Summer heat can be physically and mentally exhausting
Risks for overall health and skin issues increase with the rise of temperatures.
Experts report an increase in skin irritations, rashes, dehydration, increased inflammation and some patients having fever and generalized pain.
You can work to prevent the effects of Summer heat! With taking steps towards creating new healthy habits and with routine Acupuncture care.
As we all know, what we put in and onto our body directly impacts our well being.
Tips to reinforce self care, reduce risks of summer exhaustion and reduce inflammation are pretty simple if you learn to follow them.
Time your meals to enjoy small amounts of food more frequently throughout the day, rather than a large meal at one or two sitting.
Add in raw foods into your diet. Daily is Best! But at least a few times a week can make a difference to ward off inflammation.
Cook lightly. Use of healthy fats while cooking, baked or use of an air fryer, avoid oil pan fried foods or deep fried foods if possible.
Eat foods that are cooling and have high water content like melons, cucumbers, oranges, grapes, strawberries and blueberries. This will add hydration to your overheated body and fresh fruit can provide antioxidants to prevent and combat inflammation.
Drink plenty of water. Some may prefer to add in some electrolyte replacement powders to help replenish what they may lose during their workouts or what they sweat out from just running errands and performing chores in the Summer sun.
Wear lighter clothing to keep body temperature regulated.
Wear Sunscreen. Apply as recommended, depending on your time outdoors.
Avoid heavy carbohydrate and fatty foods, they can add more heat to the body and cause sluggishness, mental fog and increased inflammation.
It is recommended to limit your caffeine, sugar and alcohol intake as each of these can dehydrate you.
Getting fresh air, staying active and staying social is extremely important for your mind and body. However, enjoy the outdoors carefully, keeping in mind temperatures throughout the day and of any heat index warnings that may be issued in your area, look at the weather reports for morning and early evening temps to gauge when it will be a good time to go for a walk, work in your garden. Peak hours in the sun can place you at risk for heat exhaustion. If you cannot avoid the sun during peak hours be sure to cover up, take breaks often, drink water often, find shade as much as possible. Most importantly, listen to your body!
For more information on how Acupuncture works to protect your body against Summer heat visit our recent blog.
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