Healthy things you can do for yourself this summer

1. Eat more greens. Farmer's markets abound. Hopefully there is one near you. Summer is a fab-u-lous time to eat lots o' green veggies. Why? Greens are a great source for calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, vitamins A, C, E and K + Potassium. And - if that's not great enough, they have fiber, folic acid and lots of micronutrients and phytochemicals.

 

2. Take your workout outside. Why? Change of scenery. Fresh oxygen.

 

3. Soak up Vitamin D the natural way. Of course, don't overdo it. 10-20 mins without sunscreen, depending on your skin tone (less time outside the more fair your skin is.) Us New Englanders aren't blessed with this beautiful sun year round. Our bodies have a hard time getting enough Vitamin D the natural way the rest of the year, so make sure to soak it up this summer. Why? Vitamin D is essential to bone and teeth health as well as heart health!

 

4. Get in the habit of drinking water. This summer seems to be increasing our need to stay hydrated. These temps in the 90's + are tough! If there is ever a season when you might not drink enough water, summer could be it. Your body most likely (if you live anywhere on North America) will sweat more than normal and shed itself of liquid during the day. It's essential to keep that balance and replenish lost fluids - especially if you are spending lots of time outside.

5. Take a nap. Studies show that sleep helps to lower cortisol levels which are affected by stress. You know best the havoc that stress wreaks on your body.  Nothing says relaxing like a hammock or a cat nap with the sun on your face!

6. Step away from your laptop/ipad/iphone/blackberry. Really? You need me to tell you why this is good for your health?!