Summer Health Myths That Will Surprise You

Know what you should or should not do before you hit the pool, lay out in the sun, or go hiking


The sun’s rays, public pools, weather hazards, and little bloodsucking bugs, especially mosquitoes, all make the list of what can derail your summer health—and surprisingly, there are plenty of misconceptions about them.

Summer is also the time of year when many people get motivated to lose weight. They think it’ll be easier because the weather is warmer. They are wrong. Some old myths never seem to die.[slideshow:101814]

Spending more time in the great outdoors means you could be running into some potential health issues. The biggest one is heat stroke, Dr. Greg Wells, an assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Toronto, says. “You have to be very, very careful and drink a lot of water, especially before, after and during a physical activity.”

You should also avoid wearing dark clothes, as they absorb heat, and listen to your body, he adds. “If you are out of breath, feeling dizzy and lightheaded, get inside where there is an AC and cool off ASAP,” Dr. Wells says.

Kids are out of school and families tend to spend a lot more time outside. Possible consequences, if people are not careful, are viral infections, Dr. Brent W. Laartz, a board certified infectious diseases specialist, says. Many still don’t seem to understand that antibiotics won’t help and really the most effective treatment is staying well hydrated, he adds.

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