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Things You Can Do Now to Have a Healthier Summer

Photo: Athletic woman drinking waterSummer’s just around the corner and, if you’re like most folks, you look forward to spending a lot of time in the great outdoors. All that fresh air often leads people to look for ways to improve their overall health. Here are some things you can do now and during the summer that can make a difference without making your life more difficult.

Don’t Be Afraid to Get Dirty!

For some, getting dirty may be counterintuitive to improving health, but countless studies say that gardening offers a variety of health benefits. First, it’s one of the best stress relievers known. In addition, health experts say it can give you a sense of being grounded or anchored in your life. Finally, if you grow vegetables, you can enjoy the health benefits that fresh produce brings.

Protect Your Eyes

Too many people spend too much time in the sun without proper UV protection for their eyes. A good, reasonably-priced set of sunglasses can keep nearly 99% of the harmful ultraviolet rays out of your eyes, minimizing the risk of cataracts and other problems.

Eat More Berries!

Berries are rich in antioxidants, which can minimize skin problems or other diseases tied to aging. They’re also rich in fiber, so that you can reduce cholesterol levels and lessen the risk of some types of cancer.

Be Moderate in Your Alcohol Consumption

You don’t have to avoid alcohol, but stay with beverages with less alcohol content, such as beer or wine spritzers. In moderation, alcohol can reduce your risk of heart disease, but in excess, it can have a detrimental effect on your liver, kidneys and other organs.

Come to Hillcrest Medical

In the Dallas area, the place for urgent care is Hillcrest Medical. Many of our patients also choose to make our doctor their primary care physician. Come and check out our facility and meet our doctor and staff. We’re here to help you now, and we’re here for all your future urgent care needs.

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