Summer Safety Tips for Children

summer safetySummer is just a couple of months away, and it usually a child’s favorite time of the year. School is over and it’s time for some fun in the sun. Children love the summer because it’s the time of the year when you can spend lots time outdoors. With all the time spent outdoors, there are some potential dangers that accompany the summer months. Here are some tips for parents to keep their children safe during the summer.

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Fight Summer Colds

Fight Summer Colds | A&P Urgent Care

It’s time for back-to-school and the summer cold season. To protect you and your children here are 5 foods that will help keep those nasty viruses away.

  • Broccoli has 135% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C in one cup! It also contains Omega-3’s and is an anti-inflammatory.
  • Yogurt is full of probiotics which aid your immune system to fight bacteria.
  • Red Wine contains antioxidants from grapes that attack and can prevent nasal viruses.
  • Cinnamon is an anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal super herb that is great to relieve coughs and sore throats especially coupled with green tea.
  • Black Pepper is an expectorant and can relieve chest colds quickly.

Click here to read the full article by Tanya Zuckerbrot on Fox News.

 

Help Your Kids Avoid Sports Injuries

Help Kids Avoid Sports Injuries  | A&P Urgent Care

Playing sports can be very beneficial for children, mentally and physically, but there is always a risk of injury when playing. Here are some tips that can apply to any sport & keep your kids injury free this summer:

  • Get safety equipment & try it on before buying it
  • Wear a helemet, mouthguard, and other protection
  • Stretch and warm-up before physical activity
  • Use proper technique
  • Hydrate
  • Follow the rules
  • If you have an injury, do not continue playing

Click here to read the full article by Frankie Rendon on Huffington post.

Guide to the Best Summer Produce

Guide to the Best Summer Produce | A&P Urgent Care

Summer is a great season for fresh produce but do you struggle with finding the perfect piece of fruit? Here’s a guide for your next shopping trip to ensure you grab the ripest pieces!

  • Figs– Soft with a firm stem.
  • Pineapples– Look for firm pineapples with green & fresh leaves, the outside color does not matter.
  • Mangoes– Slightly soft in your hand but the outside coloring does not matter.
  • Peaches & Nectarines– Press on the stem, it should give a little and the more it weighs the juicier it is!
  • Corn– Feel large kernels through the husk and stay away from any with brown tassles.
  • Tomatoes– Dont squeeze tomatoes! The best tell is an even coloring of red.
  • Zucchini & Squash– The best tasting zucchinis are medium sized with deep coloring and the stem still attached.
  • Honeydew– Run your fingers across the skin, if it’s slightly bumpy then it’s ready to eat.
  • Watermelon– Look for dark green lines and a hard shell to know watermelon is ready to eat!
  • Blueberries– Stay away from wrinkly berries and look for dark plump bluberries. The best tell is their ‘bloom’ which is a white waxy deposit.
  • Cherries– Cherries should have a deep color with a bright stem. Again stay away from the wrinkly berries.

Click here to read the rest of the story by Rodale Wellnes at Yahoo.

What Happens to your Skin During a Sunburn

What Happens to your Skin During a Sunburn | A&P Urgent CAreIt’s a well known fact that too much exposure to the sun can cause damage and possibly skin cancer. But did you know there are actually 3 types of ultraviolet rays and that your body produces a subburn not the sun? The 3 types of UV are:

  • UVA – longest wavelength, gives your skin a tanned look
  • UVB – middle wavelengths, can cause skin damage
  • UVC – short wavelengths, mostly absorbed by the atmosphere before it reaches your skin

When you ar outside your skin realized that it is being exposed to these wavelengths. When UVA is detected your skin produces melanin to protect itself from the sun, creating a tan. UVB rays damage your skin cells and your immune systems response is what causes a sunburn. So always wear sunscreen, SPF 15 or higher, and protect yourself with extra clothing when out in the sun for a prolonged period of time.

Click here to read the rest of the article by Leigh Weingus on Huffginton Post.