22th June 2018 | Blog
5 Tips For A Healthy, Happy Summer
Yesterday officially marked the first day of summer. The longest day, or the Summer Solstice, came and went. Now we have a couple of months of warm weather and light evenings to enjoy (please England, please!). For many the anticipation of summer means one thing – a summer health kick. For many folks out there (in particular women) the pressure to be bikini body ready is real, but that’s not what we’re about at t plus. We believe in taking care of yourself – the proper way. Moving your body, eating good foods and making sure you’re getting the best nutrition you can.
Here are a few health and wellness tips to make sure you make the most out of your summer – with or without the health kick!
As the temperature rises, we sweat more. This means we lose water from our bodies so we must be replacing it. There is a very important balance in our bodies between water and electrolytes, which is vital for the proper functioning of our bodies. Even the slightest imbalance can have a noticeable effect on physical and mental wellbeing. Dehydration can cause muscle cramps, fatigue, loss of appetite, dry mouth, light-headedness and affects how our brains are functioning.
So, the first step is to make sure you're drinking enough. How? Maybe invest in a reusable water bottle, add some sliced fruit for flavour, and drink before every meal. It doesn't have to just be straight up water either - our bodies can be hydrated with juices or teas (yes, even the ones with caffeine).
Skin cancer rates are on the rise. Wearing sunscreen has been proven to decrease the chances of developing it. Beyond that, it also helps maintain the physical appearance of skin including preventing discolouration and blotchiness. Without trying to sound too much like that Baz Luhrmann song from the 90s (showing our age?), wear sunscreen.
Bonus tip – don’t rely on your foundation to provide enough SPF either. Make-up artist Wayne Goss did a video to show exactly how much foundation you’d need to get the recommended SPF coverage for your face – spoiler alert: it’s not pretty.
Enjoy the sunshine
Having said that though, it's important to get some vitamin D whilst the suns out. It's not known how long exactly you need to expose your skin to sunlight to meet your bodies’ requirement, but you should be careful not to burn your skin. Daily exposure to the sunlight will help your body make vitamin D during the summer months without much need to supplement. It’s the winter months you should worry about!
Protect against hayfever
We’ve talked about this before on the blog, but for many summer also equals hayfever season.
During July and August both the grass and weed pollens are at their highest, making this time of year a bit miserable for some. But there are things you can do to protect yourself from it and take care of yourself if you’re unfortunate enough to be struck down. Our tip? Improve the integrity of the immune system. You can read more about it on our previous post.
The hotter is gets, the lighter you should eat is the advice from many.
Because of the aforementioned loss of water from our bodies, we need to make sure we're consuming lots of high water content foods. Drinking iced green tea and eating water-rich fruits and green vegetables.
So ditch the stodgy stews and the heavy hotpots of the colder months and embrace the watermelon, Gazpacho and veggie kabobs. Our favourite tip? Take your favourite t plus and turn it into an iced tea (or iced cocktail!)