This week, I went on a hike at Guadalupe Oak Grove Park, a very nice San Jose city-run open space with small rock quarries, a meadow, and some pretty views (stairs to one, shown above). The park also leads to an adjacent dog park and playground. Unfortunately, the park doesn’t have a lot of shade, so I felt roasted by the sun by the time I got back. Thus, to prevent my experience from happening to others, I have compiled a few ways to stay healthy and safe during summer.
1. According to the National Weather Service, it is important to wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight during the summer. The reason to wear light-colored clothes is that light-colored clothes reflect light while darker colored clothes absorb light, making the person hotter.
2. Eat light meals. During your light meals, also remember to eat less protein, like eggs, nuts and meat, because these foods take a lot of energy to break down, which increases the heat inside the body. Also these take a lot of water to break down.
3. Drink lots of water, not only when you are thirsty. It is very important to hydrate you and your child because when your body sweats, you lose a lot of water, so you need to replenish the water. Also, the extra water will help your body sweat more, helping your body lose some of its heat. Also, when drinking water, remember not to drink alcoholic or caffeinated beverages, which can drive you to urinate more.
4. Wear sunscreen that is SPF 15 or higher because sunburn dehydrates a person quickly and also because a sunburn traps a lot of heat in the body. Some studies have also shown that tomatoes and other fruits prevent sunburn, so you can also try eating those.
Finally, remember that the most important thing is to have fun; but at the same time, remember to stay safe!
– Elia Chen
From the editor: Elia is our Stroller Hikes intern extraordinaire, winner of our annual intern award for her service in 2012. She continues to provide Stroller Hikes with her amazing volunteer service by expanding our content (Guadalupe Oak Grove was not posted to StrollerHikes.com until now, though it is a Stroller Hikes favorite), writing for our newsletter, filing for grants, and flaunting her tech savvy by building ScribbleMaps and more. You can learn more about volunteering for Stroller Hikes by e-mailing Debbie at firstname.lastname@example.org.