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Stay Energized: Summer Self-Care Tips for Optimal Health

The laid back vibe of summer offers lots of opportunity to get outside and be active both of which are so important to your overall health and wellness.

The laid-back vibe of summer offers lots of opportunities to get outside and be active both of which are so important to your overall health and wellness.

Here are a few more super simple tips to help you look and feel your best all summer. These are 3 (+1) of my go-to never-fail strategies to keep me energized even when the temperature soars.

Make sure to read to the end for details on my upcoming End Of Summer Self Care Retreat – the ultimate way to nurture your body and soul this summer.

Eat Your Greens

Get 2-4 cups of green leafy veggies per day, the top two ways to do this are:

  1. in your morning smoothie include one cup of greens
  2. have a salad each day, even a small side salad will ensure you get 1-2 cups of greens (kale salad link)

A 2013 study from the University of Otago found that college students tended to feel calmer, happier, and more energetic on days they ate more fruits and veggies. It can be hard to tell which came first—upbeat thoughts or healthy eating—but the researchers found that healthy eating seemed to predict a positive mood the next day.

Go Green my friends!

Ditch Processed Sugar

Yes, ditching sugar can be incredibly beneficial to overall health. And the longer you stay with it, the healthier you get, obviously. You’ll have more stable blood sugar (which controls hunger and energy), sleep more soundly and have better digestion

Here are tips to replace sugar in your everyday baking

Full article here

Stay Hydrated

Suggested water intake is 8-12 cups per day, the easiest way to achieve this is to drink one cup of water for each hour you are awake. This is especially important in warmer summer weather when you perspire more

Water has so many benefits: healthier skin, teeth, bones, joints, healthier digestive system, reduces fatigue, reduces fluid retention, helps build muscle.

Water also helps with weight loss:

Water can suppress appetite naturally and increases the body’s ability to metabolize stored fat.

Many studies have shown that a decrease in water intake will cause fat deposits to increase, while an increase in water intake can actually reduce fat deposits.

This is thought to occur because a reduction in water decreases the efficiency of the kidneys, which results in some kidney functions being shunted to the liver. Since one of the liver’s primary functions is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy for the body, it metabolizes less fat while performing functions normally performed by the kidneys. This results in less stored fat burned, and a reduction in weight loss.

Since one of the liver’s primary functions is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy for the body, it metabolizes less fat while performing functions normally performed by the kidneys. This results in less stored fat burned, and a reduction in weight loss.

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