Summer Health Tips
Summer is the time of year we all look forward to spending time outdoors, working in the garden, going to the beach, or just sitting on the deck. While enjoying these activities, we need to remember to use protection from overexposure to the sun. We can do this by wearing a hat and sunglasses, and using natural sunscreens, SPF15 or higher. Carrying Aloe Vera gel for overexposure, and/or keeping an Aloe plant in your home to soothe any kind of burn is always a good idea.
While enjoying the outdoors, stay cool and hydrated. It is recommended that you drink at least 2 to 4 cups of water when you get out of bed each day, and 2-4 cups if you are going out for activities or exercise.
A simple way to improve your diet this summer is to eat a cup of mixed fresh berries: blackberries, blueberries, or strawberries, every day. They are loaded with antioxidants and boost the immune system. They are high in fiber, keep cholesterol low, and may even help prevent some cancers.
Make some sun teas. Teas also contain a lot of antioxidants. Use flowers and leaves in a clear glass jar filled with spring water. Hibiscus or red clover flowers, peppermint, chamomile, or lemongrass are all good choices. Leave it in the sun for at least two hours or up to a whole day. (Moon teas can also be made by letting your herbs steep in the cooling moonlight.)
June is a perfect time to celebrate the great outdoors, so get a little exercise outside every day and soak in that vitamin D! You can bike, roller blade, swim, go on a nature walk or hike, or just play games with your kids, anything to be in the outdoors!
Take the time to unwind with a vacation, go light on the alcohol, floss daily, eat healthy, and sleep well. These are great ways to boost your summer health, and they are so easy you won’t even know they are good for you!
“I can’t wait for late summer nights, meeting new people, and making memories with friends I’ll never forget.”
June is National Great Outdoors Month
National Great Outdoors Month reminds us that the outdoors provides free or inexpensive fun for families. It is an opportunity to explore new things, be physically active, and spend time with family away from tv and electronic devices. For adults it is a chance to relax from the stress of work and daily life. Some ideas for outdoor activities include exercising, walking in the park, bike riding, fishing, or taking part in volunteer programs.
North Carolina has so much to offer. Beautiful scenery and recreational activities make the Blue Ridge Parkway one of the most popular destinations in the National Park System. This is the perfect time of year to visit to enjoy the view, hike and cycle.
From the Mountains to the Sea: Aquariums, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina Zoo, and Museum of Natural Sciences, the GFWC of North Carolina has participated in these projects for all its citizens. There is no better or healthier way to enjoy the summer!