Contracting a stomach bug while on vacation, feeling under the weather on a weekend camping trip, allergies, low energy levels, the list goes on. We have all been there!
Most of us assume it is happening by chance. But the reality paints an entirely different picture. Summer is fun, but by no means, it is a vacation from your health! If you are not mindful of your eating and lifestyle habits, you may end up falling sick.
What causes illness during summer?
- Poor nutrition due to low intake of healthy, wholesome foods
- Eating more processed foods
- Pollution and environmental toxins
- Stress – Both physical and mental
- Not taking enough water ( dehydration)
So, how to help your body help you?
Make healthy food choices and avoid these common summer health mistakes.
Common Summer mistakes
Mistake #1: Not having enough sun protection
While enjoying outdoors, it is easy to forget certain necessary precautions. According to the CDC, only one-third of Americans use sunscreen regularly. Not using enough and improper application can increase the risk of melanoma, wrinkled skin, and premature aging. Sun exposure increases oxidative damage to cells and tissues which result in adverse effects.
Use a sunscreen that blocks both UV-A and UV-B rays. Be sure to re-apply every two hours.
Don’t forget hats, sunglasses and long sleeves to maximize protection.
Include plenty of antioxidant-rich foods from squash, carrots, and tomatoes.
Try to include as many servings of antioxidant-rich fruit and veggies as possible.
Consider Estora Turmeric our premium antioxidant supplement. Take one capsule a day to boost your body’s defense against sun damage.
Mistake #2: Not eating enough probiotics
Summer is the time for barbecue and plenty of snacks. That means there is more room for grilled foods in the tummy than gut-friendly probiotics. It is also the time for plenty of travels. What you eat has a direct impact on the gut flora. An imbalance in healthy gut flora leads to weight gain, cravings, and digestive issues.
Include plenty of fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, and yogurt
Add plenty of fiber-rich foods like veggies, beans, nuts and seeds to nurture gut bacteria.
If you travel a lot and not sure about your intake of fermented foods, consider Estora Probiotics it is a sure way to improve gut-friendly bacteria. Also, our immune-booster Estora Immunity offers excellent immune support.
Mistake #3: Trying to go on a fad diet
We get it! Summer is the time for beachwear, and you want to look the best. However, it is not the time to try out fad diet or skip meals. It can turn counter-productive and sap your energy levels.
Instead of going on temporary diet plans, incorporate a healthy eating regimen
Add plenty of body cleansing detox foods.
Cucumber, broccoli, fresh greens, beetroot, mint, etc. are some of the examples of foods that are excellent for detox. It helps prevent bloating, reduce fat deposits and removes toxins.
Consider taking herbal extracts containing Estora Liver Care. The combination of liver-boosting and detox ingredients help to promote better liver health, thereby better detoxification, and improved digestion.
Mistake #4: Too much refined and processed oil
If you are not mindful, road trips and fun gatherings can become a source of packaged and processed foods. They are high in omega-6 oil and do not provide omega-3 fats. Omega-3 is an essential fat, and we do not consume enough of this critical nutrient. Omega-3 deficiency leads to heart issues, damages to joints, hormonal imbalances and more.
Include plenty of omega-3 rich foods like deep caught salmon, flax, chia and hemp seeds.
Lower your intake of refined oils, packaged foods
Add other types of healthy fats from coconut, avocados, nuts, and seeds.
Include Estora Omega 3 that helps fight inflammation, promotes the health of your joints and heart. It helps to negate the effects of high intake of omega-6 rich foods due to poor dietary habits.
As always, we recommend having a variety of colors on your plate at each meal. A healthy diet throughout summer will help you stay open to new opportunities plus it is plenty of fun being outdoors.