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Top Beach Hazards: How to Stay Safe on the Sand

It’s that time of year when the happiest place to be seems to always lead to the beach. But once you hit the sand, WebMD reminds you there are things you need to be watchful for, so your day can stay happy. Beach hazards include red tide (algal blooms), sharks and jellyfish, rip currents — channels of water that can sweep you out into the ocean if you don’t know how to deal with them — and sunburn.

Of all the things listed, sunburn is probably the “sneakiest” in that often you don’t realize you’re getting burned until it’s already occurred, usually due to cool ocean breezes that help mask the sun’s heat. That’s why it’s important to learn how to balance your sun exposure to avoid that sunburn.

To start, remember: Getting some sun is not only a good thing, but vital for your health. Vitamin D deficiency is an outright epidemic these days. Although health officials terrorize people into believing that everything about the sun is wrong, the truth is for healthy people, moderate sun exposure (two to four times a week for 15 to 30 minutes is good for you. Period. It’s the burn that’s bad.

Since healthy sun exposure comes with a bundle of perks, both physical and mental, here are some ways to get those perks without the dangers. Protect your face and eyes by wearing a wide-brimmed hat or cap. Moisturize your skin with organic coconut oil. Limit your sun exposure to 15- to 30-minute stints. As a sun protectant, besides natural sunscreen free of artificial chemicals, try building an internal sunscreen with beneficial antioxidants by taking an astaxanthin supplement, which has been found to offer effective protection against sun damage when taken daily.
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