In the lazy, long, warm days of summer, life feels less hurried. There tends to be a more laid-back attitude in the summer that is a little bit more relaxed than the rest of the year. For this reason, it is the perfect time for doing some health improvements to get yourself ready once more for the coming months.
Keep Your Cool
No matter what the weather is outdoors, it is important to stay hydrated. Drink up to four glasses of water the moment you wake up. If you are going to exercise or get involved in activities, drink water in large amounts. Carry a hard plastic water container and make sure you have one on you all the time. Most people need up to three quarts of rehydration daily. The hotter the weather, the safer you are if you keep yourself from overheating. Summer is the time when a lot of heatstrokes happens. Stay ahead of the game and make sure your family does too, by stocking up on electrolyte juices and water stored in containers ready to take with you in the refrigerator. You might even want to invest in more expensive, insulated containers that keep your ice drink cool for days.
It is easy to forget that the warm sun can be bad for us if taken to extremes. Protect yourself by wearing a hat and natural sunscreen. Make sure you use burn ointment or aloe vera to treat sunburns. The healing gel cools your skin and soothes a first-degree burn. You might even want to go the extra mile and plant aloe vera around your house.
Getting a Great Night’s Sleep
Rather than staying up longer during the days of summer, why not take a new direction? Catching up on sleep will do wonders for your health. Keep the same waking up and bedtime schedule and not eating or drinking anything three hours before bedtime is a great way of keeping your summer healthy. Avoid naps during the day unless you usually take them at a regular time. Remember, the body loves routine, and a routine daily nap plus regular sleeping habits may just slow down the aging process with all the rest you are catching up on.
Go light on the drinks
Instead of indulging in the usual hardcore drinking spree with the buddies this summer, why not go the other direction? Going light this summer with both the clothing and the drinks, or skipping them all together if you are pregnant will go a long way towards helping to improve your level of fitness. Table wine with juice, also known as sangria, a wine spritzer or a light beer are all very refreshing summery drinks but are all on the light side. When you drink two drink daily maximum, this can help protect you against heart disease.
It is time to be kinder to your heart by slacking off a little bit this summer. Take a vacation and unwind to enjoy the benefits of taking a break. Not only do holiday vacations lower your heart rate, but they also lower blood pressure and cortisol, a stress hormone. Cortisol is responsible for an increased risk of heart disease and is also responsible for a wider waist.
Be Kinder to Your Eyes
Wear protective eye wear in the summer months. Protect your vision whether you are at play or work. While you are out of doors, wear sun glasses that block at least ninety-nine percent of UV rays A and B. Sunglasses can help protect against both wrinkles around the eyes and cataracts.
Decide on one activity outdoors and do it. This could be swimming, roller blading, cycling, playing tag with your children, taking a nature walk or going on a hike. Shed that feeling of working out in the gym outdoors. Remember, families that get physically fit outdoors together, tend to bond all the more.
You’ve heard it before and you are going to hear it again. Daily flossing is important. Do it while watching TV, on the patio, on a secluded spot on the beach- no matter where you decide to floss, all that matters is that you do it. Overall body health improves when you reduce bacteria in the mouth. When your oral bacteria level is low, your body frees up energy to deal with bacteria in other parts of your body. Daily flossing will help improve your health immensely.
Getting Dirty and Stressing Less
For your levels of stress to improve, summer can be the time when you get dirty. No space? Plant a few flower pots indoors, cultivate a flower box or plant a small garden. It helps to keep yourself grounded to touch soil. When you feel like the pace of life has gotten to a fever pitch, keeping yourself grounded mentally by doing some gardening helps relieve mental and physical stress.
Berry Boosted Diet
If there is one thing you can do to make the most of the summer, is to give your diet a berry boost. Eat one cup of fresh berries everyday, and you will be surprised to see how beneficial this happens to be for your health. It does not matter what berries you add in; this could be strawberries, blueberries or blackberries. Any of these choices will help you increase your antioxidant intake, preventing tissue damage and reducing health issues related to age. In particular, blackberries and blueberries are rich in antioxidants. One bonus is that fiber-rich berries prevent cancer and help to keep your cholesterol on the lower levels.
These top ten summer health tips are all you need to ensure a happy, healthy summer vacation bonding with your family or just yourself. These tips will definitely give you back all the energy that the rest of the year has taken away from you, and then some.