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Summer Health Tips & Essentials

 

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The sunny weather provides a much-needed dose of vitamin D, but in the background, the body is compensating to adjust to the hot weather. I have compiled a list of summer health tips based on some common concerns from my coaching practice.  I hope this information can support your vibrant health from the inside out this summer!

 

Love Your Heart With Antioxidants

 

In summertime, your blood vessels get pushed to the surface to help the body cool off.  To make this happen, our heart pumps 2-4 times harder and faster. This puts extra stress on the cardiovascular system which might explain what’s commonly known as heat exhaustion. You may find when the weather heats up, it’s tempting to relax on the beach or take a nap in the afternoon. This is the perfect time to reward our cardiovascular system for the extra work:

 

Heart-Loving Antioxidant Infusion Recipe:

 

Add equal parts of each ingredient and brew for 15min.

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  • Rose Petals – This herb is naturally cooling and slightly astringent, which helps the body combat the heat. Rose petals also contain an essential oil that is uplifting — perfect for the sluggishness people often experience in summertime.

 

  • Hibiscus – This herb has a cooling and soothing properties, and it’s rich in anthocyanin which makes the infusion not only beautiful to look at, but also provides protection for blood vessels.

 

  • Hawthorn Berries – This herb is rich in vitamin C, which promotes collagen production. It also protects the heart by regulating its rhythm and toning heart muscle.

 

  • Rose Hip Chunks – This is a natural source of vitamin C and antioxidants.

 

Soothe Digestive Distress With Minerals

 

I have been seeing many cases of bloating and heartburn during the summertime. As the temperature heats up, many of us fire up the barbecue. Overindulgence can be one factor, but many are unaware that our digestion often slows down as the temperature rises. Summertime digestive upsets can also be triggered by icy cold beverages. We crave cold food and beverages to help us cool down but our body likes to keep things at the same temperature. I recommend avoiding the combination of icy cold beverages with fatty meals as it could contribute to gas, bloating and painful spasms.

Another good way to help balance the pH of our digestive systems and soothe heartburn is using a mineral blend. My favourite product is the Morning Rise & Shine. It contains many beneficial minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium. It also includes a natural lemon extract to aid digestion, and soothing aloe to support healthy bowel movements.

 

Build Strong Bones with Calcium

 

According to Dr. Kate Rheaume-Bleue, Bsc., ND, adult bone density follows a seasonal pattern: bone density loss occurs during winter and bone density recovery happens during summertime. For those of us who live in Raincouver, summertime is the prime time to protect our bone density by spending time outdoors, trying a weight bearing exercise and taking a food-based calcium supplement. Finlandia’s Bone Sure is a plant-based calcium supplement sourced from icelandic algae that naturally contains bone-building minerals.

 

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Shield Your Skin With Antioxidants

 

The sun provides us with a healthy dose of vitamin D. However, UV rays can cause damage the collagen in our skin. Aside from applying sunscreens, internal antioxidants will help protect your youthful glow. Fin Astra is one of the best internal antioxidants for sun protection and vitamin E supports cellular repair for skin cells. For an extra cooling effect, hydrate your skin on the go with a rose water spritz available at our herbal dispensary.

 

Note: the products and herbs mentioned are for informational purposes only and they do not replace medical advice.

 

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Author Bio

Tahlia Sage (Bsc. Food, Nutrition & Health, Certified Nutritional Practitioner) is the founder of Sweet & Savoury Health, instructor at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition, and wellness educator. She is also a part of Finlandia Health Centre.

Her coaching practice helps clients achieve their wellness goals by embracing functional foods and healthy lifestyle changes. Tahlia’s own health challenges and weight issue prompted her to pursue an education in nutritional science and holistic nutrition. Tahlia empowers her clients to regain balance with easy, concrete steps.

For more fresh wellness tips, visit her blog at sweetandsavouryhealth.com and Instagram @sweetandsavourylife.