Summer is here! Yay! The weather is warmer, even hot in many places, and after the rainier than usual spring in the Bay Area, it is wonderful to have sunshine and warmth now. Summer is one of my favorite seasons and the food is one reason with berries, melons, loads of fresh vegetables, barbecues, fresh herbs, and summer fruits.
- Stay Hydrated by drinking lots of water. It’s easy to get dehydrated in the hot summer months when we are more active and out in the sun a lot. Drinking enough helps our organs function properly, keeps our skin clear, and generally helps our body work right. If we don’t drink enough, it can lead to poor digestion, headaches, fuzzy thinking, bad breath, skin breakouts, and general fatigue. It can be very helpful to take a water bottle with you wherever you go.
- Enjoy the Outdoors. The warm weather allows us to get out and play. It’s the perfect time to go swimming, hike in the shade of the woods, run or bike ride out of doors in the cooler evenings when it stays light later. It’s also the season for picnics and bbq’s.
- Get some sun. Summer is also the season to get Vitamin-D from the sun. Our body needs Vitamin-D for many things including strengthening our immune system and for bone health. Exposure to the sun in the summer helps us build up stores of Vitamin-D in our fat to be used during the darker winter days. Of course, be careful not to get sunburned. When you’re going to be in the sun for a while it’s important to use a good sunscreen (how fast we each burn varies depending on our skin color). Click here for more information on Vitamin D.
- Grow your own Food by planting a garden or some edible potted plants. Summer is a wonderful time to connect with the earth and where food comes from. Kids love getting their hands in the dirt – awaken the kid inside of you and plant something. Anyone can do this, even if you live in an apartment, by planting fresh herbs in pot and placing them in a bright window or turning your deck or porch into a potted vegetable garden.