Summer: 7 Tips for Health and Wellness

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It’s officially here, the season of sunshine, beach vibes, and barbeques; in short the perfect time to make the most of the great outdoors. But it’s not all wine and roses, too much sun and party-time fun have a downside you can easily avoid.

Here are seven simple wellness tips to keep the good vibes going all summer long.

  1. Sun-Savvy Skincare; Slather on that reef-safe sunscreen before you hit the beach. All the anti-aging products on the market can’t stand up to this one daily habit for skin health. Be sure to reapply every couple of hours, especially after a swim or workout. One more note about sunscreen, many (or most) popular brands contain chemicals you’re better off avoiding. In fact, only about one in four products meets Environmental Working Group (ewg.org) standards for adequate sun protection and avoids ingredients linked to “known health harms”. Definitely check out the website for your best options, or stop by local health food-focused stores to ask for expertise. Don’t forget your wide-brimmed hat and shades to protect your face and eyes as you greet summer in sun-savvy style.
  2. Hydrate Like a Pro; Staying hydrated is key to keeping your energy levels up and your skin moist from within. Keep your reusable water bottle close and stay hydrated with local tap or filtered water. Better yet, add a slice of lemon or cucumber for a refreshing twist. A word about plastic water bottles, just one: microplastics. Rather than buying bottled water, switching to tap water, which usually has lower microplastic levels and is much cheaper, is a smart way to go.
  3. Plastic bottles are even worse for the environment as they are for our health. If you’re concerned about microplastics, maybe it’s time to rethink your bottled water habit. Research shows that over 96 percent of U.S. community water systems meet government standards for drinkability, but if you’re not sure, our friends at EWG.org have a resource for that too.
  4. Eat Fresh and Local; Hit up your favorite farmers’ markets for the freshest fruits and veggies; this time of year the markets are in full swing. Treat yourself to fresh strawberries, perfect for snacking, shortcaking or slicing into salads. Look for fresh leeks and green onions just now in season, or choose from a bevy of heirloom produce to give your salads and crudité plates an extra jolt of flavor. Wander the markets in search of tender asparagus for steaming or grilling while the season is hot. Truly you can’t go wrong with local, seasonal produce whatever you choose.
  5. Move Your Body Embrace the great outdoors with activities like surfing, paddleboarding, hiking, or biking. Whether you’re catching waves or hiking the trails, keep your body active and your spirits high. Don’t miss a chance to take a hike with local trail-minded gurus to stay in the know on all the best spots.
  6. Mindful Moments Find; time to relax and recharge. Practice yoga on the beach, journal alongside the waves, or simply take a quiet walk through nature. These moments of mindfulness will keep you grounded and stress-free no matter what comes your way.
  7. Eco-Friendly Habits; Reduce your environmental footprint by bringing reusable bags, avoiding single-use plastics, and supporting local eco-friendly businesses. Let’s keep our planet beautiful for generations to come!
  8. Stay Connected Spend quality time with friends and family. Plan a beach bonfire, a picnic in the park, or a casual backyard BBQ. Strengthen your connections and create lasting friendships, it’s a key to health and wellness all year round.

Whether you’re savoring fresh produce from the farmers’ market or exploring your local natural landscapes, these simple tips will help you make the most of this sun-kissed season. So go ahead, dive into summer with a heart full of joy and a spirit ready for adventure. Here’s to a happy, healthy, and unforgettable summer!

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