Memorial Day Health Tips

Happy Monday and Happy Memorial Day to our US readers.  Today, we would like to start by thanking our servicemen and women for all they do in the line of duty, and reflect on those who have died serving our country.

Later today, many people will be celebrating this unofficial start of summer. And with that comes  BBQs, beer, and burgers. I could go on. And so could you. But don’t!

Instead, Word on Health would like to offer the following tips to help you enjoy the day – healthily:

Don’t talk with your mouth full!

It’s all too easy to wolf down food during holiday cookouts because we’re so busy talking and laughing with friends. But, eating too quickly leads to swallowing air, which leads to indigestion and bloating. By all means, talk to your friends, laugh and have a great time, but do it in-between eating and try to not talk until you have chewed properly and swallowed.

Eat the fruit first!

Summer cookouts are synonymous with overeating.  One of the worst habits is to get loaded up with burgers, chicken and hot dogs, then bring out the watermelon as an afterthought. From a digestive standpoint this is about as wrong as it gets. Fruit digests very quickly, whereas heavier foods don’t. Eating fruit first can help to prevent bloating and other digestive issues.

Don’t Fry!

Avoid sun burning, by applying sunscreen generously before you go out and after each dip in the pool. Wear sun-protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses and seek shade in the heat of the day.

Pack Light!

If you are planning on traveling, pack a cooler of low-fat, healthy snacks and water. This will help curb the temptation of drive-thru fast food restaurants.

Whatever you end up doing, we wish you a happy, healthy, and safe Memorial Day!

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