June 20, 2017
Posted In: Community, Education, General Health, General Wellness, Home & Lifestyle, Nutrition, Travel & Outdoor
Summer Solstice is almost here! The first official day of summer is June 20th and is the longest stretch of daylight we will have (sadly) until next June. Here are 5 tips to help you enjoy all that Summer has to offer and stay healthy and vibrant all summer long!
1) Eat Clean. There are lots of fresh foods coming out of the fields already. Buy local and organic when possible. Make fresh food smoothies to add that extra nutritional punch. Summer is a time for friends and BBQ’s. Potlucks are a great way to share food and have fun with friends – Be the one to bring the Big Salad!
2) Wear sun protective clothing and a natural zinc oxide sunscreen, especially on your face. An SPF of 30 is quite adequate when re-applied, as it should be, every hour or two depending on your skin. Take extra omega 3’s and antioxidants, which are skin protective. Pure coconut oil is not only a great moisturizer for the skin but also blocks UVA/UVB rays – so get oiled up!
3) Moisturize your skin. When the sun does get the best of you or your child, be sure to have on hand Calendula ointment, which will soothe scorched skin. Aloe Vera based body cream or ointment containing Lavender and other essential oils are also excellent on sun tender skin.
4) Drink more water. Normal water consumption should be ½ of your body weight in ounces. In summer when it’s hot, especially when you are sweating, requires more water to stay properly hydrated. You also need extra water with alcohol and coffee consumption. Add fresh lemon juice, orange and cucumber slices for extra minerals and flavour. An Electrolyte Powder that you can add to your water will replace key minerals lost through sweat and alcohol, and with B vitamins, will give you a nice energy boost. Look for one that is preservative free and no artificial sweeteners like sucralose.
5) Apis gel is a must-have in your first aid kit. When applied directly following a bit, it eases the sting and reduces swelling from the bite. You can also give 2-3 homeopathic pellets of Apis 30CH under the tongue, in a clean mouth, every ½ hour to 1 hour following a severe bite or sting, and less often for mild cases. Conventional insect repellents contain DEET, a chemical developed by the U.S Army in 1946. Although regarded as safe by the EPA, reactions have been reported. Several products containing Tea Tree Oil, Citronella, Lavender and other essential oils appear to be just as effective at preventing bites, from all types of little beasties, and are a much safer option for your family.