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Keeping Healthy In a Bulgarian Summer

During the summer months when the weather is hot, we often forget the importance of drinking plenty and keeping healthy. Of course, it doesn't help that during the summer we have so much more to remember and supposedly the fact of keeping healthy and hydrated just seems to slip our minds.

However, it isn't a matter to be taken lightly, as it is a serious problem. Remembering to drink plenty, eat healthy and stay protected from the sun are some of the main factors to keeping fit and healthy through the hotter months. Although we may get slightly thrown off track what with the hot weather and beaming sunshine in Bulgaria; to enjoy the summer to the full we must keep safe!

Drink Plenty

This time of year may seem like the perfect time to enjoy an ice cold alcoholic beverage, perhaps even a little earlier in the day that usual! However, this sort of drinking is not the kind that will keep you hydrated in the hot weather. In fact, drinking alcohol will actually have the reverse effect, meaning that you will end up possibly dehydrated if you don't drink enough water. It is recommended that you should drink an average of 2 litres of water per day for anyone living in a country such as the UK, where the weather is mild all year round. For anyone living in a country that experiences extreme climate changes (very hot summers and very cold winters) you should be drinking at least 3 litres of water per day. This is an average guide for a person who is not overly active, but has a regular, healthy lifestyle. the idea of drinking so much water may not be a very pleasing thought, but not to worry, this amount can be consumed through other drinks too. You can help towards drinking the recommended amount of fluids by drinking tea, coffee, fruit juice, fruit squash and of course, water.

Soaking up your vitamin D

Getting a dose of sun exposure each day is actually a great way to get your daily allowance of vitamin D. Not only is sun exposure in small amounts a good way to get your recommended daily amount of vitamin D, it is actually your only way of getting it naturally. In many ways, sun exposure has heaps of benefits and therefore is rather good for you. But there is a fine line between getting the amount you need and getting a dangerously high amount. Whether you are prone to getting sun burnt or not, you must make sure that you keep covered up and well protected if you know you will be in direct sun light for long periods of time. Wear hats, sunglasses and sun cream. As for clothes, it is a good idea to wear loose and light clothing in a comfortable material and choose light colours over darker ones such as black and navy.

Eating healthy

In the summer we often have a tendency to eat numerous ice-creams, live off barbequed food or not want to cook altogether. You may however, be one of those on the other end of the scale who prefer to stick to salads and cold foods. Either way, remember that although it is summer you must still try to eat healthy and sensibly. The summer is like all other times of the year and although we don't always tend to get such an appetite in these hotter months, we must try and stick to a healthy eating plan so that we keep healthy and feel great.