Ultimate Fun In The Sun! My 10 Favorite Summer Songs For 2018.

Time for more fun & sun!

Hey, hey Sentinels around the world! It’s Luis here sharing more content with you regarding all things to do with action water sports, surf lifestyle and ocean awareness.

This week, I want to take it a bit slower, going for a lighter tone on my post. If you have been following my blog, you probably know that the last few weeks I have been writing about serious environmental issues, ocean conservation heroes, and intrepid cave rescues. Relevant and important topics, sure, but hey…

It’s the middle of summer!

What say we all get back to our favorite beach and continue having a great time? But wait, we need to take some awesome tunes with our beach kit, right?

Man, music is SO important to make memorable moments even better.

Why is that? What does music do to us? How does it manage impact our lives in so many positive ways, even after years go by, and still, we are moved, excited, happy? (or sad…but none of that here, please!).

Let’s take a closer look at this incredible and essential part of our lives. In my personal experience, I could not do without music, period. Especially during summer vacations. And I am happy to share with you my 10 favorite all-time summer tunes I never do without. Let’s get started!

But first…why is music so important to us?

It comes down to three factors: “self-actualization”, to “fulfill emotional needs”, and to “fulfill social needs”. Let me explain. When I mention self-actualization, I am referring to “the realization or fulfillment of one’s talents and potentialities, especially considered as a drive or need present in everyone”. It can also be understood as:

“The full realization of one’s creative, intellectual, or social potential”.

Music spurs our creativity in so many ways. It releases us from the challenges we face in daily life. It connects with the imaginative part of our brain. Music encourages us to dream and ponder and reflect. It makes you feel good, as mentioned before, by releasing endorphins, the feel-good hormones of our body. When you add to this to sunny days surrounded by friends and/or family in idyllic settings, it can be incredibly powerful, embedding and anchoring unforgettable moments that remain with us whenever we listen to this or that song.

What does music do to your state of mind?

“To fulfill emotional needs”…it’s a chemical thing. It goes back to the release of endorphins, as mentioned above. But what exactly are endorphins? What do they do to us and what are they really for? Take a look at this informal, but very helpful video. Endorphins are SO important and this is why:

So basically, Endorphins (and their close relatives, Enkephalins) are responsible for triggering that euphoric, feel-good emotion whenever we listen to an awesome tune, have sex (yay!) or do something that is pleasurable (like eating chocolate!). And this can affect our state of mind in so many positive ways. That’s why exercise can be so addicting when done regularly. “Runner’s high” is a good example of that.

“Stoke” is another good example and one more close to home.

“Fulfill social needs”…music integrates us, makes us come together, from love songs fro the love-struck couples to colossal music social events like Lola Palooza and beyond (think Pink Floyd or Bruce Springsteen concerts). Music gives us a feeling of belonging to an idea or concept expressed by these artists that we ourselves sometimes cannot express very well.

We rotate around “our tribe”, whether that be classic, metal, jazz, reggae, pop, rap, or an eclectic mix of all these. I personally find it an awesome moment in history where you can find so much musical wealth out there, and, most of all, it is so easily accessible, it blows my mind.

Where can you find the best music downloads?

So now that chemistry and sociology 101 are over, let’s get into the fun stuff. Where to get the best music downloads? As you may imagine, the answer, in this case, is: it depends. Have a look at this informative video from Android Police and you decide:

In the end, there are really two real choices here, although, honestly, I’m not much of a techie and gadgets person, so my personal favorite remains Apple Music.

Should you get a portable sound device?

Of course, listening to music can be a very personal thing. But come on, it’s summer, you are with friends and family. It’s beautiful out and the water is just perfect. You have got to share this moment with everyone! So, although mobiles are great for every day listening (commutes, workouts, standing in lines, etc.), portable sound devices are also an essential part of your summer kit. Whatever device you decide to get, I suggest you keep two main features in mind:

  • Sound quality
  • Portability

There are many portable speakers out there but it really is a matter of personal choice. For me, shelling out a bit more money for these two features is well worth it.

And the BOSE SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker has been, hands down, one of the best investments I have ever made. It’s not only the brand, which I’ve been a fan of for several years now. It’s also that Bose hits the features mentioned above right on the nail. If I sound excited about this product, it’s because I am.

In fact, as I am writing to you right now, I have my little speaker sitting unassumingly on my desk and the sound quality coming out never ceases to amaze me. If you want to check it out, here’s a review I wrote about his little wonder speaker.

So should you get a portable speaker for this summer? Definitely! It will make a huge difference in your vacation experience. Trust me on this!

So who is your go-to performer out there for this summer?

Man, this is a hard one to answer. I will confess that I am no longer on top of today’s current music trends. I guess I gravitate towards rock, big time. Not to say that there are some pretty awesome indie and rap bands out there, but again, it’s old school for me.

There, I said it!

So I try to watch out for new bands on Itunes, Spotify, Youtube and even the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. I know, I know, borderline lame, right? Also, Later…with Jools Holland keeps me pretty much up to date with the European scene.

Lately, these are the bands that have made me stop and listen:

  • Florence and The Machine
  • Steep Canyon Rangers
  • Jaden Smith
  • Billie Ellish
  • Chris Lane
  • Card B (really!)
  • Five Seconds of Summer
  • Rex Orange County
  • Sting & Shaggy
  • Arctic Monkey
  • Foster The People
  • Christine and The Queens

There are so many more! It’s one of the highlights of the evening, and a perfect way to end my day.

My summer playlist!

And finally, we come to the nitty-gritty. Without further ado, here’s my top ten 2018 summer playlist

 1. Better Together (Jack Johnson).

This is such a soulful and mellow song. It’s one of my all-time favorite love songs. Great to play it with a beautiful sunset and a warm summer breeze!

2. Out In The Open (Steep Canyon Rangers).

I have been listening to country lately and found some pretty awesome bands. Steep Canyon Rangers sort of remind me of Eagles with their vocal range. This song is perfect for any summer road trip. Play it loud!

3. Three Little Birds (Bob Marley).

‘Nuff said!

4. Love Will Find a Way (Eagles).

Notice a pattern developing here? Yeah, mellow love rock is big for me. This song, though, is so special. Eagles bassist Randy Eisner’s voice is so incredibly heartfelt and true, it never fails to amaze me. That and the band’s impeccable vocal harmony makes this song an instant summer classic. Add to that a side order of Tequila Sunrise and Desperado and see where the evening takes you!

5. Free Bird (Lynyrd Skinnard).

The live version at Oakland Coliseum Stadium in 1977 – c’mon…you know you want to hear it all!!  (and yeah, Sweet Home Alabama also rocks!).

6. Bad to the Bone (George Thorogood).

If there is one song that conveys “badass” to me it is this song. I first saw the “Bad to the Bone” video on MTV back in the 80s. It immediately blew my mind away. Hey, anyone who can beat Bo Diddley in Pool is a total badass!

7. Thunderstruck (AC/DC).

So many jewels and so little time! Highway to Hell, Back in Black, Shoot to Thrill…all of them awesome. But  Thunderstruck is my other ultimate road song. Especially when I’m feeling a bit sleepy!

8. Funky Kingston (Toots and The Maytals).

Happy, uplifting and unabashed. I just heard this reggae band a few days ago and I just had to add them to my official feel-good summer playlist. Whenever you want to get in a happy groove almost instantly, just play a few of their Jamaican, sun-drenched tunes!

9. No Tears Left To Cry (Ariana Grande).

Yep! Pop’s cool too! Especially coming from such an incredible talent as Ariana Grande. She is also hilarious…a natural comedian and performer. And did I mention she has an unbelievable vocal range? Grande can sing pop, country, gothic rock and many other music styles with such ease and grace it’s scary.

10. Girls Like You (Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B).

I confess I wasn’t much of a fan of Maroon 5 (the whole high pitched voice thing just didn’t rub on me the right way), but this song is an extremely catchy song and, hey, Cardi B features in it…pretty cool collaboration.

11. Don’t Make Me Wait (Sting & Shaggy)

Holy crap!! Talk about an unlikely collaboration working beautifully! The entire CD is amazing and so “beachy”. It’s perfect for blissfully swaying along with palm trees as the sun is setting…soft, warm ocean breezes gently blowing by…so cool! And also check this Shaggy classic, also with Sting…so fun!!

12. Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole (Somewhere over the Rainbow).

Hawaiian music has always been a favorite of mine. That includes traditional music, including songs from Dennis Pavao, Amy Hanaiali, George Kahumoku, Jr. and Keali’i Reichel, as well as more modern contemporary island artists such as The Brothers Cazimero, Makaha Sons, Hawaiian Style Band and  Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole.

I have two additional favorites which I am going to include here which I can pretty much listen too, not only during summer, but all year long: “Live a Little” from Hawaiian Style Band and “ Ku’u Home O Kahalu’u”, interpreted by the Brothers Cazimero.

Sorry for going Moana on all of you but I honestly think I have some Polynesian in my blood…I just love island music! If you want to find out a bit more about Hawaiian music, here’s a couple more artists which I can recommend:

In conclusion…

So there you have it. My 10 favorite songs for summer 2018. Some are not so well known, I know, especially the ones from the islands. But, hey, I’ve learned that keeping an open mind can lead to pretty amazing places (musically speaking).

So get out there, give free rein to your musical likes and start making memories over this summer. Because, in the end, memories are the one thing that remain and become truly priceless

What are your ultimate summer songs? Which your memories or moments have been influenced by songs during your summer vacations? I would love to hear your stories, anecdotes or memorable accounts. Or simply share your favorite song or songs in the comment section below.

Thanks for reading and let’s all continue listening and making unforgettable memories this summer. See you in the water!!

Nutritional advice for soft tissue injury treatment.

Hey Sentinels!

As promised, this week I will be talking a bit about inflammation and what to eat to speed up the healing process once this happens. The inflammation I focused my research on is known as chronic soft tissue inflammation. As this is a blog dedicated to action watersports, the information you are about to read is meant to be for ailments directly related to swimming, surfing, and chronic soft tissue injury treatment.

The inevitability of wear and tear…

There are other forms of CSTI in every sport imaginable. From golf to football, to baseball and bowling, and even curling. It’s a sad fact but wear and tear, age and consistent practice of any sport over a lifetime can eventually result in acquiring this condition.

And the only way to prevent it (and overcome it once you acquire it) is rest, eating right and, in more extreme cases, physiotherapy.

Please note that I am not an expert on the subject. The information I share with you here is a compilation of a couple of articles from reputable sources which briefly touch on the subject matter. It is by no means a guide you should follow to the letter. If you suffer from CSTI or any other similar condition, my suggestion is for you to consult your personal physician and get his or her expert opinion. With that been said, let’s get right into it…

What is chronic soft tissue inflammation?

Ever had a sprain? Silly question. We’ve all had them at some point in our lives. But think about it for a moment. Maybe it happened while you were running, or swimming without first warming up. Perhaps it happened during a nasty wipeout. Or, like some of the surfers that will be mentioned here, the sprain happened at one point while they were out in the water, during dawn-patrol, or a surf trip, or at their local break, and they didn’t find out about it until much later.

This is not unheard of.

The end result is always the same. It hurts like a hell and your activities, whatever they were, come to a complete stand-still for weeks at a time.

The road to recovery, in most cases, can be long and arduous. And if you don’t commit to it, you can have relapses in the most unexpected moments. Not good when competing at a swim meet or paddling out when it’s huge.

So what exactly are we exposed to when we go surfing for extended periods of time? 

According to Dr. Kimo Harpstrite, an orthopedist based in Honolulu, Hawaii, and himself an avid surfer, there are three basic incidents that he regularly deals with. As you can imagine, dealing with these kinds of injuries in a place like the Hawaiian islands are a common occurrence:

  • Torn rotator cuffs and ligaments are a dime a dozen in the islands. Dr. Harpstrite categorizes the most common injuries attributed to the following reasons:
  • “Surfers who “dunk” their boards to get through big waves can suffer separated or dislocated shoulders when the board pops to the surface.
  • Surfers are particularly vulnerable to medial collateral ligament tears, a result of pushing their weight forward on the board to gain speed.

When a wave hits them, the knee is forced inward, causing the MCL to tear,” he explains. “But because water tends to be forgiving, you don’t see many combined injuries, like ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears.”

So wait. Collateral ligament tears, anterior cruciate ligament tears? Whaat? Yeah, it’s new to me too. Easier to understand what Dr. Harpstrite is talking about with a visual aid, agreed? Here it is:

Medial Collateral Ligament injury:

ACL tear:

I suppose deep water tends to be more forgiving. Not so with reef.

Dr. Harpstrite explains:

“In the ER, you’ll see pelvic fractures, humerus and tibia fractures, knee dislocations and things like that from surfers being slammed on the reef,” he says. “In big, heavy surf, you name it, it can happen.”

Another sure sign of wear and tear is chronic rib separation, also known as surfers rib, where the muscles located in the ribcage are pulled. This condition is mostly diagnosed in beginner surfers but veterans are can also suffer from Surfer’s Rib.

The suggested treatment for this malady is therapy, consisting of heat, massages, specific stretches, and using one of those big bouncy balls. Opinions, I found, differ on treatment, but one thing that the GPs agreed on was the importance of rest and acceptance.

The idea of “settling down” doesn’t mix well with the active crowd. Rest, even if you get restless, is essential as it gives the inflammation a chance to “cool off.”

Eating right to get upright...

Another proven way to promote  CSTI treatment is eating food that is conducive to the healing process. I didn’t much believe this at first. But once I suffered my first serious injury in the water, a broken clavicle, I decided to open my mind to alternative ways to heal, other than surgically inserting steel nails and screws in my clavicle.

After while of researching options which I didn’t fully understand or agree with, I finally understood that changing my diet could greatly benefit my healing process. I also learned that western diet and lifestyle lends itself to a chronic inflammatory condition.

I started eating better. This REALLY helped with reducing inflammation and joint injuries. I was intrigued and began reading books and listening to health, fitness and nutrition podcasts. What I found resulted in a fundamental shift in my eating and nutrition habits.

See,  generally, when you start eating better you tend to eat more alkaline foods (vegetables and less sugar, white flour, and other processed foods). This will increase your yin which is essentially “cooling energy”, making you less prone to inflammatory conditions.

According to Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health:

“Many experimental studies have shown that components of foods or beverages may have anti-inflammatory effects. Some of the foods that have been associated with an increased risk for chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease are also associated with excess inflammation”.

Dr. Hu further adds:

“It’s not surprising since inflammation is an important underlying mechanism for the development of these diseases. Some of the food components or ingredients may have independent effects on inflammation over and above increased caloric intake”

So which foods should or shouldn’t we be eating?

Dos:

• Tomatoes
• Olive oil
• Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collards
• Nuts like almonds and walnuts
• Fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and sardines
• Fruits like strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges

Don’ts:

• Refined carbohydrates such as white bread and pastries
• French fries and other fried foods
• Soda and other sugar-sweetened foods
• Red meat (burgers, steaks) and processed meat (hot dogs, sausage)
• Margarine, shortening, and lard
• Sweets, candy, cookies, etc.

Dr. Hu concludes with the following recommendation:

“To reduce levels of inflammation, aim for an overall healthy diet. If you’re looking for an eating plan that closely follows the
tenets of anti-inflammatory eating, consider the Mediterranean diet, which is high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish, and healthy oils. In addition to lowering inflammation, a more natural, less processed diet can have noticeable effects on your physical and emotional health. A healthy diet is beneficial not only for reducing the risk of chronic diseases but also for improving mood and overall quality of life”.

For further details on 16 suggested foods which help avoid inflammation, you can read more about it here…

Expectations and realities… 

I think people expect their bodies to heal quickly.

This is normally true when the body is in good health. But what if it doesn’t heal?

What if a chronic condition is a result of that injury?

I know this can happen first hand. I have lower back lumbar pain and, out of nowhere, I have tweaked my lower back on three occasions. It’s painful and very frustrating. Rest, good eating (and meds) normally take care of it.

Having a chronic condition (one that comes back every so often when you least expect it) is a good sign that something is not right with your body. You then turn to diet, personal habits and, amazingly, sleeping patterns too, to find answers.

Diet is fundamental to your healing process.

Dismissing it will only lead you to a long road of pain and frustration. I used to think that I would surf well into my 50s and beyond. I found that, even though I am pretty healthy for my age, wear and tear are inevitable.

Practice and enjoyment of the action water sports we love so much can lead to injuries. By the extreme nature of our sport, these injuries are prone to happen more often and can be more painful, have much longer healing periods and can have much more serious consequences than when we were, say, 20 years old. Since then I have accepted that, as far as surfing is concerned, my activity has become substantially less extreme.

And that’s perfectly fine by me.

Time to try skydiving! (HA! Just kidding!)

Thank you for reading my article! As always, if you have found this information useful, please share it with someone you know who may also find it useful. Have an incredible week and be careful in the water!

Talk soon!

 

To plug or not to plug…Surfer’s Ear explained.

Hey Sentinels!

Summer’s finally here and it’s time to hit the beach or your local pool!

This week I would like to share a story with you that also tells of a condition that most people who spend considerable time in the water may very easily acquire. One is more common than the other, but if left untreated, both can seriously undermine water activities for the long term.

I’m referring to Swimmers Ear, and its more insidious cousin, Surfer’s Ear.

In the following article, I am going share with you my first experience with Swimmer’s Ear and how I was able to cure it. I am also including a brief explanation by Dr. Michael O’ Leary, from the Alvarado Hospital in San Diego, California, and EddieP (no last name) a surfer who tells his actual experience with Surfer’s Ear.

These videos will show you how you get both, what they are, and how to prevent and treat both conditions once you acquire them. I hope you find them useful and informative.

Let’s dive right in!

Remembering an old friend…

The Mexican Pipeline. Zicatela Beach. Puerto Escondido.

In our culture, this legendary beach break located in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, has become one of the best and heaviest beach breaks in the world.

I’ve had the fortune of experiencing the power of this break first hand in four past visits to Puerto. And I vividly remember the first time I went out.

My high school friends and I arranged a 10-day stay. It was an experience, to say the least. And I recall that the day when I finally set foot on Playa Zicatela.

It really wasn’t that big out.

Mexpipe looked very makeable that day, even fun. The sun was out and the deep green sets just kept coming, barreling into hollow bliss. I remember hearing the sound of pressure made by the foam-spit rushing out of some larger sets. After making my very inexperienced analysis of the break (I was only 16 at the time), I entered the water and began to make my way to the take-off zone.

This took nearly all my energy but I finally made it.

On my way, I had been lucky avoiding some of the larger sets, and that was a relief. Seeing your first cavernous barrel this close is something you never forget.

Now past the impact zone, I waited for my wave. A few other surfers were out too, mostly the local crew, sprinkled with a few ex-pat surfers, and one wide-eyed 16-year-old kid, about to enter the big leagues.

I looked back at the beach. I had traveled sideways at least 20 meters from where I had started. WTF??

A moment of reckoning…

One of the locals, I remember, suddenly began paddling, fast and effortless, away from me. I turned around and the biggest set I had ever seen was closing in on us all. Everyone started paddling furiously toward it. We all made it, including me, but only just.

The explosion behind me was like nothing I had ever experienced before. It was massive.

And for a moment I was more scared than I had ever been before.

I realized I was completely in over my head. I paddled for a long time, climbing sets that could’ve been The One…who knows. All I knew for the next 30 minutes is that I wanted to get on a wave that would take me out and in the process, not kill me.

Fortunately, all the paddling I did helped settle my nerves. I recall getting into the rhythm of the incoming sets and the lulls that followed. Confidence returned, however slowly, and I actually began enjoying myself. I even began looking for a good wave to ride.

And as if on queue, a nice set, not as big as the others I had been avoiding, began closing in on us. I positioned myself perfectly and began paddling with all the energy I had left.

And then it happened.

I was riding the wave, facing the bottom section directly in front of me. It may have been too big of a wave, but to me, it felt huge. It sounds cliché, but it really did happen so fast. Before I knew it, I had made successfully down the face of the wave.

All instincts at the highest level ever, I think, were there, at that moment, and this led to the bottom-turn of a lifetime, allowing me to place myself and my board right in the sweet spot of the wave, the lip slowly forming into a barrel that ended up being the most exciting and scariest of my life.

The wave closed out.

And for a moment I was deep in a crystal chamber. Everything from there went in slow-motion camera from then on. Again, so cliché, but so true! The chandelier collapsed and I was swallowed up by the wave.

Into the dark…

The impact and turbulence were beyond anything I could have ever imagined.

My surf leash ripped violently away from my right foot. All I thought at that instant is “Oh shit…my board!”.

The energy at Zicatela beach is hard to describe. It’s deceptive. Probably why so many people get seriously hurt or worse. I  felt it now,  in every bone of my body. I slammed against the sand bottom (not much comfort…it’s like concrete mixed with sandpaper).

I now understood what other surfers meant when they said that wiping out in a large wave is like being inside a washing machine.

You are as far away from control as you can possibly be. Nature is now in control. You take the backseat on this one. If you fight it, you have a good chance of not making it out alive.

In the ensuing chaos and darkness, I recalled vaguely what I had read in some surfing magazine. Keep loose. Don’t fight it. When you touch bottom, push up as if your life depends on it. I did just that. And moments later, which seemed way, way too long, I resurfaced, breathing and filling my starved lungs with precious, beautiful air.

The whole experience sort of looked like this (but not this big…NEVER this big!):

As I regained my senses on the surface, all I recall was giving thanks that I had not being pounded by another wave again. As I swam back to the beach, I recall seeing my board, or at least the front end of it, floating about who knows how many meters in front of me.

The board had been cleanly snapped in two.

The rear of the board was later found, a few hundred yards down the beach.

Humbled…and wiser.

Rattled and exhausted, I finally reached the beach, sitting down on the sand, not caring about my broken board, which now lay useless, a few feet away from me, floating in and out of the water, as much, much smaller waves washed it in and out of the water. I sat there, breathing heavily, trying to catch my breath, with my head between my knees.

So this is what gnarly meant.

After a while I stood up, collecting my broken prize. I felt woozy and a sloshing sound in my left ear began to bother me. I tried getting it out but it was useless. Not giving it much thought, I made my way back to my hotel, sure it would get better with some rest.

As the afternoon progressed, the discomfort continued. I tried a couple of home remedies to get the water out of my ear. Nothing worked. Finally, I decided to ask one of the local crew how I could get rid of the water in my ear.

He mentioned something about Surfer’s Ear, but that it that wasn’t probably what I had since that condition is more frequent when surfing in cold water. No, what I had was Swimmer’s Ear. And that he had his fixed by blowing hot air into the ear with a hairdryer.

Thanking him, I went back to the hotel and asked for a hair dryer to the receptionist. I recall she looked at me funny. Remember I was only 16 at the time. But she eventually gave me the dryer.

I proceeded to my room and did what the local told me to do. A few minutes later, I no longer felt the ocean inside my ear.

It was amazing! Problem solved.

Swimmer’s Ear and Surfer’s Ear, cold and warm waters…

However, Surfer’s Ear was something that I had learned was much more serious and I was more grateful than ever for the warm waters of Mexico.

If you plan to spend a lot of your time in the water during this summer season, give yourself a few minutes to learn a bit about Swimmer’s Ear or, better yet, Surfer’s Ear. The later could very well ruin your summer fun.

Fortunately, there are simple ways to prevent this from happening.

Below is a video from Dr. Michael O’Leary, from the Alvarado Hospital in San Diego, who explains very clearly the difference between Swimmer’s Ear and Surfer’s Ear, and how to treat both.

Following Dr. Oleary’s explanation, you will find another video by Eddie, one of many surfers who has suffered from Surfer’s Ear and his journey to cure his condition. Please note that Eddie will share a couple of images from his experience which you may find a bit disturbing.

But it’s all for the greater good. Here are both videos:

Earplugs everyone! Earplugs!! That’s the ticket.  Check this article by MagicSeaweed.com. You’ll find more great information about this condition. There are a couple of earplug reviews at the end of the article which may also prove useful.

Here are some of the better-known earplug brands:

Westone DefendEar
Tyr Silicone Molded Earplugs
Zoggs Aqua Plugs 
Surfplugs 

There is no reason why earplugs should be shunned or dismissed. Whatever your activity in the water, the fact remains that earplugs are the surest way to guarantee your ears’ health in the water during this summer and many other summers to come.

It’s all about prevention, as Dr. O’Leary and Eddie have recommended in their videos.

Be a responsible swimmer or surfer.

Take care of your body, especially your ears, over this summer season.

If you have found this post useful, please share your comments below. Also, if you know someone who could benefit from this information, please share it with him or her.

Thank you for reading!

Next week I will be talking a bit about nutrition and inflammation. Why we get it and what kind of food we should be eating to prevent this from happening.

Gotta look good at the beach! See you then!