Summer is the perfect season to start thinking about health. We want to look good for that beach holiday and the sun positively urges us to glow with it.
Here are 10 simple tips for a healthy summer.
1 – Avoiding Heavy Meals
In winter our bodies crave heavy foods. Earlier, it would have been imperative to consume extra calories to keep warm. It is also thought that comfort foods stimulate Serotonin (the feel good hormone), much needed in winter.
These rich meals take a lot for our body to digest causing us to feel lethargic. Eating lighter meals is much easier in the summer with such a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables in season.
2 – Cancer Fighting Summer Foods
Grapefruits have high levels of vitamin C, folic acid and beta-carotene while also contains monoterpenes which are believed to sweep carcinogens from the body.
Tomatoes contain lycopene which attack free radicals which triggers cancer. The hotter the weather, the more lycopene tomatoes produce.
Strawberries are high in ellagic acid which speeds up the production of enzymes that can destroy cancer causing substances and slows the growth of tumours.
.3 – Looking After Skin
Spending short periods in the sun is important to acquire vitamin D. Depending on tone, just 10-15 minutes is enough for pale skin. Darker skin needs longer.
Getting the right balance is important; skin cancer is a very real threat, especially with pale skin.
4 – Cooking With A Barbecue
Food poisoning can be deadly so check the coals are red hot and with a grey powder before using. Frozen meat should be properly thawed, turned often and hot through. There should be no pinkness and any juices need to be clear.
5 – Overheating
In hot weather it is important to drink plenty of water, avoid heavy meals and wear loose clothing. Staying out of the sun during the hottest time of the day (usually around 11am – 3pm) is also advisable.
6 – Hay Fever
As with all allergies, the best advice is to avoid the allergen. Don’t mow the lawn, shut any windows and dusting regularly will help.
7 – Wasp or Bee Stings
Wasps, in particular, are a nuisance on sunny days. Most people make the mistake of swatting them away, this only provokes them. Simply and calmly move away. Those allergic might want to avoid wearing bright colours as wasps are drawn to them.
8 – Looking After Feet
Our poor feet go through a lot all year round but especially in summer.
With 250,000 sweat glands, the feet can get very moist in summer months leading to fungal infections. Wearing cotton absorbs the perspiration allowing the feet to breathe.
9 – Holiday Relaxation
Some find it difficult to separate themselves from work. If work cannot be avoided it is best to designate a time of the day to focus on it, then relax and enjoy your well-earned holiday.
10 – Getting Out There
Finally, the healthiest thing one can do in summer is to get out and enjoy it. Most years it is all too fleeting, before long we all will be stuck indoors, missing the fresh air and sunshine.