10 Summer Health Habits to Keep Year Round

Year-Round Summer Recipes
Sad to see summer BBQs go? Host of Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Chef Guy Fieri, shares his top tips for indoor grilling, and healthy recipes to try today.

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Dr. Ordon’s Venus Freeze Treatment

Summer may be swimsuit season, but who doesn’t want a bikini-ready body year round?
Jennifer says growing up, she was naturally thin and participated in swimsuit competitions and modeling while in high school. But after having her first child, she couldn’t get her mid-section back to its original form.

“When I got pregnant it was wonderful, but I got a really massive belly and no matter how hard I try, my stomach just won’t go back,” she says. “When I look in the mirror now, there’s saggy, loose skin on my stomach.”

The Doctors stress the importance of using diet and exercise to maintain your physique, but when that isn’t enough, there are other treatments that can help.

Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon reveals the Venus Freeze Treatment, a non-invasive procedure that tightens skin, improves cellulite and reduces overall volume. Dr. Ordon recommends six to ten treatments for optimal results. See how Jennifer looks below, after just one treatment.



Droughts and Insect-Borne Illness
The United States has experienced a widespread drought since 1956 and many believe it will get worse before it gets better.

“We think of droughts as really dry soil and really dry air, but really, there’s a lot [more] going on,” Dr. Travis says.

“Only eight states have not been affected by this drought,” he adds.

Summer Skin All Year

When summer turns to fall, your skin turns from soft and supple to dry and cracked. Dermatologist Dr. Ava Shamban shares tips for keeping your summer complexion throughout the year.

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Temperatures have been so high and rain fall so low that moisture has been pulled out of the soil. During a drought, the air quality is decreased by dry soils and wildfires, which sends pollen and smoke into the air and can affect people’s respiratory health. If you or someone you love suffers from asthma, be sure to stay current with asthma medication and have an inhaler accessible at all times. Over the counter antihistamines may be used to quell allergic reactions.

If you’re concerned about your breathing, stay indoors with the windows closed and seal any drafts. Using air purifiers and reducing your use of candles, wood-burning stoves and fire places can help reduce particles in the air.

Drought conditions create an ideal environment for pests such as ants, fleas, brown recluse spiders and mosquitoes. West Nile Virus is on the rise, which is spread through mosquito bites.

“Every time a mosquito bites you it’s essentially taking blood from you and injecting saliva, which is why your body gets that red, raised bump,” Dr. Travis explains.

Director of Emergency Services for Baylor Health Care in Dallas, Dr. Nick Zenarosa, explains that he’s seen an influx of West Nile virus concerns and that while some patients show severe symptoms, in most cases there are no signs.

Because West Nile can potentially cause a serious neurological infection, if a patient is complaining of a bad headache, fever and cough, they will often be tested with a spinal tap. Spinal taps are the most common way to diagnose West Nile virus-related illnesses, such as meningitis.

“Unfortunately there is no treatment for West Nile virus. We offer supportive care only,” Dr. Zenarosa says. “Most people get better with strong hydration and over-the-counter medications.”

To protect yourself against any virus, be sure to wash your hands often, steer clear of anyone who is coughing or sneezing, avoid sharing food or drinks with anyone and do not rub your eyes or nose. If you experience fever, coughing or difficulty breathing, consult your doctor right away.

“Really be careful during dusk and dawn,” Dr. Travis says. “That’s when mosquitoes get really into their feeding frenzies.”

• For the most current information on West Nile virus visit www.cdc.gov.

Bring the Outdoors, Indoors
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork and pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears share their two favorite summer activities and ways to take them inside during the colder months.