Independence Day is finally here! After the year we’ve had, it’s important that we all get out and have a great time. But here’s the thing, even though this is a super fun holiday, we still need to keep ourselves and our families safe. If you have plans this upcoming holiday weekend, here are five tips to ensure you will have a happy and healthy Fourth of July.
BBQ Safely – Is there anything better than celebrating our independence by firing up the grill? This year, chances are your gathering is going to be much smaller than it has been in the past. After all, it is important to be mindful of the current COVID-19 situation and social distancing requirements. That being said, if you’re still planning on grilling for your family, there are some ways you can keep things safe and enjoyable. Food poisoning tends to peak in the summer months when warmer temperatures cause foodborne germs to flourish. Always wash your hands before handling raw meat. Clean your work surfaces, utensils, and grill before and after cooking. Try not to cross contaminate ingredients, meaning toss out marinades and sauces that have touched raw meat juices. This can cause the spread of germs to cooked foods and lead to an abundance of unwanted bacteria. Use clean utensils and always clean your plate after removing cooked meat from the grill. It is also important to check the temperature of your meat prior to serving. Spend time researching the appropriate cook times and temperatures for everything that you are making.
Keep your Digestion Strong - After you have successfully barbecued up a feast for your family, it is important to digest all that delicious food! Don’t let bloating, distention and constipation ruin a fun holiday. In order to ensure that you properly digest all that you are eating, consider taking Superior Labs 100% Natural Bromelain. Bromelain is an enzyme that is extracted from the fruit and stem of pineapple. It has been shown to support healthy digestion, making it a popular supplement to take with meals. Superior Labs is proud that their bromelain supplements are free from harmful ingredients like magnesium stearate, dioxide, preservatives, and artificial ingredients. Learn more about this popular supplement here. (https://superiorlabs.com/collections/digestive-health/products/bromelain)
Be Cautious of Overheating - It is no secret that summer is a wonderful time of year! The sun is shining, the sky is blue but unfortunately, it is also a time for extremely high temperatures. The heat kills hundreds of people every year which is unfortunate because heat-related deaths and illnesses are extremely preventable. Taking measures to stay cool, hydrated and informed can make all the difference to having a healthy and happy Fourth of July. If it is scorching hot this holiday, limit your outdoor activity, especially during the middle of the day when the sun is the hottest. Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Be sure to drink plenty of water and don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink more. Pay attention to what your body is telling you. Muscle cramping can be an early side of heat related illness. If it is a very warm day, consider taking your festivities inside where it is much cooler.
Don’t Skip the Sunscreen - It may sound like a no brainer, but it is important to apply sunscreen if you are spending the holiday outdoors. Sunscreen helps to prevent skin cancer and the risk of severe sunburns. If left unchecked, sunburns can lead to extreme dehydration and a trip to the hospital. Try using a broad spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. Reapply if you are having fun running through the sprinklers or splashing in the pool. If you do get burned, try supplementing with vitamin C. Superior Labs 100% Natural Maca is rich in this valuable vitamin to help your skin bounce back to all of its glory. Learn more about Superior Labs 100% Natural Maca here. (https://superiorlabs.com/products/maca)
Stay Hydrated - Let’s be honest…during the Fourth of July, a lot of us are going to drink dehydrating beverages. You know what I mean! This is a time for busting out the beer, having a glass of wine, even a nice tall glass of black iced tea. The trouble is that all of these beverages are super dehydrating. Combine that with the blazing heat and you are at risk a high risk for experiencing dehydration. Be sure that you drink plenty of water during the day in order to keep your energy levels at their highest. If you are outside, consider investing in a cooler full of bottled ice water.
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