Healthy Lifestyle

Your Guide to a Healthy Summer

healthy summer watermelon slushy

Want to have a healthy summer that’s fun and delicious?

We’ve got the best summer health tips to help you beat the heat and feel your best. 

With longer days, hot temperatures, vacations, picnics, barbecues, and various events, it’s no wonder so many people struggle to stay healthy during warmer weather. Whether you’re enjoying outdoor activities, traveling, at a concert, or hanging poolside, there are simple things you can do to have a happy, healthy summer.

Summer Health Tips

Stay Hydrated

Do you want to know how to stay healthy in the summer? Hydrate. Of all the summer health tips, this one is the most important. Hotter temperatures can quickly result in dehydration. That’s why it’s especially important to drink plenty of water this season. Drinking water and other hydrating beverages frequently will help your body sweat and cool down properly. Stay proactive and drink before you’re thirsty. 

For a healthy summer and optimal hydration, start each morning with a large glass of filtered water. You can add fresh lemon or lime juice to improve flavor and absorption. Next, pack a glass or stainless steel bottle to fill wherever you go. Want to add more pizzazz to your plain water? Add variety with cooling cucumber slices, zesty citrus wedges, spicy grated ginger, or refreshing frozen berries. To replace electrolytes naturally without adding a bunch of sugar, try unsweetened coconut water.

Keep Cool

This healthy summer secret is sure to help you save time so you can spend more of this season doing what you love. Keep yourself and your kitchen cool with smoothies, salads, raw foods, non-cook options, and pre-made meals. Using low heat-producing appliances such as a slow cooker, Instant Pot, and blender are highly recommended.

Boost nutrients without breaking a sweat by adding bitter greens, avocados, and antioxidant-rich berries or cherries to meals and snacks. Got a sweet tooth? Indulge in delicious treats and desserts sweetened with fruit instead of refined sugars. Check out our yummy healthy dessert recipes!

Eat Antioxidant-Rich Foods

Want to know how to keep skin healthy and glowing in summer and other seasons too? Eat more antioxidant-rich foods. Nutrient-dense foods high in antioxidants protect your skin from the inside out. Say “Buh-bye” dry, sun-damaged skin and “hello” gorgeous! This healthy summer tip will radiate into delicious beauty that nourishes every cell of your being. 

Eat these summer foods rich in… 

  • Beta-carotene — carrots, red peppers, sweet potatoes
  • Lycopene — tomatoes, pink grapefruit, watermelon
  • Vitamin E — almonds, asparagus, pumpkin seeds
  • Catechins and polyphenols — green tea
  • Omega-3s and astaxanthin — salmon
  • Resveratrol — blueberries, red grapes 
  • Natural fats — coconut oil, avocado oil, avocado, olives, olive oil
  • Proanthocyanidins — grape seeds, blueberries, hazelnuts, pistachios

Seasonal Wellness Boosters

Stay Active

Although it can be challenging to stay active during warmer weather, keep an active daily routine. You can also plan more active vacations that include hiking, swimming, paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, scuba diving, and snorkeling. These activities will help you have a healthy summer and get you out in nature more. If you’re vacationing in a city, then try taking a walking tour or renting bikes to get around.

Be Sun Smart

If you want to have a healthy summer, then it’s important to naturally protect yourself from the sun. There’s no need to shun the sun or cover yourself with sunblock from head to toe every time you leave the house. You want to get a healthy dose of “D,” but avoid overexposure. Depending on your skin tone, age, diet, susceptibility to sunburn and the intensity of sunlight, a healthy dose of vitamin D is 15-60 minutes daily. Once you start turning pink or feeling the burn, consider reinforcements such as an umbrella, shade, protective clothing, and a non-toxic sunscreen. Rejuvenate your skin after sun exposure with these easy holistic beauty tips and recipes.

Healthy Summer Travel

Have a healthy summer no matter where you go by learning how to make healthier choices anywhere. Whether eating at the airport, packing a cooler for a road trip, or dining away from home, it can be challenging to find convenient food options that keep you energized. 

First, hydrate. Stick with water as your main beverage. Second, plan ahead by locating grocery stores and looking at restaurant menus before your arrival. Third, focus your meals on whole foods, especially colorful fruits and vegetables. These foods are hydrating, highly satiating, and can help prevent overeating. Lastly, eat slowly and mindfully. Start by being mindful of your first three bites and you’ll feel better while enjoying summer foods even more.

Summer Foods

Include these foods to refresh and feel your best in any situation…

By the Pool

Relax with a snack: grab a piece of fresh fruit, such as an apple, peach, pear, or banana

Sip and savor: watermelon slushy… 2 cups watermelon + 1 lime + 4 leaves fresh basil. Blend with 1/2 cup ice and enjoy!

The Airplane Pick-Me-Up

Super satisfying: canned salmon mashed with avocado and sea salt

Refreshing: freeze-dried coconut water + cold water + ice

Sweet-tooth treat: cashew squeeze pack with a banana and dark chocolate

The Roadtrip Cooler

Hands-on the wheel: Paleo bar and berries

Strangely addictive: SeaSnax seaweed chips or Go Raw sprouted pumpkin seeds

10 Healthy Summer Finds

  1. Schmidt’s Natural deodorant
  2. DeVita Sunscreen
  3. Raw Elements tinted facial moisturizer
  4. Aubrey Organics pure aloe vera gel
  5. All Terrain Herbal Armor natural insect repellent
  6. Harmless Harvest coconut water
  7. Primal Kitchen Salad Dressings
  8. Bare Banana Chips
  9. That’s It fruit bars
  10. Mavuno Harvest Fair Trade organic dried mango or papaya