Summer includes traveling, enjoying the outdoors, and lots of laid-back fun — and also includes blistering sun and hot humid temps. During the summer season, it’s especially important to take care of your kidneys. Learn some easy-to-follow summer kidney health tips for staying safe, happy, and healthy during the summer months.
Outdoor summer fun like swimming, hiking, or enjoying a walk on the beach all have their benefits, but also have another thing in common: They make you sweat. When you aren’t hydrated effectively, your body sweats less, which means it works much harder to cool you naturally. Staying hydrated is key to keeping your kidneys regulated and performing well. To make sure you have enough to drink while you’re enjoying the weather, fill a travel water jug half with ice and half with liquid (remember, water is always the best choice!) Add in summer fruits or vegetables, like honeydew melon and cucumber, to infuse your water with some fresh flavor.
Even on an overcast summer day, about 80% of the sun’s UV rays can pass through the clouds and cause painful UV exposure – also known as a summer sunburn. Your skin is the largest organ in your body — do it a favor and protect yourself from UV rays! The American Cancer Society recommends the catchphrase “Slip! Slop! Slap! ® and Wrap”: Slip on a shirt; slop on sunscreen; slap on a hat; wrap on sunglasses. Following these simple rules will help you maintain summer kidney health.
You might enjoy catching some waves, but it’s also important to catch some shade. The American Cancer Society suggests limiting your sun exposure between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm when the UV light is strongest. Consider packing a pop-up tent with UV protection if you’re visiting an area without shade, like a park or beach, or venture indoors during peak UV sun hours. Not only will this protect your skin, but will allow your body’s natural cooling process to work more efficiently.
Pack Low Oxalate Snacks
It’s tempting to munch on snacks while you’re traveling, but to help maintain your summer kidney health, pack a variety of convenient low-oxalate snacks to keep you from splurging. Easy-to-make Coconut Flour Cookies and Low-Oxalate No-Bake Bars are filling and tasty. Frozen grapes can help you cool down, and sliced watermelon provides additional hydration. Making snacks convenient and accessible may help you stick to your low-oxalate diet, and support summer kidney health.
No matter where your summer takes you, these helpful tips can help you make the most of it!