Friday, June 10, 2016

5 Tips for a Healthier Summer

Summer is here! So now is the perfect time to think about heading off on holiday, getting your swimsuit out and getting ready for BBQs. There are a lot of things that make you think that summer will be a healthy time. We are more likely to have cold foods like salads, and we should want to drink a lot more water. There is the temptation of lots of ice creams, though, as well as getting sunburn and becoming dehydrated. It can be easier to put off exercise in summer too, as we feel too hot or too tired. So here are some tips for staying healthier this summer.


Drink lots of water

This kind of goes without saying, but in hot temperatures it is vital to drink plenty of water. We should normally aim to have around 2 litres a day, but try to make it nearer three litres in summer. You don’t want to run the risk of getting dehydrated. Try to have as much pure water as possible. If it gets a little boring, try adding pieces of fruit or drinking sparkling water instead.

Reduce your alcohol intake

BBQs and beach parties might mean alcohol to you. But in summer, alcohol can dehydrate you. So it is careful to watch how much alcohol that you drink. If you are going to drink a small amount, make sure that you have a glass of water with each drink. If you stay hydrated, you are less likely to get headaches or a hangover. If you find that you need alcohol to get through every day, then you should consider getting help. Something like a Living Sober center could help. Too much alcohol can cause damage to your body, and it shouldn’t be consumed on a daily basis.


Wear sunscreen

In order to have a healthy body and healthy skin, it is important to wear sunscreen. It should be something that is used all year round. It is most important in summer, though, as the sun is the strongest then. You don’t want to risk the chance of getting sunburn or getting sun damage to your skin. Sunglasses are good for helping your vision during the summer months too.

Have time to relax

Life can get busy, and it is important to take some time out to relax. Having a massage or enjoying a yoga class will help you to rest up and rejuvenate. Even something like gardening will help you to be in the outdoors and enjoying the fresh air. Getting vitamin D from the sun is important so take some time outdoors, for sure.

Eat a rainbow

Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables is important for a healthy diet, particularly in summer. So make sure that your plate or bowl is packed full of goodness and color. Then you know you are getting plenty of vitamins and minerals in your diet. It should be easier to eat salads and fruit in summer as the water in then will hydrate you. You are more likely to want to have cold foods when it is warm outside too.

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