Summer is, for most of us, a time where we switch our clothes to flip flops and shorts and spend more time outside. It is also a good idea to make changes in your diet – being outdoors more often means sweating more and this increases the risk for health problems, such as skin problems, dehydration and lack of minerals and vitamins.
The solution is not only very simple, but also very tasty. Except for drinking enough water, we have access to local, in-season fresh fruits and vegetables that are great for us.
To be sure that your body is properly hydrated, drink a lot of water.
Water is your body’s principal chemical component and a natural detoxifier. Depending on how active you are during the day, it is advisable to drink at least 10 glasses of water a day. Juices, soups, coconut water are other great fluids to drink.
Fruit and Vegetables
Essentially, you cannot eat too much of fruits and vegetables. Most fruits and vegetables are low in calories and will provide you water, vitamins and minerals that will make your body look and feel great.
A few great fruits to eat more of during summer are watermelons, oranges, blackberries, raspberries, apples, figs, pears, apricots, strawberries and blueberries.
When it comes to vegetables; celery, fennel, salads with dark leafy greens, avocados, cucumber, tomatoes and pumpkin are a few great vegetables to eat more of.
A few other healthy, nutritious foods are yogurt, nuts, and salmon. They are very rich in healthy fats, vitamins, omega 3, minerals and vitamins. These foods are quite high in calories and should be eaten in moderation.
During the summer season a lot is happening; with fun spontaneous adventures and exciting activities in the sun it can be hard to keep a regular diet and keep your body enough hydrated.
A few tips are to always carry a water bottle with you, and if possible, get some fruits in your bag too. Avoid caffeinated and carbonated beverages, alcoholic beverages, and drinks which are high in sugar, as they cause loss of fluids.