Want to stay healthy over summer and during your holidays?
Here are tips to get you through.
- Stay cool and hydrated. Drink water, at least two to four cups upon rising, and similar amounts if you are going out for activities and exercise. Many tea’s can be drunk iced, or add some fresh seasonal fruit to your water, which is a fantastic way to keep hydrated with some flavour.
- While enjoying the sun and outdoors, protect yourself from overexposure to sunlight by wearing a hat and using natural sunscreens. I apply organic coconut oil as its anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties protects the skin by detoxifying toxins which can build up on the outside layer of your skin, causing chemical reactions when exposed to UV. Similarly, carry Aloe Vera gel for heat exposure and have an aloe plant growing in your home for any kind of burn. The cooling and healing gel inside the leaves will soothe any sunburn.
- Keep up or begin an exercise program. Aerobic activity is important for keeping the heart strong and healthy. If you only work out in a health club, take some time to do outdoor refreshing activities — hiking, biking, swimming, tennis, walking, beach volleyball. These will keep a mind and body balance as well as giving the body a change of movement, improving your fitness.
- Enjoy Nature’s bounty – fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables at their organic best. Consuming foods that are cooling and light — fresh fruits, vegetable juices, raw vital salads, and lots of water — will nourish your body for summertime activities. Include some protein with one or two meals. There are a number of light, nourishing proteins that don’t require cooking. Most of these complement fruits and vegetables nicely– nuts, seeds, sprouted beans, soy products, greek yogurt, kefir, quinoa, and cottage cheese.
- Take some special summer time with your family, kids, and friends who share the enjoyment of outdoors. Plan a fun trip if you’re able and motivated for a day or longer — hiking in the wild, camping, playing at the river, swimming at your local cascade, a picnic, or a few days resting at the ocean.
- Relax and breathe. You’ve been working hard. This is the season to slow the pace a bit and absorb the sun and memories which are created in this beautiful weather. Take the chance to enjoy a massage at your local market or shopping centre, some yoga, sleep-ins, a day beside the pool or on the beach with a magazine, fresh fruit and sunscreen (slip! slop! slap! keep safe), or any other activities which relaxes you. If you can, try leaving your phone at home or take a week off from TV – you’ll be surprised how much more you feel relaxed AWAY from electronic stimulants
- Nutritional supplements can support you with a greater amount of physical energy, enhancing your summer activities. The B-complex vitamins are calming to the nervous system and helpful for cellular energy production, while vitamin C and the other antioxidants protect your body from stress, chemical pollutants, and the biochemical by-products of exercise. Helpful summer herbs are Siberian ginseng as an energy tonic and stress protector, dong quai is a tonic for women, hawthorn berry is good for the heart, and liquorice root will help energy balance and digestion.
- Above all, give yourself the time to truly experience Nature. This can happen, even in a city park, if you relax and let in your surroundings. When traveling, take activities for the family and your first aid kit for bites, bee stings, and injuries. Check for ticks after your hikes. Watch for overexposure, take time in the shade, and drink your water. Really get out and explore the beauty behind nature and try to get involved in nature processes, like strawberry picking or a visit to an apple orchard or fruit farm. Not only is it fun but you get to take the goodness home with you!
Healthy Eating Tips
Swap the packet of twisties with coke for a cooler with ice, bottled water, sandwiches on whole grain breads, pita chips, hummus, yogurt and lots of fruit.
Be smart, eat right: eat lots of vegetables and SEASONAL fruit – aim to eat a rainbow
Add fruit to water instead of flavoured cordial or soft drink
Season foods with fresh herbs rather than bottle sauces
Enjoy a BBQ with seafood, chicken, grilled vegetables and a green salad or a homemade stir fry served on brown rice or quinoa