It’s that time of year… we’re ramping up for sun, fun, cooling foods and abundant choices for outdoor activities.

I want your summer to sizzle so here are 5 main areas that I highly encourage you to focus on to make your summer healthier, safer and full of joy!

NUTRITION

  • Eat fresh, whole foods and eat in season. Summer is when fresh is abundant – farmer’s markets and roadside stands are my go-to places. And why not toss up a big salad every day for lunch with all those fresh veggies?
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Sass up plain water with citrus, cucumber, berries, melon, mint and even a pinch of pink salt. And if you want a healthy alternative to an electrolyte drink if you’re active, try my favorite hydration drink – Hydrate.

EXERCISE

  • Exercise and move your body in a way that inspires you – because it’s actually fun! Exercise should be enjoyable, not just another task on your To-Do list. Ride a bike, dance in the moonlight or try belly-dancing!
  • Try something new this summer like an outdoor HIIT class, tennis, paddle-boarding or golf.

SKIN & HAIR CARE

  • Hydrate from the inside out, go for minimal make-up (less maintenance!) and exfoliate. Have you tried dry brushing?
  • Hair care – protect those locks! Hair needs extra attention in the summer, like more moisture. How about a rich argan oil treatment?

TRAVEL & SELF CARE

  • Stay healthy while traveling by planning ahead with healthy portable snacks, plenty of fluids and be sure to keep some Vitalized Immunity handy for air travel.
  • Turn off your devices and connect with nature.
  • Summer is too short not to check off a few things on your bucket list. Take that trip, go sky diving, skinny dip at midnight in the lake!

SUN SMART

  • Being “sun smart” doesn’t always mean slapping on tons of chemical-laden sunscreen! This is my sunscreen of choice.You can generally expose your skin to the sun safely for at least 15 minutes per day to get your natural dose of Vitamin D.Then, cover up and seek shade when you’re at risk of overexposure, being especially mindful during peak sun intensity hours of 10am – 2pm. Wear a hat to protect your head and hair, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes (and lessen crow’s feet!), and seek shade to protect your skin, cool off and decrease the chances of getting heat exhaustion, or worse – heat stroke.

Enjoy the bounty of summer’s harvest, eat real food as often as possible and laugh a lot this summer!

If you have any other favorite tips, please share them in the comments.

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