The warmer weather and longer days are here. In order to enjoy this time of year and all it has to offer, don’t you want more energy and to feel great as long as possible?
If you’re feeling hot and sluggish instead, there are some natural remedies you can try. No matter the time of year, stress and the pace of our busy lives affect each of us in various ways. Sometimes, it’s good to take a step back, assess what you are doing on a daily basis, and try to incorporate more healthy habits to keep you on track.
Here are some daily tips for feeling great this summer:
Drink more water.
We often forget to hydrate, and this especially affects us in the summer. The warmer weather plus a higher intake of alcohol leads to dehydration, so it’s good to be aware and to drink water regularly. Don’t substitute drinks like coffee or soda for water – these can also be dehydrating. If you don’t like drinking plain water, try adding a slice of lemon for taste. This also promotes good digestion.
Start your day with fiber.
I like to start with a green smoothie, whether it incorporates spinach, romaine, kale, celery or other types of leafy greens, and then add some seasonal berries and lemon juice. Or try yogurt with fiber-rich granola. Starting your day with fiber-rich foods gets your digestion moving and cleaning out the previous day’s toxins from your body, which helps increase your energy all day.
Use SPF every time you leave the house.
We’ve all heard that we should SPF before going to the beach or being outside, but you should also lather up before heading to work, the market, or indoor places, too. The sun is harsh this time of year, and it affects our skin, even during a commute. When you get into the daily habit of adding sunscreen in the morning, you don’t have to think about it at other times.
Incorporate seasonal berries into your diet.
Berries are great antioxidants that help manage the free radicals in your body that affect everything from digestion to skin. Plus, they are delicious in smoothies, yogurt, or on their own.
Get outside and move.
This goes without saying – it’s a good time to bike or walk to work, start a running regimen, or swim some laps. No matter what you do, it’s good to get your body going, especially if you sit at a desk all day.
Sleep on a normal cycle.
This can be hard, especially when it’s lighter most of the day, or you are drinking more than you do in the winter. But try to keep your normal bedtime habits and get in 7-8 hours per night. Your body will thank you for it.