Staying safe in summer

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Though the summer is full of fun outdoor activities and sunshine for children to take a part of, every parent worries about the safety of their child. During the summer, children are home from school, making themselves susceptible to different types of hazards. If you’re worried about keeping your kids safe during the summer, here are some of the must-know tips.

Be one-step-ahead of the sun

With the summer coming, that means the heat is coming along with it. Though your children will love spending time in the sun and running through the sprinkler in the backyard, the heat can creep up on them. Your children should be out of the sun’s strongest rays which are between 10 am and 2 pm. During that time, make sure your children are kept in shaded areas. In addition, make sure you apply sunscreen on your child which contains both UVA and UVB protection.

Swimming pool safety

Of course, your kids are going to want to jump right into the swimming pool – who wouldn’t! But before you let your children go into any pool, make sure they’re aware of the rules. Having them learn how to swim will increase their safety in the pool as drownings are the most common cause of death in young children. Also, the swimming pool itself should have protective devices implemented such as fences like the Pool Guard USA.

Keep them hydrated

We tend to get sidetracked when we’re outside basking in the sun or playing in the pool. But heat exhaustion is a huge problem during the summer season. If a person’s temperature isn’t properly regulated, they can become susceptible to heat strokes. Making sure that your child is drinking enough water will help prevent this from occurring.

Keep an eye out for bugs

Though most bugs are harmless, some can really pack a good sting. Depending on your child’s reaction to bug bites, some bites could be fatal. If you’re going in wooded or forested areas, make sure that you guard against insects such as bees. Make sure you’re not leaving out food or drinks by your children and have them dress in non-floral patterned clothing for extra protection.

Teach them about food

We never pay much attention to food poisoning during the winter, however, when the hot summer heat rolls around, this can become a huge problem. You’ll need to teach your kids the importance of washing their hands and understanding the dangers of eating food that’s been left out on the counter for long periods of time. If they’re unsure about whether or not they can eat something, they should be encouraged to ask an adult. That way, they can prevent themselves from getting sick.

Bonfire safety

Fire, though beautiful to look at, can be very dangerous. Now that summer’s coming, more and more people will have BBQs and fire pits. This is the perfect opportunity to teach your child about the importance of being safe around an open flame and what they should do in case they get burned. Having them know how to treat a burn will come in handy.

 

What you eat for dinner may help you sleep better

download (3).jpegAccording to a report from the National Sleep Foundation, two out of every three Americans can’t get proper sleep at night.

The scourge of insomnia, the silent sleep depriver is on the rise, with women and elderly aged 65 and above more susceptible. However, there’s good news, especially for individuals that desire natural and organic remedy to their lack of sleep.

Are you aware that the meals you eat before bedtime can play a significant part in whether you have a good night rest or not?

In this post, we’ll share our favorite nighttime meals with you, and hopefully, you’d be able to kick insomnia out for a restful sleep.

Tofu

Tofu is made from soy and is rich in minerals that stimulate the production of serotonin, a neurochemical that plays a significant role in sleeping pattern.

In a 2015 article published in the Nutrition Journal, it was found that Japanese adults who consistently eat soy foods like Tofu, tempeh, and edamame in large quantities are twice more likely to sleep seven to eight hours than those who don’t and they also tend to experience deep refreshing sleep.

A warm glass of milk with a whole grain cracker

Well, the facts have shown drinking a glass of milk before bedtime actually helps you sleep better. It’s not just some old wives’ tales.

But, what makes milk such a good sleep inducer?

You see, milk is packed full of an essential amino acid that triggers the production of another brain chemical that helps you relax and sleep better.

Tryptophan, the amino acid found in significant quantity in milk helps the body produce serotonin and melatonin, the two most crucial hormone that tells the body when it’s time to shut down and relax or sleep.

To add an extra boost, have a whole grain cracker with your warm milk since carbs also ensure these chemicals reach the brain faster.

Seep Valerian root tea

Duped “nature’s Valium” valerian root tea has over the years raked in positive reviews of its properties to induce calmness and enhance sleep.

A native of Asia and Europe the valerian plant is today grown in America and other parts of the world; has been put to several uses including a soothing tea that enhances the quality of sleep.

The root of the plant contains volatile oils and compounds such as valerenic acid, antioxidants that reduce anxiety and induce a sense of calmness.

So, a regular seep of this tea before bedtime can see you sleeping more soundly.

Bananas

Rich in Magnesium and Potassium two vital minerals the body needs to produce melatonin and serotonin.

It’s also choked full with tryptophan and vitamin B6 two other essential elements required by the body to make the calming and sleep-inducing chemicals.

These minerals – Magnesium and Potassium – act as nerves and muscle relaxant.

Complex Carbs Food

Potatoes, rich in complex carbs are an excellent bedtime snack to munch on while you prep yourself for a resounding night rest.

Of course, there are several methods to prepare the potato, you can either go for baked potatoes or our favorite a crispy gnocchi recipe (like this example from HappyFresh). However, be careful not to binge on it as it could have an opposite effect of keeping you awake.

So, there you have it, our favorite nighttime meals for a sound sleep.