Being conscious of what you eat and drink is important all year round. In the summer, though, some specific nutritional tips can be especially beneficial to your well-being this season.
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Nutrition is vital for your overall well-being because it plays a crucial role in supporting various aspects of your health, including boosting your immune system, helping you maintain a healthy weight, and giving you the energy you need to thrive.
Here are some nutrition tips that can help you boost your well-being this summer:
During the hot summer months, it's crucial to stay properly hydrated. Drinking enough fluids helps your body regulate body temperature, support brain function, and help our joints move smoothly.
When you engage in outdoor activities or exercise, it's imperative to increase your fluid intake to replenish the fluids you've lost through perspiration. The good news is that you don't have to maintain hydration through water alone. You can enjoy hydrating summer food like watermelon, cucumbers, and citrus fruits.
Summer fruits and vegetables such as berries, tomatoes, leafy greens, bell peppers, and corn are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. Studies show that foods grown and eaten in season are healthier and contain higher levels of vitamins and minerals than frozen foods or foods that must travel a long way to get to your plate.
Summer often means barbecues and cookouts, which can provide tasty meals that are healthy and lean. When choosing what to BBQ, select healthier grilling options like lean cuts of meat, poultry, or fish and marinate them in flavorful, low-sugar, and low-sodium marinades. You can also throw in vegetables and corn to round out your healthy, tasty meal.
While indulging in ice cream and other frozen treats during the summer is tempting, you need to be mindful of their sugar and calorie content. Opt for healthier alternatives like homemade fruit popsicles, frozen yogurt, or sorbets made with natural ingredients.
The risk of foodborne illnesses increases with warmer temperatures because bacteria grow faster in warmer weather. So, you must be especially conscious of practicing proper food safety by washing your hands before handling food, storing perishable items at the correct temperatures, and avoiding leaving food out in the heat for too long.
You're probably going to more picnics and BBQs now that the weather is warmer. However, you still need to be cautious of sugary drinks and alcoholic beverages, as they can contribute to dehydration and excess calorie intake. Opt for herbal iced tea, infused water, or sparkling water with a splash of citrus as refreshing alternatives.
By prioritizing nutrition and making healthy food choices this summer, and all year, you can significantly improve your well-being and reduce the risk of various health problems. If you're ready for a personalized nutrition plan, call us or make an appointment online to get started.