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5 Tips to Beat the Heat!


This summer has been an incredibly hot one, even for Florida natives! Sweltering temperatures can make it miserable to do things as simple as walking to your favorite coffee shop for a bit of (iced) heaven. Lucky for you, we have a list of 5 tips to keep cool and protect yourself this summer.

Tip 1: Sunscreen!

Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! This point cannot be stressed enough. It is very easy to get burned this summer, even if you are just taking a quick trip to the grocery store. I unfortunately speak from personal experience in this case. According to the CDC, unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun’s ultraviolet rays in just 15 minutes. On top of that, skin can take up to twelve hours to show all of the effects of sun exposure. That means when you start to feel a little burned, it is past time to go inside. If you will be in the sun, try to cover up and make sure you wear sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15.


Tip 2: Make sure you’re staying hydrated.

Make sure you are drinking enough water. Your body naturally sweats in order to cool itself off. However, while this maintains your body at a safe temperature, it also dehydrates you. Make sure you drink enough water to stay replenished. The CDC recommends about 10 ounces every 15-20 minutes. If water getting too boring for you or you want to add extra nutrients (or both in my case) you could also try drinking chilled LUCKY BONES. Hydrating and yummy as a bonus!


Tip 3: Pack snacks.

When you’re on lying on the beach or splashing in the pool, it is tempting to grab an unhealthy snack from a nearby machine, restaurant, or ice cream parlor. Combat that by packing a cooler to bring with you. You will guarantee food you enjoy and easily accessible healthy options. Consider foods with a high water content like watermelon and oranges to satisfy your hunger and your thirst.


Tip 4: Declutter your room.

While it could be tempting to let your room fall into disarray while you run off to enjoy summer fun, try and maintain your space. Just taking ten to fifteen minutes to tidy up can ensure you feel more relaxed when you return home. It is difficult to start, but once finished you will feel accomplished and calm in your home. Cleaning your physical space will help ensure you feel less overwhelmed and that makes it an important part of self-care.


Tip 5: Beware of buffets.

Summer barbeques are a great fun but make sure you are aware of how long the food has been baking in the sun. Whether you’re a guest or the host, avoid buffet food that has been out for more than an hour. The most rapid bacterial growth on food occurs when the food is between 70 and 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Protect yourself and others by keeping the buffet outside for only a short time or keeping the food inside.


From everyone at aha Pure Foods, have a wonderful summer and make sure you stay safe!


One spoonful at a time,

Amanda Pennings



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