Time to celebrate! Summer is JUST around the corner. Our days are about to be filled with all of the outdoor adventures and activities we’ve been waiting (oh so patiently) all year for! Especially in a city like Vancouver, summer is most definitely our busiest, most active, and social season. For most of us, this includes everything from beach days and patio drinks, to camping, paddleboarding, and all of the hiking.
Although the exposure to the sun and our good old friend Vitamin D energizes us both physically and mentally, we also need to be mindful of of properly feeling our bodies as well.
Yes, it’s wonderful that our days are so long and we can squeeze so many actives into a summer day, but sometimes we forget how important it is to stay nourished and hydrated.
It is a known fact that our bodies utilize and exert more energy during the summer months, therefore, we need to provide them with more energy as well! This means not only feeding your body a wide range of nourishing, nutrient dense foods but also consuming adequate amounts of water.
Incorporating hydrating foods into your daily summer diet is a smart, easy and convenient way to kill two birds with one stone. Many fruits and veggies that are abundantly available (and cheap :)) in summertime (think watermelons, cucumbers, and strawberries) all have a very high water content. They also prove our bodies with essential phytonutrients and vitamins that are crucial for thriving all summer long! On the same note, consuming foods high in Vitamin C can help protect your skin and body from sun damage and become more resilient to burns and heat. Citrus fruits, bell peppers and broccoli are all extremely high in antioxidants that are essential for our bodies to be able to function in higher temperatures and protect us from any free radical damage.
Our vibrant summer lifestyle can sometimes distract us from drinking adequate amounts of H2O (and no, sangria, wine and cocktails don’t count). Especially with the patios, BBQs and beach parties – we need to be aware of staying properly hydrated and supplementing for alcohol consumption. Aiming for at least 1.5 – 2 L of water during the summer heat will keep you energized, ensure your electrolytes are staying in balance, and will make your body feel better as a whole!
It’s no surprise that summertime is an absolute dream in this city of ours. Now let’s foster our health from the inside out so that we can enjoy all of the beauty Vancouver has to offer! Take care of your body, rest and slow down when needed, and eat good to feel good!
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Have a great day,
Jennie Sokol, CNP