Tips on staying healthy this summer

By: Kevin Tangeros, L.Ac., MSOM

Summer is officially here and with that brings many changes. When the seasons change, we as humans must adapt as well.

To maintain optimal health during this high energy season, here are some key tips on doing just that.

Stay hydrated

I cannot stress this enough. So many people are dehydrated it’s ridiculous. Some symptoms of dehydration include headaches, fatigue, muscular pain, and constipation. Want to know an easy fix? Water! In summer we tend to sweat more when it’s hot right? That means we are losing more water than we normally would. Shoot for drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water every day. That means if you weigh 150lbs, you should be getting 75oz of water!

Add more cooling foods to your diet

What are cooling foods, you say? When it’s hot outside we want to maintain that balance inside our body. Indigestion is more likely to occur during the summer months, so be sure to especially avoid greasy foods. Some good cooling (yin nourishing) foods to incorporate are:

  • watermelon
  • cucumbers
  • celery
  • plums
  • red apples
  • broccoli
  • white mushrooms
  • asparagus
  • bok choy
  • mint
  • dill
  • oranges
  • mung beans
  • fish

Get moving

We are all meant to move and most of us don’t do this enough. When we don’t move our bodies, pain and disease are MUCH more likely to occur. Summer is a great time to do this. Get outside and get moving. No excuses!

Soak up that sun

So many people are vitamin D deficient and there’s no better time to do this. Being deficient in this leads to a vast array of issues that you do not want including fatigue, depression, low immunity, hair loss, and musculoskeletal pain. Take in around 10-20 minutes of direct sunlight per day!

Laugh

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), summer is related to the emotion of joy. Laughter is good for the heart!

Ground yourself

Go outside. Take off your shoes and socks. Then walk or just stand in the grass. Truly absorb the energy from the earth. This feels amazing and your mind and body will thank you.

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