Safe Summer Tips

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DSC00278We hope you had a lovely weekend! Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, which means warmer weather (finally), and the need for sunscreen, bug repellent and allergy support! Here are some safe summer tips for you and your family.

The Environmental Working Group released their best and safest sunscreens for 2014. Check the list to see if your sunscreen makes the grade. I have mentioned this multiple times but my favorite sunscreen for my little ones is Badger Sunscreen SPF 30. It protects them like no other sunscreen I have tried, especially for my littlest one is very fair. It creates a physical block using zinc oxide.

For more safe sunscreen options click here.

With warmer weather also come mosquitoes and black flies. I live up north around a lot of lakes, and although it is beautiful, it is a breeding ground for those pesky blood sucking insects. We use Quantum Buzzaway Insect Repellent to help keep the bugs away. Made with essential oils, it is even safe for my kids to use. Click here for more tips on how to protect yourself against mosquitoes and black flies, as well as recipes for your own insect repellent. 

As for allergies, every year they seem to be worse, don’t they? There are many over-the-counter supplements you can try, including homeopathic, herbal and vitamin options. Pathway Allergy Support Plus combines many immune-supportive nutrients like quercetin, vitamin C, nettle leaf extract, bromelain, turmeric, plus other synergistic nutrients. This formula provides powerful upper respiratory support and is excellent for people suffering from allergies during hay fever season.

Here are some tips to decrease allergic reactions.

1. Keep rooms free of dust and use an air purification system.

2. Avoid feather and down bedding.

3. Keep windows closed during times when the allergen is present in the air. Pollens are at highest concentrations between 5:00 and 10:00 am and lowest after it rains.

4. Use mold-proof paint and disinfectant in the house.

5. Exercise indoors.

6. Do not smoke, and eliminate exposure to second-hand smoke.

7. Keep plants that remove pollutants from air. These types include bamboo palm, Boston fern, dracaena, English ivy, ficus alii, peace lily, rubber plant and spider plant.

8. Decrease stress, eat healthy foods, and get enough sleep.

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