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This week I want to talk to you about being outside. Given that the weather is warming up now, it is natural for us to want to spend more time outdoors. This is perfectly fine, but you do need to realize how to protect yourself from some of the more dangerous factors in nature. Now don’t get us wrong, fresh air and some sunshine can do wonders for your mental any physical health. However, you need to remember that not everything outside is good for you. Here are some things to remember if you’re going to be spending time in nature.
1. Sunscreen. One of the most dangerous things outside is the sun. Prolonged exposure can not only cause sunburn and pain in the short term, but it may end up resulting in skin cancer later down the road. This is extremely common for people who don’t wear sunscreen and have had sun poisoning in their past. It doesn’t matter if it’s a partly cloudy day either, if you’re going to be out for a long time remember to put on some sunscreen. Also, be sure to reapply as needed, especially if you are swimming or sweating.
2. Bug Spray. If you are outside for any reason, you may want to consider wearing bug spray. While a few mosquito bites may be inconvenient to some, it can be serious in certain cases. Between the diseases that mosquitos can carry and the allergy that some people have to those bites, it is important to remember the bug spray. If you are going into the woods or tall grass, it is even more important to prevent tick bites. Ticks are starting to carry more dangerous diseases as well, so be sure to coat yourself and your shoes in DEET to prevent these issues. A little bit of a bad smell is far better to deal with than the pain that Lyme’s Disease can bring.
Being outside in the summer is great, but it is important to remember to take care of yourself as well. As long as you are responsible, you should be fine while out in the sun or lounging in the grass. After a long day of enjoying the weather, come into Wirth Chiropractic and get an adjustment. You might be amazed at how much better you feel!

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