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7 tips and tricks to make the most of the summer holidays

Whether you’re attending or hosting a BBQ, following these tips will make your next summer party a success. There is so much more to expect from summer gatherings than: food, drink, games and sunshine. But as nice as it can be to fire up the grill and spend an afternoon with friends and family, outdoor parties can also be risky. To help you get the most out of this indulgence, here are 7 healthy tips for your next barbecue.

1. Pay attention to your diet and the temperature of the food

For most people, one of the best parts of a BBQ is the food. At higher temperatures, however, the germs contained in the contaminated food can multiply. So avoid anything that contains meat or dairy and looks like it has been out for a long time. The edges may be dry or the meat may be warm to the touch. The best way to think about how food should be served is to keep hot food hot and cold food cold.

More specifically, the temperature of cold food must remain below 4° and that of hot food above 60 degrees. The zone between 4 and 60 degrees is the danger zone as this is the temperature range where bacteria can grow. To keep food cold, serve in small serving bowls and refill bowls as needed so leftovers can be stored in a refrigerator or cooler. Placing serving dishes in a large bowl of ice is another way to keep food safe.

2. This also applies to meat that is to be grilled.

If a food was left out before cooking, such as For example, a chicken breast dish, although properly cooked and the bacteria killed, toxins are produced by those bacteria that grew when the chicken was left out of the fridge and can remain. These toxins can make people ill, so proper refrigeration and cooking are necessary elements of food safety. If you’re grilling a lot of meat, take it out in chunks and store the rest in the fridge until you throw it on the grill.

When it comes to food preparation, food segregation is important to avoid cross-contamination. This includes washing utensils and cutting boards after each use. Maybe even use a separate cutting board for meat and another for fruit and veg. Try to prepare one meal at a time and in different areas of the kitchen.
For example, if you are making a fruit salad and want to marinate meat, prepare the fruit salad, clean it, and then put it in the fridge. Next, prepare the marinade for the meat, marinate it, and place it in the fridge on a tray to catch any liquid that might spill and contaminate anything in the fridge.

3. Wash your hands

At outdoor parties, people can run in and out of the pool, play games that require them to touch objects, and get their hands on shared food. While it’s important for the host to wash their hands properly when preparing and serving food, party guests can protect themselves by washing their hands thoroughly. Most people do not wash their hands properly according to recommended hand washing steps. As a reminder, rub your hands together for about 20 seconds, which is roughly the time it takes you to sing the song “Happy Birthday.” Gently brush your nails into the opposite palm, rinse and dry on a clean towel, not your jeans.

4. Apply sunscreen

Apply sunscreen before going to a barbecue or outdoor party. Choose a sunscreen with the following characteristics:

broadband protection. This helps prevent UVA and UVB rays. You want to be protected against both because while UVB rays are the leading cause of sunburn and skin cancer, exposure to UVA rays also puts you at risk of developing skin cancer and premature aging.

Sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more. The SPF indicates how well sunscreen can protect against UVB rays. To understand what these numbers mean, sunscreens with SPF 15 filter about 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 about 97%, SPF 50 about 98% and SPF 100 about 99%.

water resistance. While no sunscreen is waterproof, those who claim it’s waterproof should state whether the protection lasts for 40 or 80 minutes while swimming or sweating. For best protection from sun exposure in the water or when sweating, reapply sunscreen at least every two hours.

5. Avoid overheating

The surest way to end your fun in the sun is by overheating. A BBQ is a good place to start thinking about heat exposure holistically because it’s a really great place to get heat stroke and get sick. You have to be careful because you are outside, you will likely be in the sun and you will likely be eating and drinking things that you are not used to including alcohol. All of these things are conducive to problems related to heat exposure.

Heat-related problems can range from mild cramps to heat exhaustion, which can manifest as profuse sweating, rapid heartbeat and headaches. The most serious heat-related form is heat stroke. Heat stroke can cause severe damage to the brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and can even be fatal if left untreated. The best way to protect yourself from heat-related illnesses is to protect your body from the sun not only with sunscreen but also with appropriate clothing. Hats, sunglasses, and loose clothing provide good coverage and help keep you cool.

6. Limit alcohol

Alcohol and summer festivals often go hand in hand. However, alcohol is a diuretic, which means you need to urinate more. People who drink alcohol in hot weather should be aware that they are at risk of dehydration, which can increase their likelihood of dehydration and other heat-related health problems.

Regardless of the temperature, try to limit alcohol consumption to one drink per day for adult women and two drinks per day for adult men. In addition, any alcohol consumption can increase the risk of injury and death. It is well known that drinking before or while swimming or boating can significantly increase the risk of drowning, injury, and death. If someone has consumed alcohol, even moderately, there is an increased risk of injury, particularly falling.

Since alcohol is a depressant, he also notes that drinking alcohol can make you fall asleep in the sun, making you more prone to sunburn and overexposure to the sun.

7. Have fun

Outdoor BBQs and parties are a great way to enjoy the summer, so let go and give yourself permission to have fun in the sun. Join in a game of frisbee or dare to try a different kind of food. Being aware of the potential dangers and how to avoid them can give you peace of mind and allow you and your loved ones to celebrate summer in style.

* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace the advice of a doctor.

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