Wellness with Waldy 03/13

Wellness with Waldy is a segment on my weekly radio show, Wednesdays 11 am-1 pm. The content on this blog does not reflect the views or opinions of Rowan University or Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM. 

As spring break quickly approaches, many of you probably have some sort of trip planned out.  Whether it’s to the beach or a foreign country, it’s important to stay healthy because you may not always have access to the medical supplies that you need.

  • Pre-break, take some time to help boost your immune system.  It’s very easy to catch a cold in a packed airplane or train station.  Take daily vitamins and immunity boosters full of vitamin C to help prevent catching a cold.
  • Be careful with the tap water you drink.  Not all places have safe tap water, so be sure to pack a few bottles of water in your checked luggage, and you can always buy more at a local convenience store.  Be sure to use the bottle water for simple daily routines like brushing your teeth.  If the tap water isn’t safe to drink, also pay mind to the ice cubes in your drinks.  They may be unsafe as well.
  • Speaking of drinks, watch what you drink as well.  You will be tempted to drink more than usual.  Make sure you watch over your drink and do not let strangers buy you drinks.  Stay with your friends because there is always safety in numbers.  Remember to drink water, too,  to prevent alcohol poisoning or dehydration.
  • Last but not least, protect yourself on the beach.  Make sure you are using sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher and reapply every two hours to help prevent skin cancer and sun poisoning.  As much as you want to enjoy your cool margarita on the beach, don’t.  The alcohol will dehydrate you quicker and will your body with less liquids.  If this happens, you won’t be able to sweat, which cools you down, leading to heat-related problems like heatstroke.

Although these tips seem like common sense, you’re not always thinking straight when you’re traveling.  As always, think before you do anything and enjoy your trip!

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