A favorite season for most, summer is the season for vacations, outdoor activities, BBQs and more. Make sure you follow these 10 summer health tips so that you head into summer ready to make the most of this beloved season.
While we all know how important it is to drink your eight glasses of water per day, it’s especially important during the summer months as we are losing more fluids with the heat. Staying hydrated, especially after much summer activity, will help you stay energized and balanced. It will also support healthy digestion, keep your muscles, bones, and joints healthy and mobile, fuel your activities, keep your brain functionally optimally, and so much more! Start your day with an 8 ounce glass of water, and don’t leave home without your favorite water bottle.
Protect Your Skin
During the summer months we expose much more of our skin to the sunlight. If you’re like me, you’re super happy to be out in the sun. While having fun in the sun is great, we have to protect our skin from harmful UV rays. Be sure to wear proper sunscreen to protect the skin you’re in. If the sun gets the best of you, try this amazing natural After Sun Soothing Spray.
Taking on the Lighter Side
It’s so important to eat with the seasons. In the winter when we are inside and in hibernation mode, we tend to eat more nourishing, grounding foods like stews and soups. But as the yang energy rises, and we become more active outdoors, it’s time to switch the stews for salad.
As temps outside go up, so does our core body temperature. It’s important to stay cool during the summer months so that you do not get overheated. Overheating can lead to dizziness, light headedness, headaches, nausea and more. Here are just a few ways to keep your cool this summer:
- choose shade over sun
- wear your shades
- eat cooling foods such as fruit and veggies, and
- carry a small spray bottle with water and peppermint essential oil to spray on the back of your neck to stay cool
Don’t stop your fitness, change it up for the season. Make your family and friend activities your exercise. Take a swim in the pool or go for a jog. Try to find ways to take your fitness outside. I recommend doing your summer outdoor fitness in the early morning or later evening to avoid the high sun heat of midday. And, of course… drink even more water with exercise. Replace your electrolytes.
Have Some Smoothie Sensibility
While I am a year-round smoothie girl, I know many will opt for more smoothies during the summer months. Be beware… some smoothies can be calorically dense and sugar packed. Add a bunch (at least 2 handfuls) of cooling greens like kale, spinach, and chard to increase the health benefits of your smoothie. Check out these amazing smoothie recipes!
Farmers Market FUN!
Eat locally, eat fresh, support your CSA’s, and save money! Need I say more? I love going to farmers markets whenever I can, at least weekly to stock up on the best seasonal and local veggies and fruit. Find your local farmers markets here.
Sure, we probably want to stay up later in the summer, since it’s lighter later, but we absolutely still need to get proper rest. Since the days are longer it can be harder to get your 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Try getting yourself a great eye mask and putting lavender essential oil on the mask and your pillow to help you sleep.
Sack the Sugar!
Okay, I know we WILL eat some ice cream in the summer because summer and ice cream… they just go together. However, did you know, you can make healthier sweet frozen summer treats? Try making popsicles that are made with coconut milk (or any milk alternative) blended with frozen fruit or fresh berries. Add these naturally sweetened, healthy mixtures to popsicle molds. Then just pop in the freezer, and enjoy one when you need to cool off! You’re welcome.
It’s summer time! Ditch the digital and get the heck outside! Take every opportunity to be in the great outdoors. Drink your morning coffee outside, eat dinner in the backyard. Take a hike in the hills, go for an after-dinner walk in your hood, get your toes in the sand and your feet in the grass. You get it, get outside and enjoy the fresh air. In Chinese medicine, summer is represented by the Fire Element and the heart organ and meridian. These both represent connection, so make extra efforts to stay connected to family, friends, and loved-ones.
Get ready to enjoy your healthiest and most joyful summer yet!
BONUS: don’t ever feel bad for taking that lazy summer afternoon nap in your favorite hammock, a nap will do you good!
If you’re committed to self-care for your BEST Summer yet, don’t forget to hop on over and join our SUMMER Self-Care Challenge where you will create easy daily self-care habits that will last a lifetime.