My 7 Summer tips, in no particular order, to keep your family in the best of health!
- The right sunscreen
We are all told to slip slop slap over Summer to protect ourselves from the harsh Australian sun, but what exactly are we slopping on? The regular sunscreen’s advertised and in the supermarket are full of chemicals that get absorbed into our blood, which then our liver needs to deal with, (and our beautiful ecosystem! Did you know at least one of the chemicals in particular has been linked to coral bleaching!!). Many people also find sunscreen irritating to the skin, particularly if they have sensitive skin, eczema or psoriasis. We are already exposed to so many chemicals in products we use daily, so my advice is to purchase a natural sunscreen that is GMO free and also free from sulphates, petrochemicals, parabens, artificial preservatives and fragrances.
Some examples include Wotnot Naturals 30SPF sunscreen, Little Urchin SPF 30 and Key Sun Clear Zinke.
These should be available on line or at your local health food store, including Go Vita Norwest!
- Don’t forget to H2O
It is really easy to become dehydrated in Summer, which can affect us in many ways.
Water circulates through the land just as it does through the human body, transporting, dissolving, replenishing nutrients and organic matter, while carrying away waste material. Further in the body, it regulates the activities of fluids, tissues, cells, lymph, blood and glandular secretions.
Muscle cramps (we don’t want one of those out in the ocean!), headaches, dry mouth, fatigue and dark yellow urine may all be signs of dehydration.
Always pack your glass, stainless steel or ceramic drink bottles when you leave the house!
Biome.com.au have a lovely selection
- Take Time Out
Even if it is just a weekend getaway, it’s really important to have a change of scenery once in a while, to recharge the batteries and take a great big sigh breath, switching off that nervous system stimulation. Summer is a great time for this with daylight saving, less luggage (no big jackets to pack), and plenty of opportunity these days with Airbnb…..like I say, sometimes the best holidays, are the most simplistic and last minute! We all need a little adventure in our lives.
- Shake it up!
Summer is a great excuse to get the nutribullet out again and get creative! There are so many varieties of blends that work together – just remember to always add veges – celery, cucumber, baby spinach, avocado for example, and a small amount of fruit so as not to overload the body with fructose. Other additions I love include chia seeds, oats, LSA mix, yoghurt, turmeric and/or ginger to pack a punch and reduce inflammation – it’s a cocktail for our insides!
- Seasonal fruit and veg
Summer is the best for delicious melons, stone fruits and berries which can be so refreshing during the hot Summer days – remember if you have kids, they won’t do it themselves, but put out a fruit platter that’s in bite size pieces – watch it disappear!
Cold salad plates are a fantastic idea for the warmer weather! Who wants to slave away in a hot kitchen when its 30+ degrees outside. The kids also love this as it can be quite a “hands on” dinner, with lots of variety….it’s ok to fill this plate right up, to ensure you are lightly satisfied by the end.
- Get down and Dirty
Do you know how important the soil is to our health? Like our bodies, the soil is rich in good bacteria, and these work synergistically to improve our health! Unreal right?? Studies have been conducted on the importance of “greenspace” and its positive effect on our health. So start a small vege garden, walk on your grass barefoot and love your outdoor space!
- Movement – whatever make you happy
I see a lot of clients in clinic who beat themselves up about not going to the gym, or doing more structured exercise, and whilst it is extremely important to do some form of physical exercise, let’s face it, we are not all gym junkies!
My suggestion to you is to take a deep breath and just move……any form of movement, whether it’s a short walk, some stretching, playing catch with your kids…..it’s all good! It is more about enjoying what you are doing, and being in the moment that will have long term health benefits AND you will find that when you feel good about what you have done, you will want to do more!