Summer Wellness Tips for a Healthy and Happy Season

Summer’s warmer temps, longer days, brighter sunshine tend to help us enjoy more energy, improved mood, a healthier diet and stronger fitness habits.

But, there are also an array of summer-specific wellness tips and lifestyle habits to add to your summer routine for healthy (warmer and sunnier!) summertime living. Here’s a back-to-basics wellness guide from a Certified Wellness Coach.

  1. Shop Fresh at Local Farmers Markets: Embrace the benefits of fresh produce by shopping at local farmers markets. Fruits and vegetables are not only tastier but also packed with essential nutrients vital for summer wellness. Locally sourced produce often contains fewer preservatives and pesticides, promoting better overall health. Explore trying new produce that you haven’t tried before as the novelty of trying out new things can boost emotional well-being. You can also lower your ecological footprint by bringing your favorite wicker shopping basket or reusable bag to cut down on the use of plastic packaging.
  2. Boost Vitamin D Levels: Take advantage of the summer sunshine to boost your levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D plays a crucial role in overall well-being, supporting bone health, regulating mood, disease prevention, reducing cancer cell growth, helping to control infections and reducing inflammation. Spend time outdoors in the sun, but remember to practice sun safety by wearing sunscreen or and seeking shade when necessary. If you plan to be outside all day for family events or while vacationing consider packing long sleeved light weight shirts and hats for added protection from burns. If supplementing is your thing, it’s important that you choose a brand that has the GMP label on the packaging or it’s from a reputable company with high quality ingredients. Its also recommended to choose a supplement containing D3+K for maximum absorption and utilization. Incorporating vitamin D-rich foods can help maintain optimal vitamin D levels. According to Harvard, here are some good food sources of Vit D:
    • Cod liver oil
    • Salmon
    • Swordfish
    • Tuna fish
    • Orange juice fortified with vitamin D
    • Dairy and plant milks fortified with vitamin D
    • Sardines
    • Beef liver
    • Egg yolk
    • Fortified cereals
  3. Stay Hydrated: Proper hydration is crucial during the summer months, especially when temperatures rise. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to prevent dehydration. Consider adding electrolyte tabs to your beverages or drink coconut water, to replenish lost minerals and maintain optimal hydration levels.
  4. Recognize Dehydration and Hyponatremia: Be mindful of warning signs indicating dehydration and hyponatremia. Symptoms like dry mouth, fatigue, excessive thirst, and dizziness can signal dehydration, while confusion, headaches, and nausea may indicate hyponatremia. Promptly address these signs by rehydrating and seeking medical attention if necessary.
  5. Early Morning Walks: Start your day with refreshing early morning walks to regulate your circadian rhythm and soak in the peaceful ambiance. Morning sunlight helps balance your body’s internal clock, promoting better sleep patterns and overall well-being. Walking is an appealing form of exercise and has many other health benefits like improving circulation, lowering blood pressure, supporting joints, strengthening muscles and can reduce risk of Alzheimer’s.
  6. Embrace Outdoor Activities: Spend time outdoors and indulge in adult playfulness to rejuvenate your mind and body. Engage in recreational activities like hiking, biking, kayaking, or playing outdoor games with your family like soccer, pickle ball and frisbee to reduce stress, boost mood, and enhance physical fitness. Embracing a playful mindset fosters creativity and encourages a sense of joy and spontaneity.
  7. Sunscreen Matters: Prioritize sun protection by applying sunscreen with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) before stepping outside. Opt for broad-spectrum sunscreen to shield your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating, and seek shade during peak sun hours to minimize sun damage and reduce the risk of skin cancer.

By incorporating these summer wellness tips into your lifestyle, you can enjoy a season filled with vitality, relaxation, and well-being. Consider working with a wellness coach during the summer months to optimize your health and fitness goals. A wellness coach can provide personalized guidance, motivation, and accountability to help you make positive lifestyle changes. Whether it’s adopting a balanced diet, establishing a regular exercise routine, or managing stress, a wellness coach can empower you to achieve your wellness aspirations and thrive throughout the summer season. Learn more here.

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

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