July 2019 Hot Flashes

It’s Watermelon Season!

While only coming in at a low 46 calories per cup, watermelon is high in vitamin C, vitamin A, Vitamins B1, B5, B6, potassium, and magnesium. Need some reasons to consume America’s favorite summertime treat?

  1. The high-water count in watermelon helps you stay hydrated.
  2. It contains compounds that may prevent cancer.
  3. It may improve heart health.
  4. It may lower inflammation and oxidative stress.
  5. May help prevent macular degeneration.
  6. It contains citrulline which may help relieve muscle soreness.
  7. The fiber and water aides in good digestion

We can’t think of any reasons not to enjoy this delicious fruit. Slices up!

Summer Sun Safety for Kids

Just one sunburn in childhood can double the risk for melanoma later in life so it’s vital that parents provide the best sun protection available. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that children wear a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater and protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Of course, babies under the age of 6 months should avoid the sun altogether, stay in the shade and wear protective clothing. Try to void the sun when it’s at its strongest – usually between 10am and 4pm). Sun exposure can damage the eyes as well so don’t forget sunglasses that provide 100% UV protection.

When children do get mildly sunburned the best treatments are cool (not cold) baths, applying pure aloe gel, anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen) to relieve pain. For more serious sunburns, it’s best to see your pediatrician.

Kidney Stone Prevention

There is often great debate about which is more painful – childbirth or kidney stones. If you are a woman who has had both then you know the answer! The kidney stones win. And even though they are more common among men, their occurrence rates are rising for both men and women. Researchers think the changes in dietary patterns is one reason why there is an uptick. We consume more salt and phosphorous in our diets these days, which increases the chances of developing stones. If you have a first-degree relative who has had stones or if you’ve already experienced kidney stones – you’ll likely develop more.

It’s important that you make a few changes for better odds at preventing future stones. First, stay hydrated by drinking up to 72 ounces of water daily. Consider adding lemon juice which contains citrate that helps crystals from forming. Most importantly, talk with your doctor about running tests to determine the make-up of your stones to better determine specific dietary changes.