Solutions for Summer

Healing and health from the inside out.

BY LIPSA SHAH

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More sunshine means more opportunity to stay out later and enjoy the warm weather. However, have you noticed that the longer days and hotter temperatures seem to make you tired more quickly?

And, could your sunscreen be causing more breakouts during the warmer months? Your health and your skin protection are priorities that deserve proper care, not areas to scrimp on when the going gets hot. Here are some guidelines to help you and your skin stay healthy during the sunniest time of the year:

Eat anti-inflammatory foods.

The best summer foods aren’t only bright and delicious, they can also combat less-than-ideal parts of the summer. (Hi Sunburn, I’m talking about you!) Some of the most nutritious seasonal foods include basil, blueberries, cherry tomatoes, and chili peppers.

Drink water that has electrolytes.

Electrolyte-enhanced waters have nutrients such as sodium and potassium, which help your body absorb the water more quickly. Electrolytes are also helpful in preventing dehydration and can help with hangovers for your summer day drinking. Can’t find electrolyte water? Try adding non-GMO Ultima in your water, coconut water, or watermelon juice. Speaking of which: Watermelon juice is amazing for summertime—especially after a workout—because it rehydrates your muscles. Which leads to my next point...

Don’t over-exercise.

Staying active is important, but overheating can be dangerous. If you like exercising outdoors, do so before 10 AM and before the sun is sweltering. Sweating actually cools the skin, which may feel pleasant during exercise. However, excessive sweating can irritate the skin, making it prone to redness and inflammation.

Use mineral-based sunscreens.

One of the most important characteristics of natural sunscreen is that it is mineral-based. Be sure to check for this when you’re choosing your sunscreen. In 2018, Hawaii was the first state to ban oxybenzone and octinoxate, two chemicals that are not only harmful to your skin but also harmful to the coral reefs and marine life. You’ll be saving your skin while saving the ocean—that’s a win-win.

Remember: Vitamin C is your friend year-round, but especially in the summertime.

Vitamin C is known to help boost your skin’s natural glow. After being out in the sun, Vitamin C can help your skin recover from sun exposure, which means your complexion will look hydrated and more even-toned.

Coconut oil for everything!

Coconut oil can be used as a tanning oil, a moisturizer for dry hands and feet (or any part of your body), a hair mask, and a soothing aid for sunburn. You can also add coconut oil into your summer smoothies post-workout for an added bonus of essential, healthy fats that all of our bodies need.

There is nothing more satisfying in the heat than to sit back with a cool, refreshing cocktail.

Often, we reach for drinks that contain heaps of sugar, artificial ingredients, or beers that will naturally make us bloated. While all alcohol is still alcohol, summer may be the best time to get creative using fruit—nature’s candy—in your cocktails. Try creating a gut-healing kombucha citrus margarita, strawberry basil vodka, or cucumber mojito. Ultimately, summer is about enjoying every moment of sunshine you can before the cold weather creeps backup. Hopefully these tips will help you live your healthiest, most glowing summer yet!