Without speaking too soon, it feels like spring is here and summer is now on its way. With that, our bodies start to make the transition from a storage or hibernation phase, to a lighter and more energised mode with longer daylight hours and more time spent outdoors. Naturally, our bodies need to adapt to the change in temperature, daylight hours and increased energy levels. So, here are a few tips to keep you healthy throughout the summer months…
Opt for foods that are hydrating and cooling: With the rising temperatures, your body will naturally need more fluids to keep it hydrated. This can, of course, come through drinking more water (see next tip), but you can also boost your water intake through eating more foods with a higher water content. These include items such as cucumbers, romaine lettuce, celery, radishes and melon (particularly watermelon). Get experimental with these foods – you can add cucumber to smoothies or why not try a grilled watermelon, feta and pine nut salad with some fresh mint to garnish.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate: This is easier said than done for some – and no, fizzy drinks and a glass of rosé don’t contribute to your water intake for the day unfortunately! If you struggle to sip on water through the day, then try and make it a little more exciting without packing in too many extra calories. Naturally flavouring water with fresh lemon or lime, cucumber and mint are great ways to add some zing to your water, as well as giving it a nutritional boost too!
Go easy on the fruit: With so many wonderful seasonal fruits around during the summer season, it’s hard to resist living solely off them. Although you don’t have to avoid fruit by any means given it contains its own spectrum of useful nutritional benefits, but just make sure your emphasis is on vegetables to ensure you’re not over-doing the sugar, which can send our blood sugar levels on a roller coaster ride. Also, be mindful of fruit juices; that’s pure sugar (with some vitamins and minerals of course) without the fibre to help keep your blood sugar levels more balanced. If you’re going to have fruit juice, then why not try mixing it into a smoothie containing other vegetables, nuts and seeds, as this will keep you feeling fuller for longer.