too. Yes, they will want to drink those sugary sports drinks and juices. Try to limit those as much as possible, or at least mix them half and half with water. Believe it or not, milk is also a good way to stay hydrated. It not only has contains protein and some fat , it’s also shown to reduce the chance of them becoming dehydrated. If you can’t get enough water in them, then try some milk.

Try to get out as early as possible in the morning, before the sun gets too hot. Then, if you are here on vacation, take a nice nap after lunch. Whenever possible do the rest of your outdoor activities later in the day when the sun is not quite so hot.

When the rainy season comes back, every afternoon in the summer we usually get rain showers. It’s always nice to break up all the heat and sunshine with a cool shower. Don’t worry about getting caught in an afternoon shower, the rain is usually nice and warm.

Have a great summer. I know I will.

Valentina Boonstra

Massage Therapist

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