The sun is finally coming out, and we’re all SO happy to welcome sunshine back into our lives!

The most important thing to remember is to make sure to use SUNSCREEN!

Sunscreen is a real wonder of technology. It’s the closest thing we have to an anti-aging miracle, and it makes the outdoors safe for our skin. We know you probably have questions about how to use it, and even whether you really need to use it. Here’s our primer (see what we did there?) [winking emoji] on all your sunscreen basics.

Sunburns are a result of being exposed to UVB rays from the sun. This only really happens in the middle part of the day in the summer, since that’s when the sun is shining straight down on us. Once the sun’s angle dips below 35 degrees, either because it’s early or late in the day or because it’s winter, you won’t get any significant amount of UVB, and therefore don’t have to worry about sunburn.

But a good sunscreen will also protect your skin from UVA rays, which cause your skin to age and thicken. They also contribute to a significant risk of skin cancer. So make sure to buy yourself a good sunscreen, with a high enough SPF to ensure full coverage and protection.

Worried that you’re rubbing chemicals on your skin every day? That’s understandable. But then again, you’re also rubbing chemicals on your skin any time you apply any lotion or cosmetic. Science has not found any serious threats to your health from using sunscreen.

The bottom line: sunscreen is vital to maintaining healthy skin and staying cancer-free. Don’t #skipthespray. It’s just not worth it.

What’s your top summer safety tip? Drop your comments below!

The above headline was published by the Harvard Business Review.

Do you believe that’s true? Think about it:

If you were to starve yourself for a week, you’d probably be extremely hungry and weak by the end of it. But, on the whole, you’d be fine. If you were to deprive yourself of sleep for a week, you would be completely unable to function.

Considering this, the article asks a pretty basic question. “Why is sleep one of the first things we’re willing to sacrifice as the demands in our lives keep rising? We continue to live by a remarkably durable myth: sleeping one hour less will give us one more hour of productivity. In reality, the research suggests that even small amounts of sleep deprivation take a significant toll on our health, our mood, our cognitive capacity and our productivity. Insufficient sleep deeply impairs our ability to consolidate and stabilize learning that occurs during the waking day. In other words, it wreaks havoc on our memory.

Sleep is SO, SO important, for both our mental and physical health.

Case in point:

As unrealistic as it may seem, this was a headline published by CNN on April 29th, 2019:

“More than 300 workers dead after Indonesian election…More than 300 Indonesian election workers have died, many of which from fatigue-related illnesses, after the world’s third biggest democracy hit the polls earlier this month.”

Crazy, right? But maybe not.

According to VeryWellHealth.com, “It is known that insufficient sleep may increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks. Research has shown that if you sleep less than five hours per night, you are two to three times more likely to have a heart attack. In addition, women who sleep less than seven hours per night are more likely to suffer the same fate.”

It’s extremely important to make sure you aren’t pushing yourself too hard. Although it may seem tempting to think you can survive on coffee when you stay up extremely late to finish a project, sleep deprivation places a tremendous strain on your nervous system, body and overall health. If you’re not sleeping well or aren’t feeling rested when you wake up in the morning, it’s important to talk to your doctor and find a solution.

Some things are too important to mess with. Sleep is definitely one of them.

Do you have any tips on how to overcome insomnia? Please let us know in the comments section below.

Americans spend more on healthcare than any other country in the world, yet we are far from the healthiest. According to research done in recent years, average American life expectancy has declined

Why’s that?

According to Sandra G. of USNews.com, “The answer is we are not spending on health. We are spending on healthcare. Health is more than the doctors and medicines we turn to when we are unwell. It is a product of the world around us – the social, economic, and environmental conditions in which we live. Healthcare helps us when we are sick, but whether or not we get sick in the first place is decided by factors like the air we breathe, the water we drink, our income, neighborhood, schooling and overall social capital. These are the true foundations of health.”

In other words, the answer is to focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and good health will naturally follow as a result.

This concept is one of the main beliefs that United Refuah HealthShare was founded on. Being a part of a United Refuah community is so much more than providing the financial possibility for members’ healthcare. It’s about committing to choosing a healthy lifestyle, and supporting your fellow members in their choices.

Seems simple? That’s because, when you choose United Refuah, it is.

Throughout this blog, we hope to share relevant information, updates, and the latest in healthcare, as well as recipes, lifestyle tips and more. What would you like us to cover? We’re here for you, so let us know in the comments below!