Welcome to Summer!
By now you’ve probably had the chance to start doing at least a few of your favorite summer activities: playing volleyball on the beach, sitting around a bonfire in the back yard with friends, talking a walk in the woods, or (enter your favorite activity here). If not, hopefully you have plans to soon!
Our summers are usually similar to the rest of the year, but only because we don’t have kids. But we still love it! For us, the best part is not having to throw on layers upon layers of long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, jackets, coats...and oh yeah, you don’t have to shovel sunshine!
But with summer, there can be downsides. Here are a few of the pitfalls summer can bring - and how healthy living can help you combat them to make this your best summer yet!
Summer allergies can be the worst! The reason you react negatively to the allergens in the air is usually because something in your body is inflamed. Fortunately, with the Paleo diet (which eliminates grains, dairy, and other hard-to-digest foods), your body has the chance to heal itself, drastically reducing - or even eliminating - inflammation. Just cutting out dairy alone can be a quick fix - with excellent results!
Did you know eating a proper diet actually helps your body process the vitamin D in the sun? It’s true! Back in my SAD (standard American diet) days, I burned really easily. Then after just 6 months on the Paleo diet, I could actually go out into the sun (for a short period of time) without getting burned! If you spend a lot of time in the sun, I recommend a natural, clean sunscreen, but in moderation. Your body needs that Vitamin D to function! (Check out Wellness Mama’s post for some good advice on this - and a great recipe to try!) Look for mineral (like zinc oxide) sun protectants instead of chemical ones, which are harmful to your skin and the environment.
Drink more water! Okay, I know that’s easier said than done. But if you’re outside a lot, the hot sun - and all your exertions from the beach volleyball! - can really sweat the water out of your system. So be sure to replace all that water loss with pure, clean water!
Speaking of beach volleyball (or backyard volleyball, depending on where you’re from), playing under the hot sun can not only dehydrate you, but you also can quickly become exhausted. Be sure to know your limits, and take a break in the shade as often as you need to. And if you want to be able to play longer? Cardio exercise (if your body can handle it - start slow) is an excellent way to build up your stamina so you can play to the final serve!
5. Mosquitos (and other unwelcome critters)
Essential oils are the best and healthiest way to combat bugs. Seriously; who wants a spider on your leg or a fly landing on your food or mosquitoes eating you up? This recipe by Dr. Josh Axe for bug spray looks amazing - and claims to smell good too! Let me know if you try it; I just may have to soon!
What do you love about summer? How are you going to make this summer your best summer yet? Let us know in the comments below!
Disclaimer: The recommendations in this post and on this site are not intended as a substitute for medical advice. Always consult a qualified medical professional when changing your diet, fitness routine, medications, and/or lifestyle.