Summer Lovin’ & Healthy Tips

It’s summer-time and the heat is on!  You’ll likely be outside more than usual, hopefully having a swell, not sweltering time! But please folks: make sure your summer lovin’ doesn’t turn into dehydration, sunburn or heat exhaustion.
These summer health tips are a timely reminder to keep you safe and healthy while working, playing or vacationing in the heat.

1. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER & ELECTROLYTE REPLENISHING FLUIDS
Aside from air (a total necessity ), water is one of the most essential elements for our existence. Water is much of what we made of, as the average human body contains 60-70% water.   If you wait to drink until you are thirsty, that is a sign that are already dehydrated. The best way to keep hydrated is to always have a glass or bottle of water with you to remind you to keep drinking.  If you would like to dress up your water, try this refreshing Electrolyte Elixir!

2. PROTECT YOURSELF FROM HARMFUL UV RAYS
Don’t forget to absorb your essential Vitamin D, but if you will be exposed to the sun for longer periods of time, before thinking of slathering sunscreen all over your body, first think of covering up. First and foremost, hanging out in the shade is a great way to stay outside without having to worry about your skin, so don’t feel like you can’t enjoy the great outdoors, just be conscientious while doing so.

A hat that shades your face and neck is a must-have. With all those stylish hats out there, you can’t go wrong. Wear clothing that covers you- the tighter the knit, the more you’ll be protected from the sun’s rays.

Secondly, if you’ll be spending hours in the sun, apply a natural, chemical free sunscreen to exposed areas to prevent painful sunburn, skin damage, the development of moles, wrinkles and skin cancer. Remember that not all sunscreens are created equal and some are even toxic to our insides. Visit your local health food store to find the cleanest, most natural sunscreen for you and your family.
Even better, make your own!

Home-Made Sunscreen Recipe
Recipe from Livestrong.com

Step 1
Pour 6 tbsp. of avocado oil and 3 tbsp. of shea butter into a double boiler. Add 1 tbsp. of beeswax to the double boiler and melt the avocado oil, shea butter and beeswax mixture on the stovetop.

Step 2
Add 1 tsp. of soy lecithin, 1 tbsp. of Aloe Vera gel and 2 tbsp. of zinc oxide to the melted mixture. Blend all of the ingredients together with a wire whisk.

Step 3
Puncture a vitamin E capsule with a pin and squeeze the vitamin rich gel into the sunscreen blend. Add 3 to 5 drops of an essential oil of your choice to the sunscreen mixture and blend once again with the whisk.

Step 4
Spoon the entire sunscreen mixture into a blender or food processor. Turn on the blender and whip the sunscreen into a smooth cream.

Step 5
Label a baby food jar or plastic container as “Poison: non-edible sunscreen,” then pour your sunscreen mixture into the container. Store it in the refrigerator away from similar containers.

3. CONTINUE EATING HEALTHFULLY
With vacations & summer picnics comes the temptation to eat it all up. Do your best not to give into every temptation. Excessive junk food, too much BBQ, heavy fatty foods, & sweets fail to provide your body with the nutrients and water content found in healthy, nutrient rich whole foods. Junk food can even deplete your body of essential energy. The summer season brings with it a wide variety of fresh fruits & vegetables, so enjoy them freely. Increase your intake of raw and cooling foods such as summer salads, and raw fruit kababs!

Here is a recipe for my refreshing Smoothie that will keep you cool all summer long. Also makes a quick and nourishing breakfast or mid-day snack.

Refreshing Summer Smoothie: Blend all ingredients together until smooth
•    1 cup, fresh organic baby spinach
•    2 organic bananas
•    1Tbs hemp seeds
•    1Tbs Almond butter
•    1 ½ cups rice milk
•    1 tsp coconut oil

These tips are sure to keep you safe and healthy throughout the summer, Enjoy!

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