Can you believe it's ALREADY summer?
Do you ever find yourself confused by all of the conflicting information and special reports about how to keep yourself and your family happy and healthy during the summer? If so, you are not alone. Today, I am sharing my five sure-fire tips for an enjoyable summer.
1. Drink Water.
Plenty of it. Staying hydrated has many positive effects on the body, including (but not limited to):
* Improved body temperature regulation
* Better digestion
* Increased energy
* Look younger--hydrated skin has more elasticity
* Muscles and joints work better when lubricated
If you find that you are not going to meet your goal for water intake on a certain day, you can eat more foods that contain a high percentage of water like:
One word of caution, according to Ayrveda, watermelon should be eaten early in the day. If eaten later in the day, you will not have time to release the excess water before bedtime and you will have to get up several times overnight OR you will have dreams about water and flooding.
2. Avoid Ice.
Drinking cold beverages (or eating ice cold foods) affects your ability to digest by putting out your "digestive fire element." Once in a while is fine, but your best bet for the summer is room temperature. If you have poor digestion, ive this a try!
3. Eat Foods With Natural Sunscreen Properties.
Increasing your intake of these foods (like cucumbers and carrots) can actually provide protection from UV rays from INSIDE your body!
4. Eat Locally.
Eat foods that our growing in your area during any given season. Mother nature naturally produces what is best for our bodies at any time of year, so pay attention! If you are not sure what is growing in your area now, Google can help. Just look for a farm within 150 miles of your house and see what they are offering.
5. Schedule FUN!
How many summers have come and gone while you were sitting indoors at a desk or otherwise pre-occupied, only to leave you wondering where summer went when Labor Day Weekend arrives? This summer, schedule blocks of time where you get out and do something you enjoy. TRUST ME, you will be a lot more productive when you get back to the office having had a play break!
Remember, health and nutrition is not just about what you are eating. It's also about making time for those things that make you happy and give you a sense of pleasure and fulfillment. The more whole you are, the more healthy you will be.
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Theresa Venezia is the Founder and Owner of Healthy Vibrant You, a Spiritually-Based Health Coaching Practice. She works with individuals and groups to empower people to take their health healing into their own hands through holistic means. Her website is HealthyVibrantYou.com