3 Tips to Stay Healthy this Summer

June 09, 2015

 

Summer is here! With the arrival of the hot weather, regular BBQs and time spent lounging around, it is easy to slip out of a regular health routine and into something a bit more relaxed. To help you maintain your best self, we've got three tips to help you keep health top of mind this season.

 

1. Wear Sunscreen

We hear it a lot when the warm weather rolls in, but it's so incredibly important to our overall health that we'd be remiss not to make it our #1 health tip. Wearing sunscreen is an absolute must as it helps to protect our skin against harmful UV rays. Everyone should use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.

It's not just your skin you want to think about when it comes to sunscreen -- there are products made for many parts of your body that have a sun protection factor (SPF) built into them. For example, Shoppers Drug Mart carries lip balms, hair care products and even eye cream that all contain SPF. The more protection you can add to your body, the better.

 

2. Drink Plenty of Water

Drinking water is our second health tip and for good reason. Your body is composed of about 60% water and your bodily fluids are responsible for digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients and maintenance of your body temperature. In the summer months, your body needs even more fluid to replace what you are losing in the heat.

If you aren't a fan of drinking a lot of "plain" water, try an infuser bottle. An infuser bottle has an interior cylinder that you can place fruit or veggies inside of to infuse your water with delicious, all-natural flavours. Our favourites include strawberries, blueberries, cucumbers, lemons and lime. Get creative with your water and we guarantee you'll drink a lot more of it!

 

3. Eat Healthy Foods

Eating healthy has benefits throughout the year but with all of the yummy produce being grown at this time of year, eating fresh is really easy! The best advice we've ever heard for choosing the best foods for your body is to shop the perimeter of a grocery store. Here, you'll find fruits, vegetables, whole grains and more.

If you feel adventurous, you can also grow your own food! All you need is some soil, a pot and some seeds! Container gardening is an easy and completely affordable way to grow your own food whether you've got a sprawling backyard or a simple patio. Grab everything you need at Wal-Mart, right after you've finished filling your cart with delicious greens.

 

What are your favourite summer health tips? Let us know the #1 way you maintain your best self in the comments below.

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